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how to obtain house blue prints

My husband & I are interested in obtaining the blueprints for a home we almost purchased.  We loved the home, but the location was with the back yard up to Highway 40. 
Is it possible to get the blueprints for 2664 Park West Drive, Cookeville, TN  ?  We would love to build that same house design to retire in.

  • March 28 2012 - Cookeville
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Could anyone tell me whatever they can about my house? Who built it, stuff like that.....
  • April 15
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The house you are speaking of was designed by an architect which has a copyright on the design.  If you don't want to be served by a lawsuit of copyright infringement you should contact the original architect and get him to sell you the design or approve you using his plan. Check with your attorney.  I am an architect and I just won a lawsuit from someone that took my copyrighted design and used it without my permission.
  • February 15
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We are interested to obtaining the blueprints for the house on: 9617 old dowd rd. Charlotte NC 28214
  • February 03
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How much does an architect typically charge for creating blue prints?
  • January 14
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When you view a home you are considering purchasing, it only takes a few minutes to measure the rooms, and draw yourself a rough sketch of the relationship of the rooms to each other.  Similarly, one can sketch the footprint of the building and draw in roof ridge lines and valleys and roof overhangs.  If you did that, it doesn't take long to draw up the floor plan in a CAD program (assuming one used the program fairly frequently).

If one also measures ceiling height and attic clearances, and height of floor above grade (number of steps...), on can easily turn the floor plan into a 3-d model.  This can be used for elevation details and perspective views.

As for framing?  Most people just follow the UBC.  (Uniform building Code), or other "model code" adopted in the local area.  If you build a 2 story or less wood frame house as an "owner builder", you do not need any contractor license to do so.  And most building departments are more than happy to provide you with standard details to include with your plans.  And the building inspector will be checking it to those details.

You still may need structural engineer involvement for some calculations, and possibly an electrical engineer for the electrical service, and possibly a mechanical engineer for the sizing of heating and cooling equipment.

You can bid trades without having everything detailed, but if you don't at least specify minimum sizes and material types, you will be getting the cheapest. And if you are doing it as owner-builder, you are responsible for coordinating the timing of the trades.  If you forget to put a sewer pipe under-ground before pouring the foundation, that could be a real problem.  If you don't properly grade the site for water drainage, that can be a problem.  If you don't consider how the existing grade affects floor heights and access, that can be a problem.  Even though you can do it yourself, it is best to get some people that are experienced to help.

Although all plans are "intellectual property" owned by the creator or the party that paid for it, it is highly unlikely that any party would go after someone for having a "similar" floor plan if the construction details were not copied from other plans.

Courts have tended to rule that similar function and similar appearance is not copyright infringement nor "reverse engineering".  But re-issuing someone else's plans for a different site is a real liability problem for everyone concerned.

By the way, Architects retain the copyright rights of their details even if on drawings prepared for a fee for a client.
  • March 28 2012
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Most of the time, unless it's a custom home, you're not going to be able to get the plans. And, even if you could, it's likely that you will not have the rights to build the plan.

I had to specifically include my blueprints in the sale of my land, because the right to use them belonged exclusively to me (since I had paid for the architect).

However, you might try with the local government. We had to give the city a set of plans to get the review/permit process going. However, I have no idea what they did with the plans, or how long they keep them.

Just FYI...

If you're seriously considering building your own house, sketch the general floor plan - and that of other floor plans you like. Same with elevations. It can be a bit stressful to design from scratch, but it's also very satisfying to work with an architect and get it "the way you want".
  • March 28 2012
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Knock on the door and ask the owner who the builder was, then contact them. . . .
  • March 28 2012
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