Ryan Russell, Architect assumes no liability for any home, portion of a home, or other structure which may be built from these plans.  The purchaser of these plans is responsible for reading and complying with the following before the start of construction.

A. Use of the Plans

1. These Plans are the property of Ryan Russell, Architect. These Plans are protected by Federal Copyright Laws. Any use of the information contained herein beyond the one-time use authorized by a purchase of Prints, or any duplication, publication, sale or distribution of any part of these Plans without the prior written consent of Ryan Russell, Architect represents a violation of Federal Laws subject to the prescribed penalties.

2. Purchase and downloading of any PDF plan package grants the purchaser as “Licensee” the right to use such documents to construct a single home.  A single purchase of the plans allows duplication of prints solely for that purpose. Purchaser acknowledges that all rights of ownership, title, and interest in the copyrights, plans and derivatives remain with Ryan Russell, Architect.  Modified plans are considered derivatives of the original and receive the same copyright protection even if completely redrawn. License for use of the Plans ends with the completion of the house (occupancy). Plans are not transferable to a third party. This means if the house is not built the Plans may not be sold to somebody else.

3. Any use of the Plans, or modifications of the Plans, by purchasers, builders or others is done at their own risk. Licensee should have the Plans reviewed by a local professional architect or engineer before the start of construction. The information contained within the plans is to indicate design intent and basic construction detailing. It is the builder’s responsibility to provide standard construction details and practices which will result in a structurally sound and weatherproof finished product.

B. Content of the Plans

1. These Plans do not include any detailed electrical, plumbing, heating or air conditioning drawings due to the wide variety of local codes and climatic conditions.  Licensee should have a local electrical engineer, mechanical engineer or builder provide detailed electrical, plumbing, heating or air conditioning drawings as may be required for permits and construction. The foundation plan and associated details are provided as a basic guide for a typical spread footing/poured concrete foundation system.  The design as shown is typical for the Coastal Maine region and may not be acceptable for other locations. Licensee should have a local architect or licensed engineer review these Plans and provide a site-specific foundation design if found necessary.

2. These Plans provide ideas and concepts and are not intended to be complete in all respects and details. Variations in standard sizes of window and door brands and types and use of different materials and thicknesses can change details. Varying local codes, ordinances, regulations, foundation requirements, and the layout of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems can also change details.

3. No cutting or damage to building structural components will be allowed without written authorization from a local structural engineer.

4. All utilities shall be connected to provide gas, electric, and water to all equipment whether said equipment is in Contract or not. Equipment shall be guaranteed to function properly upon completion.

5. Manufacturer’s standard specifications and materials approved for project use are hereby made part of these Notes with the same force and effect as if written out in full herein. All appliances, fixtures, equipment, hardware, etc. shall be installed in accordance with Manufacturer’s specifications and procedures.

6. Written words take precedence over drawn lines. Large-scale details and plans take precedence over smaller details and plans.  Should a conflict arise between the Specifications and Drawings, the requirements deemed most stringent shall be used.

7. Minor details not usually shown or specified but necessary for proper and acceptable construction, installation, or operation of any part of the Work shall be included in the Work as if it were specified or indicated on the Drawings.

8. All architectural drawings and construction notes are complimentary. What is indicated and called for by one shall be binding as though called for by all.

9. No deviation from the Drawings or Specifications or intent of same shall be made without the Owner’s written authorization.

10. All dimensions are to face of stud or centerline of structure unless noted otherwise (UNO).

11. Door and window details are indicated on the Door and Window Schedules.

12. Door and window dimensions are to centerlines of units UNO.

C. Builder’s Responsibility

1. It is the responsibility of the builder to assure that all work is in accordance with the latest edition of all applicable National, State, and Local Building Codes. It is the builder’s responsibility to assure that all work is in accordance with the latest edition of all applicable Construction Standards, fire department standards, utility company standards and best practices.

2. It is the responsibility of the builder to assure that all manufactured articles, material, and equipment are applied, installed, connected, erected, used, cleaned, adjusted, operated and conditioned as directed by the manufacturers. Builder shall follow all instructions to sustain and preserve all expressed or implied warranties and guarantees.

3. It is the responsibility of the builder to assure that all materials, equipment and components are new and of good quality.

4. It is the responsibility of the builder to check all dimensions and details for overall accuracy appropriate to the local conditions and the final selection of materials such as masonry, floor joists, lumber, structural members, construction panels, roofing, etc.all of which can create variations in dimensions and details. For example, if standard lumber joists are used in place of engineered floor joists the floor-to-floor dimension would vary from the Plans and require revised stair dimensions and framing.

5. It is the responsibility of the builder to arrange for all tests and inspections as specified or otherwise required by the local building department and shall pay all costs and fees for same.  The builder shall secure all building permits and upon completion of the project (prior to final payment) delivered to the Owner a Certificate of Occupancy, Use (or equivalent as local conditions require) from the building department.

6. It is the responsibility of the builder to use State licensed contractors/subcontractors for all plumbing and electrical work.  Contractors/subcontractors shall submit all required permits, certificates and sign-offs to the Owner for their records prior to final payment.

7. The General Contractor shall verify all dimensions, be familiar with the existing conditions, and bring any discrepancies to the attention of the Architect prior to submission of construction proposal and before beginning work. Drawings may be scaled for estimating purposes and for general reference only.  For all other dimensions or locations consult the Architect or refer to dimensions on Drawings. Verify all dimensions in the field.

8. The General Contractor shall lay out all work and be responsible for all dimensions and conditions for trades such as electrical, plumbing, etc.

9. All Work shall be guaranteed for a minimum one year after final approval, unless local laws require a longer warranty period. The General Contractor shall sign the written guarantee as provided by the Owner. The guarantee shall cover all general and subcontractor work. All defects discovered during this period shall be repaired to the Owner’s satisfaction at the Contractor’s expense.

D. Disclaimer

1. Names of materials and manufacturers shown on these Plans do not represent an endorsement or recommendation by Ryan Russell, Architect. Final selections of materials are the responsibility of the homeowner and/or builder, including, but not limited to proper installation of materials, nailing, gluing, caulking, insulating, flashing, roofing, weatherproofing and many other small items and details not necessarily indicated on the Plans, and over which Ryan Russell, Architect has no control or responsibility.  Ryan Russell, Architect shall not be held liable for any errors, omissions, or deficiencies in any form by any party whatsoever.

All sales on house plans and customization/modifications are final. No refunds or exchanges can be given once your order has started the fulfillment process.

All house plans from RAD Stdio are designed to conform to the local codes when and where the original house was constructed.

In addition to the house plans you order, you may also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. You might also need beams sized to accommodate roof loads specific to your region. Your home builder can usually help you with this. You may also need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Many areas now have area-specific energy codes that also have to be followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form providing documentation that your house plans are in compliance.

In some regions, there is a second step you will need to take to insure your house plans are in compliance with local codes. Some areas of North America have very strict engineering requirements. Examples of this would be, but not limited to, earthquake-prone areas of California and the Pacific Coast, hurricane risk areas of the Florida, Gulf & Carolina Coasts. New York, New Jersey, Nevada, and parts of Illinois require review by a local professional as well. If you are building in these areas, it is most likely you will need to hire a state licensed structural engineer to analyze the design and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building department. If you aren’t sure, building departments typically have a handout they will give you listing all of the items they require to submit for and obtain a building permit.

Additionally, stock plans do not have a professional stamp attached. If your building department requires one, they will only accept a stamp from a professional licensed in the state where you plan to build. In this case, you will need to take your house plans to a local engineer or architect for review and stamping. In addition, plans which are used to construct homes in Nevada are required to be drawn by a licensed Nevada architect.