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How To Design Your Own Building Permit Plans

How To Build Your Own Home e-book available

Before You Begin

Tools Of The Trade

Designing Your Home

Excavating Home Site

Laying Drain Pipes

Prepping For Slab

Pouring The Slab

Installing Sill Plate

cutting Outside Wall Parts

Building Outside Walls

Framing & Raising interior Walls

Exterior Wall Sheathing

Cutting Out Openings

Wrapping The House

Preparing For Roof Trusses

Gettin Roof Trusses Ready

Raising Roof Trusses

Sheathing The Roof

Preping For Shingles

Shingling The Roof

Selecting Doors/Windows

Installing Doors/Windows

Preparing For Siding

Types Of

How To Select Siding

Siding The House

Siding Soffits & Trim

Installing Strapping


Now is the time to draw up plans depicting the exact location of items on your property in reference to one another, and in reference to the boundaries of your lot. This is a very important step and must be done accurately. Once you have built on your site, your city or town can demand that you move or even tear down, any structures that do not abide by zoning laws. This can include decks, sheds, garages, driveways, septic systems, fences, and yes even your house. It is imperative to abide by all local zoning laws and building codes, when building your home.

The more informed you are of these laws the better off you will be. It is wise to meet with the local building inspector prior to commencing building. Not only will they have information on the local laws, but they can also be a great source of information for any building questions you might have. They may also supply you with the names of reputable subcontractors if need be.

The above plans are just an example of how simple a drawing you can turn in to your local town office. However, every locale is different so make sure that you know ahead of time, what is required of you.

As was stated in Designing Your Home some towns require you to show professionally drawn blueprints. Unfortunately, these days it seems that many towns limit the amount of work people can do themselves. They may require Professionally drawn plans of every aspect of the construction or your home. These will include detailed drawings of both the inside and outside of your home. Including wall thickness, roof pitch, elevation, design, window type and placement, siding type, and so on. If this is the case you will either need to hire out for professionally drawn blueprints, or attempt to draw them yourself (this is not adviseable unless you have experience.)

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