We offer our house plans in a variety of options, depending on where you’re at in your homebuilding journey.
Our Home Concept Sketches and House Plan Books are better for when you’re in the earlier phase of dreaming about your future home, or as a cost-effective springboard for if you know you’d like fairly extensive changes made to a concept before modifying or purchasing a plan.
Our Full House Plan Sets are ideal for when you have your lot purchased, you’ve found a house plan you love, and you’re interviewing builders or ready to build.
If you'd like to see a visual example of each offering, check out this page: What’s Included in a House Plan Set?
Please continue reading to find the option that’s right for you!
Home Concept Sketch: Our Home Concept Sketches are 8.5” x 11” PDFs of specific homes from our collection. These include the full-color front elevation, floor plan sketch, and the plan description and basic room sizes and home footprint.
The Home Concept Sketches show the same information and images that are included in our House Plan Books, but for one specific home.
If you know which house plan or plans you’re most interested in, we recommend purchasing a Home Concept Sketch so you can have a physical, visual print-out of your dream home—something you can pin up and start getting familiar with. This is an affordable way to help you evaluate the plan closely to see if you’d prefer any changes, as well as to inspire you as you embark on the journey of building your new home. Check out an example Home Concept Sketch here.
PLEASE NOTE: The Home Concept Sketches are not to scale and are not construction documents.
If you have several home concepts that you’re interested in studying, or if you’re just getting started with browsing for your ideal home, we recommend purchasing one of our house plan books instead. Of particular interest to you might be The Complete Home Collection, which features nearly 140 of our concepts. Every plan available on our website will list the plan collection it is included in, and our books are available through Amazon.
House Plan Books: We offer several House Plan Books showcasing our collection of homes for your perusal.
Because there are so many facets and options to consider when you start thinking about building your dream home, we find that one of the best ways to know what you like is by browsing and studying many concepts in order to learn exactly what you want and need to fit your lifestyle. That’s why we put together our plan collections, sold as beautifully illustrated books.
The plan books include the same information from our Home Concept Sketches—colored elevations, floor plans, footprints, and basic room sizes and details—along with features and articles on architectural styles, accessibility, and sustainability.
Full House Plan Sets:We’re proud to offer our Full House Plan Sets for purchase at a fraction of the cost of designing a custom home. Our Full Plan Sets allow you to build the home of your dreams with confidence, and they include everything you need to get started.
For a detailed description and illustration of what our Full House Plan Sets include, check out: What’s Included In A House Plan Set.
Please keep in mind that you will still need to hire a structural engineer and have trusses professionally engineered in order to comply with local building codes and requirements. For more details on this, please read the answer to “Does this house plan meet my local building codes?” further down on this page.
Bid Set of House Plans: If you’re not quite ready to commit to a Full House Plan Set because you’re interviewing builders and getting bids, we offer Bid Sets of many of our plans, suitable for getting estimates from builders so you will have an idea of the cost to build your home. These include the four elevation views of the home and floor plan sheets and are marked “Not For Construction.”
If you purchase a Bid Set and decide to move forward and purchase the Full House Plan Set, the cost of the Bid Set will be deducted from the total cost of the Full House Plan Set.
If you’d like to see a visual example of our Bid Sets, check out this page: What’s Included in a House Plan Set?
We strive to provide inspired, trusted house plans so you can build your home with confidence.
For a detailed, page-by-page breakdown of what's included in our Full House Plan Sets—along with visual examples—please check out What's Included in a House Plan Set.
The square footage listed on any given plan is considered the total living square footage of the home, meaning the area designed as “finished” and heated in the home. This includes lower levels when shown as finished (though many of our homes can be built excluding the lower level or instead as optional unfinished / future finished space).
The square footage does not include garages, storage areas, unfinished space, decks, porches, courtyards or other outdoor living spaces.
We advise purchasing your site first, as this will determine the maximum width and depth of the home you can build there (the home’s footprint). There is an art in marrying the right home with the land, and giving this some thought in the beginning is what will bring harmony to your project, creating a home you’ll be happy with for generations.
Besides the width and depth of the site, there is the slope to consider, and certainly if there are views you want to take advantage of (or perhaps minimize). How much distance would you like between your home and your neighbor’s? And would you ever want to add an ADU or detached studio?
Although it's more common to purchase your site before your plan, if you find a plan first that you know is the right one for you, it is absolutely possible to shop for your site second, it just depends on what feels best for you. If your dream plan and your dream site aren’t quite a perfect fit, feel free to get in touch with us for a modification consultation and we’ll help you figure out how to synch them up!
In either scenario, whether you purchase your site before your plan or vice versa, we always recommend that your very first step before anything else is to visit your local building department—either in person or online—to find out more about what the process of building a home in your area will entail.
Many building departments provide brochures or checklists of what you will need before applying for a building permit, and this is a great place to start so you can identify specific challenges you may encounter for your chosen lot, and find a builder who can help you meet them.
Sometimes, the lot you fall in love with to build your home on is straightforward with no issues to hinder building. Other times, there may be challenges that arise based on the land and zone that you’ll need to account for.
Hillside lots can pose challenges or require retaining walls that must be engineered, or a geo-technical engineer may need to assess risks of ground movement and groundwater, particularly based on soil types, faults, or slide potential.
Additionally, some neighborhoods and subdivisions have strict Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Architectural Control Committees that may require you to meet additional requirements and reviews.
None of this should dampen the excitement of finding your dream home, however! This is only to set you up for success by understanding the potential setbacks that may arise when pairing your perfect home with your perfect lot.
If the lot you’ve chosen is more challenging, we recommend scheduling in a bit of extra time to handle issues as they arise and budgeting out a bit of extra cash to cover more substantial engineering, but it will be worth it knowing your home is just right in the end.
This is the fun part, so break out the whiteboard and colorful markers!
First, figure out your must-haves and the information you already know, like how many bedrooms you need, the width and depth of home that will fit your site, and an approximate square footage that fits your budget.
Floor plan style is a great place to go next. A two story home with a finished lower level is great for families with children, providing space for both privacy and time together. If this is a home you’re planning to retire in, or if you may be caring for aging parents or in-laws, a ranch plan that has the bedrooms, kitchen, garage, laundry, and other living spaces all on one level allows for seamless aging-in-place and long term independence.
You probably also have a sense of what you want your home to feel like. Maybe you want an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen at the center and tons of light. You may want more secluded areas incorporated into the plan, like bay window nooks, a library, or home studios. You surely have thoughts on your primary suite—does it have walk-in closets, a spa-like bathroom, a private patio, a fireplace?
Think about your work style and hobbies as well. Do you or any family members work from home? An office or study could be must-haves to help you live your best life. How do you like to entertain? Would you like a formal dining room for holiday celebrations, a game room with space to host poker night, a home theatre for movies, or a courtyard for summer soirees?
The floor plan that feels right to you is what will matter most, because even aspects as major as the architectural style can be overhauled to suit your tastes once you find the right plan.
If you’ve found a home that’s almost right but not quite perfect, get in touch with us to set up a modification consultation, and we’ll see what we can do for you!
Of course! It’s quite common to want changes made to a plan, and these can range from minor adjustments that simply bring a plan up to local code requirements to major overhauls that verge on custom home design.
Your chosen builder or local engineer can often help you with tweaks and solutions to comply with local code jurisdiction and site orientation, but if you have anything more complex in mind, you may be better off enlisting the help of a trusted drafter or building designer.
If you think you’ll need minor changes related to local site and code compliance that your builder or engineer can help you with, you should be well-suited with the Electronic PDF Set of plans. If you have moderate to major changes in mind, we recommend purchasing the Electronic CAD Set.
Even changes that sound minor can create ripple effects that require adjustments to structural elements on every level and layer of the home. Adding a few extra feet to a room or making ceilings taller might sound like a change quickly made with a few clicks of a mouse, but these can actually alter the load bearing balance and structural integrity of the building. However, that certainly doesn’t mean such changes are impossible, and it shouldn’t dissuade you from customizing your house plan into the home of your dreams!
Rocky Mountain Plan Company offers a modification consultationfor any of our plans if you’d like to get a sense of what it would cost to alter a plan to fit your vision. Minor changes often range from around $500-$1,000 (not including plan purchase), whereas moderate to major revisions can range from around $1,000-$5,000 or more, depending on the changes requested.
To get in touch, simply fill out our modification consultation formand make note of the plan you’re interested in and a summary of your questions. You may even want to draw up a sketch and snap a photo of what you’re thinking to better communicate your thoughts. We’ll research the plan and your request and get back to you by email, at which time we can schedule a phone or video call depending on the complexity of your request.
If you like the feel of the plans we offer in our collection but you’ve decided a custom home is right for you, Larry Gilland is a founding member of Rocky Mountain Plan Company and offers custom home design through LGA Studios. We’d love to hear more about your vision!
We have a great blog series to learn more about the history and features of many popular architectural styles! Check it out here.
The right plan format for you depends on your situation and how much versatility you may need.
Every plan format requires a license agreement and all house plans are protected under all Federal and International Copyright laws. For more on licensing and copyright, please see the Licensing and Copyright section of the FAQs below.
We offer our plans exclusively in digital formats—either as PDF or CAD files—so you won’t need to pay for shipping or wait for plans to arrive in the mail. Once you’ve accepted and signed a license agreement, you will receive your plan files electronically, and can then print the number of plans you need at your local print shop, or share the files with your designer or builder if you’re having modifications made.
Option 1: Electronic PDF Set:
The most popular plan format we offer is our Electronic PDF set. This is a great option if you do not need many changes and would like to print the copies you need on your own.
Because the PDF file format is not directly editable, major changes can be more difficult to make in this format, though your builder and engineer will still be able to make clarifications and minor adjustments for code compliance.
When ordering an Electronic PDF set of plans, we will send you your license agreement and email the plan set to you as a PDF, often within 48 hours or less (unless otherwise noted on the plan page itself—we are currently updating the digital files of many of our plans, and this may result in a turnaround time of two weeks).
You can then take the file to your local print shop to make prints as needed for your builder, engineer, subcontractors, mortgage lender, local building departments, etc. You won’t need to worry about running out of copies or about plan sets getting ripped or water damaged—you’ll be able to print the copies you need quickly and easily.
Option 2: Electronic CAD Set (Includes PDF Set as well):
Our CAD Set is a great option if you need alterations or modifications to your plan and you’ve hired a drafter or building designer to make them for you. Builders and engineers should also have experience working with this format.
When ordering an Electronic CAD set of plans, we will send you your license agreement and send you the plan files as a zip file within 48 hours or less (unless otherwise noted on the plan page itself—we are currently updating the digital files of many of our plans, and this may result in a turnaround time of two weeks).
The zip file will include a PDF version of the plan as is (as described above) as well as a CAD version of the plan, which is suitable for modifications and will need to be opened using AutoCAD.
Once you’re satisfied with the changes your drafter has made, you can make prints from the AutoCAD files through your builder or local print shop.
Unfortunately, given that it is possible to make illegal printed copies of home plans and digital files once received, we do not allow returns or refunds.
Make sure you double check the dimensions of your lot before purchasing a home plan, and feel free to get in touch with us if you need assistance or have any questions about choosing the home plan that's right for you.
Our home plans meet the International Residential Code (IRC) in effect when the plan was designed (typically IRC 2018, IRC 2015, or IRC 2009).
The International Residential Code is the base code typically adopted by all states, though states will often add their own adjustments on top of the base code due to state-specific geographical conditions. Because local regulations and site variations differ widely, you’ll need to run your plan by local experts who can help you out.
Some areas of the country have especially strict engineering codes—with good reason—such as hurricane risk zones along the Gulf Coast or earthquake-prone areas of California. Certain neighborhoods have strict HOAs or Architectural Control Committees with dictates on setbacks and style.
Many areas require additional steps including site plans, structural engineering, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) plans, energy code compliance, and local code updates. It is your responsibility to comply with all local building codes, zoning requirements, and other applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, and conditions set forth by your planning commission.
A great place to start is with a visit to your local building department or their website. Many will have a handout or list of everything you need in order to submit for a building permit.
Often, this process will involve hiring a Structural Engineer, as a state-licensed engineering stamp is one of the most common requirements when applying for a building permit. Site and state conditions vary widely, and an engineer will be able to address local frost depth requirements, hillside considerations, soil testing requirements, wind and lateral bracing, and load conditions pertaining to snow, wind, and earthquakes, as required by your area.
An Engineer will analyze the design of your house plan and may provide additional drawings and calculations as required by your local building department. Your home builder will likely be able to recommend trusted structural engineers in your area.
Finding the right builder for your home is crucial to the success of your project, as it is their experience and craftsmanship that will have an enduring impact. It’s important to find someone you trust and who you can build a good relationship with, and this may mean interviewing several builders and certainly doing your homework.
Good word-of-mouth is a great way to get started—ask for suggestions from family and friends, or if you already purchased your site or know the neighborhood you’re interested in, ask your new neighbors who they would recommend. Especially if you have a challenging site, finding a builder with experience in that area can make the learning curve a lot less steep should you run into issues. You also may consider going to a Parade of Homes in your area, where you can examine the work of local builders up close.
You’ll want to verify that every builder on your shortlist has an updated license and insurance, which you can do by contacting the state licensing board, and it’s a good idea to ask each builder for references of homes they’ve built. You may want to drive by these completed homes or sites that are under construction to get a better sense for how they operate.
Once you’ve narrowed your field of potential builders, set up interviews with the best candidates to work through your questions. If you’ve already selected a plan, you can request that the builder create a bid for what it would cost for them to build your home. If you're still in the idea phase, you can bring in one of our Home Concept Sketches to see if they would be confident taking on your project, or if they've built homes on a similar scale and budget to what you have in mind.
You may ask about how they select subcontractors, inquire about potential timelines, and generally see if they would be a good match for your project. Quite a bit can come down to gut instinct, as the relationship you have with your builder is so important to the success of your home build.
Our team of designers come to the table with decades of experience in residential design and building. Our collective passion is to spread the practice of good design and to create homes that make people happy, and we have extensive experience in conceptualizing communities, green building, and custom construction.
We can find or develop innovative floor plans based on any criteria, from floor plan style, to footprint size, to square footage, and we can customize your favorite plan with a variety of elevations, providing your clients with the architectural style they crave.
We can open our portfolio of hundreds of floor plans to you for your perusal, and we can help you find or design homes that suit your goals, whether it be attracting new clients or developing a new subdivision or pocket neighborhood. Please contact us for a custom quote to discuss the possibilities.
If you’ve found a plan of ours that you love working with and would like to build the plan more than one time, you are required to contact us and pay a reuse fee of $200 for every new home built using the plan, even if you’ve made modifications. Just send us an email or give us a call, and we’ll get you taken care of!
When you purchase a plan, you’ll receive a license agreement to build the plan once. This license will be issued in your name and is not transferable for any reason.
If you would like to build a plan more than one time, you are required to contact us and pay a reuse fee of $200 for every new home built using the plan, even if you’ve made modifications. Just send us an email or give us a call, and we’ll get you taken care of!
Every plan in our collection is copyrighted and protected in full as our intellectual property. When you purchase one of our plans, you are purchasing a license to build the plan one time and you will also be sent a copyright release to sign.
The copyright release allows you to legally make copies of the copyrighted house plan for you to use and provide to your builder, engineers, and subcontractors. It does not, however, give you permission to sell the original plans.
All plans and illustrations on this website and in our plan books are the copyrighted property of Rocky Mountain Plan Co., LLC, and law strictly prohibits reproduction in whole or in part.
Upon purchase of a construction set of plans and a license agreement, one home may be constructed, and the plans may not be resold or copied.
Fines up to $250,000 per instance of each plan sold or of any copyright violated will be enforced and prosecuted.
We strive for accurate representation of renderings and plans and will not be responsible for errors or omissions.
Feel free to send us an email or give us a call at 719-635-0880!