DIY 4Plan is set up to assist the true do-it-yourself client that wants to generate the existing plans, design drawings and construction documents for his/her home project. DIY provides the client with a step by step process to help effectively measure an existing room, and how to build upon that to create existing building plans. DIY also provides app recommendations under "Helpful Tools" to assist in measuring and drawing the home's existing conditions. The client can use laser measuring devices or standard measure tape to measure existing conditions. The client then draws the existing plans and design drawings in a program/app of their choice. Once the existing conditions are documented, the client uploads the files to the website and DIY Architectural will send the client a bid based on the level of assistance they need and the scope of work for their project. Via internet video meetings DIY meets with the client for architectural critiques of the design work and to assist the client through the process of obtaining a permit.
The client needs to confirm with their local Building Department, Planning Department and HOA(Home Owner's Association) that their project complies with their requirements and restrictions. If the project is under an HOA, the client will need to understand their requirements and get their approval before submitting to the Building Department. DIY can assist and guide the client with what is needed for their local agencies if needed. Once the agencies approve the project conceptually, either the client or a local contractor can run basic budget numbers before going into construction documents/building plans. The client will then do the construction documents based on the designs, and either use City standards or hire a local engineer to do any required engineering and obtain the Title 24 calculations for the project submittal. During the engineering phase, critical measurements will be confirmed by either the engineer or contractor. The client then submits the project to the Building Department. Once the project is approved, DIY is here to assist the client with any questions and to give architectural guidance during the construction process.
If the project becomes too complicated for the client to obtain a permit, we always have the option to move the project from DIY 4Plan to DIY Architectural where we would do the construction documents using the client's design work that was created together.
The permit process in some jurisdictions can be complicated and time consuming, but is a crucial part of your home's value. When doing DIY home improvements it is important that you always obtain the appropriate permits that are required and get them finalized through the inspection process to keep a clean title on your property. A very important note: if you, the do-it-yourselfer or a contractor, does the remodel or addition per the current code but does not obtain a permit from the governmental agency, the project does not fall under the agency's grandfather clause. When you sell or refinance your home, or get into the unfortunate situation where you get caught, your project will have to be permitted under the current code. Any changes the code has gone through, you will have to update and this is not a cost effective way to build. Your Building Department is there to help you and give you guidance through the process. This is used as a form of checks and balances for the industry. DIY always recommends a permit for home improvements. Check with your local agencies to confirm when one is required.
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