We have attempted to compile several pieces of helpful information that better explain the process of purchasing a house plan from House Plan Gallery.com. For anything that is not addressed in this section, see our Frequently Asked Questions section or email us.
- What do typical plan sets include?
- Plan Packages
- Special Considerations
- Optional Products and Services
- Number of Plan Sets Required to Build
- Plan and Product Pricing
- Shipping Fees
- Accepted Methods of Payment
What do typical plan sets include?
In general, each house plan set includes the following elements, but the presentation of these elements may vary depending on the size and complexity of the home and the style of the individual design:
Showing architectural rendering of residence.
In general, each house plan set includes floor plans at 1/4″ scale with a door and window schedule. Floor plans are typically drawn with 4″ exterior walls. However, details/sections for both 2″x4″ and 2″x6″ wall framing may also be included as part of the plans, or purchased seperately.
Foundation Plan and Details
In general, each house plan set includes one foundation type.
Additional foundation types may be available for a given house plan, and these options can be viewed on each plan’s detail page.
Foundation types typically offered: (each type may or may not be available for a given design)
- Slab: Slab is a type of foundation consisting of a structural concrete slab poured directly on the grade. No accessible space exists in slab construction. Slab foundations are popular in areas (i.e. the Southern United States) where there is a relatively high water table (i.e. the “water table” refers to the depth in the soil at which you find water). Traditionally, the slab foundation is the least expensive foundation type when building on a relatively flat lot.
- Crawlspace: Crawlspace is a type of foundation which includes an accessible space with limited headroom, typically between the soil and the bottom of the first floor of a home. Crawlspace construction is predominant in areas where there is heavy clay content in the soil, where the home owner needs additional under-home storage space, or the homeowner needs access to pipes, wiring, etc. under the floor of the home.
- Basement: Basement is a type of foundation which includes an accessible space between the soil and the bottom of the first floor of a home. It usually has more headroom than a Crawlspace. Basement foundation construction is predominant in cold climates where the foundation needs to be situated below the frost level.
Electrical Plan with electrical symbols legend
In general, each house plan set includes an electrical plan which will show the locations of lights, receptacles, switches, etc.
Roof Drainage Plan
In general, each house plan set may include a roof drainage plan which will show the layout of all roof sections/planes.
In general, each house plan set includes all applicable front, sides and rear elevations, as well as any special exterior details.
Where applicable, each house plan set includes relevant interior elevations, including cabinets, cabinet details, columns and walls with unique conditions.
In general, each house plan set includes a blank short-form FHA/VA specifications document for your reference.
License to Build
Each set of construction plans include ONE license to build.
If you would like to build multiple houses from one set of plans, please contact us to obtain pricing for a multi-use license.
Plans include relevant building sections and details.
Plumbing diagrams and HVAC plans are not available for these homes since each county’s code will vary and a licensed plumber and/or electrician must follow the codes.
Note: Plan packages do NOT contain a Materials List. A Materials List can be purchased seperately for any of our plans for an additional fee.
A Review Set plan package includes to-scale floor plans and elevations ONLY. This package allows you to get a much better idea of a particular house’s layout and size. In addition, this plan package is intended to help you to decide if the home you have chosen will fit into your budget, and to give you a better idea of room size. The Review Set plan package does not include the roof plan, the foundation plan, building sections or details.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CONSTRUCTION SET OF PLANS. A LICENSE TO BUILD WILL NOT BE INCLUDED.
A One Set plan package includes a full-set of construction drawings, but DOES NOT include a valid license to build. This package is intended to help you decide if the home you have chosen will fit into your budget, and to obtain construction bids. It also allows you to get a much better idea of a particular house’s layout and size.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CONSTRUCTION SET OF PLANS. A LICENSE TO BUILD WILL NOT BE INCLUDED.
Construction Set (5 Set or 8 Set Package):
A 5 or 8 set construction plan package includes a full-set of construction drawings, and includes a valid single license to build. These packages are intended to build from, will help you decide if the home you have chosen will fit into your budget, and are useful for obtaining construction bids. It also allows you to get a much better idea of a particular house’s layout and size.
A Reproducible Set plan package is similar to the normal construction plan packages, with the additional feature that it is printed on an erasable paper called Mylar, sepia, or vellum. This type of plan package would be preferable for you if you plan to make minor changes to the plans. Once youÕve made your changes, you are legally able to make, typically, up to 10 copies of plans to build from.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A Reproducible plan package includes a copyright release allowing you to, legally, make copies of this copyrighted plan. It does not, however, provide a license to build the plan more than one time without a Multi-Use Construction License.
PDF File Set:
The “PDF File” plan package is your best value, and provides you with an electronic version of the plan’s construction documents. This plan package provides many advantages over the Reproducible, 8 Set, 5 Set, 1 Set, and Review Set plan packages including:
- Need more copies of the plan? No problem! Simply take the file to any local print shop and have them print out your copies in your desired size. In addition, you will have the copies available for use….THAT DAY!
- Need different size copies for different people? Easy! You can print out an 8 1/2 x 11 set for your office, a 11 x 17 set for your local building officials, a 18 x 24 set for your builder, a 24 x 36 master set for yourself! Unlimited flexibility!
- Need to modify the plan? We’ve got you covered! Simply take the PDF to a local building design professional and they will be able to update your drawings in the same way as if you provided them with a printed “Reproducible” set.
- Need your plans immediately! No need to wait for your plans to ship! We can email you the PDF file, usually the same day!
CAD File Set:
A CAD File plan package includes an electronic file version of the house plan with full size, quarter-inch scale copy of all sheets of the design. This particular plan package is best utilized for situations in which you have found a plan that you like but it still requires moderate-to-significant modification.
With the CAD file option, you have the ability to take the plan to your chosen local design professional (provided that they have computer-based design equipment i.e. AutoCad), discuss your needs/modifications, and the designer can then modify the design much more readily than if trying to do so with a paper-based drawing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A CAD File plan package includes a copyright release allowing you to make changes to the plan and to, legally, make copies of this copyrighted plan. It does not, however, provide a license to build the plan more than one time without a Multi-Use Construction License.
Note: “Review” and “One Set” plan packages do NOT include a license to build and will be stamped “NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION”. These plan packages are for review purposes only. Additional sets (not stamped) may be purchased, at a reduced price, for up to 30 days after your original order. After the 30 days if you want additional sets you will need to pay full price for any sets you wish to order.
Please note that all plan packages may not be available for all house plan designs.
Compliance with Codes
Depending on where you live, you may need to modify your plans to comply with local building requirements snow loads, energy codes, seismic zones, etc. House Plan Gallery authorizes the use of our plans expressly conditioned upon your obligation and agreement to strictly comply with all local building codes, ordinances, regulations, and requirements including permits and inspections at the time of construction.
Architectural and Engineering Seals
The increased concern over energy costs and safety has prompted many cities and states to require a local architect or engineer to review and “seal” a plan prior to construction. There may be a fee for this service, and this will be the plan owner’s full responsibility. Please contact your local lumber yard, municipal building department, builders associations or local chapter of the American Institute of Building Design (A.I.B.D.) or the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) to obtain names of qualified persons in your area.
In some cases, minor changes and material substitutions can be made by a professional builder without the need for plan revisions. However, if you will be making major changes, we strongly recommend that you order a “Reproducible Set” or “CAD File” plan package and seek the services of a local design professional.
Due to regional variations, local availability of materials, local codes, methods of installation, and individual preferences, it is impossible to include much detail on heating, plumbing, and electrical work on your plans. The ductwork, venting, and other details will vary depending on the type of heating and cooling system (forced air, hot water, electric, solar) and the type of energy (gas, oil, electricity, solar) that you use. These details and specifications may be obtained from your builder, contractor, and/or local suppliers.
Optional Products and Services
The Materials List product provides a listing of the general quantity and quantity of basic materials needed to build the primary structure of your home. A materials list is a great value for you and your builder to speed up the bidding and building process, and is very helpful in acquiring a construction estimate. Pricing varies by house plan. Please visit the plan’s detail page on HousePlanGallery.com for pricing.
A mirror-reversed house plan drawing has been, literally, copied in reverse, resulting in the same image you would see if you held the drawing up to a mirror.
Everything, including the text, is backward in relation to the original. These kinds of drawing are typically used to re-orient an original plan more advantageously on a site, either because the homeowner prefers it that way or because of limitations of the site itself.
Right-Reading Reverse Floorplan:
A right-reading reversed floorplan is one that is the reverse layout of the plan, BUT all text, symbols, etc. are not reversed, as in the mirror reverse option above. This type of plan option is usually available for plans that have been designed in CAD software.
The Color Rendering plan option provides you with a beautiful high-resolution 10″ x 14″ version of your new home’s front elevation. A wonderful addition to your new home!
Energy Efficient Design Details Sheet:
The “Energy Efficient Design Detail” package provides you with building construction detailed drawings on:
- Energy Efficient Plumbing
- Energy Efficient Electrical
- Energy Efficient Plumbing
- Energy Efficient Wall Framing
- Energy Efficient Roof Framing
- Energy Efficient Site Planning
- Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances
- Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling
As well as very useful information on recommended insulation r-values, alternate wiring methods, and several other key items.
A great value in the building of your new home!
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We do offer modification services for all of our plans. Please call us to discuss your needs and to obtain a quote for your requested changes.
Number of Plan Sets Required to Build
The number of sets required to build will vary by design, preferences, type of construction, lot location, and a number of other factors. We have created a helpful check list to assist you in your home plan purchase:
___ Owner’s Set(s)
___ Builder (Usually requires 4 sets)
– One as a legal document
– One for inspection
– Two for tradesmen and subcontractors (Examples: Electrical, plumbing/heating & A.C., brick layers)
___ Building Permit (May require 1 or 2 sets)
___ Mortgage Source (Usually requires one set for conventional mortgage)
– Two sets for FHA (Federal Housing Administration) mortgage
– Three sets for VA (Veterans Administration) mortgage
___ Subdivision Committee (Usually requires one set)
___Total Sets Needed
Plan and Product Pricing
For available plan set packages and prices, etc., please refer to the product detail page of your selected design.
Mississippi Residents add 7% state sales tax to your order.
House plan shipping fees are as follows:
Please note that all shipping terms (i.e. number of days) are in business days (i.e. Monday – Fridays, barring holidays, other designer-specific scheduled periods).
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