Home Plans Terms and Conditions of Sales
The designs and home plans on this site were drawn and created solely by designers employed by Elements House Plans in Greenville, SC. The designs are the express property of the firm. Correspondingly the home plans and designs contained on this site are copyrighted with the United States Copyright Office pursuant to Title 17 U.S.C. ß 101 et, seg. As such, the plans, renderings, and designs are the property of Elements House Plans.
Home Plans are Copyrighted
Like authors, photographers, and musicians, architectural designers are protected by copyright laws. Because of this 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 Home Plans
The variety of designs presented on this site should help you find your home plans. Of course these houses need to be in keeping with your property, budget, and lifestyle. Likewise, if you plan to build one of the designs featured here, you must purchase a set of plans from Elements House Plans.
Don’t Copy These Home Plans
It is against the law to copy designs or drawings found in plan books, magazines, or on the Internet. Because many people believe it’s acceptable to copy or adapt a design from a publication or the web and build a house. Furthermore, copying any existing built home or house plan that is copyrighted is not allowed–it’s illegal.
Modifying a Design
Once home plans are purchased from Elements House Plans. The home plans can be modified by us or by another designer, architect, engineer, or builder. Additionally, 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. However, 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 Elements House Plans retains copyright protection on the original design and any “derivative work.”
All house plans include a copyright release and a license to use the documents to build one home. The purchase of a set of these construction documents grants permission to use the plans to build a single structure. Don’t use our plans to build more than one house. This is an exclusive license, which may not be resold or reproduced without permission of Elements House Plans.
Conditions of Using a Plan
As the homeowner or contractor who purchases an Elements plan, you may lend the plan to third parties (builders, subcontactors, inspectors, review boards, or government agencies) to assist with approvals, budgets, and construction of the residence.
Copyright Infringement and Penalties
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.
Please Respect Our Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Elements House Plans. 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, Elements House Plans. These documents are printed in the United States of America. A copy of each architectural design contained in this publication, as well as this publication is on file with the United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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. Likewise 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. Because of this 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!
When orders are placed online, we never see or receive any of your credit card information, just your name, address, and contact info so we can ship/complete your order. We use a company called Authorize.net to fulfill all of our transactions. You can check them out for yourself at this link. http://www.authorize.net/company/privacy/!