We stated earlier that we are not builders. We are in advertising. But we are ambitious and have a lot of energy and are not afraid to try anything. So, after several rounds of online blueprints companies and a try at a semi-custom online architect, we felt that the $1800-2500 was better spent on materials. So, we began our own drawings. We used Adobe InDesign, Home Design Studio and HGTV Home Design to create our plans. The final document was built in InDesign and printed at FedX-Kinkos at 17x22, which is the smallest standard architectural print size, on their large format black and white printer at. This document was more than adequate.
We took the first draft of the plans to the local Building and Zoning department, in our area it is the Construction Code Authority. They were great! They checked truss and rafter sizes and made suggestions for larger and smaller specs as needed. They also helped simplify the site plan which is necessary for Zoning setbacks, square footage and height requirements. The plans were tweaked, we went back to CCA and submitted everything.
We decided to stub in plumbing for a future bathroom/country canning kitchen.. We also did DIY on the plumbing. The internet is full of info, the local building center was a huge help on the design of the system, as well as the CCA plumbing inspector.
With plans submitted, we are now ready to go! See the submitted blueprint document below.