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Small House Plan Companies

The following is an annotated list of kit home companies that build small house kits that are available in sizes smaller than 1200 square feet.

Architectural Designs Wilton, CT A variety of mostly traditional home plans. This link goes to the smaller house plans, though some are not really small by our SHL standards.
Architectural House Plans Sausalito, CA This company doesn't have many small plans, but they do have some interesting ones. Construction includes strawbale. (They have some truely ostentatious plans of 7000+ feet.)
BC Mountain Homes Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Plans, some of which look very livable, and what we can see of the custom plans looks promising.
The Bungalow Company Bend, OR Of course we like the Bungalow Company, which has some of the nicer bungalow-style plans available. Langley, Washington Lots of plans, photos, a forum, ideas, inspiration, and other useful information. Secondary site focuses on small houses:
Cusato Cottages, LLC New York We're pretty sure you've heard about the Katrina Cottages designed by Marianne Cusato. They are elegant, small houses with classical proportions amd a little bit of sass. Very cute. We also love her book!
ehouseplans Beaufort, SC Database of plans and publisher of sundry books. Strident article about copyright ... some of which is correct, but much of which is misleading.
Family Home Plans Chantilly, VA The Garlinghouse Company has been in the plan business for decades. Most plans are conventional and fairly traditional. Quite a few cabin and small house plans.
House Novato, CA Lots of house plans in a variety of styles with a fairly decent selection of interesting smaller home plans.
Insite Builders Archer, Florida Insite has a variety of books with abundant drawings and plans for small, sustainable structures. The website also has one of the best link lists available for various small house topics.
Rick Thompson, Architect North Carolina These are traditional small home plans including some contemporary bungalow styles. We like their simplicity and the architect's laid back (but firm) business approach.
Ross Chapin Architects Langley, Washington In conjunction with the Cottage Company, Chapin's architectural firm has created a number of "pocket neighborhoods" which are small developments of custom-crafted small cottages that are less than 1200 sq. ft. We're particularly fond of the Betty series.
Sheldon Designs Skillman, NJ Several plans for small houses. We like the Micro Cottage with 524 sq. ft. of cuteness, a real bathroom, and brick chimney.
Small House Oregon Portland, OR Builder of small houses with a nice design aesthetic perfect for infill, a granny flat, or tiny house.
Stock House Plans Hattiesburg, MS This company has a lot of standard house plans, some of which are small. Our link goes directly to the plans under 1000 sq. ft. which are billed as weekend getaways.
Stone Mountain Cabins CO (but you won't find that on his website) Beautifully rendered designs with some unusual features like the three-faced fireplaces. If you are looking for a modernized bungalow that is really a Craftsman, start here.
Straw Bale House Plans Planet Earth Excellent small straw bale house plans with a page of links to international sites on straw bale construction. For a Dr. Geiger's intro to building with straw bale, see the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building.
TightLines Designs North Carolina TightLines blends sustainable design with a small footprint. Most of their plans are based on bungalow and vintage residential architecture.
Tumbleweed Houses California One of the premier small house plan and kit home companies. This is more than a business ... it's a life mission. The plans and kits are so nicely done, it's easy to forgive the cost which runs between $100 and $200 per sq. ft. They have a cool book with all the designs ... nice.
Washington Timberframe Co. Washington Traditional craftsmanship in timberframe designs. Rebbecca's Cottage is the only model small enough to work for us; it's a pretty little house designed with tons of Arts & Crafts appeal. (We'll say nothing more about the behemoths.)



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