FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
WHO IS DAVID NEFF?
I’m a New York City architect who specializes in suburban residential projects. I studied art history at Williams College, where I won the Bruce Sanderson Prize for Architecture. Next I got my Master Degree in Architecture from the University of Virgina, a program recognized for its focus on site planning and integration of building and landscape. After graduation, I worked for Austin Patterson Disston in Southport, CT and Trumbull Architects in New York, NY. Both firms have received recognition for their residential projects. In 2008, I launched David Neff, Architect and have completed numerous renovation and new construction projects, primarily in the Northeast. My first project, a shingle style home in Connecticut, was featured in Traditional Home in an issue which profiled the “most sophisticated, young, traditional stylemakers nationwide.”
For as long as I can remember, I have loved shingle style houses. Before I even entered architecture school, I began to drive up and down the coast, peering down driveways, and sketching and photographing houses. From there, I read every book and article I could find on the style. This website is an effort to make my favorite kind of house accessible to more than just those who have the time and money to commission a fully-custom home.
WHY CAN’T I JUST BUILD FROM YOUR ONLINE PLANS INSTEAD OF PURCHASING?
You could. But here are two good reasons not to:
1) Without detailed construction drawings, you will not get anything close to the house pictured.
2) In most jurisdictions, a detailed construction set will be required to obtain building permits.
For legal information about copyright and the use of these plans, please read the Purchase Agreement.
DO YOUR PLANS MEET LOCAL BUILDING CODES?
These plans are designed to meet the 2012 International Residential Code. State/local codes may vary and unfortunately no homeplan site has different drawing sets for every municipality. Your building contractor will be able to help find a local architect/engineer to make any necessary plan additions or modifications.
ARE YOUR PLANS STAMPED?
Unfortunately each state in the United States requires a separate architectural license and has different regulations so no home plan sites offer stamped drawings. Many states, however, don’t require a stamp for residential work. Contact your local building department for more information. If your state does require a stamp, a local architect or engineer can review the plans and stamp your drawing set for a small fee. Your building contractor can typically connect you with an architect or engineer.
HOW DOES THE PLAN MODIFICATION PROCESS WORK?
ShingleStyleHomePlans.com is proud to offer a service completely new to the home plan industry- extensive plan modifications as part of every standard purchase. For absolutely no additional cost, plan buyers have the option to collaborate directly with David Neff to modify any design and create a home that meets their every unique requirement.
Individual plan pages all have contact forms that allow prospective buyers to call or email with modification questions. Each plan order forms has a section where desired modifications can be described.
For more information about modifications, click here.
HOW IS SQUARE FOOTAGE CALCULATED?
Square footage is measured from the outer edge of exterior walls and includes all conditioned living spaces.
Garages, exterior porches, and chimneys are not included. Two story spaces and staircases are only counted once. Basements and attics are not counted either but square footages for these spaces can be found on each plan page.
WHAT’S IN A PLAN SET?
A basic plan set includes everything necessary for a contractor to build the exterior shell of your home. Unlike many floorplan sites, this includes blow-up details of every exterior condition so nothing is left to the builder’s interpretation.
A basic set includes: foundation plan, first floor plan, second floor plan, roof plan, framing plans, exterior elevations, building sections, and exterior details.
Unlike almost any other floor plan site, interior detail drawings are also available. These are priced on an a la carte basis as shown in the purchase section of each home. Interior offerings include electrical plans, kitchen elevations, and typical interior trim details.
Drawings are laid out on 24×36 pages. Plans and exterior elevations are drawn at 1/4″ scale, sections and interiors are 1/2″ scale, and details range from 1 1/2″ scale up to full scale.
DO YOU OFFER STUDY SETS?
The plans shown online are larger and more detailed images than what is typically offered by floorplan sites and these plans include room dimensions. For this reason, study sets are currently not offered.
DO YOUR DRAWING SETS INCLUDE HVAC (heating, ventiliation, and air-conditioning) PLANS?
Because typical HVAC system types vary from region to region depending on local climate, HVAC plans are not included. Even in fully custom projects, it is most common for the HVAC subcontractor to design the system. Mechaincal engineers can also be hired when more sophisticated systems are desired.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?
Unfortunately, as digital files can be instantly copied, all sales on house plans are final and no refunds or exchanges can be given.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PDF AND CAD PURCHASE?
PDF is a file format from which one can easily print multiple sets of construction drawings. PDF files can be emailed or transported by disk to any print shop with a large format printer and prints can be made for roughly $1 per page. PDFs do not, however, allow for significant design alterations.
CAD, or Computer-Aided Design, is a file format which allows an architect or draftsperson to make significant changes to a design. PDF files can then be generated from this CAD file for printing. All CAD files provided by ShingleStyleHomePlans.com are in AutoCad 2011 format.
CAD plan purchases also come with PDFs of each drawing. CAD files can be added to your order at any time so no need to commit to a CAD purchase with your initial order.
DO YOU DO FULLY CUSTOM HOME DESIGNS?
Yes. Please visit davidneffarchitect.com for more information