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How to Read Blueprints

Before explaining how to read blueprints, it may be valuable to understand what blueprints or blacklines are. It is quite difficult to build a structure to scale when the scale you are working from is very small. To make things easier to read, designers complete drawings on large sheets of various sizes, the most common size for residential structures is 24”x 36”. Today these plans that were once drawn by hand are now drawn on computerized equipment. The prints are now referred to as blacklines instead of blueprints because they are printed on large format copiers with black toner instead of in an ammonia development machine that produces blue lines. We still refer to all prints today as “blueprints”.


Copyright Information

As part of the commitment of The Plan Drawer, Inc. to help you achieve your dream home we provide the following information for your use.

All plans that are sold by The Plan Drawer, Inc. are protected by copyright. Just like books, movies, and songs, home plans receive protection under the federal copyright laws. These copyright laws prevent anyone, other than the copyright owner, from reproducing, modifying, or reusing the plans or design without specific express permission from the copyright owner.


Choosing a Contractor

Choosing a building contractor is probably the most important decision you will make. Your builder will not only be responsible for building a high quality house that will last for years and years, but they will also be responsible for coming in on budget, getting the house built when you need it to move in and coordinating the multitudes of subcontractors it will take to get the job done. It should be stated at the outset, that most home contractors are dependable and trustworthy business people, however there are a few guidelines that you should follow to protect yourself and your investment.


Single Use License Information

A Single Use License Agreement for Print Sets grants the Licensee a limited non-exclusive and non-transferable right to construct one and only one home as depicted in the licensed plan. Use of the plan to build more than one home is prohibited. The print sets and the plan may not be copied, reproduced, modified, transferred or sold without the express written consent of the copyright owner

A Single Use License Agreement for a Reproducible Set, Digital Set–PDF Format or Digital Set–CAD Format grants the Licensee a limited non-exclusive and non-transferable right to construct one and only one home as depicted in the licensed plan. Use of the plan, either in original form or as modified by the licensee to build more than one home is prohibited. Permission is also granted to the licensee to modify the plan but not to claim copyright in either the original or modified plan. The reproducible set and the plan either in original form or as modified by the purchaser may not be sold, distributed or transferred without the express written consent of the copyright owner.


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Factors to Consider

When searching for your home plan, consider these factors:

  • Determine your family lifestyle requirements to incorporated into the plan.
  • Do you want patios, porches or decks?
  • Do you prefer a large eat-in kitchen or a large formal dining room?
  • Will you want additional spaces for a den, home office or place for hobbies?
  • What about cathedral ceilings or open areas, wood burning fireplaces, large bay windows or skylights?
  • What are the styles of the existing homes in the area you plan to build?
  • Is the area you hope to build on flat, hilly or rugged terrain?
  • Are the lots that are available in your area narrow or wide?