Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to place an order
Q: I have seen a house plan that I like, how do I place an order?
A: Ordering is easy. Simply browse through our wide variety of House Plans/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings. Once you find a plan that you like. You can place the order on that page using our online shopping cart by clicking on “BUY” and following all the prompts or you can use one of the alternative methods below. Alternatively:
1. Give Us a Call:
Call one of our representatives on:
Tel. (+27) 11 083 9333 or (+27)84-011-7761
8:00am - 4:00pm South African Time.
2. Email Us:
Once you have placed an order for one of our plans, you will be well on your way to building your dream home! Please note that we also offer custom house designing.
All purchase orders must be accompanied by a proof of bank deposit for the total amount charged prior to plans being mailed to you. Our banking details are as follows:
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Inclusions and exclusions in the package
Q: What Do I get when I buy a house plan from Nethouseplans.com?
A: The contents of each house plan package are different, However all plans will include detailed,
High-quality working drawings. This includes the following:
These drawings contains a bird’s eye view of each floor layout – showing all walls, rooms, doors, windows, dimensions, drainage, notes and details of material items. It also provides references to other sections and components located elsewhere on the plans
These Plans show the sides of the house normally when viewed from all 4 sides – North, South, East and West. The external treatment of walls, exterior materials and finishes is also shown. These drawings give notes and details to drainage components and vertical dimensions of the structure. Corbelling details and roofing notes are also elaborated. All other specific and unique details to the plan in question are indicated here.
A cross-section shows a sliced view of the entire structure taken at specific points. Large-scale views show sections or cuttings of the foundations, ground level, staircases, walls, floors and roof details. Additional cross-sections may show important details which may otherwise be hidden in the deepest layers of a structure. Sections show how different components interconnect to form a solid and monolithic outcome that becomes a dwelling house. In some cases a large scaled drawing may be necessary to illustrate the interconnectedness of even the smaller components of the building which then translates to the builder and other building consultants what the structure is made of.
- ELECTRICAL PLAN WITH ELECTRICAL SYMBOL LEGENDS
This plan provides suggested positions of electrical switches, plugs, lighting, outlets, etc. A layout is provided for each floor level, each room, garage and the exterior. NB. The electrician is responsible for the designs and reticulation of all circuits, wiring and all engineering details of the entire system.
These are included in the respective Floor plans and Elevation diagrams. Their details and notes are also specified here.
This plan shows an overview of the roof configuration. Roof valleys, ridges, Overhangs and Angles are shown. The specifications and details of roofing materials to be used are also detailed.
Q: What is not included in your plans?
These shows the location of the house in relation to you specific site (plot or stand). The Natural contours are normally shown in these plans showing the contrast between the gradient of the ground levels and the proposed structure. These include the position of service connections that are prescribed for your site.
NB. For a relatively small fee a local Architect or Draughtsman can be appointed to produce a Site Plan for you.
In some specific structural situations (i.e. In Double storey houses, unstable soils or complex foundations and roofing), an engineer’s certificate or seal is required prior to submitting the plans to your local authorities. This document contains proof that a licensed structural engineer has been appointed by the homeowner to undertake any testing or specification of appropriate measures to ensure the integrity of the entire structural system.
NB. Where necessary and after you have purchased your plans from Nethouseplans.com, you can then appoint a local engineer of your choice who will also undertake any site visits and quality control during construction of your house. Also remember that a final engineer’s Certificate of Completion will be required once building is completed and prior to obtaining an Occupation Certificate that allows you to occupy your house. This Completion Certificate is issued by the engineer once he has satisfied himself that the construction was undertaken in accordance with his initial specifications.
- LOCAL BUILDING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S APPROVAL
Local Authorities are there to regulate and control the ever densification and development of cities and local residential areas. This is done by means of various building and zoning regulations and codes. Therefore, you will be required to submit your plans to your SPECIFIC local building and/or planning authority. Each local Authority operates on similar National Building Regulations but has certain specific local requirements that need to be satisfied before permission can be granted to build a house. So in satisfying these requirements, one needs to be aware of the specific requirements and fees payable to the relevant local authorities/councils. These requirements vary considerably from one local authority to the next, and it is best to approach your relevant local authority to ascertain these requirements. Energy efficiency calculations, SANS 204 and SANS 10400-XA requirements are also not included. It is the responsibility of the customer to fulfil these requirements in line with the geographical zoning applicable to the location of the site/stand. NB. For a relatively small fee an energy efficiency consultant/competent person, local Architect or Draughtsman can be appointed to undertake such requirements.
Q: Do you include a materials cost estimate or bill of quantity (BOQ) in your plans?
A: No. Building prices varies enormously and depends on various factors such as prices charged for material and labour in your area and other conditions that exist in your local area. Because of this, our best advice is to check with builders and hardware stores in your area. However, a more accurate indication of building costs for your house can always be obtained by contracting a Quantity Surveyor. As a result Nethouseplans.com does not provide these services.
Modifications/changes in house plan
Q: I've found a house plan I like, but there are a couple of things I'd like to change. What can I do?
A: Once you’ve found the house plan/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings that you prefer and would like us to undertake some minor amendments, just email us the request to amend the plans for you – Do not forget to include the plan number when emailing. Nethouseplans will then provide you with a fee proposal (quote) for the modification work. Alternatively, You can appoint a local architect or draughtsman who is well versed in the specific requirements by your statutory and local authority. It may also be necessary to include some specific site information and a Site Plan to the completed set of plans obtained from us. To facilitate this process you can request from us a digital copy of the plans in a CAD format. This CAD file can then be taken to your local architect or draughtsman for such amendments. Most architects and draughtsmen use CAD based software and will have no difficulty opening and amending your plans. What is more interesting is that even after you’ve appointed and paid the architect or draughtsman for such work, the total cost of your house plans will still be far less than if you’d have used the same architect or draughtsman to design your house from scratch. NB. As from 1 July 2006, ALL persons practicing architecture in South Africa or submitting house plans/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings to a Local Authority must be registered with SACAP. Nethouseplans.com will issue a SACAP form for every plan purchased from us. Please ensure that any architect or draughtsman you intend to use for any amendments to your plans is registered with SACAP and provides a high quality of architectural services as Nethouseplans.com.
Q: How much will the plan modifications cost me?
A: All plan modifications must first be assessed for feasibility prior to a cost being determined. Nethouseplans will issue a fee proposal (Quote) based on the extent of work that is necessary to complete the required modifications. Normally Nethouseplans.com does not charge for very minor changes. Our fees for plan modifications are calculated based on an hourly rate.
Q: Can I buy a plan from you but have someone else modify it for me?
A: Yes, you will need to request a CAD format of your plans from Nethouseplans in order to enable another architect or draughtsman to do the necessary changes for you. This will make the modification process less expensive and relatively cheaper to undertake. The file is normally emailed to you in a DWG or DXF format.
Q: Are all the house plans available mirror-reversed?
A: Yes, the plans can be mirrored at your request. Nethouseplans may levy a small fee for such conversions– please ask your service consultant for pricing. Always remember to specify on the order form or by email whether you’re ordering a standard or mirrored/ reverse version of the plans.
Quantity requirement for plans and blueprint
Q: How many set's of plans do I need to build a house?
A: Usually up to about 10, In addition to the contractor, electrician and plumber’s copies you will need plan copies to obtain quotes. From the issued sets of plans that you’ll received from Nethouseplans, you can make as many copies as necessary from your local printing shop for purposes of building your house only
Policies and restriction of the house plan/Copyright Law
Q: I want to build this home on more than one site, is this allowed?
A: No. The purchaser of a house plan is only allowed to build a single house only one time unless otherwise stated in writing from Nethouseplans.com. No house plans/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings or part thereof can be copied and/or reproduced by any means and for any reason other than for purposes of building the house for which the plans have been purchased for and only once. We may offer discounted price for the multiple use of the plans, but you will have to contact us to order a license for the multiple use of the plans.
Q: How does copyright law affect me?
A: All Copyright is reserved to Nethouseplans.com. All house plans / building plans / architectural designs / home plans / house floor plans/ blueprints / drawings, pictures and content in this publication are property of Nethouseplans.com. Copyright is reserved to Nethouseplans.com in terms of South African Laws & Regulations and ALL International Treaty and Trade provisions. Only the purchaser of a house plan is allowed to build one house only 1 time unless otherwise stated in writing from Nethouseplans.com. No house plans/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings or part thereof can be copied and/or reproduced by any means and for any reason other than for purposes of building the house for which the plans have been purchased for. All rights reserved. Any Infringement of the Copyright carries a Minimum penalty of R 1 000 000.00 and is enforceable by the South African Laws and ALL related International Treaties and Trade provisions
Q: Can I come to your offices and consult with one of your consultants to review my requirements?
A: Yes, consultation is strictly by appointment. In the case of Custom designs, yes you can arrange with one of our professionals for a free hour session to discuss your requirements. In such cases you are required to email a brief summary indicating your requirements in advance.
However should you wish to consult or meet one of our professionals prior to purchasing a plan or accepting a Fee proposal, a consultation fee will then be levied for such consultation - otherwise the online quoting process remains FREE OF CHARGE!
Q: Is it safe to order with credit-card on Nethouseplans.com?
A: Absolutely. We use PayPal and PayFast (Both are highly respected third-party online payment gateways) to handle all credit and/or debit-card payments. Both have extensive security and privacy measures in place for this purpose.
Common Symbols and Terminology
Q: What is a PDF Version?
A: A PDF file contains an electronic copy of either the Study or Full scale version of the House Plans. PDF stands for Portable Document Format. A PDF file is a digital file format mostly used today to easily transfer files containing text, pictures, drawings and fonts into a single digital file, PDF file format is very simple to use and can be easily downloaded, stored and attached on emails via a PC. This also makes printing of additional copies of the plan even much easier. To read PDF files you require a PDF Reader software made available free by ADOBE. To download a free copy of Adobe PDF software from ADOBE click this link: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
NB. A PDF House Plan package cannot be altered after purchase. For making post-purchase alterations to the plans you will require a CAD electronic copy of the House Plans.
Q: What is a CAD or AutoCAD version?
A: A CAD/AutoCAD/DWG/DXF file contains an electronic copy of the House Plans in a format which it was created with. This file format is ideal in cases where a customer has purchased a plan that he/she likes but would like to make further changes to the plans before building or submission to the authorities. You can then take the file to any local Architect or Draughtsman who utilizes a CAD system in order to effect the changes for you.
A CAD file can only be opened from a PC which has a CAD system already installed.
Q: What do the abbreviations on the floor plans stand for?
Q: How is the square meter (m2) or footage (ft2) calculated?
A: Some of the common abbreviations that appear on our floor plans are:
BIC – Built-In-Cupboards
Lin. – Linen Cupboard
WIC. - Walk-In Closet
Prep.- Preparation Bowl
WC. – Water Closet
WHB.- Wash Hand Basin
SHW or SH.- Shower
Din.- Dining Room
Bedr. - Bedroom
D/Garage.- Double Garage
How to compute footage or square meter
A: The square meter/footage of a plan is calculated on the covered (roofed or slab) habitable living area including Double Volumes. This will also include any finished basement areas, garages, porches and Patios (but excluding Balconies or any open – uncovered- spaces).