If you plan on building a new home you’re going to need a set of plans. What comes in a set of plans? Plan sets include detailed information that your builder will need when starting the construction of your new home. Let’s take a close look at all that goes into plan sets.
*Not all plan sets include all sheets listed below. See the ‘What’s Included section’ on specific plan pages to get complete information.
Construction notes and details may include the foundation, interior walls, exterior walls, stairways, floors, and/or roof details.
Be sure to check with your local building department to be sure your plan meets local codes and building requirements. Although many of our plans can be built “as is” in most locations, some areas require extra steps (such as structural engineering, soils reports and energy efficiency calculations).
The typical plan set does not include any plumbing, heating or air conditioning drawings due to the large variety of local codes and climatic conditions. These details and specifications can be accessed from your builder, contractor, and/or local suppliers.
The designs sold from Homeplans are generally created to conform to the local codes when and where the original house was constructed.
The License Agreement gives you the access to construct a single home from a purchased plan design.
Digital files can be obtained via email and can also be sent to a print shop or copy store when you need printed “sets” for bidding and permitting. You will save both time and money when you need an extra copy or even just a single page.
Printed copies can be sent to you via mail. Simply order another when you are in need of more copies and they will arrive within a few days in the mail.
PDF sets arrive the fastest and also give you the opportunity to print more copies locally (and inexpensively) when needed.
Print locally as needed
Computer Aided Design (CAD) files are required if you are making lots of changes to a plan set and are using your own architect.
Printed Copies (sent in the mail)
Printed sets are stamped “do not copy” and cannot legally be copied.
For more prints, order additional copies
These sets allow direct copying and are printed on paper. In this set you will obtain a limited copyright release to make additional copies when/if the need arises.
Print locally as needed
Many plans have a Study Set or Single Set option that allows you to obtain bids from contractors if you are not ready to buy a full-priced plan. These plan sets are stamped “Not for Construction” and the builder or contractor legally cannot build from it. However, we do credit you 90% of the Study Set or Single Set purchase towards your upgraded plan set once you are ready for your construction documents.
* Unless you buy an “unlimited” plan set or a multi-use license you may only build one home from a set of plans. Please call to verify if you intend to build more than once. Plan licenses are non-transferable and cannot be resold.
** The original designer retains the copyright to plans derived from their plans. You cannot buy a CAD set, change them and sell the changed design to others or build additional homes based on the changed set.