I am in the progress of purchasing a lot in Los Angeles County, right
on the border line between LA and Kern County. I have over 2 acres to
work with and i am interested in building one house and selling it.
My question is does anyone have experience with the blueprints and
plans which are available online for example from houseplans.com
I spoke with a few structural engineers and they all said something
different. Some said that they will be able to work with the plan but
will need to redo the entire plan to meet spec. I know they want to
make a sale or charge as much as they can. The house is only 2500 sq
ft which is not that big for the area and some of these guys want
almost 10,000 to just prepare the plans before i can submit to the
county and wait for the city to respond.
I know that there will be some charges from the engineer and the
architect but i do not believe that the amount of work they will do on
the plans will be a great amount. I do respect them for what they do
and who they are, i do not want them to work for free, i just want them
to be honest.
What the engineer will need to do to my plans is go over it and have it
sealed as the city requires that.
Also the plans are available in cad files so the architect or engineer
can get the job done with much ease.
please advise and all your time and help is appreciated.