Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about ready-made architectural house plans!

  • I like your plans but I want to make changes. Can you customize one of the plans before I buy it?

    No, unfortunately not.  NOAH only provides you with a set of drawings in PDF format.

    You have two options:

    Contact NOAH to request a quotation to assist with your desired additions or changes.

    OR

    Contact NOAH to purchase the electronic format of your plans (DWG) for an editable version which you can provide to a registered architectural draughtsperson or architect of your choice to assist with your desired additions or changes.

  • Do all the NOAH homes include eco-friendly building strategies?

    Yes.

  • How long after payment will I receive my plan?

    Upon receival of full payment you will receive your order electronically.

  • I’ve bought a home plan but now I have second thoughts. Can I return the house plan?

    Unfortunately, not. NOAH has a NO RETURN policy. Please see our full Terms and Conditions for more.

  • Can I submit these drawings to council?

    Although the set of NOAH drawings are ready made, the site information of your property on which you wish to build your NOAH home needs to be added to the drawings before you can submit to your local authority.

    You can take your purchased set of plans to a registered architectural draughtsperson or architect of your choice to assist with a Site Development Plan or NOAH can assist with preparation of a Site Development Plan at an additional cost of R650 per hour.

    Feel free to get in touch with us for a quotation if you would like to make use of this service.

  • When I purchase a plan from NOAH, what will I receive?

    You will receive a digital A1 colour pdf set. The DWG and Revit drawing set will not be included as these are copyrighted for one home only.

    When you buy a building plan from NOAH, we will provide the following drawings in pdf format:

    1. Floor plans
    2. Roof plans
    3. Sections
    4. Elevations
    5. Lighting layout
    6. Fenestration layout, hot water and gas plan
    7. Window schedules
    8. Door schedules

    PLEASE NOTE: This set does not include a Site Development Plan, as this requires the specific site information and restrictions of your property.  You need to take your purchased set of plans to a registered architectural draughtsperson or architect of your choice to assist with a Site Development Plan and to complete the drawings for submission to your local council.

  • What building codes do NOAH home plans comply with?

    All building work must comply with the National Building regulations stipulated in SANS 10 400, applicable SABS codes & building society regulations. All materials must be SABS approved or agreement board approved.

    NOAH plans comply with all of the above.

    However, due to variance in the application of local building requirements and bylaws, building practices and soil, seismic, weather and other conditions of the location of your property, you will need to appoint a SACAP registered professional to perform the duty of certifying compliance of your plans with SANS 10400 for submission to your local authority.

  • In which formats are the house plans provided?

    You will receive your plans in PDF format. You can contact NOAH to purchase the electronic version of your plans in DWG format.

  • How long does the process take to finally start building my dream NOAH home?

    All drawings must comply with the regulations of the specific council your site falls under before you can start building your dream NOAH Home.

    NOAH plans are not bound to any specific council regulations. You need to take your purchased set of plans to a registered architectural draughtsperson or registered professional architect of your choice to assist with a Site Development Plan and to complete the drawings for submission to your local council.

    Once you have a set of working drawings for council submission completed by a registered architectural draughtsperson or registered professional architect, you have to submit these plans to your local council. It can take anything from 6 weeks to 6 months for a council to approve a set of plans, after which you can start building your dream NOAH home.

  • Will NOAH specify all materials to be used and their suppliers?

    We specify all the materials according to SANS and building regulations. You are welcome to choose a supplier of your own.

  • What should my first steps be after buying a house plan?

    Get into contact with a registered architectural draughtsperson or registered professional architect of your choice to assist with a Site Development Plan and the submission process to your local council.

    You are welcome to contact NOAH for a quotation to assist with the Site Development Plan and the council submission process.

  • How do I find a home builder?

    The Nhbrc as well as the master builder association can provide reliable builders for your dream home.

    Contact details for the NHBRC:

    Eastern Cape: Tel: (041) 365 0301
    Free state: Tel: (051) 448 7955 / 6 / 7
    Gauteng: Tel: (011) 317 0000
    Kwazulu Natal: Tel: (031) 374 8100
    Limpopo: Tel: (015) 297 7519
    Mpumalanga:Tel: (013) 755 3319
    North West: Tel: (014) 594 9900
    Northern Cape: Tel: (053) 832 6850
    Western cape: Tel: (021) 913 9210

    Contact details for Master Builders South Africa:
    +27 11 205 9000

  • What will it cost me to build a NOAH Home?

    Many factors play a role here depending on your choice of material finishes, floor tiles, the kitchen, the sanitary wear, the lighting, different lighting specifications. Ask a Quantity Surveyor to provide you with a Provisional Sum (estimated cost) for the property.

  • I purchased a plan. How many houses may I build with this plan?

    You are only allowed to build one home. Should you want to build more homes like the particular one you bought, you must contact us to discuss duplication.

    NOAH designs are protected under the terms of the South African Copyright law and may not be copied or reproduced in any way, by any means. We authorize the use of your chosen design as an aid in the construction of one single family home only. The drawings produced are for Council submission and are not a full set of Construction drawings. They are sufficient to build from. You may not use this design to build a second or multiple dwellings without purchasing another set of plans from NOAH.

  • Should I buy a house plan or a stand first?

    You have to purchase a stand first and only thereafter the house plan. If you need any assistance after you have purchased plans, NOAH will be more than welcome to assist at an hourly rate.

  • I live in England. Are your house plans suitable for construction in other countries as well?

    No, our building plans are only applicable to South African regulations.

  • I’ve bought a house plan but I’m having some unrelated challenges. Is there a time constraint as to when the house must be built? In other words is there an expiry date for a bought plan?

    If you’ve already gained council approval, you have to build within one year from approval. If this time has lapsed, you’ll have to re-apply. The plans you bought from NOAH, however, do not expire but as per copyright, you are only allowed to build one home with this plan.

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