General
Q. How much will a set of plans cost?

A. There are a variety of factors that influence the cost of a full set of plans. A very general rule of thumb to go by is about .75% to 1% of construction costs for a full construction set of plans. Contact us with information on your project and we can give you a better estimate.



Q. What type of payment do you accept?

A. Currently Envision accepts cash, cheque, & interac e-transfers.



Q. How long does it take to get a set of plans?

A. It all depends on the complexity/size of the project and depends on how busy we are. Similarly to construction industry we also have a busy season. Allow yourself a few months to ensure that you can realistically meet your build plan. In designing a project we will have communication back and forth with you. The sooner we hear back on decisions that you have made, the sooner the project can be scheduled into our active work. Most projects can be completed in a few weeks once scheduled. Contact us for a meeting to discuss your project and we can give a better estimate of time to completion after preliminaries are decided on. Keep in mind that you may also require a sealed foundation plan from an engineer for your building permit, which may take a few weeks to get.



Q. Do I need an engineer?

A. Depends on where you are building your project. You will need to check with local City and RM’s by-laws. For the most part YES you will need to have an engineer seal a set of drawings for your foundation portion, and for any floor and roof trusses. We work with local engineers and can detail the structural foundation along with required details and notation.



Q. Can I order a set of plans online?

A. We do have stock plans available, but they are not on the website at this time. Please email us with your detailed list (size, style, etc) and we will be happy to assist you in finding a plan for you.



Q. What are copyright regulations of your plans?

A. Plans are protected under copyright law of Canada. Reproduction of any illustrations or working drawings is strictly prohibited. The purchaser has the right to build only one structure from the plans purchased and the plans cannot be resold. Exceptions are permitted upon request by written authorization only. A fee may accompany written authorization of transferring of copyright.



Q. I have purchased plans, and want changes made. Can you do this?

A. Make sure that you have written authorization to have changes made to your plan by the issuing company. Some companies will have CAD files available for you. All plans need to conform to your areas; snow/rain load, wind/seismic stress factors, land/ lot requirements, and the current standards of the National Building Code of Canada. Make sure you have the proper permission to have your purchased plans altered prior to having any work done on them.