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About Our House Plans

All of our Designer's standard set of plans vary slightly. Click on the link "What is included in these plans" on our plan detail page when viewing one of our plans to see exactly what is included for that particular plan.

All of our plans will provide all the necessary information to build your home. Please check with your state, county or city to make sure that there are not any local code adjustments that need to be made to your plans and to verify what they require for your building permit.  If you haven't found a plan you like yet we recommend starting with some of our top collecions - such as House Plans with Photos. The following is what a typical set of plans will include:

Home Designs

Typically Included In our plans

Exterior Elevations
Exterior elevations are a layout of what the building looks like from the outside. This will typically include the front, sides and rear elevation. This will also show all exterior materials (such as siding, brick, etc.), windows and doors.

Foundation Plan
The foundation plan is a top view of the footings and foundation walls. It also shows the location of posts, beams and load bearing walls as necessary. Typical foundations are Slab, Crawl and Basement. If you do not see the foundation available that you need, please contact us to get a free quote.

Floor Plans
Floor plans are a view of the house as if it was sliced horizontally at a level that would include all doors and window openings. The floor plans will also include all interior and exterior wall locations of all living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. with dimensions of their location.

Electrical Plans
The electrical plans will show the location and type of all lighting fixtures, switches, receptacles and wiring necessary for the house.

Miscellaneous Details
Most plans will include construction details. This can be a separate sheet of details or misc. details placed on other sheets within the plans. These details can include framing details, wall sections, stair sections, etc.

Building Section(s) *
The building sections are vertical cuts through the house and the stairs showing floor, ceiling and roof height information.

* Please note that not all plans include these sheets. Please see "What is included in these plans" on our plan detail to see what is included in the plan.

Not Included In our Plans

Although our plans include all the information needed to construct your home, some additional items may be required by your local building departments.

These items may include:

  • Architectural or Engineering Stamp

  • Site Plan

  • Mechanical Drawings (location of heating and air equipment and duct work)

  • Plumbing Drawings (drawings showing the actual plumbing pipe sizes and locations)

  • Framing layouts with beam sizes and locations

  • Energy calculations

Because of copyright laws and the possibilities of making illegal copies of the plans you received, our plans may not be returned for credit or refund under any circumstances once the order has been processed. Please double check your selection before ordering.

When you purchase a set of plans, you are purchasing a license to build. This license gives you the right to construct one house from these drawings. To build the house more than once, modify or copy without express written permission, violates this copyright. Visit http://www.houseplans.net/copyright/ to see more information about the copyright laws and penalties involved for copyright violations.  For more information regarding copyright information, click here.  If you are interested in building a house multiple times, please contact us to inquire about our reuse fees.

Plans purchased shall be in compliance with generally accepted zoning principles. These zoning principles may or may not be the same as the zoning laws and regulations in the locale where Customer will construct the plans. Our plans are designed to meet most national building codes at the time they were originally drawn. Many states and counties amend the codes for their area. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or builder to see that the structure is built to meet the codes of your area. Customer hereby indemnifies and holds America's Best House Plans, Inc., its principals, employees and agents, harmless from any claim, loss or liability resulting from the failure of the plans to comply with local zoning laws or regulations or for any other breach of this Agreement attributable in whole or in part to Customer or its builder.

The information, plans and specifications contained in these documents are provided "as is" without warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. America's Best House Plans, Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in these pages or other documents which are referenced by or linked to these web pages. These documents could include technical or other inaccuracies or typographical errors. America's Best House Plans, Inc. assumes no liability for errors or omissions in these documents and reserves the right to make changes at any time. America's Best House Plans, Inc. was established to provide home plans that are clear, accurate, easy and affordable to build with great function and curb appeal. All floor plans, renderings and other media advertised on America's Best House Plans, Inc. website or other media forms are property of the owner. America's Best House Plans, Inc. is not liable for plan interpretation, or the structural integrity of buildings built from plans purchased at http://www.houseplans.net. We provide home plans for construction purposes but do not oversee the construction and cannot verify that the structure is built to necessary standards. The Customer is responsible to assure that the building meets or exceeds local codes and regulations. It is the responsibility of the Customer to obtain any and all structural analysis, engineering and specifications that may be required in the municipality in which it is to be built. The Customer is to verify all lot conditions and measurements before construction. Because local codes and regulations and even methods of construction vary across the nation and internationally, certain alternative planning may be necessary to adapt the plan to your area. For this reason heating and plumbing are not included with our plans. You should be able to meet with these subcontractors to select and plan the system that is most appropriate for your area. Some municipalities may require plan review by a licensed Architect or Structural Engineer of your area. After plan purchase from http://www.houseplans.net the Customer is responsible for additional expenses incurred through meeting municipality requirements or other requirements for construction.

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