Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know to get started?
It is best to do your research first. There is a lot to consider when
building a new home. You will need an idea of the cost to build and the
steps you will need to take. Talk to local builders and permitting departments.
They can give you an idea of the building requirements and approximate
costs involved. You will need a clear understanding of building codes
in your area.
How do I find the right plan?
You can search for a plan for your dream home on our home page based on
criteria such as the number of stories, bedrooms, bathrooms, or by square
footage. For a more detailed search you can use the “advanced search”
option to find the right plan based on more specific criteria such as
home dimensions, foundation type or exterior style.
I tried an advanced search and could not find any homes that match
my criteria. What is wrong?
If you entered very specific information such as a fireplace, large deck
or large kitchen, it will automatically find less homes. It is possible
that the homes may have that feature, but it is not found. Take out the
fireplace option and try again. You can always change your perfect plan
to add a deck or fireplace if there is none.
I found a plan what next?
You will want to consider what may be necessary in order to build. Who
will need access to the plan? Do you need modifications? We usually recommend
that you purchase the PDF version (electronic copy) of the plan. PDF copies
are very popular because they are easily emailed and readily available
on your electronic device when needed. You can print copies to scale through
a local print shop or office supply store. If you want blueprints, please
speak to your builder about the amount of copies needed. It may be necessary
to get multiple sets for your builder, subcontractors or lending institution.
Some designers offer different options for purchase such as study sets
(for research only) or the CAD (program files) when extensive changes
are necessary. The CAD files will require the appropriate software in
order to open the files.
Is the square footage living area or total square footage?
The square footage in the plan is calculated by the areas of the home
that are heated and cooled. That is considered the living area of the
home. Please be aware of additional space such as garage and porches.
What is the difference between the available plan options?
Study Set Not all plans offer the study set. You
will have to check if it is an option with your plan. The plans will arrive
stamped “NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION” and are protected by Federal Copyright
Law and you will not be able to reproduce or build from this set. It will
allow you the opportunity to meet with potential builders and get quotes
for your cost to build. If you decide to purchase the plans, we will credit
the price of the study set against the purchase of multiple sets of blueprints,
the PDF or CAD packages. “NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION” is stamped across each
sheet of the study set.
5 or 8 Sets These paper print packages allow you
one single use license to build. They will be shipped to you in full blueprint
size. You will need to find out how many copies will be necessary. Consider
your local building department, your mortgage company, the builder, and
any additional contractors such as plumbers or electricians. Due to Federal
Copyright Law, you may not make additional copies of the plans. We offer
the option to purchase an extra set. You may choose to purchase a PDF
file which has more flexibility.
PDF file This is an electronic scan of the plan
that will be emailed to you. Typically, this option allows you to email
the files to your building department, contractors, mortgage companies,
and anyone else who may need to see it. You can print in it in full size
blueprint copies through your local print shop or print 8 ½ “x 11” paper
size from home. This file also is restricted to a one time build of the
plan. Please call us for details if you would like to purchase a multiple
Reproducible A Reproducible master uses a type
of paper on which the drawings can be altered to make minor changes to
the house plan. This will allow architects/designers to make changes without
having to completely redraw the house plan. It is shipped to you in paper
form and an emailed version of the PDF for a one-time build.
CAD file This file is necessary if you want major
modifications made to your plan. The files cannot be opened or altered
without the use of the design software or a compatible program. When your
plan has been modified to your liking you will be able to save it in PDF
format and email the files to anyone who may need them in relation to
the construction. You can also email the PDF to your local print shop
to print full size construction copies. This option is restricted to a
one-time build. If you would like to find out about multi-use licenses,
you can call our office for more information.
What if I need changes to the plan?
Most of the designers that we have partnered with will do changes to their
plans. You can submit a form with a detailed description of your changes,
and we will provide you with a free quote. Please allow at least 24 hours
for the quote and possibly longer if submitted on holidays or weekends.
You will need to buy either the CAD (program file) file or PDF version
(electronic copy) of the plan and then you will add on the quote for the
changes. If you prefer, you can have someone locally make the changes
if the designer allows. The plans meet national building requirements,
but depending on where you are building, local codes may require your
plan to be reviewed and stamped by a structural engineer. They can usually
make modifications to a plan as well. Please refer to local building requirements
to see if you will need your plan stamped. You will need the appropriate
program on your computer in order to open the CAD files.
Is my plan ready to build?
You will receive foundation plans, exterior elevations, roof, wall sections,
and detailed floor plans. The plans will show placement of the various
electrical outlets and fixtures, kitchen appliances, and general location
of plumbing fixtures. The plans include everything required to meet national
building standards. Certain details will be determined with the help of
your builder and subcontractors depending upon local building codes. Depending
on where you build, some plans may need to be stamped by a local structural
engineer or architect. Please see local building codes for your area to
determine what is required. Your plan may be able to be modified by the
plan’s designer to meet local codes.
What if I am not sure about the plan and need additional information
Please contact us through the website or give us a call (601) 472-3234
and we will be happy to answer your questions or send more photos of the
plan if available.
What is a daylight basement?
A daylight basement is a walkout basement that may include a door, windows,
What is a mirrored image?
It is exactly as it sounds. It is a reversed image of the plan that mirrors
the original plan including the printing. Some people choose to have their
plan reversed if it is a better fit for the layout of the lot or driveway
location. If you need the mirrored image but prefer the printing to be
in the correct direction you will want to purchase the Right Read Reverse
What is right read reverse?
It is a reversed image of the plan. Everything from one side of the plan
reverses to the other side. It is like a mirror image of the plan except
the printing will appear in the correct direction.
When will I get my plans?
We have partnerships with many designers around the country. The designer
will be sending your plans usually within 24 hours when ordered during
the week and during working hours. If you choose electronic files you
will receive them as soon as they are emailed which is usually within
hours. The tracking information for plans will be sent to you as soon
as we receive it and usually within 1 business day. Most plans are shipped
via FedEx ground, but you do have options available for expedited shipping
on most plans. Call for more information.
Can I return my plan if I change my mind about building?
Sorry, out of respect for our design partner’s copyright laws we cannot
allow the return of a plan once it has been shipped or emailed. Please
research the building process prior to placing your order and be sure
to understand the process and all requirements. You may want to research
the material prices and building costs in your area as well, so you purchase
a plan within your building budget. Please see www.copyrights.gov for
more information on federal copyright laws.
Do you offer a cost to build estimate?
Due to the extreme variations in building costs from region to region
we do not offer an estimate for building costs. There are many factors
that determine the cost such as the availability of skilled labor in your
area and varying material costs. The best approach is to do research with
your local building department, builders, and material supply stores.
They can provide you with the information that you will need to determine
if you can build your new home within your budget.