Richard Kyle, Architect
227 Carol Jean Way, Branchburg, NJ, 08876

  • What's Included In Our Plans

    All of our plans are designed by a licensed architect and each plan is designed to meet CABO Building Code or International Building Code at the time and place they were drawn.

    The plans for most home designs include the following elements, but the presentation of these elements may vary depending on the size and complexity of the home and the style of the architect:

      1. Foundation Plan: include drawings for a standard, or daylight basement, crawlspace, or slab foundation. All necessary notations, and dimensions are included. (Foundation options will vary for each plan. If the home you want does not have the type of foundation you need, contact Richard Kyle, Architect for customizing options.)

      2. Detailed Floor Plans: show the placement of interior walls and the dimensions for rooms, framing, doors, windows, stairways, etc.. A floor plan is provided for each level in the home.

      3. Exterior Elevations: show the front, rear and sides of the house, including exterior materials, notes, and measurements.

      4. Roof Plan: This birds eye view of the home shows the slope, pitch, ridges, valleys and location of dormers, gables and other roof elements, including and skylights. This information may be shown on the elevation sheet or on a separate diagram. Not included in all plans.

      5. Schematic Electrical Layout: show the suggested locations for fixtures, switches, and outlets. This information may be shown on the floor plan or on a separate diagram.

      6. Wall Section: shows the components of the house as though it were sliced from the roof to the foundation. The cross section specify the home's construction, insulation, flooring and roofing details.

      7. General Specifications: provide general instructions and information regarding structure, excavating and grading, masonry and concrete work, carpentry and wood, thermal and moisture protection, and specifications about drywall, tile, flooring, glazing, caulking and sealants. This information will vary on each plan and may not be available on all plans.

    Additional Items

    Estates of Elegance provides additional information that you may order, as follows:

      Reproducible Set: is useful if you plan to make changes to the home plan you've chosen. This set consists of drawings on erasable, reproducible paper for the purpose of modification. When alterations are complete, working copies can be made. Up to 10 copies can be made from one set of reproducible. Contact Richard Kyle, Architect if more than 10 sets of plans are required. Copyright laws apply. See copyright statement.

      Mirror-Reversed Plans: (available on all plans) are used when building the home in reverse of the floor plan. Reversed plans are available for an additional surcharge. All writing on mirror-reversed plans are backward. We recommend ordering only one or two sets in addition to the regular sets.

    Compliance with Codes: Depending on where you live, you may need to modify your plans to comply with local building requirements - snow loads, energy codes, seismic zones, etc. Estates of Elegance authorizes the use of our plans expressly conditioned upon your obligation and agreement to strictly comply with all local building codes, structural requirements, ordinances, regulations, and requirements - including permits and inspections at the time of construction.

    Architectural and Engineering Seals: Many cities and states require an architect or engineer to review and "seal" a plan prior to construction. There may be a fee for this service. Please contact your  municipal building department, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), or local chapter of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD).

    Estimated Building Costs: Building costs vary depending on the style, size, type of finish materials you choose, and the local rates for labor and building materials. A local average cost per square foot of construction can give you a rough estimate. You can call a local contractor, or your local building association for an estimate of the local cost per square foot of construction. An accurate cost estimate will require a builder review the plans you wish to build and the types of materials you wish to use.

    Revisions, Modifications and Customizing: Minor changes and material substitutions can be made by any professional builder without the need for expensive plan revisions. However, if you will be making major changes, we strongly recommend that you order a reproducible set and seek the services of a local architect professional designer, or contact our Plan Modification department.

    IMPORTANT! These plans are NOT RETURNABLE! Please double check the plan number before placing your order.


    NOTE: Due to regional variations, local availability of materials, local codes, methods of installation, and individual preferences, it is impossible to include much detail on heating, plumbing, and electrical work on your plans. The duct work, venting, and other details will vary depending on the type of heating and cooling system (forced air, hot water, electric) and the type of energy (gas, oil, electricity) that you use. These details and specifications are easily obtained from your builder, subcontractor, and/or local suppliers.