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Frequently Asked Questions

Please go through the questions and answers outlined below.  The answers are meant to provide you with the necessary information in searching and making use of floor plans and services provided on our website.

Q: How do I place an order?

Ordering is easy. Simply browse through our wide variety of house plans. Once you find a plan that you like you can then select “BUY THIS PLAN”

You will be directed to an order form where you’ll provide your details and placing the order, you will be redirected to the PayFast page where you will enter your credit or debit card numbers to make payment.

Once payment is made, a notice of your order will be sent to us to be able to process your order and send the plans to you.  Alternatively, you can use one of the alternative methods below:-

1. Give Us a Call:
Call one of our representatives on:
Tel. +2764 542 2494 
Monday -Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm South African Time.
2. Email Us:
info@nethouseplans.com

All purchase orders must be accompanied by a proof of bank deposit for the total amount charged prior to plans being sent/emailed to you.

Our banking details are as follows:
First National Bank
Sunninghill Branch
Br Code – 251650
Acc No. – 62176338476
International Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

Q: What's Included in the floor plans?

The contents of plans will include the following:

  1. DETAILED FLOOR PLANS: These drawings offer a top-down view of each floor, showcasing walls, rooms, doors, windows, dimensions, drainage, and material specifications. They also reference other plan sections and components.

  2. SIDE ELEVATIONS: Display the house’s external views from all four sides, including wall treatments, exterior materials, drainage, vertical dimensions, and material specifications. Specific plan details and material choices are also noted here.

  3. CROSS-SECTIONS: Sliced views of the structure at specific points, revealing details of foundations, walls, floors, and roofs, along with material specifications. They illustrate how components connect to create the complete structure.

  4. ELECTRICAL PLAN WITH SYMBOL LEGENDS: Suggests the placement of switches, plugs, lighting, etc., for each floor, room, garage, and exterior, including material specifications for electrical components. Electrical circuit and wiring designs are the electrician’s responsibility.

  5. PLUMBING & DRAINAGE PLAN: Details included in floor plans and elevation diagrams, specifying plumbing and drainage information, along with material specifications for plumbing components.

  6. ROOF PLAN: Provides an overview of the roof layout, highlighting valleys, ridges, overhangs, angles, along with roofing material specifications and details.

  7. MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS: Throughout the plans, detailed material specifications are provided for various building components, ensuring that the construction uses the specified materials for each aspect of the structure.

Q: Do you also help with plan submissions to municipalities?

Yes, Nethouseplans will provide assistance with your submissions to municipalities. We will provide guidance and assistance with all the requirements to ensure that your plans are successfully submitted and approved by your local council.

Q: Can I have someone else modify the plans for me?

Yes, you can choose your qualified, registered service provider for plan modifications. We recommend including the CAD version with your plan purchase, as it allows any design professional you prefer to make changes more affordably. The CAD file is typically emailed to you in DWG format

Q: Can I come to your offices and consult with one of your consultants to review my requirements?

Yes, you are welcome to make an appointment by calling us or sending us an email or WhatsApp message.

Q: I am buying from outside South Africa, can I pay by credit card?

Yes.  Nethouseplans is a verified online merchant by both Paypal and PayFast (Both are highly respected third-party online gateway companies).  Please feel free to send us an email request for making payment using a credit card and we will do the rest.

Q: What do the abbreviations on the floor plans stand for?

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
ENTR.– Entrance
Din.– Dining Room
Bedr. – Bedroom
Scul.– Scullery
D/Garage.– Double Garage
RM – Room
D/Vol– Double Volume (Void)

Q: What is a PDF format or version of the plans?

A PDF file contains an electronic copy of House Plans, available in either the Study or Full scale version. PDF stands for Portable Document Format, a digital format used for easy transfer of files containing text, images, drawings, and fonts into a single digital file. PDFs are user-friendly, can be downloaded, stored, and emailed via a PC, making printing additional copies straightforward.

To view PDF files, you’ll need a free PDF Reader software provided by Adobe. You can download it here: Adobe PDF Reader

Please note that once purchased, a PDF House Plan package cannot be modified. For post-purchase alterations, you will need a CAD version of the house plans.

Q: Is the material list and building cost estimate included?

No. These services are provided for a fee by Nethouseplans. Kindly enquire with our design team to add these services for you.

Q: What is not included in your plans?

  1. SITE PLANS: These plans, showing the house’s location and service connections on your specific site, are not included. You can hire a local Architect or Draughtsman for this service at an additional cost.
  2. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CERTIFICATES: In specific structural situations (e.g., double storey houses, unstable soils, complex foundations, and roofing), an engineer’s certificate is required. You must appoint a local structural engineer of your choice for this, and a final Certificate of Completion will also be required after construction.
  3. ENERGY CALCULATIONS: Energy calculations (SANS 204 and SANS 10400-XA) are not included. It’s your responsibility to meet these requirements based on your site’s geographical zoning.
  4. LOCAL BUILDING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S APPROVAL: You are responsible for submitting the plans to your local building and/or planning department for approval.

You can hire Nethouseplans or another qualified design professional for these services at an additional cost.

Q: Are all the floor plans available mirror-reversed?

Yes.  Always remember to specify on the order form or by email whether you’re ordering a standard or mirrored/ reverse version of the plans. NB. Request for mirrored versions of plans will not be accepted after delivery of the first ordered plans to the purchaser.

Q: How does copyright law affect me?

All Copyright is reserved to Nethouseplans. All house plans, architectural designs, and content in this website publication are the property of Nethouseplans. Copyright is protected by South African Laws and International Treaty and Trade provisions. The purchaser of a house plan is authorized to build one house unless otherwise stated in writing by Nethouseplans. Copying, reproducing, or any other use of these plans is strictly prohibited, except for building the purchased house. All rights reserved. Infringement of the Copyright carries a minimum penalty of R 1,000,000 and is enforceable by South African Laws and International Treaties.

Q: How is the square meter (m2) or footage (ft2) calculated?

The square meter/footage of a plan is calculated on covered (roofed or slab) habitable living areas including Double Volumes. This will also include any finished basement areas, garages, porches and Patios (but excluding Balconies or any open – uncovered- spaces). All habitable spaces UNDER ROOF.

Q: What is a CAD or AutoCAD format/version of the plans?

A CAD/AutoCAD/DWG/DXF file is an electronic copy of House Plans in their original format. This file is useful when you want the plans modified by a design professional. You can take it to a local Architect or Draughtsman who uses a CAD system to make changes. Please note that a CAD file can only be opened on a computer with CAD software installed.

Q: Can I make changes to the floor plans?

  1. If you want minor amendments to your chosen house plan, you can request a quotation by emailing us your list of changes.

  2. Our plan buying options include a CAD option, allowing registered professionals to make moderate to substantial changes. You can consider hiring a local architect or draughtsman for this purpose, and they may also assist with plan submission to your local municipality.

  3. Even after appointing and paying the architect or draughtsman for modifications, the total cost of your house plans will be lower than if you had the same professional design your house from scratch.

  4. Note that, starting from July 1, 2006, anyone practicing architecture in South Africa or submitting house plans to a Local Authority must be registered with SACAP. We can provide a SACAP form for each plan purchased upon request. Ensure that any architect or draughtsman you choose for plan amendments is registered with SACAP and offers high-quality architectural services like Nethouseplans.com.

How much will the plan modifications cost me?

Before determining the cost of plan modifications, we assess their feasibility. We provide a fee proposal (quote) based on the extent of work needed. Typically, minor changes incur no charges, while fees for modifications are calculated based on an hourly rate.

Q: How many set's of plans do I need to build a house?

Note that 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.

Q: I want to build this home on more than one site, is this allowed?

The purchaser of a house plan is authorized to build a single house, once unless otherwise stated in writing by Nethouseplans. Copying or reproducing any part of the house plan for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. If you wish to use the plan for multiple houses, please contact us to order a license for such use, which may come with a discounted price.

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