Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Pat wrote in with this question about buying a house, but there are no available plans with it.
We are in the process of purchasing a house and have been to the local municipality for a copy of the plans only to find that they have no plans on file at all for this particular property.
How do we go about trying to obtain plans for this property?
Any advice you can offer would be appreciated.
Les advised Pat as follows:
There are two options that you can follow. The first is to see if you can find out from the current owner who designed the house when it was built, because they should be able to give you a copy of the original plans. If they know who the builder was, he may be able to tell them if they don't know. I
f the house is an old one then the above is unlikely to be helpful and the only way to get a set of plans is to have someone measure the house and draw them up for you. If you are planning to alter the house, then measuring up and producing an "as built" plan would form part of the brief of your architect or designer.