General Information & FAQ's
How do we get a plan stamped or sealed by an architect in my state?
- Municipalities generally require a verification of structure, of which a local engineer can provide.
- If it is the neighborhood and not the state that needs the architectural stamp, ask if they will accept an engineer’s seal/stamp.
- It is illegal for an architect to stamp/seal someone else's work.
- If the request is coming from the state, it is still possible to get it stamped. You will have to find a local architect who is willing to do so.
- Most of the time, a customer will purchase the reproducible master or a PDF set which allows an architect to make any changes to the plans, and stamp the plan themselves.
What is your William E. Poole Designs Plan Purchase Policy?
Because we have no control over the selection of your building professionals, we cannot be responsible for the advice you receive from them or for the methods they use. Please be sure that the plans you order meet your needs prior to purchase in that all sales are final, non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Additional sets of the same plan may be ordered within a 60-day period at an added cost plus shipping, handling and tax if applicable. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Can you tell me where some houses are located?
Due to privacy laws, we cannot give out personal information of our clients.We suggest contacting your local Real Estate agencies and local builders to inquire if they know of any William Poole homes in your area or a quick online search may help.
I am a builder; Can I get a discount on the purchase of plans?
Yes, we are very happy to work with builders. If you would like be offered a discount, you must contact our office directly. You must be a builder or developer for the discount to apply.
May we use William E. Poole materials in advertising a home we built?
Yes, we are happy to have you advertise William E. Poole homes. Please call our office to request the "Use of Copyrighted Materials" form.
What are included in the purchase of a set of plans?
All plans are drawn at ¼” scale or larger and include: designer’s rendering of front elevation; foundation and dimensioned floor plans; electrical plans; section through house; all exterior elevations; selected interior elevations; door and window sizes; fireplace details; stair details; molding details; cabinet details; roof plan and exterior details. Most plans include alternate basement plans. All total square footage figures represent heated square floor space only. They do not represent two-story vaulted spaces, garages, unfinished areas or basements.
Can the floor plans be reversed?
Yes, we do offer plans them but they are totally mirrored (flipped, backwards) which makes reading them sometimes difficult. We recommend that you purchase a regular set of plans with your reverse order. All reverse sets of plans are $50 in addition to the regular set price. If you would like to have the plans read right reverse, please call our office to set up a consultation to discuss modifications to the floor plans. We cannot give quotes over the telephone without a scheduled consultation.
I do not need a full working set of plans, I just need something I can get a bid on,such as a study set, is there any other option?
Most builders can help you with a bid by using the basic floor plans that you have of the home which are found on our website. We do not sell "study sets" of our plans. If you are in need of bidding sets, we recommend purchasing a full set of stock plans.
Do your plans meet the codes in my area?
We design our plans by the CABO (Council of Architectural Building Officials) code at the time the plans are drawn.Because codes are subject to various changes and interpretations, you are responsible for compliance with all local building codes, ordinances, site conditions, subdivision restrictions and structural elements by having their builder review the plans to ensure compliance.We also recommend that you have an engineer in your area review your plans before construction begins.
Can you give me a cost estimate on building one of your houses?
Your builder should give you a true cost estimates as well as help you find the material you want to use. We suggest finding a builder who specializes in custom home building. The cost of materials is not going to be the same in different areas across the United States. Other factors that affect costs are codes, the area of the country you are building in, and your personal choice of various materials .(If you keep to the specifications on our plans, or if you use materials that you and your builder decide on).
Can you tell me what the reproducible master set of plans or PDF set is used for?
They are used when you would like an architect or designer in your area to make changes to the existing plan. In order to get the right to makes changes to our copyrighted plans, you must first sign an End User License Agreement. This License Agreement states that you can only construct one home, you cannot sell the plan after changes are made, you can only make 12 copies and that you are allowed to make the changes you need. You can go to a copy store & get the copies made on any type of paper you prefer.
Do you recommend builders or contractors?
We DO NOT recommend builders or contractors for your area to build our homes. There are many builders and contractors that construct our homes beautifully and to the specifications of our blueprints. To find out if there are any builders that have constructed our homes in your local area, you will need to contact your local building department. They normally keep that type of information on file. In addition, you may find some help through realtors.By calling them, they may be able to tell you where a Poole home is built and some builder information (if available) Furthermore, you may want to visit our website at www.williampooledesigns.com and review our photo gallery to view photos of submitted homes.