Frequently Asked Questions
Templates for plumbing and electrical layouts, if required, are provided by BGS. Site plans are, naturally, provided by you, the owner.
Note: Site plans are not included and plumbing/electrical layout is filled in by you or your contractor on a base sheet provided by BGS.
Which building code is used?
Possible responses: 2012 International Building Code, 2013 California Building Code, others
Possible response: 90,100, 110 MPH, Exposure, Exposure C/B.
Live Roof Load?
Possible responses: Snow, 40, 65, 100 pounds PSF (per square foot.)
Possible responses: C, D, other
Allowable soil bearing?
Possible responses: 1000 PSF, 1500 PSF, other
Any special conditions?
Possible responses: Footing Requirements, Fire Walls, Notes on Plans
Note: It is always prudent to document the Department/Person providing this information.
There are costs associated with additional work. Generally, the most cost effective approach is to modify the plans and have no changes in the field. Field changes generally add time and extra cost to your construction project.
However, if you live in Seismic Zone D (not C as indicated in your order) or the roof load requirement is really 80 PSF (not 20 PSF as noted on your order), those are new issues and additional charges will apply.
If you buy other (cheaper) building plans, you may also need to add on the cost of engineering, the extra cost of building supplies purchased as the job progresses (as opposed to using a BGS plan, where all materials can be priced and purchased up front to get a better package deal), and the cost of the surprises that almost invariably come up in the construction process when some detail is open to interpretation because the plans used were not specific or detailed enough.
The extra details our plans provide: additional wall framing views (elevations), specifications for anchor bolt/hold down locations, additional construction notes and even full-sized templates for cutting your roof members (which assure that your roof angle is correct, without you having to calculate this detail yourself) end up saving you much more money on your build that our plans’ initial cost. We think that makes them an excellent value.