Attached is my little contribution to Tofinn's original request- first Post, this Topic; it's for an addition of more space to an existing attached garage. ("4302 Diamond Valley...")
Sheet 3 has a couple of Sectionals that shows some of the detail of our (the moderate climates of California) typical method of construction. In California we are very concerned with seismic activity. I have to assume that our single-family residences are some of the most seismic-mitigation engineered there is. Where I live is very close to some very serious fault-lines, so we build to resist earthquakes. That's what all that heavy-duty hardware is about.
I live- and mostly design/draw for- in the San Joaquin Valley* of California, USA (*where a lot of the world's food comes from). We have a lot of cheap, flat
, farmland that gets bought up and developed with buildings (a lot of houses). Being that it's flat, good, earth, we mostly build concrete-slab-on-grade with only a 12 inch deep footing required for most single-family residences (here, we have zero frost-line).
I don't have a drawing of a full house
; with the economy the way it has been here the past few years, and the home-building industry being in such a poor state, I haven't drawn a whole house in a long while. I include more detail now (as Torfinn originally requested) than I used to- since I got more adept at TurboCAD.
I think the last whole-house I did I uploaded to these Forums here: http://forums.turbocad.com/index.php/topic,4100.msg22803.html#msg22803
and here: http://forums.turbocad.com/index.php/topic,4114.msg22862.html#msg22862
Edit: I do remember another whole house I drew a few years ago. I've attached that as well. It's named "Robertson ...". I did this one about January, 2006. This one was in a nearby town, about 5,000 foot elevation (a little colder than where I am, in the San Joaquin Valley, about 300 foot above sea-level).
This one was on a slightly hilly lot; I think it sloped about 10 feet front-to-rear in the pad-area of the house. So this one is not concrete-slab-on-grade. It utilizes wood-framed stem-walls, and I-joist floor-framing. The "crawl-space" (you could easily stand up in about half of it) was unfinished- just the natural terrain.
There is some detail in this plan that might serve to show how a "typical" simple house might be built in a foothill/slightly-mountainous community in California, USA, with occasional snow-days. There is about the same seismic-mitigation engineering required in that area as there is here, where I live/work.
My contribution to Torfinn (and Nickam's) original request(s). -Alvin