Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a specific plan to meet my criteria?

It’s easy! Just start your search here and use the filters to narrow your plan options down by style, size, features, and more. Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Any house plan can be customized for a fee, so if you cannot locate that “perfect plan” we can work with you to fine-tune it or you can order a modifiable plan and work out your changes locally. We want to help, so just call us any time at +94 715884500 (Direct Call/Viber/WhatsApp) to help with your plan search.

How is the square footage calculated?

Like realtors and appraisers, we calculate the square footage of the “conditioned spaces” only, meaning the areas of the home that are heated. Some areas that are not included in our square footage calculation include porches, patios, sunrooms, screened porches, bonus rooms, garages, and foundations. Some basements may be considered in the square footage if they are finished with rooms (living space).

Will the plans meet my county’s building codes?

Each city, state, province, and subdivision may have their own set of codes and regulations that have been determined to work best for the area. Our plans are designed to meet the national building code standards from the time and place where the plan was designed, but plans are not generally updated for any specific region. Many areas require additional steps once you have purchased your plans, including site plans, structural engineering, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) plans, energy code compliance, and local code updates, so be sure to budget for what is needed in your location. You should consult with your local building official before starting your project. You can also call us at +94715884500 to check on any specific plan codes.

What do I need to know about local building and zoning requirements?

Your plans may need to be modified to comply with local requirements regarding snow loads, energy codes, soil, and seismic conditions, as well as a variety of other location-specific planning factors. Prior to ordering plans, we strongly advise that you seek advice from a home builder or engineer to discuss local planning requirements. You may also want to consult with your local building official before applying for any permit or beginning construction.

We authorize the use of our plans with the express condition that you comply with all local building codes, zoning requirements, and other applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, and conditions set forth by your planning commission. Modifiable plan options are available to help with any local requirements.

What do I need to know about architectural and engineering seals?

Some cities and states require that a state-licensed architect or engineer review and “seal” a blueprint to unofficially approve it prior to construction after a compliance review is done. Prior to application for a building permit or the start of construction, we strongly advise that you consult your contractor and local building department to see if such a review is required. Areas that have heavy rain and snow, earthquakes, coastal conditions, floods, and high wind will usually require additional engineering to plans.

Is there a way to know if a plan has been purchased and/or built-in my area?

To protect the privacy of our customers, we do not disclose the personal building information of people who have purchased plans from us. View our Privacy Policy here.
We understand that you want to get a good idea of how the home will look when you build it. That’s why we regularly reach out to builders and homeowners to see if photographs are available after a plan has been sold. If we receive good photos, we make sure to share them on the website. Keep in mind that if you hire an architect and start from scratch they may not even have a floor plan to share with you before asking for a deposit.

Can I view more photos of a particular plan?

We often request photographs from our customers and plan designers, and we do upload many new photos every week. If the plan you like does not have photos displayed, it is likely we have not been able to get photographs yet. Please contact one of our Plan Advisors at +94715884500 and we will attempt to obtain additional photos for you.

What is included in your plans?

All of our plans contain the basic necessary drawings to be used for the construction of a house. However, the exact contents of each plan may vary, as every designer includes different levels of detail. Each plan detail page will list what that plan specifically includes, so be sure to check. You can call +94715884500 or submit a request for clarification directly from the plan page.
At a minimum, your plans will be drawn at ¼” scale or larger and will include:

  • Foundation Plan: Drawn to a 1/4″ scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls, and excavated and unexcavated areas.
  • Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
  • Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4″ scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
  • Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring, and roofing.

How many blueprints do I need?

The average builder will need 5 to 8 copies of the plan, depending on how many people are involved in the permitting and construction process. We regularly ship plans in bundles of 5 or 8 copies for this reason. Remember, if you order a PDF, Reproducible Master, or CAD set you can print copies locally for your municipality, builder, and subcontractors.

What is a Home Furniture Planner?

The Home Furniture Planner is a fun way to start planning how you want to furnish the rooms in your new home. Each kit comes with a scaled general floor plan grid and static-cling furniture pieces that you can place on the board and move around.

Can I make changes to my plan?

This is the most common question we receive and the answer is yes! You can work with our skilled team of plan designers to customize any plan. Rates vary depending on the size of the plan and complexity of changes, but even if you decide to make a whole bunch of changes to the plan, it’s still much cheaper than hiring a designer or architect to start from scratch! You can request an estimate for plan modifications from any plan detail page. A few of our designers require a small consultation fee to price out your changes, so be sure to check on the plan you are inquiring about. You can reach us during normal business hours at +94715884500. Local changes can also be made using the PDF or Reproducible Master (for minor changes) or the modifiable CAD plans (for moderate to major changes). These options come with a special license allowing you to have your plans customized locally.

What modifications can I make through the Dream Homes customization service?

Whether you want to move a door or window or completely redesign the entire plan, we are able to assist you. Some common plan modifications are foundation changes, adding a bonus room, widening a room, or adding garage stalls. Rates for plan changes vary, so please submit your request for modifications directly from the plan page or call us at +94715884500. We are happy to provide an estimated cost and timeframe.

Is it possible to customize my plan for different types of foundations like slab, crawlspace, and pier?

Absolutely. Foundation changes are the most common requested plan modifications and can be done through our design service, your builder, or your local engineer. Every lot has different foundation requirements, and all our plans can be adjusted to accommodate your needs. Some plans have multiple foundation options so be sure to look for the foundation you need. If you do not see your foundation preference listed, you are welcome to request pricing for the plan modifications.

Can a plan be converted to Metric?

We recommend ordering the modifiable CAD plans if you are looking to have a Metric conversion done, so you can work with a local professional on the changes. Most plans are designed using Imperial measurements (feet and inches) as we are based in Asia.

Can a plan be made smaller?

Yes; however, we cannot “shrink” the whole plan down. Since areas like doorways, hallways, window sizes, etc. need to stay at a fixed size, they cannot be reduced. We need to look at each section of the house in order to determine where adjustments can be made. Please call one of our Plan Advisors at +94715884500 to clarify any specific plan modifications.

Can the customization team make the plan wheelchair accessible?

Yes, common areas that will need to be adjusted are doorways, hallways, kitchen and bath configurations, and closets. In order to be wheelchair-accessible, it is important to have the width needed to maneuver and turn around within the home.

I would like to make changes to the kitchen; can I receive a quote to only make changes to the kitchen from the customization team?

Yes, although it is more common to work out kitchen and bath changes with your builder and/or interior designer once you have received your plans.

Can the roof pitch be changed?

The roof pitch can be raised or lowered, for the most part, though roof pitch changes may not be feasible for plans with complex rooflines and multiple pitches. Check with one of our Plan Advisors (+94715884500) to see if the roof pitch can be adjusted on your favorite plan.

Can I request physical copies of blueprints rather than the PDF or CAD once my changes are complete – and will I still receive my copyright release letter?

Yes, your final plans will be sent in a digital PDF or CAD format, depending on which option you selected with your Plan Advisor. We can also print and ship full-sized plans for $10.00 per set, plus $35.00 shipping and handling.

How do I get started customizing my plan with Dream Homes Design’s customization service?

The first step is to submit your plan modification request through the website or by calling one of our Plan Advisors at +94715884500. We will review your modification request and present an estimate. Once you approve the estimate, we will send you a contract for review. After we receive payment and your signed agreement, a Project Manager will be assigned to guide you through the plan modification service. Plan modifications typically take 3-4 weeks, though some designers’ timeframes vary.

Can I use your customization service to modify my plans to meet local building code requirements?

In some cases, yes, but we typically design to meet the national building code standards. Since every area has different requirements, be sure to find a good home builder who can guide you through the local permit process. Once you submit your plans, we can work with you to make additional changes for an hourly fee.

How much does it cost to customize my plan?

Plan modification pricing varies depending on the size of your house and the complexity of the design. It also depends on how many plan sheets need to be redesigned. Minor changes can usually be handled by your builder, or for about $50-$200 (plus plan purchase). If that sounds like a lot, remember that you’re essentially receiving a custom house for much less than a designer or architect will typically charge.

Can you complete custom designs from scratch?

We do offer this service anywhere. If you have an idea for a custom plan design, we are happy to take a look and provide an estimate to you. Call +94715884500 to discuss your custom plan ideas with one of our Plan Advisors.

What is the exchange policy?

All sales are final on copyrighted house plans, and no refunds or exchanges will be granted once you have received your plans. If you decide you cannot build the house for which you ordered plans, we may be able to offer a replacement plan. Be sure to do all your research prior to ordering plans so that you end up with a house plan (and home) that you love.

Is there a time limit for using my house plan?

There is no time limit for building. We do advise that you store your plans in a safe place so that you have access to it when you do decide to start the construction process.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

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