house plans
Free Shipping on All House Plans!
Question or to order
Home >> House Plans >> Article
Search entire site
House Plans
House Plans

Still more snow.

Tags :
Published On : 01-11-2005
Author :

I guess we're not done getting our share of snow yet. We had another 6 inches on the ground this morning and its been snowing steadily all day. Combined I think that is over 24” of snow in the past three days. It's fun for the kids, but messy on the roads. I have a short drive to work and saw two accidents.

Snowfall like we have recently had is why we have a requirement in our local city to have home plans reviewed by a structural engineer. The way roofs are constructed in the southern states is a little different than they are here. So, if some one buys a home plan that was designed by an architect from the south, they will need to have it reviewed by a structural engineer. Why? So that when it snows 24” in just a few days, the roof will support the weight of that heavy snow.

On the other hand, if someone down South buys a house plan that is designed for a rocky mountain area, they would be over-building the roof if they just follow the plan. They probably wouldn't need all the strength we would here to support snow loads, but instead would need more structural resistance to wind speeds or whatever. Structural engineering is becoming more commonly required by different municipalities and is a separate service from home design. Just because a city requires an engineer's review does not mean that the plans are not drawn adequately - its just a precautionary measure to make sure that you're building the home to withstand the elements to a certain degree. What's the saying? “better to be safe than sorry?”

Structural Review - Engineers and Architects Stamps
House Plans
Engineering and House Plans
House Plans
Still more snow.
House Plans
Tips for locating a good/reasonable engineer
House Plans
What should you know before customizing a home plan?
House Plans
Do my house plans need to be engineered?
House Plans

Search House Plans

 1  2  3  4  5+
 1  1½  2  2½  3  3½  4+
Stories Garage Bays
 1  1½  2  1  2  3+
Square Feet
View Results
Enter Plan #:
Glossary of Terms
Understanding Blueprints
Understanding Copyright
What's included in a set of house plans?
Why pre-drawn house plans?
Building a home plan with an indoor basketball court
House Plans
Plans with Indoor Basketball Courts
House Plans
1. Building on slab vs. crawl space vs. basement? Advantages / disadvantage
House Plans
Garage Plans with Shops, Mother In-Law Suites, Apartments and Bonus Square Footage
House Plans
Luxurious Mountain Craftsman House Plans
House Plans
Beachfront, Coastal and Key West Home Plans
House Plans
European and Luxury House Plans, Large and Small!
House Plans
The Finest Duplex, Town House, and Multi Unit Home Plans
House Plans
The In-Law Suite Revolution
House Plans
Florida and California House Plans With a Tuscan Style
House Plans
A Frame House Plans A Home Builders Opinion Air Conditioning Tips architectural styles Architecture Arts and Crafts House Plans beachfront house plans Beachfront Houseplans blueprints building log building lots building mistakes bungalow Bungalow House Plans Buy House Plans Cape Cod House Plans celebrity home designs Charity Christmas Coastal House Plans Color Photos Color Schemes Considerations for Building Foundations in a New House Plan Contemporary Style
Drought Tolerant Landscaping for Your New House Plan
House Plans 101
The Cost to Build a House: A Guide to Budgeting
House Plans
The Once and Future Smart Home: Get Ready for Technology at Your Fingertips
House Plans
Smart Things for Your Home: The Latest Sensors and Video Security
From House Plan to House Done: The Challenge and Thrill of Building Your Own Home
House Plans
The Blueprint to Home Styles
House Plans
Childproofing Your New House Plan
House Plans 101
Create a Living Space That’s Fun, Cozy, and Safe for Your New Baby
House Plans
In With the Old as Vintage Home Features Make a Comeback
House Plans
The Metamorphosis of Green Lighting
Green Building
© 2015 The Plan Collection, LLC