Universal 20' wide 2-story Cottage Plans

20x34 2-story Universal Cottage - the initial inspiration
with shed porch at front (included in plans).

This classic 20' wide farm house style home is built with simple platform frame construction on your choice of nine different foundation types to adapt to your specific soils, budget and site. The home feels spacious and open but is efficient with it's use of space.

This plan has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a utility hall and a full sized wrap around stair. The stair can go down to a basement or on up to the attic should you need to expand up there in the future. Because of the simple framing system much of the interior layout can be modified by the owner or builder. Click the images below for stories from owners that have sent photos into the Owner-builder Gallery.

Universal 2-story cottage w/ addition
Version of the Universal Cottage with basement and side addition.

2-story Universal cottage with side porch
Universal Cottage with side porch (included in plans)

2 story cottage w/ pier foundation
With pier foundation and living attic
20 x24 Universal Cottage w/ screen porch

20 x 24 shortened version of
Universal w/ screen porch

View the study floor plans and alternative elevations by clicking HERE for the Web link. Click HERE for a more detailed and printable PDF study plan. For the PDF link to work you need to have the Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. It's free. Click here if you don't have the Acrobat Reader

The Universal Cottage is a good starting platform for your own custom home building project. Additional wings can be added in the future and the plans include some options you might choose to build now such as an add-on window seat and wrap around porch.

The 16 page plan set includes all the drawings and information normally needed by builders and the building department:

  • Full structural floor plans (main, upper and basement).
  • Full foundation plans and details for a basement, crawlspace, slab, or beam and pier (post & beam) foundation.
  • Structural cross section with basement, crawlspace, slab and pier and beam foundation options.
  • Roof and attic framing plans and details for both truss and rafter & joist framing.
  • Optional truss diagrams for flat or cathedral ceiling in the upper story.
  • Basement plans with details for your choice of poured concrete, concrete block or the stud and plywood All weather wood foundation system.
  • Foundation details for two types of concrete slab on grade floors and two types of pier and beam systems.
  • Framing plans for floors using both I-joists for full width spans, or 2x8 joists and an exposed interior beam and post support system.
  • Porch framing plans and details for the shed roof porch in the photo, plus a extendable wrap around porch that can run down either side.
  • Four elevations including trim and siding details
  • Electrical plans and plumbing layout notes
  • A bonus sheet with complete plans and details for a pop-out bed and sitting alcove that can be added to any outside wall (it needs no foundation).

Also included in the set is a booklet of helpful planning information and construction details including:

  • Superinsulation techniques for cold climates (a detail you add to your plans)
  • Hot water and heating system design notes
  • A checklist and tips for going to the building department
  • A diagram and glossary of standard building terms
  • How to Read Plans
  • Trim, Siding and Money Saving Ideas.
Plans are ready to submit to your building inspector after you decide which foundation plan sheet to include and which way you want to build the roof. Electrical plans and plumbing locations are included. As with any building plans you may be required by the inspector to make changes for your local codes and requirements.

Your plans come with free reprinting rights. This means you can make as many copies as needed to build your project (but not to sell or give away). Since the plans are on 11x17 format you can do this at any local copy shop.

Template files are available for this house from our sister site PlanHelp.com. There is also a reversed floor plan template and PDF floor plan that can be printed. This can help you make floor plan changes and you can print out scale drawings that can then be pasted back into your paper plans. Note: The template files are not CAD files and do not have the structural information that is in the paper plans.


The available 6 page materials list (Z012-B) includes all materials for the post & pier foundation, house framing, hardware, insulation, windows and doors, drywall, electrical, plumbing and interior trim. This can be helpful for pricing materials and tracking costs.

If you have any questions, please click HERE and mention the 2 story Universal plan.

Price: $165.00  #P012-A
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