Frequently Asked Questions
Do you modify plans?
Yes, depending on the work requested we can do custom modifications. Please visit the Drafting page for services and pricing.
How do I print my plan?
Download the PDF to your desktop.
Take or email the PDF to a local printing store and request either 18" x 24" or 24" x 36" black & white Architectural prints (your downloaded plan will indicate which paper size to request on the General Notes sheet).
Print as many as you need for your project.
Plans can be taken to any copy center for local printing. If you prefer to order prints online simply purchase your PDF and send it to an online company. They will print and ship your documents usually within 2-3 business days. Here’s a short list of online companies that you can use:
What's included in a building plan?
A typical house plans is drafted to current IRC code and includes,
3D cover sheet with project details with code notes
Foundation plan + details
Fully dimensioned floor plan with appliance & plumbing fixture locations
Floor framing plan + details
Roof framing plan + details
Exterior building elevations
Interior kitchen & bathroom elevations
Building cross section(s)
Wall section(s) with construction & envelope details
General construction details
Door & Window Schedules (sometimes diagrams)
IRC Fastener Schedules
(see example plan)
Visit the drafting page for more details.
Where are you located?
We live and work in Point Roberts, Washington. Our office is open 10-4, M-F. Please email to schedule a visit.
How much does it cost to build a small house?
In the United States the average cost to have a house built in 2018 was $150 per square foot. Costs tend to run higher in Western states, especially Western Washington state, Oregon and California. These places can average $200-350 per square foot and higher. Point Roberts averages $175-$300 per square foot.
Do you offer any free plans?
If you’re a long time follower you know that until April 1, 2017 we had an open source free house plans program. Unfortunately people began selling these plans and we had to spend weeks issuing DMCA takedown notices to Ebay, Etsy and other third-party sites. As a result we ended the program.
We also receive calls and emails from people, especially teachers, requesting for free plans. We respectfully request that people not email requesting free plans and services. If you're a teacher, you know teaching is your livelihood; plan development is are our livelihood. Plans are low priced and can be purchased and used for teaching purposes; you may use these plans in classrooms and for permitting & construction.
Do plans have a wet-stamp?
We do not stamp plans from our office. Most plans do not require stamps. In Washington state we work with structural engineers when wet-stamps are required. If for some reason a plan requires engineering it should be done in the state the house will be permitted. In Washington State we assist clients with engineering requirements (additional fees apply).
Check local building departments for specific requirements and read Our License Agreement & Stock Plan Disclaimer for more information.
What size paper should I use to print my plans?
Most plans are designed to be printed in either of two IRC standard paper sizes:
24" x 36"
Each plan specifies the correct printing size.
Please note: Building departments generally prefer black & white prints.
Can I sell your plans?
No. Feel free to email us with your ideas but don't sell plans without written permission. This is illegal copyright infringement and can get you into trouble with your host, eventually lose your website, or worse.
What's your refund policy?
Plans, models and services are all delivered as digital goods and are non-refundable. We stand behind our products and client satisfaction is important to us. However, our creative work is delivered via an internet download as "intangible goods" and we do not offer refunds for this reason.
What types of buildings can you design?
We can design any size house, accessory dwelling unit (ADUs), tiny house on wheels, cabin, cottage, garage, studio, office or work space, backyard building, shed, barn, even small commercial space, and more. We can also work with clients in the United States or Canada and have designed projects from 100-4,000+ square feet.
Please visit the drafting page for more information and pricing.
Can I build one of your plans for resale?
Yes, your purchase includes a license to build one house from the downloaded plan to use for personal or professional purposes. If you choose to build another house simply purchase another plan for the license.
If you find a mistake in a plan, please let us know!
If you find an error in a plan please contact us so it can be corrected right away.