THE small HOUSE CATALOG

Plans, Drafting + Design

Do you modify designs?

Due to the current building boom we are unable to modify all existing plans. However we can build new plans based on any existing plan. Feel free to email us for consideration.

Please visit the Drafting page for services and pricing.

How do I print my plan?

To print a plan, simply:

Download the PDF to your desktop. 

Take or email the PDF to a local printing store and request either 18" x 24" or 24" x 36" black & white Architectural prints. Your plan will indicate which paper size to request.

Print as many as you need.

What's included in a typical set of building plans?

A typical house plans package is drafted to current IRC code and includes,

3D Image of Building

Project Construction Notes

Foundation Plan

Floor Plan

Floor Framing Plan

Roof Framing Plan

Electrical Plan

Building Elevations

Building Cross Section

Full Wall Section Details

Typical Construction Details

Interior Elevations for Kitchens & Bathrooms

Door & Window Schedules & Diagrams

IRC Fastener Schedules

(see example plan)

Plans show all plumbing fixture types, HVAC equipment and appliance locations. 

Visit the drafting page for more details.

Are you actually located in Point Roberts?

Yes! We live and work in Point Roberts, Washington and offer a wide variety of drafting, design + permitting services for our stock plans, custom plans, and dedicated permitting for Canadian and US architects and homeowners.

How much does it cost to build a small house?

In the United States the average cost to have a house built in 2017 was $150 per square foot. Costs tend to run much higher in Western regions like Western Washington state and California. These places can average $200-350 per square foot and higher.

Do you offer any free plans?

Until April 1, 2017 we offered a huge open source free house plans program. Unfortunately some people began selling these plans online at venues like Ebay and Etsy. We also had to use DMCA to shut down several websites dedicated entirely to selling our free plans. As a result we permanently ended the program.

We receive calls and emails weekly from people, especially teachers, asking for free plans. We respectfully request that you don't email requesting free plans or services. If you're a teacher please do not email requesting free materials: teaching is your livelihood and house plans are ours. Plans are inexpensive and may be purchased and used for teaching purposes.

Do plans have a wet-stamp?

We do not stamp plans from our office for a wide variety of reasons. In Washington state, we work with local engineers when wet-stamps are required. If your department requires a wet-stamp it's advised that you have it performed in the state of permitting and construction. Also, please seek out licensed structural engineers not architects for reviews because the wet-stamps they offer are not equivalent. 

Check your local building departments for specific requirements and read Our License Agreement & Stock Plan Disclaimer for more information.

What size paper should I use to print my plans?

Most plans are designed to be printed in either of two IRC standard paper sizes:

18" x 24"

24" x 36"

Each plan specifies the correct printing size.  

Please note: Building departments require black & white prints. 

Can I sell your plans?

Short answer: No. Feel free to email us with your ideas but don't use plans without permission, it's illegal copyright infringement and can get you into trouble with your host, eventually lose your website, or worse. 

What's your refund policy?

Plans, models and services are all delivered as digital goods and are non-refundable. We stand behind our products and client satisfaction is important to us. However, our creative work is delivered via an internet download as "intangible goods" and we do not offer refunds for this reason. 

What types of buildings can you design?

We design & draft many structures and styles! We can design houses, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), tiny houses on wheels, cabins, cottages, garages, studios, office spaces, backyard buildings, sheds, barns, small commercial spaces, and more. We work with clients in the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

Please visit the drafting page for more information and pricing.

Can I build one of your plans for resale?

Your purchase includes a license to build a single house from your plan to use for personal or professional purposes. If you choose to build another version of a particular house please just purchase another plan. It's that easy - and plans are inexpensive!

Find a mistake in a plan? Please let us know!

If you find an error in a plan please contact us so it can be corrected.