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February 2016
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Don’t Let Home Plan Design be a Funnel!


As home building heats up, developing and finalizing the home plan can become a “funnel,” slowing the process and actually limiting the number of homes you can build. Starting with a plan from Design Basics’ library of 2500+ house plans can save considerable time. In many cases, you can have the plan in just an hour or two after your order. Most plans are available in 2x4 and 2x6 construction; forward or reverse; and with basement, crawl space, or slab foundations.


Need to make changes to the plan to make it “perfect”? The Plan Alterations team can make those changes for you and it’s fast and easy. Want to make your own changes? No problem! Our Construction License grants you the right to make (or have someone else make) the desired changes to the house plan. If you know you are going to make changes to the plans and have the resources to make those modifications locally, CAD files may be right for you. Call to ensure software compatibility.


Dimensional Plans* are ideal for customers who must have home plans drawn locally to meet the specific building code requirements of their jurisdiction, including local engineering or architectural seals. The Dimensional Plan is the starting point and includes:


• Design Basics' federal copyright and Design Basics' construction license
• All four elevations
• 1/4" scale foundation plan
• 1/4" scale floor plans
• Dimensional lumber roof plan
* Dimensional plan may take up to four business days to complete.


Construction License Only. All Design Basics’ home plans are federally copyrighted. The ‘Right to Build Construction License’ grants to you the legal right to draw your own construction set based upon the Design Basics’ original design. This includes changes you desire to make to the original design as well as the 'Right' to construct a home from the construction drawings you create.

Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:09 PM


"Design Basics values our intellectual property and that of its many collaborative partnerships. We, therefore, protect our 1,900+ plan design copyrights from illegal infringements. This preserves and maximizes customers’ investments, while also protecting our assets, our team members’ employment position, and our shareholders." 
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