Planning Guide

At SketchPad we understand the process of home design from the initial creation of a home plan, to move in day of your cherished luxury home. With each home plan from SketchPad, you not only get a design for your dream home, but also a highly-livable floor plan that reflects our years of insight and experience.

The home design team at SketchPad knows which questions you need answered as you define your custom needs and determine the right home plan for you.

  1. How long after I place my order will my SketchPad home plan arrive?
    SketchPad home plans are entirely on a per-order basis and typically take 3-5 business days to process depending on your selected method of delivery. SketchPad will e-mail you a shipment confirmation when your plans are shipped.
  2. What if I order the plans and change my mind. Can the home plans be returned?
    We do not allow refunds or exchanges. That’s why we recommend not rushing your choice and truly understanding your selection before ordering. To ease this process, feel free to print out the information on each plan detail page to review while you consider your decision.
  3. How do I know my order will be secure?
    All financial information is encrypted and transactions are conducted using industry-standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) protocol.

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  1. How many times can I build a single home plan?
    All SketchPad home plans are copyrighted and may only be built once by the original purchaser of the plans. If you would like to build a plan more than once please contact us directly.
  2. Do you offer discounts for multiple purchases?
    At this time we do not offer any special discounts. If you intend to build a plan more than once, please contact us directly.
  3. Do you offer sell sheets or plan books to review with my clients?
    Instead of plan books, SketchPad offers high-quality, full-color information on our website. We recommend that you print these out on high-quality paper and present them to your clients for their review.
  1. What styles of homes do you offer?
    At SketchPad, we offer a variety of home plans in many different styles. Often our home plans are not predictable and may not fit any one style. Instead, they blend contemporary influences that provide luxurious comfort with more traditional, time-honored architectural forms that showcase true craftsmanship. They are inspired by great homes of the past but with a fresh look and a bit of an eclectic flair.
  2. How do I find the home plan that’s right for me?
    Understanding your needs and accurately assessing them is something only you can do. Take the time to analyze what works best for you in your current home and what you wish you could change. Above all, do not rush when choosing a home plan. Weigh your options carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  3. What’s included in your home plan sets?
    SketchPad home plan sets include floor plans, roof and foundation plans, exterior elevations, building construction details including wall sections, as well as custom detailing recommendations. Everything you will need to accurately build your dream home.
  4. How much will it cost to build a home based on one of your plans?
    Costs vary considerably by region, building site, builder, your choice of finish materials, and, of course, square footage.
  5. How many blueprint sets will I need?
    You’ll need about a dozen sets of blueprints to build your home–a set for you, one for your interior designer, and the rest for the builder and subcontractors. SketchPad will provide you with print-ready pdf files or printed physical copies depending on your preference at checkout.
  6. Can I order additional plans?
    SketchPad plans can be purchased as print-ready pdf files so that you (or your builder) will be able to make all the copies you need at the local level. If physical copies are ordered you will have the option to purchase additional copies at checkout.
  7. Do I need to have the plan reviewed by an local architect?
    Yes. A local architect or engineer can review your plans and determine whether they meet local building codes. They are also qualified to make changes as needed to satisfy local regulations.
  8. What happens if I want to modify the home plan?
    If you have special building requirements or needs, we recommend that you contact us directly or use a local architect (ask your builder to recommend one) to make any modifications. If CAD files are purchased we will send DWG files and your local architect will be able to modify your plans as you deem necessary.
  9. Do you offer custom home plans?
    If a custom plan is a better fit, please talk to us about tailoring a design specifically for your needs. Visit our parent company www.jvisser.com to see our current custom work.
  10. How do I assemble a building team?
    In a word: research. Talk to friends and neighbors, look for signs in the front yard of new construction that appeals to you, contact the Better Business Bureau. No matter how you learn of a builder or interior designer, always ask for multiple references, and use them.

SketchPad blueprints and construction drawings are intentionally simple and straightforward, yet fully provide the exacting detail necessary for complete construction.

While others may provide varying levels of detail in their home plans, we have worked with hundreds of customers and builders to refine our home plan sets to include only what's necessary.

SketchPad customers pay one simple price for a comprehensive package backed by proven expertise and an established reputation.

Here's an overview of what's included in a typical SketchPad Home Plan Set:

  • Title Sheet. This page includes a color rendering of your home and an index of the complete set.
  • Floor Plans, Roof Plans and Foundation Plans. These plans detail the location, dimension and structural requirements of your home. Roof plans also illustrate pitch, composition and overhang sizes. Framers use this information for project estimates and to plan work on-site.
  • Exterior Elevations. SketchPad gives you front, rear and side elevation views, illustrating exterior materials, details, wall heights, roof pitches, window location and sizes.
  • Building Construction Details. This section gives your builder ceiling heights, a sense of overall home construction and wall sections, including material callouts, eave detail, roof pitch and foundation construction.
  • Recommended Exterior Trim and Detailing. Every SketchPad home was specifically designed to achieve a highly livable, comfortable, and beautifully proportioned space. For that reason, each blueprint comes with recommended styles for your exterior doors, window trim, garage doors and, if applicable, to your house style, columns, flower boxes, shutters and brackets.

Without the right, reputable professionals, building a home can be extremely difficult, if not downright nightmarish. Following is a list of specialists whose services you’ll need during the course of your home’s construction:

  • Residential Building Contractor, i.e. Builder. Builders breathe life into blueprints and turn them into three-dimensional living spaces. Your home builder will employ his or her own team of trusted, skilled subcontractors (framing, plumbing, electrical work, masonry, etc.), who will work together to build your home.
  • Interior Designer. Interior designers work with you to create a cohesive look for your home, recommending everything from cabinetry and countertops to paint colors and draperies. Like builders, interior designers also utilize a network of partners to convey your distinctive, personalized style.
  • Local Architect or Engineer. Familiar with local regulations, an architect or engineer will determine if any alternations need to be made to the original home plan in order for your home to be up to local code.

One tip to consider is to ask your chosen architect, builder and designer whether they have worked together before and what their experience was like building that home.

Let’s not forget…

  • Inspectors. Local building inspectors visit the home at key points during construction, confirming that major elements, such as structural elements, plumbing and electrical, have been built to regulation. Once construction is successfully completed, the inspector will issue a Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Financiers. If, like most people, you won’t pay cash for your home, you’ll need to find a banker or mortgage broker to work with. This person recommends the appropriate type of financing for your needs and ensures that funds are made available at key milestones during the building process.

We take pride in designing homes that people love to live in. To ensure just that, the home plan you select has been carefully designed to create an intelligent, inspiring and inviting living space.

Following are what we consider the three most important areas you should invest your financial resources in when planning your dream home:

  1. Selecting the right lot. How big should the lot be? In a subdivision or not? Understanding how choosing the right lot impacts your home is crucial.
  2. Buying the right floor plan. Know what you want in a home by understanding your needs and wants, including budgets and your lifestyle. Additionally, ensuring that the house fits and properly complements your lot is critical to achieving the overall sense of balance and proportion between your home and the property it sits on.
  3. Building the best team. In any new home construction, there are literally hundreds of decisions to be made before the home is completed. That’s why we highly recommend that you take the time to find a qualified builder and interior designer who will listen to your needs and can guide your decisions.

We suggest you begin by defining your needs and exploring your wants. By following these three simple steps, you’ll be able to realize what features truly factor into your dream home.

  1. Focus on floor plan, not façade. Consider the functional elements of the floor plan: overall square footage, number of bedrooms, etc. You’ll find that every SketchPad home plan incorporates modern-day sensibility in its open floor plans, master bedroom suites and ample storage spaces. If there’s a small element that doesn’t suit your needs, don’t worry. Our team can work with you to modify or even add the details that will make your home uniquely yours.
  2. Consider your lifestyle. Not just what stage in life you’re in, but your interests and hobbies. Do you enjoy entertaining at home? Will the garage do double duty as a woodworking shop? Understanding how you live in your home is what ultimately makes a home truly livable.
  3. Bigger is not always better. When building a new home, managing construction costs per square foot is an important measure to staying within budget. Paying for details that make a space more enjoyable is always preferable to simply paying for more square footage.