Frequently Asked Questions
While Searching for Plans
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.