Selecting A Package Format
Plan packages come in a variety of digital and physical formats, each with their own copyright limitations. Most packages come with a single-use license, but some are offered with an "unlimited" use option as well, so be sure to check the plan detail page to see what formats are available for purchase.
The most common plan packages are listed below. If you require a package or multi-use license that isn't shown, please contact us for availability and pricing.
By selecting this option, you will be emailed a full set of house plans in PDF format, along with a copyright release allowing you to print and forward the plans as needed for the completion of your build. PDF is our most popular package as it gives you the flexibility to print as many sets locally as needed for your project.
While the PDF license agreement is typically for building a single home, some options exist for builders in need of an unlimited construction license.
Selecting this package provides 5 sets of house plans printed and shipped directly to you.
We offer a PDF + Printed Sets option which gives you even more flexibility.
Purchasing the CAD Files allows a qualified professional the ability to make modifications to your plans using a compatible CAD program. This electronic format comes with a copyright release giving you the full rights to customize the plans. CAD files may be needed for engineering if required in your area. Some designers offer the CAD files plus a PDF.
Selecting a Foundation
Before choosing a foundation, determine the best option for the lot of land you plan to build on by discussing it with your builder. Depending on the conditions of your lot, certain foundations will work better than others.
The most common foundations are listed below. If the foundation you require is not listed on the plan detail page, you can submit a modification request.
Slab foundations allow for no space under the home and are the most common type. These low maintenance foundations are popular on flat lots.
CRAWL SPACE FOUNDATION
Crawl Space foundations are elevated a few feet off the ground and offer access to a small area under the home for maintenance and storage.
Basement foundations are the most expensive because they offer more space in the home by going 8 feet or more into the ground. Basements give you more square footage and the ability to use that space however you please.
SELECTING ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
When you purchase a house plan from us, you are offered a variety of available packages to choose from depending on your personal preference.
RIGHT READING REVERSE AND MIRROR REVERSE
Right-Reading Reverse flips the entire plan so that the left side of the home is on the right, and the right is on the left. All of the text and dimensions have been re-drawn to be right reading but with the reverse of the original layout.
Mirror Reverse also flips the entire plan to the reverse layout, but with backwards text and dimensions, as if the plan were viewed in a mirror. This option is less convenient to work with.
By clicking the REVERSE button on the house plan product page, you will be able to view the mirrored reverse of the images and floor plan. The Right Reading Reverse would have the same reversed layout, but with the text and dimensions redrawn for convenience.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Right Reading Reverse is an option to purchase, clicking the reverse button is for visual purposes only.
2X4 AND 2X6 CONVERSION
While 2x4 construction is a more common option, the northern locations of the United States tend to use 2x6 construction because this allows for more insulation for homes built in colder locations. Utilizing 2x6 construction costs more up front but also gives you a stronger structure to endure high winds, earthquakes, etc. and decreases heating and cooling costs by increasing insulation.
Some of our designers offer a 2x6 conversion, which updates the house plans to 2x6 exterior walls. Please check the additional options section to determine if that house plan offers a 2x6 conversion. If you don't see that option, you can submit a modification request to receive pricing for a 2x6 conversion.