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House plans give instructions for building houses. They generally include detailed blueprints with floor plans and may give other planning or building information, such as materials, cabinet layout, fireplace instructions. Sometimes the plans are just starting points to work with an architect or designer for designing your customized home; sometimes a builder will put up an entire neighborhood using just 3 or 4 designs and variations like flipping them for a mirror image or different exterior colors or materials.

There are many different accreditations and certifications for architects or designers reflecting the different training and specialties. In general, the requirements for someone to call him or herself an architect are more stringent and usually require graduating from an accredited program, passing exams and/or registering with professional organizations which screen credentials. Some are listed below in the references.


Designing a kitchen layout. Floor plan plus furniture.


  • Organizations, accreditations, certifications, etc.
    • CACB Canadian Architectural Certification Board
    • AACA Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
    • NAAB - "The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States."
    • NCARB - National Council of Architectural Registration Board "NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)."
    • The American Institute of Architects (AIA), includes a "find an architect" and questions to ask your architect sections

A floor plan (1st floor)