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The designs and plans on this site were drawn and created solely by architects employed by SmallHouse-Design.com. The designs are the express property of the firm. Our plans as well as individual plans and designs contained on this site are copyrighted with the SmallHouse-Design. As such, the plans, renderings, and designs are the property of SmallHouse-Design Architects.

House Plans are Copyrighted

Like authors, photographers, and musicians, architects are protected by copyright laws. Federal laws were established to safeguard the intellectual property of architects. Copyright laws prohibit using an architect’s designs or drawings without written permission of the architect.

If You Want to Build, Buy the Plan

The variety of designs presented in SmallHouse-Design.com should help you find a house in keeping with your property, budget, and lifestyle. If you plan to build one of the designs featured here, you must purchase a set of plans from SmallHouse-Design.com.

Don’t Copy These Plans

It is against the law to copy designs or drawings found in plan books, magazines, or on the Internet. Many people believe it’s acceptable to copy or adapt a design from a publication or the web and build a house. Copying any existing built home or house plan that is copyrighted is not allowed–it’s illegal.

Modifying a Design

Once you have purchased a plan from SmallHouse-Design.com, it can be modified by us or by another designer, architect, engineer, or builder. We encourage you to customize your plan. If you choose to modify our design, we hope you ask us to adapt the plan to fit your personal needs and preferences. If you do make changes, please know that any modification by others to a plan is made at your own risk and should be reviewed by a professional residential designer or engineer before starting construction. In addition, these modified plans are considered “derivative works” of the original design, and SmallHouse-Design.com retains copyright protection on the original design and any “derivative work.”

Life-Time Rights

All house plans you purchase, you can print, edit and build as many home as you want.

Conditions of Using a Plan

As the homeowner or contractor who purchases a plan from SmallHouse-Design.com, you may lend the plan to third parties (builders, subcontractors, inspectors, review boards, or government agencies) to assist with approvals, budgets, and construction of the residence.

Any party, including the purchaser, homeowner, builder, drafter, or contractor, may be responsible if a copyright is violated. Refuse to be involved with any questionable copying of plans, borrowing of designs, or using derivative works. Penalties for copyright infringement can be severe, including actual damages, statutory damages, and reimbursement of reasonable legal fees.

Do not republish our house plans. If you want please contact us or link it back to our original post.

Copyright © 2021 by SmallHouseDesign Architects. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher and owner of the Copyright, SmallHouseDesign.

Terms of Sale

Since most files are emailed to you in electronic format when you place your order, and contain copyright-protected information, we are not able to provide refunds or exchanges. What you’re purchasing is the right to use the intellectual property… and once it’s purchased… it really can’t be returned. You have it. Emailing it back to us doesn’t really mean much at that point. Please be sure to do your homework and ask as many questions as you need to in order to ensure that the house you’re planning to build is the right one prior to making your purchase. We are happy to be of any assistance to you in any way we can, by email or phone. Follow our steps in the FAQ’s “How should I go about deciding what to buy?” and you should have a great experience!