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Do you offer builder discounts?
Yes. Please contact us at 1-877-264-PLAN for details about our builder opportunities.
How many times can I build this plan?
While some designers offer “unlimited license to build” as an option on their plans, most plans that are purchased give you the right to build one (and only one) plan. Due to copyright laws, building more than one structure from the purchased plan is illegal. If you would like to build one of our plans multiple times, please contact our customer service center to insure compliance with copyright laws.
Can these plans be modified and how long will it take?
Yes, most plans offered on HousePlanIt.com can be modified. It is common for individuals to purchase a stock plan and have changes made. The price for modifications will vary depending on the complexity of the changes. Most changes can be made within 2-4 weeks but may take longer depending on the work required. In most cases, a reproducible or cad file plan package is required to make modifications. To obtain your personalized modification quote, find your dream home, click on the Modify this Plan link, and follow the directions listed. Most modification quotes will be answered within 24 hours.
How is square footage calculated?
Since, square footage is one of the primary factors in selecting a plan, we understand its importance. Square footage calculations can vary depending on how the calculation is achieved. Unfortunately, there is not an “industry standard” approach to square footage calculations. Some designers may calculate the area to the outside of the exterior studs while others may include the entire exterior wall thickness including brick or other masonry veneers. These separate approaches could result in a difference of 50 or more square feet (depending on the size of the plan).
Equally important to the “Living” or Heated/Cooled square footages are the “other” areas that must be factored in to the equation such as Garages, Covered Porches, and Uncovered Patios to name a few. These spaces and areas often get overlooked but are critical to the square footage calculation and/or cost to build. Most of our plans provide square footage for these spaces to assist in the decision-making process. If you have concerns about the square footages please contact us prior to purchasing.
What is included in my home plans?
Each plan you view has a listing on the “House Plan Details” page that lists all the items that are included with the plan package. Below you will find a listing of the typical items found:
1. Cover Sheet
May include index, front view of home, definitions, etc.
2. Foundation Plan
Typically includes dimensioned foundation plan with footing details.
3. Dimensioned Floor Plan
Electrical may be shown.
4. Exterior Views
Four exterior views of the residence with other miscellaneous details.
5. Roof Plan
Birds eye view showing all ridges, valleys and other necessary information. Not available on all plans.
6. Roof Framing Plan
Plan displaying all rafters, ridges, and valley locations. Not available on all plans.
7. Electrical Plan
Displays all switches, lighting fixtures, outlets and other necessary electrical items. These items may be shown on the Dimensioned Floor Plan.
8. Wall Section(s)
Detail of wall materials and assembly.
9. Building Section(s)
Section through home displaying necessary information about framing and other miscellaneous data. Not available on all plans.
10. Cabinet Elevations
Displays interior cabinet views. Not available on all plans.
11. Blank Specifications
Specifications guide for the purchaser and their builder to complete. Not available on all plans.
Note: The items listed above as “Not available on all plans” are not always required for every plan depending on location and complexity. For a more detailed list of what is included in a specific set of plans, please review the “What’s Included” on the House Plans Details page.
How many sets of plans will I need to build my home?
We recommend purchasing a minimum of 8 sets of plans or “PDF” files to build your home depending on your building location. The following individuals or groups will typically need at least one set: your builder, subcontractors, lending agency, local building department, architectural review board, and one for yourself. You should also allow for some sets not being returned from bidders, stolen or lost. Additional sets can be ordered up to 180 days after the initial purchase.
Can I order more sets once my order has been placed?
Additional sets of plans can be ordered up to 180 days after the initial purchase of your plans. After this time has expired, full retail pricing may be required. Call for more information.
What type of plan packages do you offer?
|PDF Files||Electronic, read only, copy of plans that gives you the right to make multiple copies and includes a license to build the structure one time. Files are typically mailed on CD or emailed.|
|CAD Files||Electronic files in .DWG format, "Version Varies", designed to take to a local designer/architect/engineer to make minor to major alterations. This package includes a license to modify, reproduce and build one structure.|
|Reproducible Vellum||Plans printed on erasable vellum intended to allow minor alterations by hand. This plan package includes a license to reproduce and build one structure.|
|8 Sets of Plan||Eight sets of plans printed and mailed directly to you and includes a license to build the structure one-time.|
|5 Sets of Plan||Five sets of plans printed and mailed directly to you and includes a license to build the structure one-time.|
|3 Sets of Plan||Three sets of plans printed and mailed directly to you and includes a license to build the structure one-time.|
|1 Set of Plan||* Not for construction, for review and bidding purposes only. * One set of plans printed and mailed directly to you. This plan package does not include a license to build one structure and is typically stamped “Not for Construction”.|
|Study Set||* Not for construction, for review purposes only. * Typically includes a presentation floor plan (similar to the one shown on the site) printed to scale and four exterior views.|
What types of shipping are available?
Click on the “Add to Cart” button on the house plan detail page and follow the prompts to see the current shipping prices. Please note that some plan orders may take up to 48 hours to fulfill. There are four options available for shipping.
Ground: Ground delivery usually takes 5-7 business days but may vary depending on your location. Ground shipping orders are usually shipped out within 24 hours.
Second day: These orders will be shipped the same day if order is placed before 12:00 noon. Please call for availability
Overnight: These orders will be shipped the same day if the order is placed before 12:00 noon. Please call for availability.
Email: Cad files and PDF files can be delivered via email which will save you time and money on shipping. There is no shipping charge when choosing this method. Please call for availability.
Can your plans be shipped to Canada?
Yes, our plans can be shipped to Canada. An additional freight charge will apply. The best solution is to allow us to email pdf files to you and this will enable you to take the plans to your local print shop and have copies made. Please contact our customer service center for additional assistance.
Can I return my plans once my order has been placed?
Unfortunately, due to copyright laws and the ability to copy plans, your plans can not be returned once your order has been placed. All sales are final. If you would like assistance in selecting your home plan before you order, please contact our customer service center. We will work hard to make your home plan buying experience a success.
What codes or standards are your plans designed for?
Plans on HousePlanIt.com were designed to meet building codes at the time of their design, such as the International Residential Code. Due to regional requirements such as: high wind areas, seismic conditions, soil conditions, snow loads and other specific circumstances, we strongly recommend that the plans be reviewed by a local engineer or architect before starting construction. In fact, many local building departments may require it. Please contact your local building department to verify before placing your order.
Are the plans sold on HousePlanIt.com stamped by a Structural Engineer or Registered Architect?
No, the plans sold on HousePlanIt.com are typically not stamped by a structural engineer or registered architect. Due to regional requirements such as: high wind areas, seismic conditions, soil conditions, snow loads and other specific circumstances, we encourage you to consult with an engineer or architect familiar with conditions in your area prior to building. In addition, local building departments may require that the plans be reviewed and/or modified to comply with local requirements. Please contact your local building department before placing your order.
What is the difference between mirror reverse and right reading reverse?
A plan layout may work better if it is “flipped”. For example, If the garage is on the left in the original plan and it would work better to have it on the right…”mirroring” or “flipping” the plan may be the best solution. A mirror reverse option will “flip” the plan but will not provide for the text to read correctly (ie. the text will read backwards on the sheet as if you were looking at it in the mirror). A “right reading reverse” provides for the plan to be “flipped” and will read correctly.
How I do check on the status of my order?
If you are trying to follow up on the status of a recently placed order, please login to your account. Once your plan order has been shipped a tracking number will be available. If you still have questions please contact us.
Can you design a custom home for me?
Yes, we have an experienced design team that can design a custom home for you. Please call our customer service department today for your free consultation.
For more information on custom house plans, please click here.
Is my personal information and credit card information secure?
HousePlanIt.com is committed to protecting your privacy. We use secure connections to ensure your personal information is safe. Also, your personal information including your email address is never sold or given to third parties.
What are the benefits of ordering a pre-drawn set of plans compared to a custom set?
There are several benefits to purchasing a pre-drawn house plan instead of having a custom home designed. The most important benefits are time and cost. Pre-drawn plans typically cost less than a thousand dollars and can be in your hands within days. Custom plans can cost as much as 4-5 dollars per square foot and can take months to complete. Most pre-drawn plans have been sold and built for years, therefore the design of the plan has usually been refined many times to achieve the best possible layout.