What Do You Get With Your House Plan?

Plan on purchasing a house plan set? Here you will learn what exactly you’re paying for when you buy a home plan design. Continue below to see what’s included and get ready to build the home of your dreams!

Here’s what a plan set usually includes

*Not all plan sets include all sheets listed below. See the ‘What’s Included section’ on specific plan pages to get complete information.

Sample Foundation

Foundation Plan

Showcasing a basement, crawl space, or slab, the foundation plant set portrays the general design intent of the foundation. Typically, you will find the layout of the footing, post and beams, and extent of structural slabs, based on what foundation type is purchased in this set.

Sample Floor Plan

Floor Plan(s)

The floor plan sheet set includes an overhead view of the design that showcases the location of windows, doors, walls, and rooms.

Sample Roof

Roof Plan

Illustrating valleys, hips, and ridges, this plan sheet incorporates the elements that make up the roof. It may also reveal the roofing material and slopes of roof surfaces, as well as chimneys and any other decorative details.

Sample Elevation

Exterior Elevation

Generally displaying the materials for roof, walls, and any other components that are part of the design, elevations are a 2d representation of each side of the home plan.

Sample Cross Section

Building Section(s)

The building plan sheet features a cut-away view through the home plan that shows the adjacencies of spaces. It also includes the relationship from the ground to the house and to the roof.

Sample Electrical

Electrical Plan(s)

Displaying lighting design intent and layout, the electrical plan sheet showcases the location of lighting fixtures, switches, and outlets.

Sample Construction Detail

Construction Notes and Details

The foundation, interior walls, exterior walls, stairways, floors, and/or roof details may be included in the construction notes and details sheet.

Read this before you build!

Many of our plans can be built “as is” in most locations, however, you still need to check with your local building department to be sure your plan meets local codes and building requirements. It’s also important to note that some of these requirements may require significant additional investments (such as structural engineering, soils reports and energy efficiency calculations).

Most plan sets do not include any plumbing, heating or air conditioning drawings due to the large variety of local codes and climatic conditions. These details and specifications can be obtained from your builder, contractor, and/or local suppliers.

All house plans on Blueprints.com are designed to conform to the building codes from when and where the original house was designed.

Other Important Documents


The License Agreement gives you the access to construct a single home from a purchased plan design.

Plan Media (Digital Files or Printed Copies)

Digital Files

If you purchase a PDF or CAD, it will be sent to you via email. Digital files can also be sent to a copy shop or a blueprint store near you when you need printed “sets” for bidding and permitting. This gives you the ability to save both time and money when you need an extra copy.

Printed Copies

We can have your plan’s designer or architect make printed copies and send them to you via mail. If you are in need of more copies, just contact us and we’ll get you taken care of.

Digital Media (sent by e-mail)


Popular option and a great value

PDF sets give you the opportunity to print more copies locally (and inexpensively) when needed and arrive faster than other sets.

Print locally as needed


Computer Aided Design (CAD) files are required if you are making considerable changes to a plan set and are using your own architect.

Printed Copies (sent in the mail)

Printed Copies (sent in the mail)

5 or 8 Copy Set

Printed sets are stamped “do not copy” and legally cannot be copied.

For more prints, order additional copies


Reproducible sets include a limited copyright release so you can make additional copies when needed. This set is printed on paper and allows direct copying.

Print locally as needed

Just want a closer look at a plan before building?

Many plans have a Study Set or Single Set option that allows you to obtain bids from contractors if you are not ready to buy a full-priced plan. These plan sets are stamped “Not for Construction” and the builder or contractor legally cannot build from it. However, we do credit you 90% of the Study Set or Single Set purchase towards your upgraded plan set once you are ready for your construction documents.

* Unless you buy an “unlimited” plan set or a multi-use license you may only build one home from a set of plans. Please call to verify if you intend to build more than once. Plan licenses are non-transferable and cannot be resold.
** The original designer retains the copyright to plans derived from their plans. You cannot buy a CAD set, change them and sell the changed design to others or build additional homes based on the changed set.