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We all have looked at home plans in magazines and on websites and wonder if I can get an architectural designer to take the sample plan and turn it into a set of working drawings to build from. This can be done but can lead to copyright infringement for both the home owner and the design professional. Many of those plans are only licensed to be built just once or licensed not to be modified. When selecting a plan to purchase is to be sure to read the license agreement and fully understand what rights are granted to the purchaser. If the license agreement allows for third party modifications is a big advantage to you as this will allow you to find a design professional to work with you in customizing the plan uniquely for you. For example, the plan you bought has a laundry closet located in hallway that protrudes into a bedroom and you want to eliminate it to increase the square footage of the bedroom by moving the laundry area to another location such as that utility closet that extends into the garage. Perhaps you don't like having that big bonus room on the second floor and want to divide it into either two additional bedrooms or into a guest suite. By purchasing a plan with full rights to the purchaser to choose what they want to do with the plan is the best way to go.

Comments (2)

Bill C. Merrell
Merrell Institute ~ Appraisal Education Network - Bohemia, NY
Ph.D. - Merrell Institue

Great blog.

Your plans must allow changes as necesary, or the allowance for a different archaetect to be able to modify plans as needed.

Keep on blogging.


Jul 27, 2008 09:24 AM
Lisa Ryan
Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty - Montgomery, NJ
Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town

Henry~ this is great information to know.  I didn't realize that modifications might require permission.  Thanks also for commenting on my post!

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