DIY plans are, by their very nature, plans and drawings that you undertake and put together yourself, without the assistance of a professional. These are not plans that a professional does for you. But DIY plans do not fall into any specific category or categories. Because of this, if you know what you are doing, you can even submit DIY plans to a local authority or council for building approval. Otherwise you can just use them to help you with your building project.
When we build houses and solid garden structures, we need to submit formal plans to the local authority in charge of the city, town or region in which we live, and show them exactly how we intend to build the house or structure. These plans and accompanying drawings will show and specify all the different materials that will be used for building. Because of this it is very important that the drawings and plans that we produce comply with any building regulations or by-laws in the country or region in which you live. If plans don't comply then you're going to have to change them before you even start thinking about building.
Regulations are important for your DIY Plans
Now, if you don't know very much about the regulations in your area, and you have never done these sorts of drawings or plans before, then it is a really good idea to get a knowledgeable and reputable specialist to either do them for you, or at least help you with the plans, for a fee. One good compromise that some specialists will go along with is for you to do all the groundwork and to give them all the specifications and requirements. What you might then do is find out all the measurements as well as detailed information about the materials that may be used. But there will need to be sufficient information for an architect or draughtsperson to work from otherwise they will not be able to draw up plans without asking for additional information. Check costs before you go this route.
Another factor to remember is that regulations in different areas and in different countries do vary. If you are not doing major structural alternations to a building, you probably won?t need to submit formal plans. But by putting down what you plan to do on a piece of paper, in the form of a drawing, actually does help with just about all building and renovation projects.
There's another way of looking at DIY plans, and this is in the context of a clearly defined plan of action - as opposed to a plan on paper. DIY plans of this sort might not necessarily incorporate drawings at all, but they will specify materials, quantities, cost, and a time frame for each part of the job, however simple it is to do.
Whether you are going to be building or renovating, or even doing some concerted gardening work, you're going to need to do some sort of DIY plans.