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Q. How do I purchase an item from
A. Whether you purchase a house plan or any other item from, simply place those items in your shopping cart, then proceed to check-out. will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We can also accept a personal check with delivery after the check clears.

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A. After placing your order, will send you a confirmation via e-mail with shipping information.

Q. What is's return policy?
A. To ensure all of our customers are completely satisfied, you can exchange your first house plan order for a full credit towards another house plan purchase minus applicable restocking fees. Orders must be returned within 14 days of the original order and returned blueprints that look used, redlined or copied, are not exchangeable due to copyright rules and regulations. Please note: Reproducibles, PDF and CAD files are not exchangeable. House plans requiring modification customizations are not returnable or exchangeable for any reason.

Q. When ordering house plans, how many plan sets do I need?
A. In addition to a set for yourself, you will probably need to order a set for your builder, mortgage lender, local building department and any subcontractors who need one.

Q. Can I purchase one set of plans and have them copied?
A. All of our blueprints are protected under the copyright law and cannot be copied. It is more cost effective to order multiple sets at the time of your original order. If you need additional sets, they can be purchased at a special price within sixty days of your original order.

Q. How is the total living square footage determined?
A. Total living square footage is calculated from the outside face of the stud to the outside face of the stud. For brick, it is calculated from the outside face of the brick. Total living square footage includes only the heated area of the house and does not include the garage, storage areas or bonus rooms.

Q. What is reproducible vellum?
A. Reproducible vellums are ideal if you intend to make changes to the plan. They allow qualified architects and engineers to modify the design without having to completely redraw the plan. You may use one of the following items to remove the image from the vellum paper (these items can be purchased at a blueprint/drafting supply store):

  1. Xerographic eradicator fluid such as Michlin film eradicating fluid applied per manufacturer directions.
  2. A dark grey ink eraser in an electric eraser.
Q. Why aren't HVAC, plumbing and electrical details included?
A. Because local HVAC codes, climatic requirements and commonly used systems vary dramatically throughout the country. Also, we don't know which direction the water flow will enter your house or where the electrical feed will enter. Your local HVAC contractor, plumber and electrician can determine the best layout for your new home.

Q. Do you offer preview plans?
A. Study plans and materials lists are available for many plans and, if available, listed under 'Available Plan Packages'.

Q. How often do you release new plans?
A. We are constantly developing and releasing new plans which can be viewed by going to New Plans .

Q. Do you have Exclusive Plans on your website?
A. The House Designers is the only website where you will find plans exclusive to our site. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind collection here.

Q. How soon will I receive my order?
A. Depending on which plan you select, we offer a variety of shipping options to choose from (ground, 2 day, next day, etc. We ship within one business day of receiving the order and ground shipping in the Continental U.S. is always free!

Q. How do you handle international orders?
A. For international orders, simply select the 'Overseas' shipping option during check-out or call us at (800) 532-0053 and we'd be happy to assist you.
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