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 homes 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 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. Smaller house plans are ideal for people in all walks of life. Retirees who are ready to downsize after pouring their lives into their children, but still want a comfortable place to call home, can benefit from these plans. Young families who want a starter home can also enjoy their benefits. Even those who are raising kids and managing careers will find that the modern features of these designs meet their needs well, just with a smaller footprint.

Benefits of Small Home Plans

Smaller home plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects have many benefits. The first benefit, and the primary one that sends many homeowners in search of these plans, is the affordability they provide. Smaller homes are cheaper to build, even with the same quality materials you want in your newly built home. If your budget's tight, you can have a beautiful home built from the ground up by choosing a smaller design.Smaller homes are also simpler to maintain once built. With less space, you can't build up clutter as easily. 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 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 Macon
House Plan The Macon
  • 1779Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design features a front-entry garage and a narrow footprint to accommodate a smaller lot. A trio of gables are accented with vertical boards and columns highlight the front porch. The garage offers entry to the home through a mud room with a pantry and a drop zone for bags, coats and shoes. The utility room is adjacent with a window above a utility sink and built-in cabinetry on either side. The kitchen is open to the great room and features an island with bar seating. The great room has a vaulted ceiling that frames the fireplace and the rear porch with skylights is the perfect place to relax when the weather is nice. A dramatic tray ceiling tops the dining room. The master suite is elegant with a vaulted ceiling and the master bathroom enjoys a freestanding bathtub. A double-sink vanity and walk-in shower complete this space. Two additional bedrooms are available, along with a full bathroom, and a bonus room provides optional square footage for a recreational room or future expansion.

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House Plan The Ashbry
House Plan The Ashbry
  • 2187Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This quintessential urban farmhouse features a board-and-batten exterior with a metal accent roof and a welcoming front porch. The great room and dining room share a cathedral ceiling and a spacious screened porch extends living outdoors. The kitchen is highlighted by an island and a pantry is nearby. A mud room entry offers a seat to comfortably remove shoes and a closet to hang coats and bags. The master suite is truly versatile with two bathroom configurations for the homeowner to choose from and a luxury walk-through closet that accesses the utility room. Two additional bedrooms are perfect for children and the shared bathroom offers a double sink vanity.

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House Plan The Vincent
House Plan The Vincent
  • 1641Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This simple design offers just the right amount of curb-appeal with board-and-batten accented gables and a discerning usage of metal roofing. The open floor plan showcases the dining room with a tray ceiling and a low built-in bookshelf. The kitchen features a breakfast counter for additional bar seating and opens to a screened porch with skylights. Living is extended outdoors with a side porch and a rear deck that are connected by an expansive patio. The utility room has its own access door and a laundry sink provides easy clean-up after yard work. The master suite is generous with a massive walk-in closet, a double sink vanity, and a spacious shower. A bedroom and bedroom/study share a full bathroom with linen closet. Storage options include a garage storage closet, a pantry and a coat closet.

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House Plan The Goldmoss
House Plan The Goldmoss
  • 2053Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Multiple gables highlight the roofline of this one-story design. A welcoming front porch provides entry to an efficient floor plan with the dining room flowing into the island kitchen and great room. Double doors access a rear porch with outdoor storage. A private hallway leads to the master suite with skylights adorning the tray ceiling and sun tunnels bringing natural light to the closets. To the opposite side of the home, two bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual sink vanity. The garage enters the home via a mud room and a drop zone designates space for coats, bags and shoes. The pantry is convenient for dropping groceries on the way to the kitchen and the utility room has a laundry sink and built-in cabinetry. A bonus room provides abundant storage or additional living square footage to meet the needs of the homeowner.

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House Plan The Oxley
House Plan The Oxley
  • 2110Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This modest cottage is instantly charming with a stone-and-shake exterior and welcoming front porch. Multiple gables and dormers add dimension to this narrow design. The living spaces are cozy and create a continuous flow between the open great room, island kitchen and dining room. The spacious master suite is downstairs with the utility room while two additional bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs.

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House Plan The Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2268Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This efficient one-story home plan features a mix of stone, shake, and siding, with multiple gable peaks and a clerestory window above the front porch. A cathedral ceiling draws the eye through the foyer and great room to the porch, displaying rear views. The kitchen is U-shaped with an angled counter facing the great room and dining room. Built-in shelving and a walk-in pantry provide additional storage space. The utility room has counter space with a sink and outdoor access to a covered porch. The master suite is surrounded by windows and steps out to the screened porch. Secondary bedrooms flank a handy pocket office, and each have a walk-in closet and share a convenient Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

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House Plan The Napier
House Plan The Napier
  • 1871Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design is anything but ordinary with eye-catching details, including a mixed exterior of siding, shakes and stone, arched upper windows, and decorative gable brackets. The interior flows nicely with open living in the great room, kitchen, and dining room. The bedrooms are spaced for privacy and each has a full bathroom. Outdoor living is enhanced with a skylight-topped screened porch. Extra storage is available in the garage and above, a bonus room offers additional square footage.

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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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