Home Plan Type
1000 or less
1001 to 2000
2001 to 3000
3001 to 4000
4001 to 5000
Greater than 5000
Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about Great American Homeplans
#1: Can a builder (or I) actually build a home from your plans?
- Can a builder or I actually build from these plans?
- What is included in these plans?
- How much is a set of Great American Homeplans set of plans?
- Can I have the plans modified?
- How much does a new home cost to build?
- How long does it take to build a new home?
- What about copyright?
#2: What is included with your plans?
Yes. Our plans include everything you need to build,
including elevations, floor plans, cross sections,
and details, etc. Important detauls, such as where the home will be
located on your site, and how the water, sewer, and electrical hookups
are made is something you will need to address with your contractor
and local building inspector.
Your basic package includes multiple sets of blueprints, which include the following:
#3: How much is a set of plans?
- Exterior elevations
- Detailed floor plan(s)
- Foundation plan
- Upper floor framing plan (if needed)
- Roof framing plan(s)
- Cross section(s) (as necessary)
- Electrical plan(s)
- General details
You may also select the following options:
- Additional sets of plans
- Mirror reversed plans
- Study prints
- Alternate Foundation Plan
- Subdivision Plan Numbering
- Reuse for Multiple Lots
- Title 24 heay and energy loss calculations
- Original vellums so you can reproduce blueprints for yourself
We do not include the following:
- Structural Engineering
- Site plans
- Civil Engineering
- Changes for your local code requirements
- Soils testing/Septic design
- Truss designs of truss calculations
#4: Can I have the plans modified?
Even with all the options, you can get everything
you need for less than a quarter the cost of the average custom
design. There are pros and cons of stock plans vs. custom plans
as with all purchases. A custom plan gives you all the features
you are looking for. Often at a much higher price and at the loss
of you control of the project. Architects are often paid on a percentate
of total construction cost so it is in their interest to specify
much costlier materials and methods. Our plans have all been built
and the construction methods chosen are the most practical available.
#5: How much does it cost to build a home?
Yes, your local engineers and designers can easily
modify our plans. We have as an option erasable originals to make
it easier to alter the drawings and reproduce them. Due to the different
site conditions and personal preferences we feel it is better to
allow the local professionals to make these alterations.
#6: How long does it take to build a home?
#7: About Copyright
Obviously prices will vary depending on how lavish
your plans are. The most common way of expressing building costs
is in "dollars per square foot". Most homes fall in the $75/foot
to $100/foot. The area you live in will play a large role based
on your material availability, material selection, and labor costs.
My personal recommendation is to check prices on finish products
such as bath and kitchen fixtures, flooring, windows, doors, cabinetry,
etc. Once you have decided the finish materials that best meet your
needs and your budget you will need to make a list of these choices
(called construction specifications). The more detailed the list
the easier it will be to receive bids based on the same finished
In 1990 the copyright law changed. The changes
effected intellectual property, which includes architectrual drawings
in any tangible medium or form, such as magazines, books, CD-ROMS,
or the Internet. Under the law it is not permissible to modify a
plan from such sources. It is Illegal! All home plans sold through
Great American Homeplans are proected by copyright held by the designer.
Reproduction of these home plans, either in whole or in part; including
any form and/or perparation or derivative works, for any reason
without prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
The purchase of a set of plans in no way transfers any copyright
or other ownership interest to the buyer except for a limited license
to use that set of home plans for the construction of one, and only
one, dwelling unit. Similarly, the purchase of reproducible home
plans (Vellums or Mylars) carries the same copyright protection
as mentioned above. It is generally allowed to make up maximum of
10 copies for the construction of a single dwelling only. To use
any plans more than once, and to avoid any copyright licenses infringement,
it is necessary to contact the plan designer to receive a release
and a license for any extended usage. Whereas a purchaser of reproducible
plans is granted a license to make copies, it should be noted that
as copyrighted materials, making photocopies from blueprints is
Copyright and licensing of home plans for construction exist to
protect all parties. It respects and supports the intellectual property
of the original designer. Copyright law has been reinforced over
the past few years. Willful infringement could cause settlements
for statutory damages up to $100,000.00 plus attorneys fees, damages,
and loss of profits. Great American Homeplans when selling plans
licenses the owner to use the plans for the spcfic address of the
specific project. If the owner wishes to reuse the plans a reuse
fee must be negoatiated and paid prior to the additional use of