We’re going to take you step-by-step through some of the best Small House Plans and the architects who drew them.
These are listed in no particular order because all of them are great.
Here are a few things we will break out in each part of our list:
Website to find the small house plans.
Description of the plans.
Let us get started…
Let's Walk Through Some Of
The Best Small House Plans We Found
Shawn Dehner of The Small House Catalog knows a thing or two about small house plans. All of the small houses that he works on as an architect are either small house plans or tiny house plans. At the time of this writing, he has clocked in a total of 42 different designs to share with the world.
The Shandraw Cottage is a 12′ x 20′ backyard loft style cottage. It comes in at a total of 320 square feet and boasts a beautiful porch, skylights, kitchenette and bath area.
If you’re a sketchup fan, Shawn sells plans that you can download and modify if you wish. This gives you the full reign to change things as you wish BUT we think you should keep with his designs as he’s a small house pro!
Travis Pyke heads the work for all the small house designs in Wind River. He learned all the tricks of the trade when he was growing up. Thus, his appreciation for details, aesthetics, and creative design completely matches the vision of Wind River: Building high-quality, custom tiny houses.
The entire idea of Wood River began in this rustic, cedar cabin in the woods which Travis designed in 2014. This is also his personal small home which has custom built oak cabinets and storage, a concrete counter with integral sink, and cedar rain screen siding.
Do you like the aesthetic appeal of this small house? Wind River can absolutely create something similar to this look and size but a version that is uniquely yours. After all, they cater to your custom needs and do not mass produce small house designs.
You can have a small house that resembles this Wind River Bungalow starting at a price of $48,000. So, visit Wind River Tiny Homes now to see more of their small house designs.
The great recession of 2008 and 2009 changed the way Carmella thought and turned her family’s world around. After losing jobs back-to-back because of the recession, it was time to really rethink life and what was important.
Thinking about what was important in life was again a major priority: health, clean air, beautiful mountains and living where her family wasn’t financially constrained draining resources into a house. Their new home was a 665 cabin, placed on rented land, and saving money to see what their future held.
Check out some of the small house floor plans Carmella has put together HERE and you won’t disappointed. Here’s to loving clean air and beautiful mountains.
When it is about affordable high-end modular small homes, then we are talking about WheelHaus.
This Camp-Haus is one of their smaller versions of their traditional models. It has a very nice Scandinavian architecture featuring oversized windows – perfectly designed to withstand any weather condition. Hence, it exudes that dictum, “Less is More”.
So when you decide to get a small home like this from WheelHaus, it will be delivered on wheels ready for occupancy. Lastly, the appliances are all included, you just have to buy your furniture.
You should check out their website here to see more of their small house designs.
Escape has been designing award-winning small homes for the last 25 years. All these small houses are well-crafted in their RVIA Certified Plant. Thus, more and more owners are patronizing Escape’s Tiny Home models, like The Traveler.
This model they call Traveler is worth $66,000. Fortunately, they accept financing for as low as $419/mo. How cool is that? That’s a 15-year term, with 15% down payment and 4% interest. So yes, everyone can afford a small house with a great design like The Traveler. Definitely, thanks to Escape!
So, why not visit their website here to see more of their small house designs.
This Hillside House features a magnificent view of the Penobscot Bay. And yes, this small house from the edge was again beautifully crafted by the Knight Architect. Like most of Knight Architect’s small house designs, this Hillside House also did not fail to connect with nature.
This small house plan and overall aesthetics are a contemporary interpretation of New England cottages. But what’s most important is that this small house truly feels like home. If you’re interested in this small house design, you should visit their website here to order their set of working drawings.
Believe us! This shabby chic house is very interesting. Why? This small house has been built from 95% pure salvaged materials. Not just that, parts and pieces in this small home are 200 years old. Absolutely, no lie about that.
The truth in that has been made possible through the efforts of Pure Salvage Living – founded by Brad Kittel.
Some of Pure Salvage Living’s advocacy includes:
1. Building healthy houses out of 99% salvaged materials.
2. Building a 0 carbon footprint house.
3. Lifetime energy efficiency.
4. Absolutely NO: sheetrock, VOC paint, latex paint, carpet, toxic glues.
5. 99% American made parts.
So, don’t you think their building advocacy is quite cool? Visit their site HERE and start a new shabby chic small house design with them.
Amongst Tumbleweed’s tiny house models, Cypress is the most popular. Definitely, Cypress’ overall aesthetic is very alluring. Why? Because it’s beauty and function blends perfectly. In addition, the rhythmic design prominent on its recessed porch, bay windows, and hipped roof make it very eye-catching. And it’s a VIA Certified Travel Trailer RV too! Sound’s perfect, right?
Tumbleweed is an RVIA certified manufacturer and Certified Green! Therefore, you will never go wrong when you choose a Tumbleweed small house like Cypress.
Visit Tumbleweed’s website and see more of their beautiful small house designs.
You might wonder whether this small house is really small. Relatively, yes. Ask why? The owners have a large piece of land for this house. However, there was a beautiful tight spot in between ledge outcrops that calls for a compact house. So, Knight Architect bravely came up with a beautiful small house plan that resulted into this – A Tall Place at the Edge.
This Tall but small home has 3 stories. But the perfect part of the house is the tower room – it has the most pleasant view any guest would want to see.
You can have this kind of house too. Go to their website and order your complete plans.
Like Sp8ce.Design, Southland Log Homes also has a wide list of plans you can select from but as their company name implies, they specialize in luxury log cabins. And one of the most popular plans in their collection is this small house called, Grand Lake.
What does it feature? As you can see on its photo, it has three large dormers with a full-length porch. You can certainly hang out here to enjoy the outdoor. Also, this has a great room with a fireplace that can be great for gatherings.
Do you like the idea of this small house plan? Fortunately, you can have a small house like this. Just visit their site here to see more of this small home they call, Grand Lake.
Creative Cottages LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in designing. So without doubts, they are a “Pro” in this industry as spearheaded by Mac LLoyd.
One of their projects is The BunkHouse. This small house has that traditional bunkhouse design perfect for sleepovers and slumber parties! In addition, this house is very low maintenance. Why? Because metal roof, natural cedar shingles, and composite deck material were used in the overall design of this small house. Creative Cottages’ environmentally sensitive building practices are truly effective.
You may want to avail one of Creative Cottages services such as:
1. Consulting – $225/ per hour
Visit their website here to see more of their works.
This small house called Maple Forest has been featured in Architect Michaela Mahady’s book entitled, “Welcoming Home”. So, who is Michaela Mahady by the way?
Michaela Mahady from SALA Architects, Inc. is no other than the architect responsible for the beautiful small craftsman house plans of Maple Forest.
Moreover, It is even the most popular small house plan in www.architecturalplans.com. Everyone just falls in love in this beautiful Craftsman style house. Not only that, Its actual construction was even featured on HGTV.
Are you hungry for more details about why this Maple Forest small house plan is popular? You should definitely check out their website here to know more.
You may start to notice the fondness of Knight Architect in small homes that sit on the edges of either a slope or a mountain. And this Tuscan Farmhouse is again a small house at the edge but this time sits at the edge of a field that looks out over the water.
You might start to ask about the best feature of this small house design. Then, I’ll tell you what it is – the LOOONNG living room that stretches the full length of the house. Sounds grand? But of course! Because this is where a concert ground piano is housed.
That Tuscan small house plan with a long living room appeals to you? You should definitely visit their site here so you can order this small house plans.
This Woodland Cabin looks like it came out from a famous fairy tale, right? But this isn’t a dream nor a fantasy. This iconic rustic small house is an actual home made available by the firm, David Vandervort Architects.
Aside from that it is really picture perfect, it has also been featured in the Sunset Magazine and Tinyhouseblog.com. But the fun doesn’t end there. Why? Because the plan set of this small house is available for grab now. Get the pdf plans for $1250.
Why not visit their website here to know more details about this iconic small house.
This romantic small house plan is another design from the Knight Architect. Your family will surely love a weekend vacation in this very charming small home which they call, The Lakeside Guest House.
This has two bedrooms perfect for a small family. Yes, it is small, but this is a great guest house that serves its purpose well. And what’s nice is that, this small house design is symmetrical. So, when you decide to have a guest house identical to this, you can easily flip the plan to match your location.
You should place your order now at their website so you can have your very romantic house from the Knight Architect.
Greg Robinson of Cascade Joinery designed this small house called, Timber Cabin. The small home features exposed wood details, timber frames, wraparound deck, vaulted ceiling, and finally, an abundant glazing perfect to catch the perfect view outside.
This house is perfectly beautiful, however, this was designed as an art studio. Definitely, this is a nice place to get that much-needed inspiration to draw or paint. Or to just simply relax and catch a breath of fresh air.
So, do you think you are artistic? Does this small house design inspire you to create beautiful pieces of art? You should visit architecturalplans.com to see more photos of this beautiful small house.
This small house plan, again, is from Southland Log Homes. This has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Unfortunately, this Bungalow’s small house plans are not yet available for download. So, you should bookmark this page to make sure you can have the plans once it becomes available.
As Southland Log Homes has already been in the industry for so long, we sure know that their log homes are of top quality and high standard. 30,000 customers would not have trusted them if they were not one of the best. So, don’t wait! Visit their website now and see more of their other small house floor plans.
Knight Architect’s Tiny Houses are not your typical small home. As can be seen on their website their small house designs are not at all that small. So, they came up with The Cabin. It is the smallest under their small house designs category.
For one thing, this house is not typical tiny house that is cramped with space. With the Knight’s Architect’s Cabin, they made sure that it still has a defined and decent space for the kitchen and bath, a porch, a dining area, and sleeping lofts.
Moreover, this small house has options for expansion. Do you like the idea of a small house that is not lost in space? Visit their site here to know more about their small house plans.
Still couldn’t find your perfect small home plans? This contemporary house designed by an award-winning designer, Jon Rentfrow could be THE ONE. Although this is not your typical small house that has a small house floor plan, but it sure is still an intimate space for a small family. Moreover, Jon Rentrow’s designs have always been for the purpose of glorifying God by giving only the best for their clients’ needs.
This small home has 3 bedrooms and an office, perfect for those who work from home. Are you interested in getting more info about this small house design? Then, you should see the floor plans of this contemporary small home here.
Knight Architect’s designed this small house in such a way that the owners will always have that close encounter with nature. Thus, you can always see from the house the beautiful old pines and the sunset. You’re really connected with nature in this small house they call, A Mountain Top Tower.
The distinct sense of place of each part of the small home also gives you different views of the outside. The thought of it just makes you warm and relaxed, right? Then, maybe you would want to have a Mountain Top Tower like this. Just visit their website here and order your dream small home plans from them.
This is another small home design from the Architectural House Plans. It is called, the Apartment Garage. This simple small house has a simple small house floor plans too. The Ground Level is all about the garage while the upper floor has this very large studio and 2 office spaces. Nevertheless, you can remodel or redesign the space in any way to suit your needs.
Could this be that small home you have always been dreaming of? This simple house won’t let you down for sure. Check out more details about this design and other small house designs here.
Building a small house is an adventure for Macy. But she never knew that this house she had built in 2012 will be featured in Time Magazine, Dwell Magazine, on Yahoo, in several books, and websites.
Macy and James have used a lot of reclaimed materials like shipping pallets and windows in the design of this small house. Other than that, it had also become a testing ground for “green ideas” like composting toilet and radiant heat floor. And what is amazing is that they have built this small house under $13,000.
They offer different plan packages for this small house. They have the Basic Plans for $125, the Full Plans for $250, and the Everything Plan for $350. Visit their website here to see more of their plan packages details.