Jul 02 2009
If you are planning to build a new house, it may seem possible to build the home using only one set of blueprints, especially if you are doing all the work yourself. You may think it is only necessary to buy one set of blueprints. However, before purchasing stock house plans, it is important to know that a single set of blueprints is stamped “not for construction.” While the stamped set of construction drawings is a complete set of blueprints, it is considered a study set and is intended for review only by you the homeowner and/or the builder. A stamped set of home plans allows you to view the floor plans in more detail and obtain estimates and bids for the labor and materials for your new house.
Once you have reviewed the house plans and decide to move forward with your construction project, you can upgrade your one-set blueprint package to a greater set of blueprints. Most house plan publishers allow upgrades for a limited time. For example www.thehouseplanshop.com allows customers to upgrade their one-set house plan package to a greater blueprint package within 90 days of the original purchase. This means that you will only be required to pay the difference in cost between the single-set package and the larger blueprint package.
Other important information before you order:
- You cannot apply for building permits with a stamped set of house plans.
- If you order a one-set blueprint package, be aware that shipping charges apply again when you upgrade your house plan package to a greater number of blueprints.
- Copying or building from a set of blueprints that is stamped “not for construction” is considered copyright infringement and is punishable by law.