Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I contact you?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or live chat with us when we are online.
Do you offer design customizations?
Yes! Our design team is happy to collaborate in helping you modify any plan to better suit your project needs.
You can also purchase our blueprint package and CAD files to work with a local engineer or architect to modify our design quickly and easily.
If you would like us to edit a plan please send us detailed customization requirements by email: email@example.com
What customizations do you offer?
We are happy to work with you on minor and moderate design
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 Blueprint Package. We do not provide modifications for the study set.
Can I collaborate with a local designer to customize my plans?
Yes! Our Blueprint Package contains editable files that can be modified and customized in CAD with the assistance of a local designer, architect, or engineer. We can also export SketchUp or other 3D formats if your local engineer or architect requests it.
Can I see this house built? Do you have photos?
Can I have a different foundation?
Yes, we can change the foundation design to fit your project. Our standard foundation design is a generic stem wall or slab-on-grade. We can 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.
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 templates, does FRANK provide 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 and is more much more cost effective to use a design template when possible and when the design budget is limited.
Email us or book a design meeting with us to discuss your custom design: Hello@designwithfrank.com
Do your designs come with an Engineering/Architectural Stamp?
Our plans do not come with engineers or architects stamp.
As part of the permit approval process, some states require that blueprints be stamped by an architect or engineer in the area. We do not provide any stamps and recommend that you always engineer your set locally and check with your county for specific local requirements.
We design our template with engineering and code compliance ease in mind. You can use our blueprint package CAD to work with a local engineer or architect. 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 adhere to the International Residential Code (IRC). This is the standard that is used by most states in the United States.
However, regulations change over time and by location; it is important that you verify that the package complies with your local building code before submitting it for a building permit.
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.
Do you also build?
No we do not build homes, FRANK is a design company that specializes in creating home designs tailored to your needs and preferences.
What type of heating systems do you recommend for your designs?
Our design templates use ductless mini-splits and ERV/HRV for air renewal. In most cases, a mini-split, is an economical solution that offers both heating and cooling and ERV or HRV systems are highly recommended with well insulated building envelopes.
Some of our plans also feature a wood or pellet stove, installing these units will provide supplemental heat in the wintertime to keep you cozy.
It is a good idea to check with a local MEP specialist for more specific recommendations, our designs are flexible enough so that other heating system, such as radiant floor heat or forced air and air renewal systems could be used.