Read these commonly asked questions from people just like you.
Can I modify the house plan?
We can make changes to any of our house plans based on your needs. The additional cost for such changes will depend on the complexity of the changes and whether we have to fully engage several people to work on your changes. Please get in touch with our customer support team here if you need changes made to a house plan. If you let them know the ID number of the house plan you are interested in and list down the changes you need then they will quickly be able to calculate a quote for you.
Are your plans ready to submit to my building department for permitting?
Every county is unique. Our plans include enough information to build a home, but in some cases, the local government can require additional information. We strongly recommended that you check your local building authority prior to applying for a building permit or beginning actual construction to confirm what you will need to submit for your building permit.
How many sets of plans do I need to buy to build my house?
Keep a complete set for your records, as well as adequate copies for your builder and contractors, lending institution, and building department. A brief trip to your local building department or a visit to their website will reveal how many copies are required. To make a bid, contractors and subcontractors will require copies of the blueprint. It is increasingly popular to buy the electronic “PDF” version of plans because you can take or send the file to your local print shop whenever you need another copy
How much will this house cost to build?
The cost of building a house is determined by the location, the quality of finish, and the site topography. For a decent beginning point, we provide a cost-to-build report that is available for each house plan. If you’re ready to move further, purchasing a plan set allows you to get bids from builders for even more specific estimates (some designs have Bills of Quantities and Materials list included; this makes it easier for you to get the exact cost of building from your local contractors. Once you get a soft copy of Bills of Quantities you can then print as many copies and provide them to your contractor to get the exact rates for the construction of your house.
What do I need to know about architectural and engineering seals?
Some cities and states are now requiring that a licensed architect or engineer review and “seal” a blueprint, or officially approve it prior to construction due to concerns over energy costs, safety, and other factors. Prior to application for a building permit or the start of actual construction, we strongly advise that you consult your local building official who can tell you if such a review is required.
What is included once I purchase a house plan?
Below the description of each plan, you will find a list of all drawings that are included in the plan set and once you complete the payment all the drawings will be sent to your email. If you need any clarifications on the list or if your local building authority requires additional documents please contact us so that we can organize to create the additional documents for you.