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House 321 New Full Plan by Built4ever House 321 New Full Plan by Built4ever
Here's the update on plan for House #321, a classic American craftsman bungalow. New info showing up on these plans include: specific beam and truss specifications sized for live and dead loads (light engineering by me,) point loads indicated on the floor plans and cross sections (load imposed by a beam or truss which should be traceable to the foundation,) some limited plumbing information, HVAC location and limited info on air returns, which take up valuable space on the first floor, and very specific information on my interior panel system, which allows the wall paneling to be easily dis-assembled for service, updates, etc. Note: File updated Apr 27, 2012.

All drawings done by me with HB, H, and 2H pencils on tracing paper over graph paper entirely by hand. Elevations, cross sections, and floor plans drawn in scale 1/16"=one foot. Interior elevations drawn in scale 1/4"=one foot. Drawings are scanned, "color tweaked," cleaned up, put on backgrounds, and labeled with GIMP software. Perspective drawing of front done entirely by imagination, no computer models.

This plan will be updated with more info including roof plan, porch details, more interior elevations, the entire beam schedule, wall cross sections, a door and window schedule, plus more!!

This file is getting huge. I hope you all can read the fine print! If you have problems, just download it and view under magnification with your favorite viewer software.

Constructive critique is fine. Enjoy!!
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:iconelven-samurai:
Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Wow! :) (Smile) 
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Great job!
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TheBIankCanvas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
how long do you spend on this ?

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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I have no idea because it work on it on and off over a long time period. Maybe everything here has a total of 75 hours? Not sure...
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TheBIankCanvas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Ahhh youre amazing. I admire that you still work by hand when everyone seems to be digitally generating architectural drawings. 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
There's a place for the computer but drawing skill trumps all, at least to me...
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:iconthebiankcanvas:
TheBIankCanvas Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
I'm an architecture student. The studio that I'm doing atm encourages hand drawings. Were also learning about the vernacular. So I've been inspired by your drawings :) 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Yes good, draw draw draw as much as possible...
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CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh. my. God.....
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justien16 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
wow nice detail
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HonorOfStyle Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
DAM MAN! This is really in depth! Freak'n nice job! 8O
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
SOOO complicated. Will I ever get this done?
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AngelsAthena Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I would love to live in this house.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Me too!
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nunna-chan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me three!
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f700es Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Love the details added to this design. You need to publish a book of plans. Would make a great coffee table book!
Thanks for sharing :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Just discussed that topic with another guy. I need to continuously refine everything until I'm satisfied that the designs are "finished." (Are they ever?)
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f700es Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Artist
I've never seen a finished design myself ;)
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DarthJesse Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Love the design. Nicely done. Question though: By placing the HVAC units and ductwork in the crawlspace and attic, unless these areas are insulated and conditioned air spaces (part of the living space envelope), the system will waste energy. Placing the units in the core of the design, between the kitchen and dining, would lengthen the overall building, but be a more efficient design.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Negative! Never place machinery on main floor! Building plan is very tight, I can't waste space for it either. The basement and attics are generally insulated. I'm specifying AAC aerated autoclave concrete block for the mini-basement, 8" block with a roughly R-30 rating, so basement will be at least insulated. I would leave an option to heat and cool if it was used as a shop by a man for example. I agree machinery should be at same temp as house interior for efficiency. As someone who works on his own house, I want easy access for myself and specialists for the HVAC systems, fusebox, flow-through water heater, possible filters, all ducts pipes and electrical, cable/computer lines, low voltage, etc. Insulated but not heated/cooled garages and basements perform quite well surprisingly! Perfect efficiency is not my aim, otherwise I would not be designing homes this way. Good homes are blend of many features. New energy systems are getting quieter, cleaner, smaller, more efficient, so energy usage on this house will not be bad at all, especially compared to 20 year old homes or 80 year old homes...
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Let me address one other thing too about lengthening the house. I drew these plans to fit onto lots that are about 125' long and 50' to 60' wide, so I had restrictions there, totally self-imposed, of course, but lengthening the house would completely alter the original plan and add quite a lot of square feet to BOTH floors I suppose.
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DarthJesse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
It's not my words I'm using regarding placing HVAC systems in conditioned spaces, it's Joseph Lstiburek's. I was reading some articles on the Fine Homebuilding newsletter I subscribe to, and they had an article regarding crawlspaces, so I dug a little deeper and eventually bought his "Builder's Gude to Mixed-Humid Climates". He details the importance of not designing building enclosures that place HVAC ducting or components in unconditioned spaces.

If you want to check out his website: [link]

I'm not being argumentative, but I've run across more than one article featuring design mistakes regarding placing A/C units, for example in attic spaces. BTW, he writes different books for different climate types, so a house can be designed properly for its locale. Doors opening out in hurricane country, etc.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I believe I have read his stuff in Fine Homebuilding, but did not know his name. He's published lots of good stuff, with an irreverent sense of humor. As for my attic spaces, I am generally designing most of the homes in the 300 series with insulation between 2x12 rafters, fully insulating any attic space. Most of these homes are two story with attic or three story homes. I'll have to review some of those articles, but, for example, does he say "no HVAC in any attic" or "no HVAC in an un-insulated attic?" How would he recommend you set up a three-story home for example? Also, what about dividing homes into zones? I've been told to add a third zone to the house I'm in, for the bonus room, with a small dedicated unit.
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DarthJesse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Basically, his research shows that keeping all HVAC units (except condenser units) inside the building's conditioned envelope, but I don't recall the exact verbage of his reasoning. Also, all supply and return ductwork should also be inside the conditioned air space to avoid, primarily, and internal or external ductwork condensation. For example, in my own house, the supply ducting is inside, but the return is buried between the floor joists from the main floor inside an unconditioned crawlspace. Therefore, my own house runs the risk of condensation and radiant energy loss into the crawlspace. Cool air on the external side of the duct hits the warmer, wetter air entering the return ducting and the potential of condensation begins. This condensation can then leak out and fall as drops of moisture if there are any unsealed duct joints. One example...
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Okay I read some of that stuff on insulated basements last night before beddy-bye time. Lots of stuff to watch. I don't think I saw info on AAC material, but he is clearly familiar with it. I like that stuff about brick and stucco though: "I love brick. And I hate brick." Same for stucco. As long as they allow moisture to drain behind the stucco or brick, they are great materials. I have both in many of my designs. Stucco done correctly is lightweight, thin, and wears very well over time.
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Krynn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I agree, HVAC especially should be underground if at all possible for proper circulation of air (cold air sinks, hot air rises obv.). This also allows half the duct work to be split from the first floor ceiling to the floor, allowing for more flexible design of the second floor structure. I personally also like putting washer/dryer combo's in basements in case the washer floods, you don't have to worry about ruining your floor treatment/structure and worrying about water running down your cold air returns and into your HVAC system.

Putting the mechanical room downstairs also allows for more room around the actual machines/panels etc for maintenance workers to have access. Insulation of the walls and floor are all that is really needed to keep this space from being too energy inefficient. You could even put a vent off the HVAC duct leading up to the main floor to keep the room relatively warm and control the amount of air that escapes with louvers.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Totally agree with the washer/dryer thing. I have seen the first floor and basement of a premium house flooded by a five dollar part that failed. I have just renovated/moved my W/D location and thought about installing a pan and drain system. I would definitely do it for a second floor washer. Many houses here in the South don't have a basement so there is no basement option.
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DareToWatch Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This house seems to be so perfect, so well thought... would it be constructed one day?
Will maybe economize money till now to buy it... lol
Great plan indeed!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This is a very buildable plan, not too expensive. The interior is premium, but that could be done more economically. Very good chance to see it built in my lifetime. I'm getting very close to finished with the entire plan.
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DareToWatch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Do you mind if ever i try to represent this plan in 3d on Sketch Up?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Go for it. I have porch pier details completed, not posted yet. I'll try to just replace this file with a current one. Send me the link when you have some progress.
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DareToWatch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok
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ThatsMyAlibi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, this is like my dream home right here
One day when I've made enough money to be able to build my own dream home I might just have to higher you to make a layout like this!
This is beautiful!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I'll be waiting...
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orange-nomad Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I love your work I find it so fascinating to look at every angle and detail. When I was young many moons ago I used to 'Try' and draw my own tech drawings of my fantasy home each one with a secret room somewhere.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
What was the room for? Storing secret stuff?
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orange-nomad Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I never had a particular reason for the room as a child. But these days would be nice and in an alternative realiy where I am successful in life and able to afford to build my own home I most certainly would have my secret room used for horticulture.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
OHHHHHHHHHH I get it. A secret horticulturalist!
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love att the details you added with this one :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Wait 'til I do the porch details AND a porch pier option. Those are fun.
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
i look forward to that :) I definately need to get off my PC Butt and get a pencil lol :)
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IchigoNeko1997 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
:omfg: that is wickedly amazing xD the plan is exquisite :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Thanks!
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IchigoNeko1997 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
welcome :)
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G-gG Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Outstanding work! I love the way in wich you take just some regular technical drawings and make them into beautiful pieces of art! By my limited knowledge in architectural design, IŽd say it is very close to perfection and very beautiful!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Those are kind words. I certainly look for perfection, in the drawings AND in stuff I built.
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G-gG Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Your work deserve each one of those words =) Really beautiful and skillfull work in each category I can see in your gallery! Congratulations!
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BaadKarmah Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I really like the idea of the removable panels. Very slick.

Very nice design. But as the I get older, I like the idea of having to climb stairs less appealing.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Yes, most of the designs I have for narrow town lots have the master suite on the first floor. However, I rarely do a one-story house (See House #333 in gallery.) I personally like steps, even as I get older... Removable panels add time to build but in the hands of a skilled trim carpenter and crew, they may actually like this method. I'm testing it in my own home right now. It works! I love it. Now I can go back in a add electrical circuits or make other changes.
Looks fantastic too. I'll post pics of the panels I've built later...
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BaadKarmah Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I look forward to it.
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