An ‘as-built house plan’ is a record of an existing building (i.e. it shows the building as it is now, before you start adding an extension or knocking down walls).
Before designing a remodel, addition or renovation, you need to record a complete or partial as-built drawing. The reason for doing this is to identify all the changes made to the building throughout the construction project, no matter how minor. This not only helps the contractor by providing important construction information but also safeguards the homeowner/developer just in case construction doesn’t go quite according to plan.
An as-built drawing may also be required after a building is complete. This gives a detailed blueprint of the building and surrounding land, which enables a comparison to be made between the design and the finished product. It records all the changes made to your original specifications (which is why they’re also known as record drawings or red-line drawings).
As-built house plans aren’t essential for every residential construction project. Having said that, they’re very useful for the builder and they give you as the homeowner evidence of what was built.
If you need an as-built drawing for your addition or remodel in and around St. Johns County, I’d be happy to work with you. The initial meeting, which takes place at the job site, usually takes one or more hours to discuss your requirements. If feasible, I’ll also measure the structure’s existing conditions to save you time and money. If you have the existing plans of your home, please have them available for review at the initial meeting.