After You’ve Purchased a Plan

When you buy one of the permarchitecture plans from the shop, you are still missing a couple of the pieces of the puzzle. So what happens next?
Positioning
One of the core features of a bio-climatic design is the proper positioning of the building with regards to the Sun, wind and other forces. The first step I recommend is for you to take my free email course by signing up below. It is a 6-day course where you learn exactly what to look out for when placing your house on any site. If you need any assistance, you can book a design session with me, where we work together on your project in real time. You can do that here. The first session has a money-back guarantee.
On the positioning page in the PDF, you can add your site plan on top of the plans if they are compatible. You can also crop the plan out, place it on your site plan an re-paste everything on the page. Again, feel free to book a design session for this as well, though any design-savvy friend can probably help you out.
Foundations
Depending on where you are and how you soil is, you might need a different type of foundation than what is drawn up on the plans. It might only need to be a bit bigger or it might need to be completely different. The only way to find out is to bring a specialist in to survey your site and tell you exactly what you should do. They will the make a foundation plan, probably in AutoCad, based on the project plans that you provide them. In this case, you will need to purchase The Basic Package of your project, which features the AutoCad plans.
Electrical & Plumbing
If the project is tiny and straight forward, the electrician will probably not need to do a full electrical plan. In the case of bigger builds like the U01 and U02 on the other hand, the electrical plans will have to be drawn up on top of the same AutoCad file. Permarchitecture does not provide electrical or plumbing plans.
Modifications
The plans here at permarchitecture are a generalization of the numerous possibilities of space layout for each project idea. Every person is different and it's absolutely normal to want specific changes in the design of your own house. The plans are meant for modification and that is why The Full Package features the whole SketchUp 3D file, in which the project was conceived.
SketchUp is a beginner friendly software compared with most other architecture tools. This is one of the reasons I use it. It is visually intuitive and you can keep track of a 3D project with relatively little training. I do recommend taking the time to watch a YouTube video or two about SketchUp before starting out opening your newly bought project. We can modify any part of the plans together, in the design sessions.
You might want the help of a local professional to modify a project. The Full Package features both the AutoCad file and the SketchUp model. If your architect does not work in SkecthUp, that's alright, they can use the 3D in AutoCad or the 3ds export from SketchUp. There's a readme.txt file in the package that explains everything.
If you want to get involved, please checkout the community platform here, where a tribe is slowly taking shape with people from everywhere sharing ideas and putting their minds together.
Materials
The local conditions, prices and availability of craft are the ones that will determine the materials for your project. The projects as they are feature general material specifications, mostly for temperate climate contexts, in the hope that they will be enough for most. The texts on the PDFs are easy enough to change for local authorities applications. Feel free to book a session for any changes.
Translation
If you need your plans translated into another language, we can replace the text together directly in the layout file and re-export the pdf. The layout file is part of the Full Package, if you want to do it yourself. Otherwise, you can book a design session here.