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Construction Drawings - PDF Files

Each of our home plans is now available to you as a PDF.Each of our home plans is now available to you as a PDF format sent to you via email.  Get your plan the same day in most cases or on the next business day delivered to an email address or addresses of your choice.  Print from your plotter or take it to your local copy center to print as many copies as you require.


As with our printed construction prints, we place an overlay with your company name or name and your order number on each page.  Your PDF is delivered to your email address.  The PDF can be ordered online or by calling 800.947.7526.


*Due to the nature of this product, all PDF sales are final with no returns or exchanges possible


Construction Drawings - CAD Files ( AutoCAD DWG & MicroStation DGN )

Each CD contains a complete set of working drawings that include:
  • Notes
  • Elevations
  • Foundations
  • Floorplans
  • Sections
  • Electrical Layouts

CAD Files are $500.00 plus the price of the plan. Electronic file only no hard copy.


Ask about receiving your plans by email.


*Some designs not available on disk or by email.

Construction Drawings - CAD Files

Construction Drawings - Multiple Sets Printed on Bond

Construction Prints - Vellums or Bond
Most people are familiar with Blueprint paper which is a standard type of light-sensitive photographic paper (called diazo paper) that architectural plans were commonly printed on. Blueprints cannot be reproduced and fade over time.


Design Basics uses another type of paper called Bond. There are two main advantages of Bond prints over Blueprints. Bond prints can be reproduced multiple times and do not fade over time.


Page size varies depending on the complexity of the plan. Typical pages are 18" x 24", while others are 24" x 36" and 36" x 48".




Typical Construction Drawing Pages



No matter the type of construction drawing / prints you purchase, you receive a complete set of construction drawings. The page images shown below are representative and for illustrative purposes only. Most plans include, but are not limited to the following pages:


Cover Page. Each Design Basics home plan features the rendered elevation and informative reference sections including: general notes and design criteria 1; abbreviations; and symbols for your Design Basics' plan.


Elevations. Drafted at 1/4" scale for the front and 1/8" scale for the rear and sides. All elevations are detailed and an aerial view of the roof is provided, showing all hips, valleys and ridges.


Drafted at 1/4" scale. Poured or block basement or slab foundations are standard. We also show the HVAC equipment, structural information, steel beam and pole locations and the direction and spacing of the floor system above. Optional slab and crawl space foundations are available for $150.002.


Main Level Floor Plan.
1/4" scale. Fully dimensioned from stud to stud for ease of framing. 2"x4" walls are standard. The detailed drawings include such things as structural header locations, framing layout and kitchen layout.1


Second Level Floor Plan.
1/4" scale. Dimensioned from stud to stud and drafted to the same degree of detail as the main level floor plan.1


Interior Elevations.
Useful for the cabinet and bidding process, this page shows all kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well as any other cabinet elevations.


Electrical and Sections.
Illustrated on a separate page for clarity, the electrical plan shows suggested electrical layout for the foundation, main and second level floor plans. Typical wall, cantilever, stair, brick and fireplace sections are provided to further explain construction of these areas.


Roof Framing Plan.
Illustrated on a separate page for clarity, the roof framing plan shows the suggested dimensional plan showing lengths, runs, ridge heights and wall plate heights.

** This page not included with floor plans adapted for ICF Products **


1 Our plans are drafted to meet average conditions and codes in the state of Nebraska at the time they were designed. Because codes and requirements can change, and may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, Design Basics Inc. cannot warrant compliance with any specific code or regulation. All Design Basics plans can be adapted to the local building codes and requirements. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or builder of each plan to see that the structure is built in strict compliance with the governing municipal codes (city, count, state and federal).


2 (excludes designs 9000 - 9xxx and 24000 - 24xxx. Carmichael & Dame Designs (9000 - 9xxx) and WL Martin Designs (24000 - 24xxx) designs come standard with a slab foundation.  WL Martin Designs have basement and crawl space foundations available as  optional items at $150.00. Carmichael & Dame Designs have a basement  foundation option at $150.00. Crawl Space Foundations are considered a custom change item and are priced at about $350.00).


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