There are two ways to make modifications to our plans - have us make changes for you or work with someone locally. If you'd like us to quote on your changes, either click on the Modify Plan - Free Estimate link found above the picture of any of our designs and submit your request to us in writing or fax us a sketch and your contact information to 203-761-8600. We'll get you a quote in one to two days in writing and work off of the reproducible plans. Click here for more details.
It depends on what you want to do. If you want to study the plan, buy one set if available and you can always upgrade later (you can't build from one set; the plans are copyrighted and it is illegal to make copies of a single set). If you would like to build without making changes, buy five or eight sets, eight giving you more flexibility to hand them to contractors and others who need them. If you would like to make changes to the plans, buy the reproducible (and make changes by hand) or CAD (if available, and make changes on a computer). Both come with a written copyright release giving you legal permission to make changes to the plan and to make copies of the customized design.
You can always upgrade your order. We credit your original purchase and charge the difference in price plus shipping if received within. If you need more sets after 60 days from your original purchase, additional charges may be applied.
Most plans come with a single license to build. Some plans in reproducible or CAD versions come with multiple licenses and some plans have a multi-use option. Call us to find out for any given plan.
You can either purchase plans in right-reading reverse (i.e., the layout is reversed and the text is corrected) or mirror reversed (the layout and text and reversed; with this option you would need copies reversed and not reversed as reference copies). The former method is generally more expensive. See below the picture of the plan to see what method is available for any given plan.
We display rear elevations (and sides as well) for many of our plans. If you do not see the rear for a given plan, call or email us and we will send it to you and post it online for all to see.
For privacy reasons, we do not keep lists of where our homes are built and in most cases only know where the plans were shipped, not built. If we have photos, we try to publish them right away.
Our house plans were designed to meet or exceed national building standards at the time they were drawn. Some states, counties and municipalities have their own codes, zoning requirements and building regulations. Before building, contact your local building authorities to make sure you comply with local ordinances and codes, including obtaining any necessary permits or inspections as building progresses. In some cases, minor modifications to your home plans by your builder, designer or engineer may be required to meet local conditions and requirements. The purchaser should ensure that the home plans comply with all applicable building codes and are suitable for a particular site, including any subdivision restrictions, before actual construction begins. Because we have no control over the selection of your builder, or other professionals, we cannot be responsible for the advice or assistance you receive from them or for the methods they use.
We have over 1,000 plans that you can add a BCIN# as an option. You can find them at this link. Alternatively you can have any local qualified professional review and put their BCIN # on your plans or sign a waiver freeing you from this Ontario-only requirement.
Occasionally, plans are removed but may still be available if you contact us directly. Please email us at [email protected] to learn the status of a plan you can no longer find on our website.
Each of our plans can be bookmarked for future visiting in any browser. You can create a folder in your bookmarks and deposit links to all your favorite plans there.
Check out the following page to learn more about our partnership with Ecologi and why we're so excited about it!
Most of our designers will allow upgrades up to one year from point of purchase. We can apply the previous sale to the upgrade order and collect the difference but in some cases, designers charge an administrative fee to reissue a plan in addition to the upgrade amount. Email us at [email protected] if you need assistance with an upgrade.