In addition to the house plans you order, you may also need a site plan
that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. You
might also need beams sized to accommodate roof loads specific to your
region. Your home builder can usually help you with this. You may also
need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system.
Many areas now have area-specific energy codes that also have to be
followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form providing
documentation that your house plans are in compliance.
To find out what documents you should expect with your house plans, see
In some regions, there is a second step you will need to take to insure
your house plans are in compliance with local codes. Some areas of North
America have very strict engineering requirements. Examples of this would
be earthquake-prone areas of California and the Pacific Coast, hurricane
risk areas of the Florida, Gulf & Carolina Coasts. New York, New Jersey,
Nevada, and parts of Illinois require review by a local professional as
well. If you are building in these areas, it is most likely you will need
to hire a state licensed structural engineer to analyze the design and
provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building
department. If you aren’t sure, building departments typically have a
handout they will give you listing all of the items they require to submit
for and obtain a building permit.
Additionally, stock plans do not have a professional stamp attached. If
your building department requires one, they will only accept a stamp from
a professional licensed in the state where you plan to build. In this
case, you will need to take your house plans to a local engineer or
architect for review and stamping. In addition, plans which are used to
construct homes in Nevada are required to be drawn by a licensed Nevada
Note: All sales on house plans are final. No refunds or exchanges can
be given once your order has been fulfilled or once we have begun to
customize a home plan to your specifications.