Most homeowners do not have the knowledge when it comes to accurately distinguishing between accurate drafted building plans and subpar building plans. There are many elements that contribute to making a good floor plan.

Firstly, your appointed architect should be registered with the relevant regulating body and their registration number should appear on the building plan set.

Next the architects title block should contain the property details, owners’ details and specifications relevant to the project.

All floor plans should have a north point on them with the building dimensions clearly marked and set out for the contractor to follow. The site dimensions should be accurate and according to the survey general’s map. All contours should also be shown on the site plan. The floor plans should also include a floor coverage schedule that indicates the new, existing areas to be added to the plan.

If the property is situated in an estate, the Home Owners Association should stamp the plan or sign off on the plan before the drawings are submitted to the local council for approval. The same goes for if the house qualifies as a heritage protected property or falls within a heritage protected zone.

All newly built areas to be coloured in correctly, as per the council requirements and should be annotated with the correct specifications. All elevations and sections should be correctly drawn up and dimensioned. The architect should provide as much information and specifications on the drawings as possible. The door and window schedules are also to be included in the planning pack for submission to council.


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