THE small HOUSE CATALOG

Plans, Drafting + Design

Do you modify designs?

Yes but due to the current building “boom” we are unable to process all requests. Please visit the Drafting page for services and pricing.

How do I print my plan?

  1. Download the PDF to your desktop. 

2. 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 downloaded plan will indicate which paper size to request on the General Notes sheet).

3. Print as many as you need for your project.

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

Some stock and all custom plans include electrical plans.

(see example plan)

Visit the drafting page for more details.

Are you really located in Point Roberts?

Indeed, our office is located in Point Roberts, Washington. We live and work on the peninsula.

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 higher in Western states, especially Western Washington state, Oregon and California. These places can average $200-350 per square foot and higher. Point Roberts is currently $200-225 per square foot.

Do you offer any free plans?

If you’re a long time follower you know that until April 1, 2017 we had a n open source free house plans program. Sadly a few rotten apples started selling our plans online at Ebay, Etsy and elsewhere. We even had to issue DMCA legal notices 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 all the time from people, especially teachers, asking for free plans. We respectfully request that you do not email requesting free plans and services. If you're a teacher,  teaching is your livelihood. We are designers, and this are our livelihood. Plans are extremely low priced and can be purchased and used for teaching purposes!

Do plans have a wet-stamp?

We do not stamp plans from our office. In Washington state we work with structural engineers when wet-stamps are required. If your department in another state requires a wet-stamp review it's advised that you have it done in the state of permitting and construction. Also, please seek out licensed structural engineers not architects for reviews. An architects stamp is 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 generally prefer black & white prints. 

Can I sell your plans?

Feel free to email us with your ideas but don't sell plans without written permission. This is 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 can design any size house, accessory dwelling unit (ADUs), tiny house on wheels, cabin, cottage, garage, studio, office or work space, backyard building, shed, barn, even small commercial space, and more. We can also work with clients in the United States or Canada.

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 one house from the downloaded plan to use for personal or professional purposes. If you choose to build another version of a particular house simply purchase another plan/license.

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.