Quick Query


FAQ

  1. Why should I purchase plans from RDA Homes?
  2. What is a License Fee?
  3. What do I receive within my construction documents?
  4. How many times can I build the plan?
  5. Can I make copies of the plans?
  6. How long will it take before I get my order?
  7. Can I purchase reproducible copies?
  8. What is Structural Engineering?
  9. Do you offer Lumber Estimates?
  10. Does RDA provide modifications?
  11. If I want to set the plan up as a Base Plan, what do I need to do?
  12. Payment options?
  13. Exchanges and Refunds:
  14. What should I do if I find a structure discrepancy?
  15. How much is stock engineering?
  16. Is custom engineering available?
  17. Do you offer discounts on stock engineering?

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why should I purchase plans from RDA Homes?

  • Founded in 2001, RDA Homes has been serving the building industry for more than 10 years. We have completed over 800 homes in that time and have built a reputation for clear, concise drawings.
  • RDA Homes is a division of Retnauer Baynes Associates, LLC and has a full staff at the ready to assist you.
  • RDA Homes only sells plans that we have created and have been built successfully.
  • Technical Support – RDA Homes. offers technical support. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding your plan purchase, we are here to assist you.

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What is a License Fee? In consideration of payment of the building fee (plan purchase), which is a part of the price you paid for this product. RDA Homes, as Licensor, grants you, the Licensee, the non-exclusive right to use and construct one structure from these documents. RDA reserves all rights not expressly granted to Licensees.

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What do I receive within my construction documents? The construction documents include the following: Cover sheet with general notes, floor plans, foundation, roof plan, Elevations with framing layouts, detailed to 1/4" scale, detail sheets

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How many times can I build the plan? With each license fee purchase, RDA Homes grants you the permission to construct one building. If you are interested in building the plan several times, please contact us and we can discuss a discount license fee proposal.

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Can I make copies of the plans? RDA Homes technical drawings and the accompanying material are copyrighted. Unauthorized copying of these documents is expressly forbidden. You may be held legally responsible for any copyright infringement that is caused or encouraged by your failure to abide by the terms of RDA Homes License Agreement.

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How long will it take before I get my order? When purchasing a pre-designed (stock) plan without modifications, our turn-around time is within 2-3 days from purchase date - we update every plan to meet current IRC code requirements before any documents are printed.

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Can I purchase reproducible copies? Reproducible sets are available outside the state of Virginia and are subject to the terms of our License Agreement.

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What is Structural Engineering? Most jurisdictions require structural engineering calculations that meet the lot requirements they place on each parcel. These requirements include: wind speeds, exposure ratings, snow loads, seismic zones, soil bearing capacity, etc. A Licensed Engineer will perform a "Gravity and Lateral Analysis" to ensure whichever structure you choose to build will withstand those forces. That said, those calculations allow the engineer to size beams and headers, call out specific sheer wall values and foundation/footing requirements, all the way down to nailing patterns.

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Do you offer Lumber Estimates? Yes, we offer lumber estimates. When ordering, please check for availability.

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Does RDA Homes provide modifications? Yes, if you are interested in enlarging a plan, changing an elevation, or modifying a plan to accommodate your lifestyle, we can help. Our modification department specializes with custom revisions to our pre-designed plans. We provide modifications to all of our plans; RDA charges $90.00 per hour for modification services. Please contact our office to discuss modifications desired.

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If I want to set the plan up as a Base Plan, what do I need to do?

  • First, a License Fee must be purchased from RDA Homes
  • Second, RDA Homes will provide a Base Plan authorization letter to be submitted to the Building Department for that particular design.
  • All future permits must be preceded by a License Fee purchase from RDA Homes and our Base Plan Release Letter.

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Payment options? RDA Homes accepts: Pay Pal, cash, and personal checks.

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Exchanges and Refunds: RDA Homes. does not offer refunds. However, if the entire purchase is returned, we will credit the License fee toward a new License fee of equal or greater value. No cash refund.

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What should I do if I find a structure discrepancy? While every attempt, has been made to assure the accuracy of these drawings. All information must be verified prior to ordering any raw materials or fabricated components. Any structural components specified are for reference only and must be verified with the engineer of record or attached documents. However, if you find a structural discrepancy, please contact our office immediately and we will assist you with matter.

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How much is stock engineering? Stock engineering, if available, is invoiced at $.21 per sq. ft.

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Is custom engineering available? If stock engineering is not available, we will have an engineer provide a site specific quote and e-mail it to you within 24 hours.

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Do you offer discounts on stock engineering? Yes, we offer discounts on re-use engineering. Please contact a Plan Specialist for more information.

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