Frequently Asked Questions
Buying a house plan can be complicated. At Advanced House Plans, we try to make it as easy as possible to start building your dream home. We get a lot of questions daily. Below we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you.
Will your plans meet my local building codes?
Every city and municipality has different standards and codes they want building plans to follow. Since we have no way of knowing every location's codes, we have designed all of our plans to meet the codes in our local area which is Omaha Nebraska. That may or may not be good enough for your local area. Some locations may require that the plans be modified to meet their local codes. We would be happy to assist you in getting the plans just right for your local area.
In certain areas, such as earthquake-prone or high hurricane risk areas, a local engineer may have to analyze and sign off on the building plans. There are several areas across the country that require an architect or engineer stamp for the plans to be approved. In this scenario, you can purchase our plan and take it in to a local architect and they will give the final stamp of approval.
If you aren't sure about your local building codes, contact your local municipality and they will provide you with a list of things needed for permit approval. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Do your plans include an architectural stamp?
Each local municipality or city has its own requirements for architectural stamps. Many areas require a local architect or engineer's stamp to get permits. Therefore, our plans do not come pre-stamped. Please check your local requirements to see if a stamp is required.
Do your plans include mechanical/plumbling plans?
Since our home plans are designed to meet national building codes and not any particular state or county codes, extensive HVAC, and plumbing is not shown on the blueprints. HVAC 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 or local subcontractors. They should be able to provide you with the necessary information based on what your local building codes will allow.
Do you give instructions on how to build the house?
Our plans are designed for use by individuals or companies with prior construction knowledge. They are not a how to guide for building houses. If you are not an experienced home builder, please work with a local builder when using our plans.
Can I resell a house plan once I've purchased it?
When you purchase a plan from Advanced House Plans, you are purchasing a license to build that plan one time. An unlimited build license is available that allows a person to build the home more than once. Any license is restricted to the person who purchases the plan and is not transferrable. Therefore, you may not sell the plan or give the plan to someone else to build.
If I purchase a bid/study set, will I get a discount on the full plan?
Yes, if you purchase our bid set for $500, it comes with a promo code for $500 off the full plan purchase.
How many physical printed sets do I need?
The number of sets you need will vary depending on your builder's specific needs. Besides a set for yourself, you may need to turn a set in to your builder, subcontrators, mortgage lender, and local building department. When you purchase a plan from us you will receive the digital pdf that you can take to get printed an unlimited number of times. If you don't want to hassle with taking the file to a printer, we offer printed and bound sets for $50 each.
Can I order more sets if I run out?
If you find yourself needing more printed sets, let us know and we can get you additional sets for $50 each.
Can you make changes to a plan for me?
Yes, we provide free quotes on all of our plans. When on a plan page, look for the get a free quote button to submit an alteration request.
Can I make changes to the plan myself?
We offer CAD files for purchase that allow you to take the plan into your own CAD software. This will allow you to make changes to the plan yourself.
Is my personal and credit card information secure?
All of our payment processing is handled by Braintree by Paypal. Your credit card information is never stored on our site and is secured by Paypal. All traffic between our site and Paypal is fully encrypted. We do not give out any private information to anyone for any reason.