Title / Description  |
*14x24 Deep Pier Foundation plan*|
| ||A cold climate pier and beam foundation plan for the Little House and Builder's Cottage. |
This 2 page PDF file provides scale drawings that can be added to your plans.
*16 x 28 Cottage Plan*|
| ||A tidy little one bedroom steep roofed cottage with loft and cathedral ceiling. |
Includes an 8 page PDF plans booklet and the template files for 3DHA ver 3 programs.
*20' wide Universal Cottage SP*|
| ||Study plan for 20x34 Universal Cottage (in PDF format). |
Print this out to better understand how this house is built.
*26'x 30' Double Shed Cabin*|
| ||Study model for shed roofed cabin with clerestory windows. |
Simple to build with two low slope roofs. Both PDF printout and template file for 3d Home Architect, ver. 3 or compatible home design software..
*26x26 Garage w/ small Apt. above*|
| ||This is a two page PDF file with a 1/8" scale schematic design of a 2 car garage with a 1-bdrm apartment above. |
*3D Home Arch Quickstart Guide*|
| ||Quick Guide to the icons & menus of 3D Home Architect ver. 3 home design software. (Use version 3.0 Deluxe, NOT a later version.) |
Print out this 6 page PDF booklet to understand how to use this inexpensive program to modify our template plans.
Buy the program CD on Ebay, or Amazon.
| ||Jeff Milstein's 1972 preassembled cabin plans. This is a large zip file that will unzip into five PDF files - one for each sheet of the plans. These can then be viewed in Acrobat Reader and printed in sections to your own printer. |
To print full sized scaled plans, copy the PDF files to a CD or USB drive and take them to a copy shop for printing on 24"x 36" sheets.
This is a great plan for ideas, especially about a preassembled small cabin. These plans are over 35 years old and are not designed for and do not meet most building codes. They are offered for historic and artistic interest only. NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION.
*Builder's Cottage Update*|
| ||This is a one-page PDF file with an electrical plan and plumbing and electrical notes for the Builder's Cottage (14x24) plan. |
*Deck to house details*|
| ||Critical connections between a deck or porch and the main house. |
Detail shows how to bolt the deck to the house so a party or freak storm doesn't end in disaster. Easily overlooked by inexperienced builders.
Scale PDF detail to paste into plans.
*Gambrel Roof structural details*|
| ||This scaled PDF detail shows how to build a simple gambrel roof truss to provide more usable headroom at the upper floor. Can be used for 20' and 24' structures and modified for other building widths. |
*Plan Scaler Kit*|
| ||Print this PDF file and use a local zoom copier to bring plans from magazines, books and websites to the same scale. This allows you to combine plan ideas into custom designs. Use this kit for preliminary house planning and to get a feel for the sizes of rooms and spaces. You can determine what spaces are needed and how you will live in and use this building. |
*Schematic Layout sheet*|
| ||This is a PDF file with 1/8" scale cut outs of standard items you can move around to test a floor plan layout. These freehand drawings at a small scale keep things loose as they should be in preliminary planning. |
Use this in combination with the Plan Scaler kit to do preliminary layouts and to determine the best sized plan to modify for your project.
*Solar Saltbox Addition Plans*|
| ||This is a 5 page set of PDF plans for a custom addition to the North side of the Solar Saltbox plan. Includes photos and updated deck details. |
*Solar Sunroom Greenhouse details*|
| ||Site built wood frame glazing system for solar walls, greenhouses, skylights and glass roofs using standard sized tempered sliding glass door blanks. This is an updated PDF download of the CountryPlans.com glazing system plans. |
These detailed scaled plans can be added to any existing house or addition plans. Modification guidelines included.
*Sunkit Solar tools*|
| ||Tools for site evaluation - plot the sun path across the property - determine trees to cut and where to place the house for maximum energy-efficiency. Use this BEFORE you buy your property! |
Includes simple solar heating strategies and some clever uses of a simple surveying tool you build yourself from the kit.
Print out this PDF booklet. This same solar booklet is available in hardcopy from Sunkit site tools.