Small House Plans

For people who are building a home with a small floor plan, Don Gardner Architects proves you do not have to sacrifice quality to save on square footage. Our small house floor plans show that exceptional style, custom features and ample amenities can be included in home plans under 2500 square feet.

Basic Features of Small House Plans

As you search for smaller home plans for your home building needs, you will start to notice some features that are found throughout the design. The first of these is a large living space. Small home designs tend to have large, open living areas that make them feel larger than they are. They may save square footage with slightly smaller bedrooms and fewer designs with bonus rooms or home offices, opting instead to provide a large space for entertaining needs.

Small house designs also typically feature a large porch or patio incorporated into the design. This extends the living area outdoors, without adding square footage to the home. Finally, these designs typically have the same modern amenities homeowners want in a newly built home, like a pantry, walk-in master closets and two or more bathrooms, but on a smaller scale. With these home plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects, you can enjoy all the benefits of a modern, newly built home, with a smaller footprint.

Benefits of Small Home Floor Plans

Smaller home plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects have many benefits. The first benefit is the affordability they provide. Smaller homes are cheaper to build, even with the same quality materials you want in your newly built home.

Smaller homes are also simpler to maintain once built. Less clutter and cleaning means more time to enjoy your home to the fullest. These home plans also have smaller footprints, so they work well on narrow lots in communities where land value is at a premium. These house plans, especially the cottage and cabin designs, are great for vacation homes or second homes. Build your cabin in the mountains or cottage by the sea to enjoy whenever you have some time off work, and you will have your own private retreat.

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House Plan The Lindstrom
House Plan The Lindstrom
  • 2169Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This storybook cottage design charms onlookers with striking roof lines and a mixed exterior of stucco, stone and cedar shakes. The foyer welcomes an open floor plan with a column accented dining room and a dream, island kitchen overlooking the great room. Outdoor living is abundant with screened and open rear porches and a patio. The master suite enjoys excellent views from an arched wall of windows while the master bathroom is a spa-like retreat. Notable features include an oversized utility room, pantry, mud room, and multiple storage closets throughout. Two additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a flexible bedroom/study round out this thoughtful floor plan.

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House Plan The Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2277Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman exterior has a hint of rustic influence with stone-and-shake cladding and a prominent shed dormer. A courtyard entry garage provides a personal door and extra storage. Columns keep the living areas open, defining the foyer, dining room, and great room. The kitchen features counter seating serving both the breakfast room and great room while the screened porch invites sunshine and warmth with three skylights. A mud room with coat closet and bench seat awaits at the garage entrance, followed by a walk-in pantry. The utility room has additional storage, a sink and a view to the rear. A study/bedroom with full bathroom, two secondary bedrooms, and spacious master suite and flexible bonus room complete the plan.

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House Plan The Waylon
House Plan The Waylon
  • 2960Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

Multiple gables adorn this hillside walkout and cedar shakes and timber details serve as rustic accents. An island kitchen is open to the great room and shares a cathedral ceiling with the dining room. A walk-in pantry is nearby and an oversized utility room is multi-functional. The master suite and study complete the first floor while two bedrooms, a full bath, and rec room are downstairs.

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House Plan The Oscar
House Plan The Oscar
  • 2370Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

The storybook exterior features a front facing garage that is ideal for narrower lots. The arched garage bays add character to the whimsical exterior. This home enjoys a spacious single dining area while the kitchen is multi-functional with a center cook-top island and bar seating for casual eating and gathering. Two additional bedrooms are found upstairs, and are separated by a loft for privacy.

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House Plan The Pennyhill
House Plan The Pennyhill
  • 1867Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Quaint and cozy on the outside with porches front and back, this three-bedroom country home surprises with an open floor plan featuring a large great room with cathedral ceiling. Nine foot ceilings add volume throughout the home. A central kitchen with angled counter opens to breakfast area and great room for easy entertaining. The privately located master bedroom has cathedral ceiling and nearby access to the deck with optional spa. Operable skylights over the tub accent the luxurious master bath. A bonus room over the garage makes expanding easy.

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House Plan The Priestly
House Plan The Priestly
  • 2132Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This charming exterior features a combination of stone, shakes, and vertical siding. Special details include a front porch, dormer, and gables with curved accents. The cathedral topped great room opens to a relaxing screened porch while the kitchen enjoys a nearby pantry and the single dining area is highlighted with columns and a tray ceiling. This open floor plan is great for keeping busy families connected and makes entertaining easy. The master suite gains vertical space with a cathedral ceiling and private porch access is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or letting pets outside. A spacious walk-in closet is suitable for two and the master bath boasts dual vanities, a standing shower, and a luxurious soaking bathtub. Three additional bedrooms are positioned around the utility room, making laundry drop-off and redistribution a breeze. Two additional baths and linen closets are available for children and guests. The garage is located at the rear of the home with two bays and extra storage. A bonus room above the garage offers additional storage or can be finished as a children's play room or an entertainment room for teenagers.

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House Plan The Sawyer
House Plan The Sawyer
  • 1645Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modern farmhouse enjoys the best of both worlds with a classic front porch and stylish curb-appeal. A second sprawling porch to the rear continues outdoor enjoyment. The open floor plan maintains an easy flow for families to relax and enjoy meals together. The master suite is free of distractions and tucked away for privacy while the utility room with laundry sink is nearby for convenience. Two additional rooms are available for children, guests, or a study.

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House Plan The Cline
House Plan The Cline
  • 1986Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This front porch is accented with an arched gable and tapered columns frame each side. Inside, the kitchen is positioned for front views with a window over the sink. A walk-in pantry, bar with sink, spacious utility room with side entry porch, and abundant storage will appeal to the modern homeowner. The dining room and master bedroom open to a grand screened porch with skylights and a fireplace.

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House Plan The Norfolk
House Plan The Norfolk
  • 2653Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This two-story Traditional home plan, with a front entry garage, is the perfect solution for a narrow lot. Gables and dormers create an interesting exterior while the front porch is framed in columns for an inviting entry. Inside, the foyer opens directly into the spacious vaulted great room with fireplace. The open dining room is set apart by columns and a tray ceiling. A kitchen peninsula overlooks the living spaces and an island and pantry are valuable additions. A rear porch expands living outdoors and a study provides a quiet place to work. All of the bedrooms, along with the utility room, are upstairs and a balcony overlooks the great room below.

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House Plan The Courtney
House Plan The Courtney
  • 1859Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1.5Stories

This classic cottage home plan offers maximum comfort for its economic design and narrow lot width. A cozy front porch invites relaxation, while twin dormers and a gabled garage provide substantial curb appeal. The foyer features a generous coat closet and a niche for displaying collectibles. The great room gains drama from two clerestory dormers and a balcony that overlooks the room from the second floor. With plenty of space for more than one cook, the kitchen services both dining room and great room with ease. Topped by an elegant tray ceiling, the home plan's first floor master suite enjoys a private bath and walk-in closet, while the upstairs bedrooms and bonus room share a hall bath with linen closet.

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House Plan The Carson
House Plan The Carson
  • 2103Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This two-story Craftsman design is wrapped in cedar shakes and metal and timber accents give a rustic appearance. The master bedroom enjoys privacy on the first floor while two additional bedrooms have abundant space upstairs with a shared bathroom. The kitchen offers front facing views while the great room looks out in three directions. Rear porches include a screened porch with fireplace.

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House Plan The Tanner
House Plan The Tanner
  • 1747Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Country home works well for narrower lots, with its front-entry garage. The efficient floor plan features open living spaces, creating an easy flow from room to room. Storage is thoughtfully placed throughout the home, including a kitchen pantry, to keep everything organized. The large screened porch is a relaxing outdoor retreat with a fireplace, skylights, and a stunning cathedral ceiling.




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