House Plan Package Descriptions
(not all package options may be available for every plan).
A review set includes only the actual floor plan(s) and building elevations. Stamped "Not for Construction." Contents of study sets will vary according to designer and may be 8 1/2 x 11, 11x17 or full size. A review set enables you to see the layout in more detail and to see the home from all four sides. This plan set will be stamped “Not for Construction” as it does not include a license to build the home. (The cost of a study set can be applied towards the future purchase of a Construction Package, Reproducible Master, PDF File or CAD File.)
Study Set (Constuction Bid Set)
This package includes one complete set of construction drawings and can be used to review the plans in detail and obtain construction bids. These plans are stamped "Not for Construction" as the Study Set does not include a license to build a house. Generally, you will need more than one set to build a home since municipalities often require more for permit applications and you will need more for collecting bids. Purchasing a set of blueprints and making additional sets by reproducing the originals is illegal. If you want one set that you can make copies of, you need to order a Reproducible Master.
Minimum Construction Package
This package of house plans includes a license to build a single house plus full construction drawings on printed paper and provides you with the minimum number of sets of those construction drawings needed to build the home – typically five sets are the minimum. Why five? Generally your municipality will need at least two for your permit application. This leaves one for your personal use and two or more for contractors or subcontractors. If you feel you need additional sets they must be ordered within 60 days of your original house plan order. Purchasing a set of blueprints and making additional sets by reproducing the originals is illegal. If you want one set that you can make copies of, you need to order a Reproducible Master or PDF File.
Standard Construction Package
This package of house plans includes a license to build a single house plus full construction drawings on printed paper and provides you with typically eight sets of those construction drawings. This tends to be the best value for someone who is ready to start building. If you are working with a mortgage lender, the lender will typically require a set. To receive approvals from local building officials, your municipality will need at least two for your permit application. Your home builder and subcontractors will need sets as well. You will want a set for your personal use. If you feel you need additional sets they must be ordered within 60 days of your original house plan order. Purchasing a set of blueprints and making additional sets by reproducing the originals is illegal. If you want one set that you can make copies of, you need to order a Reproducible Master or PDF File.
A Reproducible Master includes a license to build a single house plus a single full set of construction drawings printed on a reproducible medium (also known as a “vellum set”). A Reproducible Master allows you to make as many copies as needed for a single construction of the home or take them to a local professional for modifications. Purchase of a Reproducible Master does not constitute a license to build a house plan more than once. The Plan Collection, LLC or associated designers and architects are not responsible for changes made to plans by any other party.
A PDF File includes a license to build a single house plus a full set of construction drawings in a read-only electronic format, which provides many advantages over printed blueprint packages and reproducible masters. As PDF files can be opened on virtually every computer with free software, you can take it to a local copy center to make multiple copies using the paper size your choice. If you need to make modifications, a design professional can do so typically the same way a reproducible master would be modified. The PDF file can be emailed directly to you - often the same day or within 1 business day of your order.
For use by design professionals. A license to build a single house plus one copy of all CAD (Computer Aided Design) files for your house plan on CD or in an electronic file sent by email. This includes the complete construction drawings in digital format. A CAD File allows for more extensive plan modifications and enables a designer / architect to begin working from the existing file rather than redraw the plan. The cost for the CAD file offsets some of the labor costs a designer would charge if the plan were redrawn. Purchase of this CAD File constitutes a license to build a single home only. The Plan Collection, LLC or associated designers and architects are not responsible for changes made to plans by any other party.
Other Plan-Related Options:
A materials list contains quantities of the materials that would be needed to build the plan that you have purchased. This is helpful when obtaining estimates for the cost of construction. Every effort is made for accuracy in materials lists however it is not guaranteed. A third party provides these documents. The Plan Collection is not liable for discrepancies, inaccuracy or misinterpretation of these documents.
If you need an additional set or sets as compared to our standard packages, you may also order the number of additional sets you need. Should you require additional sets after your intial plan package purchase, you may place an order for additional sets up to 60 days from the orignal order date.
Right Reading Reverse
With the Right Reading Reverse option, the plan is reversed with all text reading correctly. This option may not be available for all home plans, so please check availability before ordering. If there is an additional fee for this option, it will be a one-time fee and all sets will be in right reading reverse. This option may take 2 to 4 business days to complete.
A Mirror Reverse is a mirrored image of the home plan, with the text appearing backwards. When ordering, we recommend only ordering one or two sets with the mirror reverse option. You cannot obtain a building permit with the plans in Mirror Reverse.
3D Printing File of Physical Model
Use these files with a 3D printer to create a physical model of your future home. Note - this file is NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION of an actual home. Due to the early stages of 3D technology, we offer these files at no additional charge with the purchase of a CAD File construction package. Please note, these files are provided "as is".