wide 1-1/2 story cottage in Alaska
photos of a modified 20' wide 1.5 story cottage. Mike
flipped the plan over and then put two nice gable dormers in the
upstairs. He wrapped the porch around two sides.
All this on a remote Alaska
island where you barge or fly most materials in.
20 x 30 1-1/2 story cottage
Here are a couple of links to Larry's version of
1-1/2 story plan. Click the picture at the left for Larry's PDF of the old forum
for his on-line photo update site.
1-1/2 story (20x30) with full loft room and basement
McElroy served as owner-manager on this project and had his house built
in 60 days using a local builder. (Hard to do for an owner-builder!)
pretty straight version of the 1-1/2
story 20' wide plan.
There is a lot of additional storage in
the full basement below and the full length loft room above.
1-1/2 story w/ shed dormer
and Dan have built a richly detailed 2 bedroom cabin with many good
ideas for plan modification and material choices. This is an extended
version of the 1-1/2
story 20' wide plan.
There is a
full history of this project on this thread at the Owner-Builder
wide 1-1/2 story Cottage with double shed dormers
owner of this house has sent in pictures of their project. I
have posted them at the owner-builder forum. Here
is the link to the start of the thread. The upper level rear
dormer opens up onto a sealed balcony/porch at the back
wide 1-1/2 story Cottage
in Anderson Valley, Mendocino, CA, this straight forward plan version
of the 1-1/2 story cottage was built for under $30,000 out of pocket in
one of the most expensive to build areas in the US. With its simple
shape and a half length loft the home has already survived mountain
storms with winds over 100 mph. Click HERE or the image for more information on the project and the owners' detailed cost information. Has interesting site milled siding.
24' wide 2
story Universal Cottage with full basement and superinsulation package
& Jamie made some customizations to the Universal
plans and then went on to build a very fine house
with many green features and high insulation levels for low utility
bills. They combined their owner builder skills with the professional
help of local designers, builders and subcontractors and have documented their project with
progress photos and cost information.
This house was featured in an older edition of Fine Hobebuilding magazine (no longer on-line).
Universal cottage with a living attic
Gritter cabin is built on a steep hillside using a pier foundation. The
owner is managing this home building project and used the 20 x 34
plan to turn the attic into usable living
space with the addition of a small dormer.
Universal built for resale
Hoelting, a professional craftsman on Whidbey Island builds a version
of the 20' wide Universal Cottage plan.
Click the image or HERE.
version of the 2-story Universal Cottage
Here is an interesting redo of the 20 x 34
plan. Demian is building this 24' long version near Lynchburg,
There is also an on-going thread on the construction of this house at
Solar Saltbox (24' x 36' 1-1/2 story)
interior with 18" exterior strawbale walls. This modified
Saltbox is performing very well in a cold Ontario climate. A very open
and spacious interior layout with some handsome details. Read Lisa's
or click the image.
Saltbox (24' x 36' 1-1/2 story w/ attached sunroom)
Yeats has built a reflected floor plan version of this house. He has
done hydronic in-floor heating and eliminated the masonry at the center
of the house. This opens up the downstairs space considerably. The
photos will show a couple of other creative modifications to adapt to
the climate of northern Idaho. Click HERE or the image at the left.
20' wide single story plan
built in a barn are quickly assembled on a slab foundation. Here is an interesting version of the 20x30
single story cottage being
built by a young family in Kansas. Read Cody's story of this evolving
Victoria plan using SIP
panels and log siding
Here is another owner-builder
house where they started with the Victoria
Cottage plans, then modified it for a basement foundation,
full sized stair and larger bedroom wing. The actual structure was
built using 12' long structural insulated panels - SIP - thick foam
insulation panels with OSB sheathing on both sides. This eliminates the
framing, but involves assembling some pretty good sized panels into a
3D puzzle. I'll let owner Brad Raby tell the story. Click here for the photos and narrative
and find out how a log cottage can be built that is both very well
insulated and won't settle like normal log structures.
wide Victoria Cottage over a daylight basement
Here are some progress photos of the modified Victoria's
Cottage that Dennis Kuhn and his family is building. He
worked with a local engineer and had the plans modified to be built
over a full basement foundation. He has used some interesting
owner-builder products in this fine little house. Things like EcoBlock
insulated concrete forms that provide a fully insulated basement level
living space. Dennis reports he loves the light from all the skylights
(there are 6 in his plan). They also installed their own metal roof.
Several updates to the project are shown.
and Enchilada Cottage Compound
photos of an ongoing project with the 16' wide Victoria
Cottage and linked version of the 14' wide Builder's
Cottage. The two
buildings are connected with a mudroom entry.
Victoria Cottage in Maine (w/ radiant floor slab)|
and Meghan have a nice project underway using a heated and well
insulated floor slab with the Victoria Cottage design. Click HERE or the image at left to see
project photos and a construction update.
Modified 16' wide Victoria Cottage
or the image to view the
2-story version of the 16' wide Victoria's
Cottage. This creative family has designed and built a simple
but spacious small house on a very handsome site overlooking a small
16 x 24 LeMay cabin
progress photos show how an owner and friends built a 16' wide cabin with a two room loft. Photos includes a shot of the "L" shaped
cottage stair, interior wood paneling, woodstove and a later porch that was added. This cabin has a pier foundation.
A Boat Builders Little House
an innovative version of the Little House
plans done by a careful boat
builder. The owner used double
2x4 framing, cotton insulation, reflective foil insulation and
strawboard interior finish to build a snug and handsome 16' x 16' cabin
in the mountains of eastern Washington state. You will see in the
update how an addition was built onto this cabin. Click to visit the Nicolaisen Cabin.
x 24 Backyard office/studio
photos of a simple Builder's Cottage design from the Enchilada
plans. Dale has built a very nice small building here and has
more plans for future upgrades.
The Grandfather Cottage Project
Click on the image or Grandfather Cottage to see
progress photos of this one-story shingle style retirement house.
Under 200 sf - A Tiny house Design Contest!
In many code jurisdictions you can build a shed
or storage building of under 200 sf without a permit. These little
buildings can provide a place to store materials and work on your
house. For country property they can even be outfitted as a rustic
retreat for glorified camping. They are also a great way to learn
Here is the Design
Here is a LINK
to information on a small cabin that started the idea.
Here is a new thread
and designs that came after the contest closed.
12 x 14
Little House used as office addition
Howell has built a very nice office addition on a difficult site. She
has done most of the work herself under less than ideal conditions.
Read her inspiring story by clicking HERE or the image at left.
14x24 Workshop with 8' woodshed
Owner and son built this
slab-on grade workshop with 10' tall 2x6 studs that allow for a
workable loft and higher ceilings. They added a simple shed roof
storage area off the side. For the project photos click HERE or the image.
Nash Cabin - a 14x24 Little House
Click here (or the image)
to view the
story of the Nash cabin - a version of the 14x24
cottage plan. At the top of the page you will see updated
photos of this great little rustic Wyoming cabin. Further down is the
full story of how Hal built his cabin and made his choices.
This project started life as an A-frame
that morphed into a frame cabin or cottage home.
12x18 Little House Project
Here is a set of progress photos of the 12 x 18 cabin
built by Mike Nyikos and friends. This plan is part of the Little
House Plans kit, but most people build the largest of the
three cabins in that set. This is the medium sized building and the
owner decided to get some practice for when he later builds a larger
cabin in Canada. He built this plan as a storage shed for his
current property in Texas. These photos clearly show the construction
of the low-impact post and pier foundation and the framing sequence for
a simple building.
Little House Projects
Here are two more examples of
owner-built small buildings. The first is a 12 x 18 gable roofed
workshop/office. The second, a shed roof used to cover a 16 x 24 floor
plan. Click the images for more pictures and information.
14x24 Little House Project in Hawaii
Here is a short movie on the
building of the 14x24 Builder's cottage in Hawaii. This lockable cabin
has used the easy to build Little House post and pier foundation. The
owner's have used T1-11 siding and have closable panels to cover the
windows and door openings.
This is a movie (mov) file,
you will need to have Quicktime or Window's Media Player to view it.
Double click the image to download and play.
An inexpensive 14x36 Little House
house at left was
built for $10,000 using the 14' wide house from the Little
House Plans Kit. The owners extended it to 36' for a
downstairs bedroom with a large storage loft above. It was owner-built
with family and friends and about $500 worth of professional help.
Click here, for
Another 14x24 Little House Project
to view progress photos of The Wing Cabin; a 14' x 24'
Little House being built in central New York state. This cabin uses a
modified post & pier foundation for colder climates. This
foundation is further explained HERE.
Little House Project in Eastern WA
(or the image at left) to view progress photos of Troy Cleghorn's 14' x
24' cabin going up in a pristine area of Eastern Washington.
14x20 Little House Project - Must
to read the story of how the14 x 20 Creswell cabin was built. You will
16' wide Victoria Cottage Project
(or the image) for progress photos of original Victoria's Cottage and
the 14x24 Builder's Cottage out behind that is used as a separate guest house.
14x24 Little House Project in the
Here is a 14x24 cabin that
Stephan Mead built up in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Click the photo
link for more pictures and a 2 page description of the
Cabin. A 16' wide by 24' long configuration with a beam and
deck loft floor and a 10' wide dormer. Project is in process. This
cabin could be built using the simple post and pier and decking layout
of the Victoria Cottage plan's "simple 16' wide plan" included with this
kit. The owner of this cabin gives you a pretty good
description of his construction system. You may be able to configure
your own set of plans from his ideas.
(with step-by-step "how-to" photos)
This is cabin that started
these plans and a good example
of the simplest of the three cabins in the Little
House Plans Kit. Walk through these step-by-step photos of
the10'x14' flat roofed cabin my two sons and I built for about $1400.
another example... This hip-roofed version of the smallest cabin in the
House Plans Kit was built by a builder who now has
a business building these as upscale playhouses and backyard
workshop/studios for customers in his area.
Here's a photo of a similar
type of simple tarpaper (in process) cabin using just some of the
information from the Big
Enchilada plans. Click here for a quick shot of a project by Manny Cauto.