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What Do I Get When I Purchase a Floor Plan?

What can you expect when you buy a blueprint package (or house plan set)? Lots of things! Our house plans feature detailed house plan designs and high-quality working drawings. The following standard elements are included in most plan sets.

Typical plan sheet examples

*Not all plan sets include all sheets listed below. See the ‘What’s Included section’ on specific plan pages to get complete information.

Sample Foundation

Foundation Plan

The foundation plan set typically includes the layout of the footing, post and beams, and extent of structural slabs (based on what foundation type is purchased). This set represents the general design intent of the foundation and will feature a basement, crawl space, or slab.

Sample Floor Plan

Floor Plan(s)

Floor plan(s) sheets feature an overhead view of the home design. This view indications the location of windows, doors, walls, and rooms.

Sample Roof

Roof Plan

Roof plan sheets incorporate the elements that make up the roof. These include valleys, hips, and ridges. It may also reveal roofing material and slopes of roof surfaces, as well as chimneys and any other ornamental elements.

Sample Elevation

Exterior Elevation

Elevations are a 2d representation of each side of the home plan design and generally display the materials for roof, walls, and any other elements that are part of the design.

Sample Cross Section

Building Section(s)

Building section (s) plan sheets display a cut-away view through the home plan design that displaces the distance between spaces, as well as, the relationship from the ground to the house and to the roof.

Sample Electrical

Electrical Plan(s)

The electrical plan(s) sheet illustrates intent of lighting design and layout. This includes the location of light fixtures, switches, and outlets.

Sample Construction Detail

Construction Notes and Details​

This sheet includes the foundation, interior walls, exterior walls, stairways, floors, and/or roof details.

Must Read!

Even though many of our plans can be built “as is” in most locations, you still need to check with your local building department to make sure your plan meets local codes and building requirements. It’s important to note that some of these requirements may require purchasing extra services locally (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 broad variety of local codes and climatic conditions. These details and specifications can be accessed from your builder, contractor, and/or local suppliers.

All house plans on are designed to conform to the building codes from when and where the original house was designed.

Other Important Documents


The License Agreement gives you the access to construct a single home from a purchased plan design.

Plan Media (Digital Files or Printed Copies)

Digital Files

Digital files allow you to save both time and money when you need an extra copy. They can be obtained via email and can also be sent to a copy/print shop near you when you need printed “sets” for bidding and permitting.

Printed Copies

We can arrange for you to order additional copies of your printed plan. If you are in need of more copies, just contact us and we’ll assist you.

Digital Media (sent by e-mail)


Excellent Option

PDF sets give you the opportunity to print more copies locally (and inexpensively) when needed and arrive the fastest.

Print locally as needed


Computer Aided Design (CAD) files are required if you plan on making substantial changes to a plan set and are using your own architect.

Printed Copies (sent in the mail)

Printed Copies (sent in the mail)

5 or 8 Copy Set

Printed sets are stamped “do not copy” and legally cannot be copied

For more prints, order additional copies


These plan sets are printed on paper and allow direct copying. In this set you will find a limited copyright release that allows you to make additional copies if needed.

Print locally as needed

Want a closer look before buying a full set?

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.