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About this Website, the Plans, Books, Projects, Products and Guides

Copyright, 2014 - This web site and its designs, plans and guides are protected by U.S. and International copyright law.

About the Plans, eBooks, How-To Guides and Videos

Many of the free plans available on this web site were designed or commissioned specifically for Today's Plans and are not available any place else. In addition, we try to find the best free plans and how-to guides on the Internet. We review them carefully to try to make sure that they provide information that you can trust. The free plans, books and building guides linked from this website are offered as resources by their publishers. They are generally intended for private, one-time use by individuals, and not for reproduction. Contact their publishers for more information and for permission for any other use.

Most of the plans and building guides presented on TodaysPlans.net are designed for use in North America and use Imperial (foot and inch) measurements.

Copyrights and Permissions
We've attempted to secure authors', publishers' and designers' permission to post the plans, books, articles and guides that are downloadable from this web site. We use photos as helpful links and pointers to other web sites, to downloadable works and to our own reviews of those web sites and downloadable works. We try to attribute photos to their correct source. Because some of the photos and materials are provided by third parties and not credited to their originators, we can't be absolutely sure of the authenticity of rights and permissions. If you are the creator or copyright owner of any photos or material that are not properly presented or credited on this website, please email info@todaysplans.net. We'll either secure your permission or remove your material promptly. Please review our Digital Millennium Copyright Statement for more information.

Image Thumbnails and Collages

We've created low-resolution thumbnails and collages of screenshots from some of the best building designs and how-to guides found on the Internet. The images are here to lead you to information that we've found to be educational and that we hope will be helpful to you too. The images transform some beautiful original photographs, drawings and renderings. Please follow the links to view the originals at their source. The thumbnails and collages, and our words about the material that they illustrate, are critiques of the works: they are helpful, and that's why they are included and reviewed on this site. If you are the originator or copyright owner of any image that you'd like not to appear on this site, please let us know. We'll remove it promptly. Please review our Digital Millennium Copyright Statement for more information.

Using Free Building Plans

It isn't best to build from plans just because they are free. The cost of even the most expensive blueprints are just a tiny fraction of what your overall building cost will be. All stock plans, including the ones that you can download at no cost, need some modification to work perfectly on your site and for your building and zoning code requirements. That means that you, your builder, or an architect or construction engineer who you hire, will have to put in some work time on the plans. Include that, and no plan that you build from is really free.

The most important thing is to find the design that's just right for your needs, regardless of cost. If you build something that doesn't look perfect to you, you'll be regretting it for years, every time you look at it. If you build something that's just ten square feet bigger than you need, you'll have wasted the cost of a better set of plans. If you build something that doesn't add to the appearance and usefulness of your property you'll be reducing its resale value by much more than the expense of the costliest set of plans. Building anything is expensive, in the cost of materials, in a contractor's cost, or in the time and labor you put into it. Don't throw your investment away on poor plans.

The Internet gives you the ability to find just about all of the plans that are available. Take your time and search everywhere. Searches are free. Just a few years back, you'd have to pay a fortune to purchase catalogs and magazines to find a reasonable selection. TodaysPlans.net will be presenting new reviews of blueprints and building kits all of the time. So, check back often.

Of course, there's no reason to exclude free plans from your search. Some are pretty good. There are probably just a few thousand of those available, compared to tens of thousands that you can buy. Still, you may just find what you are looking for. It should be easy to search through all of the free plans. Unfortunately, they are scattered across the Internet. Some plan services offer one or two as samples of their offerings. Lumber suppliers and building trade associations have some more. Magazines, like Popular Mechanics and Mother Earth News offer some as "how-to" articles. This website tries to help by listing only the best free plans and organizing them into categories, to make it a little easier for you.

Downloadable plan files, guides and books are usually Adobe's PDF file type. That means that you'll have to have the latest version of the Adobe's Reader program on your computer. You can download a free copy of that below. PDF files also mean that the plans will print on the 8 1/2" x 11" paper that's in your printer. Since most building departments require plans that are scaled to 1/4" to the foot, most downloadable plans are for small buildings.


Building Codes and Standards
Building codes, materials and standards are always evolving and changing. Today's best building methods, and the best methods for building in your climate, are not always what are shown on the material presented on this website.
Have all plans, material lists, products, prefabs, kits and construction methods reviewed by your building department or by an experienced building professional who knows local conditions before you purchase anything or start to build. The plans, products, prefabs, kits and material lists presented here may have to be modified by a local professional to suit your site's conditions, building and zoning codes and weather requirements.

Safety

The information provided on this website is intended for adults with knowledge of the use and safety requirements of the tools and implements needed to complete all projects. Children should not attempt any of the projects presented on this web site without adult guidance.

How to Download the Plans, Guides and Books

You'll have almost immediate access to most of the free project plans, lessons, books and guides listed on TodaysPlans.net. They are Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files that you can print on your computer's printer. Make sure that your computer has an up-to-date copy of Adobe Reader installed. Most new computers do. To get a free copy or to update your old version, just click on this button: 

 

 

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Many of the guides and plans are multi-page files. Allow a few minutes for them to download to your computer.

Please Suggest Plans and Websites for Our Review
If you've had a good experience building from free plans that you found on the Internet, please let us know. We'll check them out, write a review, and let readers know about them. Please email info@todaysplans.net.

Please Link to this Website
If you are a webmaster or blogger and think that the material on TodaysPlans.net would be of interest to your readers, please let them know about it. Please feel free to link to any of our web pages. And, thank you very much. We appreciate your site's visitors and will try to keep them entertained and informed.

Please don't link directly to any downloadable (PDF) files of the plans or building guides. Those files are protected by their designers' and authors' copyrights, and many copyright owners require that their files be downloaded only from their own websites.

Sponsors, Listings and Reviews
This website is sponsored by more than a dozen independent services and retailers. Although we try to work only with the best companies and websites, we can't be responsible for others' content, products or policies. 

Other plans, products, books, websites, prefabs and guides are listed and reviewed on this site, for free, at the discretion of the editor, in the hope that information about them is useful to readers. Listings on this website are not endorsements of any websites, products, lessons, demonstrations, books, advice or plans.

About the Editor
Don Berg, an architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, has published fifteen books on traditional American building, gardening and landscaping. He has degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Don has been a guest and consultant on HGTV. His designs, articles and interviews have appeared in Home Magazine, Country Life, The Old-House Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Grit, Yankee Magazine, Mother Earth News, Period Home Magazine, Traditional Building and many other publications. Don designed many of the building plans that you'll find on TodaysPlans.net.

 

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