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Small Home, Cottage and Cabin Plans

2 story farmhouse house plan
2 story Universal cottage

single story cottage house plan
1 story cottage

1-1/2 story cottage house plan
1-1/2 Story w/Loft Abv

20' wide Cottage Home plans

Three different houses that use an easy to build 20' wide floor plan. These are our most popular full sized house building plans. Each can be adjusted in length for a smaller or larger version.

small house cabin 14x24 w/ sleeping loft

cottage cabin small house plan

Little House Plans (for backyard studio or starter home plans)

Complete building plans for three size buildings - 10'x 14', 12'x 18' and 14'x 24'. Customize your own layout. Two roof styles - one with a walking low-slope shed roof deck and the other a steep gable with a sleeping loft. Easy to build no-concrete post and pier foundation and 2x4 wall construction. Lowest cost structure. (Note: May not meet local code for full time residence.)

Perfect for an owner-builder camping cabin, back yard guest cottage or that starter house for the homestead.

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14x24 Cottage Home Plan Builder's Cottage and Big Enchilada

For year round living or easy code approval. This is an upgrade to the larger Little House plan (above) into an all-season 14'x24' cottage. Click the image for floorplans and more information. This house has a concrete perimeter foundation and better insulation. Highest quality construction at reasonable cost. Best plan for year-round living. Very energy and space efficient design.

For an example, see Victoria's Cottage Progress photos. Roll down almost to the end. The Builder's Cottage is being built as the guest cottage behind the main structure. 

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16' cottage home plan with 12' wide house addition

The Concept

16' cottage home plan with 12' wide house addition

          The Reality

Victoria's Cottage

Click the title or images to see the plan for a 16' wide house with 12' high sidewalls, an open interior and a full sized loft with two rooms. Energy efficient R-30 roof, and 2x6, R-21 walls.

Click Progress photos for shots of this house under construction. (It also has a 14x24 Builder's Cottage out back).

Order Form - Choose P007

Grandfather Cottage, a simple to build one story house plan
Grandfather Cottage plans -P003

A two bedroom cottage home with an easy-to-build truss framed roof. This efficient plan uses an inexpensive but well-insulated slab-on-grade foundation for heat storage from the south facing windows. R-21 walls & R-38 roof.

Volks Cottage plans -P004

An alternative floor plan for a one-story two bedroom cottage. Slightly larger but still under 1000 sf.

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Solar Saltbox Farmhouse house plan

Solar Farmhouse plans

This is the house we built for ourselves. Three bedrooms, two baths with 1483 sf on two floors and a 14x28 attached solar sunroom.

Order Form - Choose P011

Upgrade plans and tools for use with any house

Greenhouse built using our plans Sunroom, Greenhouse & Skylight Plans

An inexpensive technique for adding solar heat and light to any project. Build your own sunrooms, skylights, and window walls using standard wood working tools. The key is using tempered insulated glass from sliding glass doors and a special hi-tech glazing tape. Click the drawing or the title above for more information. 

Included in the Enchilada Plans kit. #P006. 

Order Form - P002 for a PDF booklet of plans
home plan tools for house placement


Site evaluation, house layout and energy optimizing tools. Use simple passive solar, sun tempering and other techniques such as a sunroom to increase energy efficiency of a new home at little or no additional construction cost.

  • Learn simple, low-cost solar heating and cooling strategies that work anywhere in the U.S.
  • Evaluate solar potential of any property (even before you buy!)
  • Determine which trees to take out and which to plant to minimize heating & cooling costs.
  • Adjust your plans and maximize window areas to best fit the site and local climate.
Note: This PDF booklet is now a FREE bonus for plan orders of $100 or more.

Order Form - P020 for PDF booklet

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