On-line plans

Buying home plans on-line is a great alternative to hiring an architect, for cost savings as well as time.   However, once you find a plan you like, CALL the seller, and discuss the following:

  • What code specifications where the plans drawn up to?  Many counties/cities have adopted the new 2006 International Building Code (IBC) vs the 2000/2003 codes.
  • What in included in the plans?
  • What is the return policy?  Is there a restocking fee.

IF you need to make any changes on the plans, you will need to have purchased the reproducable or CAD plans, which come with a copyright release.    A client ran into problems due to a steel beam support replacement to a stem wall (normal for his area & more cost efficient).. this simple change requires a change on the plans, which he can’t make without the copyright release.     Another example is if you desire a trussed roof vs a stacked roof, which most plans come with.

Do your research!  Check with your local building department before you order plans!

Our primary lender currently offers a refund up to $750 (after loan closing), for plans purchased via the following sources:

This offer is good up to 3/1/08.


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