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Aug 3, 2018

Questions about provided Architectural Drawings


I received the info packet for the Million Dollar Pool Challenge and reviewed the attached files. I am very excited about this project because I have been looking for a way to enter my projects and designs for a while now, but as a designer only and not a builder, I am pretty limited in this respect.

Since this is design to be going behind a new construction project, I wondered if there might be any elevation, electrical (lighting), or roof plans available. A lot of times I am able to get these drawings from the architect on similar projects. Are there any files like that? PDF format files would suffice.

Aug 4, 2018

Due to privacy, we have told the real customer that we will not release the very detailed drawings on the home so the pool studio, pdfs, ,topography and sketchups are the only files we have permission to share. It's our hope next year to have a site that will have a full set of architectural drawings with a little more detail.

O.K. I am guessing then that all the materials shown on the house are correct and should not be changed as well?

Aug 5, 2018

The general architectural theme of the home needs to be protected as hill country contemporary but if you have skins or materials loaded that will present better, feel free to change the materials on the home.

Aug 5, 2018


just for clarity, the PDF plans don't actually match the Sketchup file, nor the poolstudio file, on purpose?

Aug 5, 2018

Unfortunately there are a few minor instnances that the .pdf drawings differ from the sketch up and pool studio. You found one and another is the added office in the walkout basement. My best answer is to use the drawings that will best suit your design. Because of the sheer time amassed already putting this competition together, we had to find a client that had all of the files we needed available and that would sign off on us using them and there were a few tweaks they made that didn’t make all of the drawings. In the future competitions, we will push to make sure the drawings all sync up perfect to make it as easy as possible for our competitors.

Aug 5, 2018

Thanks for the quick reply ! So you mention “ the client “ if we’re assume this is for an actual homeowner, and at first glance the budget appears to be in and around a million. Would it be wise to design around that number? ie try not to turn in a design that’s 25 million? As that’s just way to far past the potentially proportional budget for the house? Or is it a little fictional scenario where so long as it could actually be built, it’s ok to come in with a 100 million dollar space including water features, structures, lakes, etc . ? Just wanting to be sure I don’t waaaay over do it. :)

Aug 5, 2018

No problem. Check out the FAQ section of the website for the long answer to that question as it’s come up a lot. It’s not an easy answer because on hgtv, all of our solutions would be $125k and done in 6 weeks, in real life they will probably be 2.5 million and done in 2 years....

Aug 14, 2018

Where can I find the sketchup, pdf and pool studio files?

Aug 14, 2018

Once you register, you will receive a dropbox link with a folder that contains everything you will need to get started within 24 hours. I do not handle any of that stuff since I am one of the judges so I don't really have control in getting it over to you sooner. If for some reason you don't receive it in 24 hours, please let me know. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2018

Thank you for your help @rschindler.I haven´t received the email yet but I will keep waiting! 

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