included in my plans purchase? Back to Top
One Set (study set): A study set of plans
includes a complete set of working drawings. They
are intended for you or your builder to use to
help decide if the home you have chosen will fit
on your lot and into your budget. A study set
is one full set of blueprints.
Construction sets: This includes 4 or 6
sets (depending on which you choose) of plans
includes all four exterior views, complete floor
plans, a basement or foundation plan, a roof plan,
building sections, and any other details necessary
to explain how to build your home. This is the
basic package that you need to obtain a building
permit, secure your financing, and to actually
Reproducible Set: These are modifiable
originals for customers/builders interested in
having a local designer make changes to the design
of our stock plans. Only the original purchaser
has the right to build one home from the plans
purchased, you may not rent, lease, loan, give,
transfer or sell copies of the plans.
CAD Set: Please call for availability.
Can I modify a stock house plan? How long will
it take? Back to Top
Usually yes, most designers offer modifications
to their stock plans . On average it takes one
to three weeks and runs from $50.00 to hundreds
depending on the complexity of the changes. Please
have the plan number ready and give us a call
at 1-904-392-7640 for more information.
Can I purchase a plan and have it modified by
someone else? Back to Top
Yes, if you purchase a CAD set or originals you
can take those plans to a local draftsman or Architect
to have changes made.
do I do after purchasing my plans from you? Back to Top
The first thing you should do is contact your
local building department to find out exactly
what is required for permitting. Some areas require
an engineer or architect to sign-off/seal their
approval to meet local building codes.
Then decide if you want to go with conventional
lumber for your floor and roof system or engineered
prefabricated trusses. Conventional floor and
roof systems may need engineering if required
by your local building department. If choosing
engineered trusses, you'll need to drop off
one set of plans to your local truss plant or
building materials center where they will furnish
truss layouts and truss details. Generally,
they provide this service as part of the truss
You MUST get the specific requirements from
your local building department. What we at HousePlansByMehm.com
provide are just what's called the "design"
and "working drawings". There are
no engineer or architectural stamps/sign-off's
whatsoever. Engineering is not provided with
any plans and should be provided by your own
hired, local Engineer.
The best place to start looking for an engineer
or architect would be your local phone directory
since they would need to be familiar with YOUR
local building codes.
Wind load, snow load and earthquake engineering
would be YOUR engineer or architects responsibility.
many sets of plans will I need to build my new
home? Back to Top
We recommend that when purchasing your sets
you always keep a full set for your records.
Depending on your area, you will need a few
sets for your builders / subcontractors, mortgage
or lending institution, building department
etc. The safest way to go is a 6 set minimum
since blueprints can not be copied and are protected
under copyright laws.
I order more sets once I've placed my original
order? Back to Top
Yes, individual sets are available for your
original purchase of at least four sets for
$30.00 to $50.00 per set.
Can you help me find a particular type of house
plan? Back to Top
Sure, If you don't see what you want on our
website just give us a call toll free at 1-904-392-7640
and one of our sales reps will be glad to help
types of foundations are available for my plan? Back to Top
Many times changing a foundation type is a very
simple matter and can be done during construction.
Most of our plans are drawn with a standard
slab but can be modified for basements, crawl
space, etc. Please write down the plan you're
interested in and give us a call toll free at
1-904-392-7640 with any questions.
Can I order study plans? Back to Top
This answer depends on which designers plan
you choose. Some require that you order at least
one full set of working drawings and that set
is usually marked in red saying: "Study
Set". Others will ship the basic floor
and elevation information as their studt set.
Please give us a call if the plan you selected
doesn't make it clear.
you have duplex and multi-family house plans? Back to Top
Yes, you can also give us a call if you can't
find the one you wanted.
How do I order the plan I like? Back to Top
When you get to the specific plan page of the
one you want to order just click on the link
that says "Add to my cart" and it will be added
to your shopping cart. If that is all you need
then follow the links to check out and complete
your order. If you want to order a second plan
click on the "continue shopping" button.
you have alternate elevations of the plan I
like? Back to Top
Most of the plans we offer have more than one
elevation drawn for them. Please give us a call
if you'd like to check availability.
I see rear/side elevations or more artwork/pictures? Back to Top
Usually. Most of our designers have rear and
side elevations available. If you don't see
it, give us a call and we will see if we can
get copies and send them to you by fax or e-mail.
Tell me about the "living" square footage and
room size info? Back to Top
Generally, square footage is calculated as the
finished (dry-walled, painted, carpeted), under
heat and air square footage. It would include
footage from outside framed wall to outside
framed wall (not including brick, siding, stucco
etc.) and anywhere the floor joists would project,
such as in a cantilevered (overhanging) bay
window. Other things that are typically not
included in a home's square footage are garages,
front, back or side porches, courtyards, patio,
etc. Basements are also not included in the
square footage unless they are finished. All
room sizes shown on floor plans are rounded
off measurements. Please call to request exact
room sizes if there are certain space requirements.
I decide I don't like the plans can they be
returned? Back to Top
Unfortunately, no. Since it is possible to make
illegal copies of the 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 house
Are plans available on CAD? Back to Top
Most of our plans are available for purchase
on disk or CD ROM, however some of our earlier
plans are not available in this format. Please
call for availability.
What codes do your plans comply with? Back to Top
Some plans are designed to specifications published
by the Southern Building Code Congress International,
Inc. (SBCCI) or the Building officials and Code
Administrators (BOCA). Most of our plans are
designed to meet or exceed the national building
standards. Because of the great differences
in geography and climate throughout the US and
Canada, each state, country, county and municipality
has its own building codes, zone requirements,
ordinances and building regulations. Your plans
may need to comply with the local requirements
regarding snow loads, energy codes, wind loads,
soil and seismic conditions and a wide range
of other matters. Please check with your local
building authorities before making your purchase.
many times can I build the plan I purchase? Back to Top
As a registered purchaser of a plan, you are
licensed to build only one structure from the
plans, regardless of the number of plan sets
you purchased. If you intend to build a plan
more than once, contact our Customer Service
Department at 1-904-392-7640 for more information.
is mirror reverse verses true reverse? Back to Top
A mirror reverse is exactly like looking at
a set of plans in a mirror. All of the text
is backwards. In the days before we used computers
to draw our plan, this was the only way to get
plans that were the opposite of the way they
were drawn. With computers, however, most programs
allow us to "flip" the plan but keep the text
forward reading. So, if you've picked out a
plan but need to have it reversed, make sure
the right reading "true reverse" is available
for that plan. If this option is available it
will be shown on the plan specifications page.
can I check my order status? Back to Top
You will receive an email order confirmation
immediately after placing your order. You will
receive an email shipping confirmation along
with a tracking number when your order is shipped.
You may then track your order through our site
by clicking on the link at the top of our site
called "order status". Email us with any order
status questions at sales@HousePlansByMehm.com or
call us at 1-904-392-7640, M-F 8-6 Sat 10-5
long does it take to ship a set of plans? Back to Top
Most plans are shipped by the next working day
after placing your order. If any plan changes
were requested you will need to check with our
customer service department for an estimated
is a reproducible vellum? Back to Top
A translucent paper that can be used to print
erasible sepias/mylars which allows the builder/engineer
to make modification and revisions and then
reproduce them for your sub-contractors. If
you plan to make modifications or revisions
to the plans, most designers offer this set
which comes with a Copyright Release Form. The
Copyright Release Form gives you the permission
needed to make your revisions / modifications
and for copies to be made.
Can we make copies of a plan when we purchase
it? Back to Top
Generally, no. All of the plans offered on HousePlansByMehm.com
are protected under copyright laws and can not
be copied. If extra copies are needed you must
order them through our website or customer service
department. The only exception is if you purchased
a CAD set or originals.
Do you offer custom design work? Back to Top
Most designers do, please give us a call to
see if available and we will put you in touch
with one of our designers who can work with
you on pricing and designing your new home.
your plans come with a material list? Back to Top
Some of our plans do have an optional materials
list available for purchase. Please call to
are building codes? Back to Top
Building codes are safety regulations pertaining
to how a building (commercial or residential)
should be built. They are intended to protect
both builders and home buyers from building
an unsafe structure. They deal with everything
from nail spacing to wheel chair accessibility.
Many restrictions, regulations and inspections
are regionally required due to soil conditions,
weather conditions, etc. There are three major
nationally-recognized model building codes that
are all very similar in content in the United
States: UBC (Uniform Building Code); BOCA (Building
Officials & Code Administrators); and CABO
(Council of American Building Officials). Every
state, county and local municipality has adopted
some form of one, any or all of these standard
building codes. HousePlansByMehm.com plans all conform
to the Uniform Building Code.
Do these plans meet my local building codes? Back to Top
Our plans are drafted to meet average conditions
and codes in the state of Florida at the time
they were designed. Because codes and requirements
can change, and may vary from jurisdiction to
jurisdiction, HousePlansByMehm.com cannot warrant
compliance with any specific code or regulation.
All of our plans can be adapted to the local
building codes and requirements. It is the responsibility
of the purchaser and/or builder of each plan
to see that the structure is built in strict
compliance with the governing municipal codes
(city, count, state and federal). In addition
to the complete building plans that you order,
you will also need a site plan that shows where
the house is going to be located on the property.
Your 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 energy codes that have to be
followed. This normally involves filling out
a simple form proving compliance. Now for the
tricky one. There are some areas of the country
that have very strict engineering codes. Examples
of this would be earthquake prone areas of California
or hurricane risk areas of the Florida 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 house and provide additional
drawings and calculations required by your building
department. If you arenít sure, building departments
always have a handout they will give you listing
everything you need to submit for a building
a contractor, or I actually build a home from
your plans? Back to Top
Yes. Our plans include most everything you need
to build, including elevations, floor plans,
foundation/basement plans, wall sections, electrical
plans and most also have roof plans, etc. Important
details, 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. If engineering is
required by your local building department you
will need to contact and hire them on your own.
How do I find a contractor to build my home? Back to Top
Start with the local phone book. You can also
call your local Chamber of Commerce, Better
Business Bureau and the local Home Builders
Association to ask for recommendations. Ask
friends and relatives in the area for their
suggestions. Also, visit local model homes.
Often the builders are there, and you can talk
to them to see if they would fit your needs.
One other resource is the "Find a Contractor"
tab at the top of this page which is powered
How much will it cost to build the home I want? Back to Top
Go to Building-Cost.net.
You will need to answer quite a few questions
but the report it generates is well worth the
our copyrights Back to Top
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.In 1990
the copyright law changed. The changes effected
intellectual property which includes architectural
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 HousePlansByMehm.com are
protected by copyrights held by the individual
designers. Reproduction of these home plans,
either in whole or in part, including any form
and/or preparation of derivative works, for
any reason without prior written permission
is strictly prohibited.
Copyright law has been reinforced over the past
few years. Willful infringement could cause
settlements for statutory damages up to $100,000
plus attorney fees, damages and loss of profits.
Is my privacy and credit card info secure? Back to Top
Completely. When you place an online order on
our secure server, all information is sent encrypted
to an automated payment-processing center to
see that everything is correct. Your order information
is then sent to us 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.
You can read more about this by going to our
How can I order plans if I don't live in the
United States? Back to Top
If you are not a resident of the United States
please call toll free at 1-904-392-7640
to place your order.
Why should I subscribe to your newsletter? Back to Top
Signing up for our newsletter not only gets
you in the monthly drawing for $200 worth of
house plans, it also gives you the opportunity
to receive our monthly specials from the home
industry related dealers we work closely with.
For example, www.BlindsWholesale.com has offered
to give an additional 5% off your order for
all your custom window treamtents when you purchase
your home plan from HousePlansByMehm.com.
a designer, how can I offer my plans on your
website? Back to Top
It's easy, just fill out our designer sign-up
form and once you're approved you'll have FTP
access to upload all of your designs to our
a builder, what kind of discounts can I get? Back to Top
We understand the importance of home builders
as customers so we've set up an exclusive
Preferred Builders Program just for you.
Automatically receive 15% off any plan
set purchase - (of 6 sets or more)
20% off bulk purchase of 5 plan sets
or more - (at least 5 designs, 6sets each)
An update link sent to you once a month
notifying you of any new designs added to our
No cost to join the program
Just click on the "For Builders"
tab at the top of this page and sign up.
I'd like to trade links with you, what do I
need to do? Back to Top
We have a few different options for links in
and out of our site. Please call Joe Mehm at
1-904-392-7640 for more information.