Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive a lot of questions about our stock house plan designs. Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions.

1. What do our stock house plans include?

1/4″ scale foundation plan. (slab, basement, or crawl space)
1/4″ scale floor plan(s) with schematic electrical layout.**
1/4″ scale front elevation. (all elevations in some plans)
1/8″ scale side and rear elevations.
1/8″ roof plan
Typical wall sections and foundation section details.
Miscellaneous details as needed per house plan.
** Our house plans include abbreviated floor & ceiling framing member specifications along with the schematic electrical plans (suggested location for outlets, switches, light fixtures, etc.)

2. What is a reproducible?

A reproducible is an erasable vellum or sepia print. A reproducible is used for modifications to house plans, thereby creating a derivative work. The original home plan designer retains ownership and is the copyright holder of the house plans and all derivative works. You may make up to 12 copies of the reproducible set or derivative work for use in the construction of 1 unit. PDF documents have replaced to use of reproducible sets.

3. How do you calculate the square footage in a home plan?

Square footage calculations are taken from outside perimeter of the exterior frame wall and includes only living (heated) spaces. Two story, vaulted areas, and staircases are only included once in the calculations of the first floor. Area calculations do include balconies and open walkways in the heated space. The combine total gives you the total square footage. The total heated square footage does not include, decks, porches, garages, basements, attics, and bonus rooms. Basements are usually the same square footage of the first floor if it follows the same footprint of the first floor.

4. Do you include hvac, electrical, plumbing, & framing plans?

Our stock house plans do include abbreviated floor & ceiling framing member specifications plus schematic electrical plans (suggested fixture, outlet, switch, etc. locations). HVAC mechanical system information regarding location of units, what types of units are used, and the duct layout are determined by local building codes and your preference of heating and cooling system. Also, we don’t know which direction the water flow will enter your home. Determining the location and the type of these systems you install in your new home is something you would discuss with your local builder, mechanical (hvac) contractor, and plumbing contractor. They should be able to provide you with the necessary information based on what your local building codes will allow.

5. Do your home plans have all the information needed by my local building codes department?

Absolutely, not. The same is true for any house plan you may purchase. You will need a site plan that shows where the home is going to be located on the lot. Your builder or contractor can usually help you with this. You may also need to obtain a septic system design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system.

Some counties require you to follow certain energy codes. This normally involves filling out a form proving compliance. There are some areas of the country that have very strict local engineering codes. Examples of this would be earthquake-prone areas of California or hurricane risk areas along the Gulf Coast. If you are building in this type of area, it is possible that you will need to hire a local engineer to analyze the home design and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building department. If you aren’t sure, local building code departments always have a handout they will give you listing all of the things you need to submit for a building permit.

6. Do you supply a material list with your house plans?

We do not provide a material list with our home plans. You can always order the plans and take them to a local Home Depot, Lowes, or any local building supplier and they can generate a material list for you.

7. Can I have modifications made to the house plans?

Yes, you can have modifications made to the house plans. For more information, visit our house plan modifications page.

8. Do your plans have an architect stamp?

Our plans do not have an architect stamp. Most states do not require an architect stamp on residential building plans. However, some states require that the house plans be sealed by a licensed architect. Consult with your local building officials to see if they require an architect stamp on house plans in your city or state.

9. Is there a return or exchange policy?

No. All sales are final.

10. Do your plans come with an unlimited license to build?

Plans offered by Design Evolutions Inc., GA, grant you the right to build one (1) home. However, we do offer a multi use license for our PDF set at an additional cost.

11. Are your plans protected by copyright laws?

Yes, our plans are protected by copyright laws. Our page on what your should know about copyright laws will detail more information about how to avoid penalties for infringement.