COVERSHEET: The coversheet has a rendering showing the house as it will look
when it is built. In most cases this is not required for house construction. The purpose
of the coversheet is to give the homeowner a visual representation of how the home
will look when it is completed.
FOUNDATION PLAN: The foundation plan is used to show how the foundation should
be built. It explains the thickness of the foundation walls, floor joist sizes and spacing,
column locations, window/door/vent locations and sizes, suggested furnace/water
heater locations, plumbing (where required) and miscellaneous construction details
related to the foundation and basement.
FLOOR PLAN(S): The floor plans of the home indicate the layout/construction of each
floor of the house. Items typically included are room dimensions, wall sizes, plumbing
electrical locations, stair locations, door/window sizes, kitchen and bath layouts, ceiling
conditions in each space, flooring, structural information and any special conditions
related to the floor plan.
ELEVATIONS: The elevation sheets communicate the material/dimensions that the
designer envisioned, creating the correct look and feel on the outside of the house.
Some of the items typically shown on an elevation sheet include materials used on the
exterior of the house, size and shape of windows and doors, size and shape of vents,
size of the trim, height and dimensions of various elements, depth of foundations,
types of shingles and moldings, pitch of the roof, placement of materials (example:
brick soldier course, brick quoins, etc.), roof plan, and location of gutters and
DETAILS: The details include an explanation of how the smaller items are to be
designed and constructed. Examples include the dimensions and appearance of a stair
handrail, room moldings, design of railing spindles for staircases, and description of
how a fireplace should look. The designer may add details for anything a builder needs
to understand the design of the house.
SECTIONS: The sections show how the parts of the building fit together. Typical
sections include walls, fireplace, and stairs. The designer may add sections in a set for
anything a builder needs to understand about the construction of the house.
INTERIOR ELEVATIONS: The interior elevations show pictures of how key interior features
should look. Typical items and areas that are drawn include fireplaces, kitchens, and
PDF plan sets are best for fast electronic delivery and inexpensive local printing.
For inexpensive local printing / making minor adjustments by hand. 1 printed set, typically on Bond paper.
8 Copy Set
8 printed plan sets mailed to you.
For use by design professionals to make substantial changes to your house plan and inexpensive local printing.
Ideal for level lot, lower level of home partially or fully underground.
Ideal for semi-sloped or level lot, home can be built off of grade, typically 18” - 48”.
Ideal for lot conditions where the home needs to be off the ground. A pier foundation consists of wood posts or concrete piers connected by beams to support the home. Some lots may require drilling deep into bedrock to support the posts.
Ideal for level lot, single layer concrete poured directly on grade.
*Options with a fee may take time to prepare. Please call to confirm.
Additional Construction Sets
Additional hard copies of the plan (can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days of the purchase date).
Audio Video Design
Receive an overlay sheet with suggested placement of audio and video components.
Educate yourself about basic building ideas with these four detailed diagrams that discuss electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and structural topics.
Receive an overlay sheet with suggested placement of lighting fixtures.
A list of building supplies needed to construct the infrastructure of your new house. Please note materials lists will not reflect add-ons such as alternate foundation and framing options.
Mirror Reversed Sets
A mirror-reversed set is a printed copy of your house, 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 design. These kinds of drawing are typically used to reorient an original plan more advantageously on a site, either because the homeowner prefers it that way or because of limitations of the site itself. Note: Mirror reverse sets are only available with a 5 copy or 8 copy set. With a Reproducible, PDF, or CAD set, you can print mirrored copies locally. In addition: 5 Copy set selected, should only allow 4 mirrored sets to be selected. 8 Copy set selected, should only allow 7 mirrored sets to be selected.
Unless you buy an “unlimited” plan set or a multi-use license you may only build one home from a set of plans. Please call to verify if you intend to build more than once. Plan licenses are non-transferable and cannot be resold.
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All house plans on Houseplans.com are designed to conform to the building codes from when and where the original house was designed.
In addition to the house plans you order, you may also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. You might also need beams sized to accommodate roof loads specific to your region. Your home builder can usually help you with this. You may also need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Many areas now have area-specific energy codes that also have to be followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form providing documentation that your house plans are in compliance.
In some regions, there is a second step you will need to take to ensure your house plans are in compliance with local codes. Some areas of North America have very strict engineering requirements. Examples of this would be, but not limited to, earthquake-prone areas of California and the Pacific Coast, hurricane risk areas of the Florida, Gulf & Carolina Coasts. New York, New Jersey, Nevada, and parts of Illinois require review by a local professional as well. If you are building in these areas, it is most likely you will need to hire a state licensed structural engineer to analyze the design and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building department. If you aren’t sure, building departments typically have a handout they will give you listing all of the items they require to submit for and obtain a building permit.
Additionally, stock plans do not have a professional stamp attached. If your building department requires one, they will only accept a stamp from a professional licensed in the state where you plan to build. In this case, you will need to take your house plans to a local engineer or architect for review and stamping. In addition, plans which are used to construct homes in Nevada are required to be drawn by a licensed Nevada architect.