Frequently Asked Questions About House Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.)

See what’s in a set of house plans along with a brief description.

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.

Do your plans 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.

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

In some cases, our house plans can be built as-is; however, each state, county or municipality will have their own building and code requirements. It is possible that your plan may need additional documentation and drawings to comply with those local codes.

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 these areas, 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. We recommend that you check with the local building department, in the area where you plan to build your home, to get the most current requirements.

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, Lowe’s, or any local building supplier and they can generate a material list for you.

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.

Do your plans have an architect stamp?

Our plans do not have an architect stamp. Most states exempt residential plans from requiring an architect stamp. Some states require house plans be sealed by a local licensed architect and/or engineer if house plans go beyond the limits of their exemptions. Examples of this would include the number of floor levels (including a basement) and total square footage.  These are just a couple of examples, so it’s best to check if your state require all house plans to be stamped by an architect first. Once you verify that information, you should check with your local county/ city building department to ensure that there aren’t any additional requirements.

Is there a return or exchange policy?

No. All sales are final.

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. If you plan to build the same home more than once, we offer a 50% discount for each time you purchase and build the same plan.

Are your plans protected by copyright laws?

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