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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in a set of Advanced House Plans' home plans?

Each set of home plans that we offer will provide you with the necessary information to build the home. There may be some adjustments necessary to the home plans or garage plans in order to comply with your state or county building codes. The following list shows what is included within each set of home plans that we sell. Depending on the home designer there might be more home building information provided.

Our blueprints include:

  • Cover Sheet: Shows the front elevation and typical notes and requirements.
  • Exterior Elevations: Shows the front, rear and sides of the home including exterior materials, details and measurements
  • Floor Plans: Shows the placement of walls and the dimensions for rooms, doors, windows, stairways, etc. for each floor
  • Electrical Plans: Shows the location of outlets, fixtures and switches. They are shown as a separate sheet to make the floor plans more legible
  • Foundation Plans: will include a basement, crawlspace or slab depending on what is available for that home plan. (Please refer to the home plan's details sheet to see what foundation options are available for a specific home plan.) The foundation plan details the layout and construction of the foundation.
  • Roof Plan
  • Typical wall section
  • Typical stair section
  • Cabinets are shown on most but not all plans. If cabinets are a must please call to confirm they will be included in your set. 1-402-445-0489

What is a reproducible plan?

A Reproducible Set includes a copyright release allowing you to legally make copies of this copyrighted house plan. The reuse fee is $200 to build the plan more than one time. It does not, however, give you the right to sell the original prints.

What are PDF plan sets?

PDF plan packages is the quickest and the most green friendly way of distributing home plans. This provides you with an electronic version of the plan's construction documents! Simply take the file to any local print shop and have them print out your copies. We can email you the PDF file, usually the same day!

How many sets of house plans will i need?

The number of sets you need will vary depending on you and your builder’s specific needs. Besides a set for yourself, you may need to turn a set in to your home builder, subcontractors, mortgage lender, and local building departments department. A Release of Copyright letter allowing you to make copies of the original home plans locally or we can print off binded sets here at Advanced House Plans.

What is a right reading reverse?

The plan is reversed with all text reading correctly. This option is available for all homes or garage designs, so please order the reverse before checkout. This option may take 3 to 5 business days to complete.

Can we make changes to the plans ourselves?

You can purchase the Reproducible Media, PDF File or CAD Package for your plan and have someone in your local area make the changes for you. Or you can have Advanced House Plans make the changes. Just call 1-402-445-0489 to go over any changes

How do we calculate square footage for our plans?

The total square footage includes all of the area inside the exterior face of the "heated walls". It does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.

Does the plan meet my local building codes?

Sorry, but not always. In addition to the home plans that you order, you will also need a site plan that shows where the home is going to be located on the lot. Your builder or contractor can usually help you with this. You may also need a septic system design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Engineering/ Architectural stamps may also be required locally. Some counties also have energy codes that have to be followed. 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 this type of area, 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. If you aren’t sure, local building code departments always have a handout they will give you listing all of the things you need to submit for a building permit.

Is a blueprint license transferable even if I did not build the house?

No - When a plan set is ordered, the license issued bears the name of the person that ordered the plan and the license is not transferable for any reason.

What is the return policy?

No returns. Since it is possible to make illegal blueprint copies of the home plans you received, we do not allow any refunds. You need to make sure of your order before placing it. It is also VERY important that you check the dimensions of your lot or land before selecting a home plan.

Is my privacy and credit card information secure?

Completely. When you place an online home plan order, all information is sent encrypted from our secure server to an automated payment-processing center that validates your credit card. Your order information is then sent to us for fulfillment without your credit card information. This way, no credit card information is ever stored on our server and no one will have access to it at any point in the transaction. As for your privacy, we do not give out any private information to anyone for any reason.

Do your plans provide all of the information necessary for the HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical Systems?

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.


All illustrations and plans contained on this website are the exclusive property of Advanced House Plans. Law strictly prohibits reproduction in whole or in part. One dwelling may be constructed from a construction set purchased. Home plans may not be resold or copied. Fines up to $250,000.00 per instance of each plan sold and will be prosecuted to the fullest. We strive for accurate representation of renderings and plans and will not be responsible for errors or omissions in this publication. Strict penalties will be enforced for violators of copyright laws.