Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We're here to help.

How do I contact you?

Please email us at hello@designwithfrank.com or live chat with us.

Do you offer building plan customizations?

Yes! Our design team is happy to collaborate in helping you modify any plan to better suit your project needs. Our floor plan is designed to be flexible to adapt to different site conditions and local code regulations. You can also use the Construction Package and CAD files to work with a local engineer or architect to modify FRANK's design quickly and easily—though we are happy to take on those projects in-house as well.

Need something else? Email us here at Hello@designwithfrank.com or use the chat app on the website.

What customizations do you offer?

We are happy to work with you on minor and moderate design
changes.

We typically set up a Zoom call to go over all the modifications together. We will calculate the costs based on your specific needs, and send an invoice for you to review.

Please keep in mind that we only provide modifications for
the Construction Package offer. We do not provide modifications for the study set.

How much will it cost for customizations?

Minor Changes

$200 - $500 each

General- Remove, Add or change decks and patios- Change or move doors, windows, and skylights.

Bedroom- Move, add, or expand a closet- Expand room size.

Kitchen- Change or Add appliances and cabinetry

Major Changes

$500 - $1000 each

General- Remove entire section or part of the house -Add or remove a bedroom

Kitchen- Expand the space- Add or change a pantry

Foundation*- Changing to a fully finished basement or walk-out basement is roughly around$850 - $1,300, depending on the complexity and research

*Local engineer must review foundation plans to ensure they meet site-specific conditions

Can I collaborate with a local designer/engineer to customize my plans?

Yes! Our Construction Package contains editable files that can be modified and customized in CAD programs with the assistance of a local designer, architect, or engineer. We can also export Sketch or another 3D format if your local engineer or architect requests it.

Furthermore, when you get the Construction Drawing Set
Package from us, we offer design consultation hours during which we double-check your local building guide and code.

Can I see this house built? Do you have photos?

Check out our featured project page here: https://designwithfrank.com/blogs/feature-projects.

We also have more images and behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram account: @designwithfrank.

Can I have a different foundation?

Yes, we can change the foundation design to fit your project. Our standard foundation design is a Stem wall or slab-on-grade. We can always add a basement or pier foundation to your design.

We typically use a slab-on-grade or Stem wall foundation because it's cost-effective and practical in many locations and across a wide range of soil conditions.

However, FRANK can change the foundation to a basement, crawl space, and much more. Also, when we change the foundation, our designer will check your local frost depths to make sure it works. Please keep in mind that all foundation plans must be reviewed by a local engineer to meet site-specific conditions. To learn more, email us here at Hello@designwithfrank.com or use the chat app on the website.

Apart from the website, does FRANK provide any other custom designs?

We have a strong and vigorous design team that can work with you on any custom design. We will be more than happy to create a special design for your specific needs. The custom design takes more time and effort. We will be happy to set up a call and discuss this on a case-by-case basis.

Do your designs come with an Engineering/Architectural Stamp?

As part of the permit approval process, some states require that blueprints be stamped by an architect or engineer in the area. Please confirm the county requirement in your area. Also, please take note that we do not provide any stamps for our drawings.

Although not endorsed by us, our inventory is created by certified designers and is verified by qualified engineers. If your municipality requires a stamp, you will need to ask a local engineer or architect to inspect the blueprint and stamp it. If you need help finding one, we are happy to connect you with some of our trusted networks.

Will these home plans meet my local building codes?

Our floorplans were created to meet and surpass national building regulations. All our designs comply with IBC (International Building Code).

Some states, counties, and municipalities have their own set of building rules, zoning guidelines, and codes. To ensure that the design adheres to local laws and codes, make sure to get in touch with your local building authority before starting any project. Get any necessary permissions or inspections taken care of as the building develops.

Is there a help tool for the basic design?

FRANK offers a free design tool online. The tool is currently in its first version. Feel free to use it and create a layout.

We are happy to set up a free design discovery call to chat about your specific project needs.

What is App/Website Device compatibility?

Our app works on Safari 13 or newer, as well as with any other browser such as Firefox and Chrome. Unfortunately, the app doesn't work on mobile devices yet.

Is the website just a design platform or does it also include prefab components?

Design with Frank is a design tool and design company that provides a better way for people to design their custom homes. (We don't build.)

No, you don’t need a prefab builder. You can work with your local builder and we can provide your in-depth custom design! If you get the Construction Drawing Set Package with us, we offer design consultation hours during which we double-check your local building guide and code.

What type of heating systems do you recommend for your designs?

We encourage our customers to consider the mini split system, force air, and radiant floor heat. In most cases, a mini-split offers both heating and cooling, so be on the lookout for models that list a heat pump as a feature. For our plans that feature a wood or pellet stove, installing these units will provide supplemental heat in the wintertime to keep you cozy.