Optimizing Your Building Permit Application

Guide to Optimizinget Your Building Permit Application

This new publication “Guide to Optimizing Your Building Permit Application” by William Edward Summers will help you to expedite your building permit application.



The Most Popular Plan on my Stock plans Site

30′ x 50′ Two Story Shop with Apartment

30 x 50 two storey shop with apartment

30 x 50 two storey shop with apartment

This is our most popular ready to use stock plan. Versions of this plan have been built in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The small two bedroom apartment may be repeated within the building envelope if shop space is not required to obtain up to four units. There is tremendous flexibility with this plan and great revenue generating potential.

Here is what you will get:

Four elevations, floor plans, sections, roof framing plan, second floor framing plan, foundation plan, framing details, connection details , specifications.

We are offering this plan directly from the designer during the month of June 2014 only for $149.99 USD. This will be available on Amazon.com in June at an increased price. Use any of the forms to inquire. I will send you a paypal invoice or buy now.

30 x 50 two storey shop

30 x 50 two storey shop

Apartment on mezzanine level

Apartment on mezzanine level

30 x 50 Shop
Second Storey of 30′ x 50 Shop showing mezzanine level apartment


The Other Most Popular Plan


20 x 24 two storey garage

20 x 24 two storey garage

The other most popular plan is a 20′ x 20′ two storey garage. Upstairs is one big room with a small half bath in one corner. Add a full apartment upstairs later, the floor plan is included with the plan package. This project is only $ 99.99 USD until June 30, 2015. It is going to Amazon.com in June at an increased price.

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20 x 24 two storey garage

20 x 24 two storey garage

20 x 24 frirst floor plan

20 x 24 frirst floor plan

30’x50′ Two Storey Shop with Apartment

30 x 50 elevation

This two storey shop with an apartment has recently been our most popular plan. The building is inexpensive to build and offers amazing flexibility. The mezzanine level apartment is on the top corner of one end and the rest of the building is open. It is possible to repeat the 20′ x 30′  two bedroom apartment up to four times within the building envelope to create up to four units. This plan will be offered on Amazon in June 2015 but you can buy directly here at a slightly lower price. Contact with your questions and an invoice. $149.99 for the plans.

Fourteen foot high shop door

Fourteen foot high shop door

The biography has been completed

The biography of William Edward Summers has been completed and is posted to Wikitecture. It tells about his early childhood in Bavaria, school years in Old West Lawrence, and launch of his career in San Francisco.  It does not cover the continual harassment he has experienced from  people with negative and prejudiced attitudes and explore the trials he encountered moving to a new country. The biography gives a general overview of his fascinating career. View it here:


7 Tips for Making Your Renovation Easier

House on Barksdale Drive, renovation under construction

For most people a home is their biggest single investment, so planning and renovating wisely is extremely important.

“Often a house has everything desired in term of location but has design flaws, outdated floor plans or needs more square footage. With careful design an old house can become better than when it was new” explains William Edward Summers, the principal of South Vancouver Island and California based design firm William Edward Summers Creative Projects.

Summers’ new book “The Keep It Simple Guide to Renovation” provides homeowners with a clear path to successfully completing a renovation project.

1) Thoroughly understand your building’s zoning designation including the parking requirements. Allowable building set backs, height limitations and lot coverage are also important details

2) Use your architect/designer’s design development concept plans to obtain a more accurate preliminary estimate from your builder and better response from your banker. A visual is worth a thousand words.

3) Give your architect/designer enough time to make thorough plans. It is much less expensive and stressful to make your design decisions on paper rather than during construction.

4) Use an intermediary to facilitate communication with your builder. This will help alleviate stress and confusion during the construction process.

5) Avoid panic by adding 15% to any final estimate for budgeting purposes. Renovation is a process that frequently has unanticipated variables that add expense.

6) Let your builder or architect/designer do the permit processing. As the project owner you may be too emotionally close to the process to be able to deal with the building officials objectively and without anxiety.

7) Think about long term usage with your renovation and consider designing for accessibility and energy conservation.

The New Book “The Keep It Simple Guide to Renovation” by William Edward Summers is available for free until mid summer at:

Orinda Transformation 2004