plan set has a 20' x 30' footprint with a variable size loft upstairs.
It uses a balloon framed 10'
sidewall to to get more usable space under the steep roof
above. There are three different foundation types in the plans:
concrete crawlspace, slab on grade (2 versions for different climates)
and a post and pier foundation. You choose the one you want to build.
If you wish, this plan can be extended in length as the structural
frames can be duplicated on 2' increments. It can be built with a full
or partial loft.
This plan is
easy to modify and has been built by
many CountryPlan memebers in different climates. Here are some photos
and reports sent in or posted to the forums from folks building with this plan.
The floorplan above shows a small loft above
the bath and
main floor bedroom which has a standard ceiling with 7'-6" headroom for
a center width of 6' before the roof slopes down on either side (see
photo below). The
Great Room can have an open cathedral ceiling
with rafter ties, or continue the 2x12 loft floor joists making the
area the full length of the building.
Here is a view
looking at the steep cottage staircase and a beam and deck ceiling
over the Great Room. There is also a stair layout for a full sized "U"
shaped stair if needed. This will take more floor area but often works
better with a full length loft. With the steep stair a pantry is tucked
under the stairway.
Finished loft looking from the top of the stair. 2'x4' skylights can be added
between the sloped truss rafters to allow more light and ventilation into the loft.
treatments are shown below.
model - shingle treatment.
built version of the house without the porch.
The plan set
(blueprints) includes 11 sheets of drawings including all
drawings needed to apply for most building permits:
- 3 foundation plan sheets - one
each for post & pier, slab or crawlspace foundations
submit one of these).
- Main floor and porch plan
with electrical layouts and door and window call-outs.
- Cross section drawing
showing framing and insulation levels, stairway construction and a header
wall openings. Diagrams for locally made roof trusses (for easy engineering).
- Loft floor plan with
electrical and a loft framing plan with two ways of constructing the
- Loft roof details and
cross section of site built truss and wall to truss connections.
- Loft floor to wall
details for supporting the joists or exposed beam ceiling.
- Porch and deck plans for
both a hip end porch (shown above) and a wrap around
porch or deck. This can be extended as desired.
- Includes deck and roof framing details
& railing details.
- Four building elevations
showing roofing, roof trim details, siding suggestions and porch and
Includes total Bldg. height (22'-6").
- Trim corner details,
window & door trim details (inside and outside), corner trim
detail, and tips on extra money saving ideas for
- Standard window and door
sheet for cutting out and replacing doors and windows in the
existing plans (allows cut & paste drafting
for simple changes).
- Plan notes include
suggestions for for heating and cooling and two different locations for
hot water tank (electric
This plan set includes additional
bonuses in an enclosed booklet:
- How to Customize Plans
for your site and space needs.
- A Platform Framing Guide
and Glossary of terms
- I-joist update for 20'
wide Cottages (Tips on framing with I-joists)
- Alternative cottage
stair plans to use for the loft (or for basement).
- Taking your Plans to the
Building Department - tips on working with inspectors.
- How to read plans -
includes symbol guide.
- A foundation and soil
guide to help you choose the best foundation system.
- Earthquake and Wind
Bracing - inexpensive tips for meeting special local
not be needed).
Your plans come with full
reprint rights. You can make as many copies as needed for your builder,
building department or subcontractors. All you need is a copy shop with
an 11x17 copier. We only ask that you build no more than one house per
plans set. There is
an optional Materials
List done by a take-off engineer (P010-B).
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