The answer is YES (you can)!
Please email for current information, including shipping costs and fulfillment times.
Go to the CATALOG and select a plan.
- Find the DOWNLOAD button at the bottom of the house plan details.
- Click to Download and wait for the plan to fully download onto your computer. This may take several minutes if you have a slower connection.
- Open the plan, which is a PDF, using an Adobe Reader (You can download Adobe Reader for free).
Our houses have been built or are under construction throughout the country and Canada! There are many options for small houses, including:
- Full-time living
- Vacation cottages
- Backyard cottages (see the Seattle Backyard Cottage ordinance, for example or DPD Seattle Permits)
- Writing studios
- Home Offices
- Vancouver Laneway Housing
- Rental Units
- Temporary Shelters
- Builder's Cottages
- Mother-in-law suites
- Portable Kitchens (designed-to-suit)
- Cottage Industries
- and more...
While our primary work is in construction documentation we've also built five houses, including a tiny house, and have a 2017 small house building project in the planning stages.
When you download a plan from THE small HOUSE CATALOG you're receiving a set of digital prints and a license to build a single house from those prints (for additional information, please read our License Agreement & Stock Plan Disclaimer). All other applications require approval from THE small HOUSE CATALOG. You may not distribute, upload, download, sell or offer any plan without permission from THE small HOUSE CATALOG.
We want to see more well built small houses. Houses that are...
- cost effective for their locations
- aesthetically pleasing
- as non-toxic as possible
- built with good materials
- designed to merge with places (not just be moved in and out places)
- simple to construct
- made to last for generations.
No. An architect's stamp is not required to submit house plans for permitting anywhere in the country. A plan may be required to undergo a structural engineering review by a licensed structural engineer. This is typical and most common in seismic and high wind regions of the United States and Canada. Architects are artists and they, like designers, draftsmen, and homeowners, are all potentially subject to engineering reviews.
Check your local building department for details and read Our License Agreement & Stock Plan Disclaimer for additional information.
Most plans are designed to be printed on 18" x 24" or 24" x 36" sheets. Your download will specify the size.
Yes, plans are ready for submission to any building department in the United States. All plans are drawn in accordance with the International Residential Code and the Washington State Energy Code. Plans may be electronically submitted, emailed or printed.
Additional drafting, including seismic and high wind engineering, etc., may be required.
Please check your local building department for submission requirements.
Each plan is designed to current code (IRC) and ready for submission to building departments in the United States & Canada. Typical house plan sets include:
- 3D images of your house
- General construction notes
- Exterior elevations
- Dimensioned floor plans
- Building cross sections
- Wall sections & details
- Foundation plan & details
- Roof plan & details
- Interior kitchen elevations
- Selected architectural details
- Basic window & doors schedules
I'm no longer taking on general clients for draftwork. However, you're welcome to email me for personal consideration if you think you've got a unique design that requires drafting.
No, plans from THE small HOUSE CATALOG may not be sold, uploaded, downloaded or distributed in any fashion, electronically or in print, without written permission.
Our policy is generous however and you're welcome to email us for consideration.
A PDF plan.
A license to build that plan.
Permission to print unlimited copies for your project.
Not at this time. If you're looking for a local recommendation in Point Roberts or Vancouver, BC area please email.
Yes, but we do not build on demand for resale.