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  • Do your plans include enough information to take for a permit? Will they meet specific building code requirements in my area?
    Yes! All of our custom home and basement, addition, and remodel designs do include full working drawings/construction documents for bidding, permitting and construction. Typically, our custom home working drawings include a site plan, black and white front, rear, and side elevations, 3D perspective views, floor plans, roof plans, electrical plans, foundation plans, wall sections and stair details. Our basement, addition and remodel plans are permit ready by VirtuActive’s standards. They typically include the existing floor plans vs. the new floor plans, elevation views, electrical plans, wall sections, and foundation & framing notes. All structure is sized and dimensions are placed on the plans. During basement finishes, additions and remodels, structure, dimensions, and details of the plans are placed to the best of VirtuActive’s knowledge based off a visual review of the home (or what’s provided to us by the client). Some structure cannot be seen from a visual perspective because it’s covered by walls, drywall, and home furnishings among other things. For these areas that are covered, VirtuActive cannot guarantee accuracy of the plans. A typical plan will include a location for all interior electrical, the furnace, air conditioner, water heater and floor drain. Our plans do not include site specific utilities such as septic location, incoming water lines, incoming electrical lines, incoming sewer lines, incoming low voltage/data and interior low voltage data locations. We can however accommodate specific details on the aforementioned items by request from the client only. All VirtuActive plans meet or exceed International Building Code 2018 (IBC) with special accommodations for the Omaha, NE and Lincoln, NE markets. If a plan differs from either of these jurisdictions, it is up to the client to make accommodations with a local drafter to ensure all local codes are met on the plans.
  • What are your typical turnaround times?
    Our turnaround times are dependent on the product or service chosen. All our turnaround times are dependent on multiple factors such as size of a home, size of a project, complexity of the project, potential for 3rd party engineering, revisions to the design and response time. The faster a client gets back to us on any revisions, the quicker the total timeline will be. A typical Custom Home design is estimated at 6-8 weeks, dependent on project size, complexity and the factors listed above. A typical B.A.R. (basement finish, addition, remodel, outbuilding or pool house) design is estimated at 4-6 weeks, dependent on project size, complexity and the factors listed above. A typical B.A.R. Lite design is estimated at 1-3 weeks, dependent on project size, complexity and the factors listed above. Our 3D Premium and 3D Commercial products are visuals only and can vary depending on the type of project, the project details and complexity. An estimated turnaround time will be given with the proposal before the project begins. Our Visual and Drafting Conversions are estimated at 2 weeks turnaround time (from start date) pending revisions. Revisions are typically completed within 3-4 business days. Custom Modification timelines can vary dependent on project size and complexity and will be communicated in the proposal before the project beings. Base Plan Modifications are estimated at 2-4 business days turnaround time (from start date.) RESChecks and Site Plans are estimated at 3-4 business days turnaround time. If you have any additional questions regarding our turnaround times, please feel free to reach to us at 402-979-8100.
  • How are your plans delivered?
    VirtuActive’s pricing includes electronic .PDF files of the construction documents/working drawings and any 3D visuals. The final project files will be released after the final project invoice is paid and received. We leave it up to the project’s billing party to decide and make their designer aware of who is allowed to receive copies of the files. Typically, files are only sent via email to the client and/or the builder. We do not release any CAD or software files of our projects. We do not have a plotter at our office, but we can recommend print shops if there is a need to print the full plans. We can send the files over to the shop of your choice. We do not cover the cost of the prints.
  • Can you redraw an existing plan that I bring you? What is your copyright policy?
    If we are asked to redraw an existing plan found on the internet or given by another drafting firm, we will be unable to do so. The only way we can redraw a plan the same as it’s brought to us, is if we receive written approval by the original designer. Any clear copyright is against the law. VirtuActive will always protect our own plans to the full extent of the law, and we also respect the rights of other designers. (See below for VirtuActive’s copyright policy) Therefore, for us to use any existing floor plan without written consent from the original designer, very clear and specific changes to the plan will need to be made. The new floor plan can in no way resemble the original plan brought to us. In other words, all floor plans that are brought to us can only be used as inspiration and not for copy. VirtuActive’s Copyright Policy: The purchase of one of our online house plans/a custom design with our team in no way transfers any copyright to other ownership interest to the buyer except for a limited license to use that set of house plans for 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐝𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭. Under copyright law, intellectual property (which includes architectural drawings) in any tangible medium or form is protected. The law makes it not permissible to modify a plan from such sources. All home plans purchased or designed through VirtuActive are protected by copyrights held by us. Reproduction of these home plans, either in whole or in part, including any form and/or preparation of derivative works, for any reasons without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. Please note that at the completion of a project, the plans may be submitted to our online plan database and may be modified, adjusted and/or resold. Under normal circumstances the plans will be submitted to our online plan database within 6 months after project completion. In some instances, or agreement details with builders and contractors, this policy can be adjusted or eliminated. We do not make this special exception for general public plans. All general public plans will be submitted to our online plan database at some point.
  • Are final plans stamped by an engineer or architect?
    In most cases, no. In the Omaha, NE and Lincoln, NE markets, 98% of all new residential construction does not require an engineer or architect to be involved. However, other markets can be different so it advised to consult your local building department prior to starting a design. ​ However, there are some instances where an engineer stamp is required. Plan details such as tall foundation walls, concrete cast ceilings and long floor spans may require the plans to be stamped. In these cases, we will let you know the reasons for an engineer stamp and VirtuActive will utilize our own 3rd party engineers to check over and stamp the plan. All billing for engineering will run through VirtuActive and will be reflected on the final bill.
  • How do you calculate square footage?
    We calculate our square footage from framing to framing including the wall thickness to match the way the city assesses the size of your home.
  • What is your return policy?
    We do not allow returns due to copyright issues of the plans you received. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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