How can I obtain blueprints of a house that is already built?

My brother and his wife purchased a home recently and I would like to obtain the blueprints so I can frame them as a "house warming" gift. I have no idea where to begin. Can anyone offer any insight??








There is no archive for blueprints on homes. Many homes are built as spec houses and blueprints are only with the builder. Commercial projects always require blueprints,specifications required to get state and local permits. Residential projects are not as stringent.
As an option, have a local artist to a watercolor painting of the front of this house. Sometimes you can find a local artist at your nearest college, university.
Chances are if you would find the blueprints - they will not be in pristine condition anyway. They would be rumpled,sun faded and pencil marked. Most builders don't have extra sets made as they are expensive - so they use one or two sets which are used by the contractor and all subcontractors to build the home.
The builder may have them still, or know where to get them. That only works well if the house was built recently. If it's 30 or 50 or 80 years old, good luck - it may have been built by the original owner, who put a wall here because it gave just enough room to put his bed and a dresser in that room.

Contact the township or county tax assessor or zoning enforcement office. They may be able to put you in touch with the builder, if it's in their records.
Contact the builder. Blue prints are usually owned by the designer or the builder.










Blueprints for the malcolm in the middle house?

Does anyone have a link to the blueprints for the house?

How to read house blueprints?

Hi, I'm trying to figure out if my house was built with any sort of drainage system UNDER the basement. There is no

I want to get a blueprint of a 1914 house/estate in another state. how do i go about getting these?

I have been fascinated by this home for years (Wilbur Reid house Portland Oregon) and want to base my own home design by

How should I build my dog house? please help!!?

we have three dogs and we need an outdoor dog house for them. they are 2 Australian Shepperds and one mutt that we think

Building a house Questions?

I want to build a house in chicago, IL (3200 SF) that would probably cost around $400K. If I take my blueprints and all to

Do fire departments have blueprints to all local houses?

Does my local fire department have the blueprints to my house and other local buildings?
Please real answers dont just gues...

How can anyone, let alone the Teacher's Unions, be unhappy with 0bama?

Teachers' Unions Uneasy with Obama

By: Nia-Malika Henderson
October 17, 2009 05:57 PM EST

Different between my blue print of a house and a architect blue print.?

what is the different between when a architect make a blue print of a house and when i make a blueprint of a house. i want

Where to find my house blueprint?

i am looking for the blueprints to my house mainly for the plumbing and i live in the st. Louis county area. do i contact

How can you find blueprints to houses or buildings?

Is there a free house blueprint readymade design site? or where can i get some designs for building a house?

I have a plot measuring 33Feet by 77Feet, i want some one to suggest me design online.. just a hint as i m confused visiting

Is there a program where I can make my own blueprints for a house?

I would just like to know if there is a program or a website where I can create my own blueprints for a house or building

Scholarship Help=)............?

Hello All,
I'm having a hard time brainstorming for my scholarship essay to be accepted into FAU scholarship housing

How do you get a blueprint made?

My husband and I would like to build a house (I mean hire a contractor to build it). We currently have drawn a picture of