Last year, I came across a website that offered free, small house plans, The Small House Catalog. The owners of the site at that time were building a quaint cottage called the Beekeeper’s Bungalow. Well, they finished building their bungalow and it’s now for sale in Washington. At 795 square feet, it definitely qualifies as small with a terrific interior and carefully chosen exterior details. The only downside to this particular bungalow is that it’s selling for almost $300,000, however there is another guest cottage on the premise. I’m guessing the high price has something to do with the Point Roberts’ location at $391 per square foot and it’s within 400 feet of the beach (if your foot touches the sand or you’re on a mountain with a view, housing is expensive!) If a person were to build this home themselves in a less expensive area, I’m guessing it could be constructed for almost half this amount (or less).
Back to that whole FREE aspect of these house plans; according to their website, they offer the plans for free because they want to promote affordable housing. To retrieve a free house plan, you do have to put in a credit card to download a plan (just a formality of their server), but nothing is charged to the card. They have quite a few free plans available, from tiny, rolling plans to small plans like the Beekeeper.
I personally like the Beekeeper and the Sago plan which are slightly larger than the others.
Would you consider downsizing to a small house?