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Where can I get the floor plans for my house?

  • August 06 2010 - Bel Air North
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Buy a metal detector from someplace like Radio Shack, Harbor Fright Tools, Best Buy, or Frys.

Most homes built before 1960's will have steel water pipe and cast iron drain pipe, which the metal detector can locate quite easily.  (Some will have clay or cement pipe below grade; you may need a camera inspection of the line with routing from a pluming company).  Some may have copper piping for the water lines, but the Metal Detector will be able to find that as well.

You can easily measure and sketch your own floor plan.  But you may not need a floor plan to resolve plumbing issues.

What kind of plumbing issues are you concerned about?
  • May 14
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What if your home was built way before the 1960's and have no idea who the builder is? I'm having plumbing issues.
  • May 13
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  • March 13
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Do you know the builder's name?
  • February 28 2013
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  • February 22 2013
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A great place to get floor plans for your house is from a company that specializes in plans like [removed by Zillow moderator]. I used them and thay are great. They can be reached at [removed by Zillow moderator] and they give you exactly what you ask for.
  • June 12 2012
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You have a couple of options. First I would contact the architect if you know who it is. Second I would try and contact the builder or developer if you know who that is. Third I would try contacting the township building department to see if they have it on file. And lastly you can always hire an architect to come and measure your house and produce an As-Built drawing for you. Then you will have a copy to use for any future projects from additions and renovations to simply laying out some furniture or measuring for new hardwood floors. Good luck.
  • April 20 2012
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  • March 12 2012
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Floor plans for your home cannot be found at the city's building department.  The only information contained at the city regarding your home are the permitted improvements.  If you are in contact with the original owners ask if this is something they may have.  I have found original owners do have this information in addition to the complete marketing brochure. 
You can always draw this out by hand or use computer software.  Same results using both methods.  Good Luck.
  • September 28 2011
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doesnt the county hold records of this? i thought you can go to city hall or maybe tax assessors office to get it?!?!?!?
  • October 17 2010
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Grab a tape measure. Measure each room. Then just make one from the dimensions. I did this years ago using a shareware house design program. Since you draw the lines you can determine how it goes. I also used the program to design my garden and to map out my truck bed with my stuff in it.

Dimensions can also be put onto graph paper and just draw with no computer help at all.
  • October 14 2010
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You can also check online and see if there is a software program to redraw your house. Not expensive at all..
  • October 13 2010
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Any appraiser can give you a floor plan if that is all you want. Just be sure to tell them up front that you want interior walls drawn in as many of them don't do that unless asked. This should be very inexpensive. It all depends on your need. If it is a blueprint that is something else. Many architectural or drafting firms have trainees that can do this quite nicely if needed and still maintain a lower cost or expense to you.
  • August 23 2010
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Get in touch with the builder of your home, they would be the best source.
  • August 22 2010
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Well said
  • August 06 2010
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Are you looking for a floor plan (general layout of the rooms w/ sizes) or a plumbing blueprint?  I just curious since your question was posed under the Plumbing section.  They are two completely different things and you may need to go to different sources to get the information you're needing.

If you are looking for a plumbing blueprint, you would need to contact the builder of your home, or the city might have a copy from the work permit that should have been issued when your home was constructed.

If you are just looking for a general floor plan, you can use the same two sources, or hire someone to come in a draw up a new one (although it's just as easy to do this yourself).
  • August 06 2010
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