Frequently Asked Questions
All Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know how much the house will cost to build?
You can purchase an intuitive cost to build calculator on any housing design or building plan for $29.95. This tool provides you with the ability to set quality of construction and finishes from Budget, Mid-Range, & Premium and toggle them to help bring your housing design or building plans into the price point you are aiming for. Once you are ready to proceed, HPC will credit the purchase of the report towards your construction package purchase.
What plan package should I choose?
With print packages, you should count on at least one for permitting, one for yourself (for finish selections), and at minimum 3 for your builder. You may want to check with your builder how many sets they prefer. Print packages are not licensed for plan modifications.
PDF Plan Packages: (recommended)
The most economical package to consider is to purchase the PDF format of the house plan. The advantage first off is you save on shipping. The PDF format allows you to locally print as many copies you need as you need them to build the structure one time. Also, many building jurisdictions are going to an electronic permitting process, and the PDF format can be emailed to various sub-contractors saving the builder valuable time and resources in distributing paper copies of the design. Some PDF Packages are modifiable versions and can allow for modifications and engineering. Carefully review the product description at checkout.
CAD Master Package:
This modifiable house plan package provides you with the construction documents in a .DWG format. Compatible software is required to open and modify the construction drawings. With the CAD Masters, local professionals can assist you with plan modifications as well as incorporating any additional engineering or local building code requirements.
What’s the difference between PDF and CAD Masters Construction Drawings?
The main difference between the CAD Master and PDF Master house plan packages is the format that the construction documents will be provided to you. The CAD Master will give you the plans in the original .DWG format (or .DXF upon request) where the PDF Master provides the plans in a .PDF format.
Both Master options do require compatible software to open and modify the design.
Are there photos of this house I can see?
We wish there were photos available for all the home plans, but if the house plan you are considering doesn't have photos chances are the home designer hasn't been able to obtain them.
I'd like to know if a home has ever been built and if I can arrange to see it?
The majority of the home plans on this site have been constructed. It’s important to us to respect and protect the privacy of those who have purchased house plans and we are unable to provide site information.
Can you refer a builder that's in my area?
At this time, we don’t offer builder referral services. Most likely your area has a local Home Builder Association which is a great resource to find a builder who constructs the caliber of home you are looking to build. Friends, family and co-workers can also be a good resource to find a local builder.
Can I show a plan to someone locally to draw?
No, the home plans on this site are protected are copyrighted so you can’t show these plans to someone else to draw. Please respect the work and time of the designers and architects on this site. Please know that Copyright infringement can come with expensive consequences for everyone involved in the infringement. You CAN however, purchase a modifiable format of the house plans (PDF Master or CAD Master) to have customization changes made locally.
What makes your site different from the others? Why should I buy my plans through you?
At The House Plan Company we are dedicated to bring you the best home plan buying experience. To do this we have teamed with talented Designers and Architects and created a co-operative environment so that you can feel confident with your purchase. We are also committed to quality and timely customer service. Our customer service and sales teams are dedicated to helping you get answers to your questions and make sure your house plan buying experience is a great one! And as a full service plan retailer we can assist you with customization services so that your project turns out exactly as you envisioned and tailored to your lifestyle.
What are the advantages of purchasing a pre-designed plan vs. custom design?
A pre-designed home plan can be a huge cost saving over starting from scratch with a custom design which in some instances is a percentage of the overall construction budget.
Can I make changes to the plans and how much will it cost?
Yes, our home plan designs are customizable and the cost depends on the type of changes you are looking to make. Some changes are simple, especially when non-load bearing walls, the foundation, or roof framing remains unchanged. Other changes can come very close to a complete redesign of the home plan. We offer FREE customization quotes.
HPC is a true quote website. What does that mean? It means HPC will not add a mark-up to the custom home plan modification quote you recieve saving you money to help you design your own home.
How do I go about customizing a plan?
Use the “customize this plan” feature available on each plan detail page to specify the changes you wish to make to the design. Once submitted, you can expect to hear receive feedback or a quote within 1-2 business day. Or, give us a call at 866-688-6970 and we can help you start the modification process.
I received my quote and the changes cost more than the plan packages. Why is that?
Construction documents are complicated and a great deal of care goes in to making sure you are able to build the house design correctly. When modification quotes match or exceed the price of the home plan packages this normally means that there is a lot of the home design that is being altered or the changes requested impact key load bearing points of the structure meaning the plan will need to be reviewed very carefully. By taking the time to make sure the construction drawings match what you are looking to build and allowing the Designer or Architect to assist you with the modifications can save your builder time and resources during the construction process. Overall, you are still getting a great deal for a design that is customized to your needs.
Can I obtain a building permit with your plans? Is there anything else I will need to do?
Each building jurisdiction is different and you will need to confirm with your building department what the requirements are for your project. Construction documents are subject to local codes and requirements which may require a structural engineer review the lateral and seismic conditions. This is a site specific review and best provided by a local, registered professional. However if you need assistance with this we can help facilitate the review. Additional documentation your building department may require includes (but is not limited to): a site plan, truss engineering or energy review.
Do the house plans show plumbing, electrical and HVAC layouts?
You will want to confirm on the house plan detail page “What’s in the Plans” section of your chosen design. Plan may show a suggested electrical, plumbing and HVAC placements, however, these components are site specific to the conditions in the area the home is built. Each of these contractors will put together the needed information for these systems based upon your lot and/or product selections.
Do the plans come with material lists?
If a material list is available on a house plan you will find it listed in the available options to purchase on that plan’s detail page. If a plan you have chosen does not offer a material list, the designer may be able to assist us in obtaining one. Please call us at 800-634-0123 or send us an email using the Contact Us form.
Are the plans stamped by an engineer?
No. You will need to contact an engineer in your area, or we can arrange to have the house plans engineered for you.
Can I build your house plans if I don’t live in the US?
Of course you can. You can save on international shipping rates (which can be quite expensive) and order the PDF or Electronic Files of your chosen house plan and the PLANS NOW formats are downloadable from the website. Both PDF and Electronic File formats can be emailed to you. We can help facilitate a metric conversion of your selected plan as well.
How many times can I build from my set of blueprints?
House Plan licenses are permission for the construction of a single structure (single-build license). Some home plan designers and architects offer additional build licenses and multi-use licenses available with the purchase of PDF or CAD Master packages.
After I place my order, how long until I receive my plans?
Plan package orders are immediately sent to the house plan designer for fulfillment. Most orders are processed by the next business day. There are times when a home plan designer will need an additional time to fulfill an order, but that will be communicated to you should that occur.
My engineer wants an electronic version of the plan; can I upgrade my original purchase?
Yes you can. Please call 866-688-6970 to upgrade your home plan purchase.
I didn’t order enough blueprint sets, can I make copies of the one I have?
No. Prints of the construction drawings are copyright protected and cannot be replicated without the permission of the designer or architect. Most home plan designers will require you purchase additional print sets through the website.
Can I exchange or return the plans?
House Plans are processed in response to your order and due to the high reproducibility of our products we are unable to accept returns. However, an exchange for a different plan may be possible with an exchange fee and as long as the original purchase has not been altered in anyway. No plan exchanges after 30 days of purchase.
All PDF and CAD Master purchases are FINAL and cannot be returned or exchanged for any reason.