Small House Plan with Big Possibilities


If you’re looking to start out with a small house plan, but want to have a design that has lots of room to grow then you’ll want to check out House Plan 2259 from The House Designers. This versatile home is one of our best-sellers and with great reason – it offers beautiful curb appeal and plenty of possibilities.

The main floor offers 1,421 square feet of living space including 3 bedrooms, an open kitchen/living space and beautiful covered lanai. There’s 504 square feet of bonus space on the second floor that you can enjoy now or at a later date. A finished basement floor plan  featuring 988 square feet is also available so that you can enjoy additional living space. For a small footprint, which makes it affordable to build you can have a maximum size home of  2,480 square feet. A large covered lanai with fireplace is accessed through the family room and kitchen making outdoor entertaining easy.

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The House Designers best-selling small house plan is House Plan 2259, which includes a small footprint with lots of room to grow.

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House Plan 2259 includes a detached two-car garage or the option to have it attached.

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A beautiful covered lanai with fireplace are the highlight of House Plan 2259.

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House Plan 2259 offers you the flexibility based on the size of your lot to place the detached two car where ever you need it.

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The first floor of House Plan 2259 features 1,421 square feet of living space.

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A second floor bonus is perfect for extra space now or if you need it down the road.

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A finished basement floor plan for House Plan 2259 is ideal for needed space down the road.

5 Small House Plans With Lots of Style


Do you think that building a house plan at 2,500 square feet means that you have to sacrifice style? Think again. Here are several small house plans that pack lots of style into a small footprint.  These house plans include numerous bedrooms, ideal for a small family, functional layouts, and exquisite styling and curb appeal. Take a look at these small house plans and see if you can find one that captures your heart.

1. The Inverness House Plan

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The Inverness house plan is a delightful two story house plan that comes in at 2,562 square feet. Inside this beautiful traditional home is a large floor plan with a beautiful island kitchen, dining room, and breakfast nook. The master suite features a large dressing area and a master bath with a double vanity sink and a separate tub and shower. The basement floor plan features three more bedrooms, an exercise room, and a rec room.

2. The Lexington Avenue House Plan

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The Lexington Avenue house plan features Craftsman style with lots of upscale features. Front and rear covered porches make for usable outdoor living space and the large kitchen features a spacious island with an eating bar. The master bedroom is equipped with dual lavatories, a corner tub, and a walk-in closet. This small house plan also features a shop area off the garage for projects and storage, and a future space upstairs that could be a playroom, extra bedroom, or storage space. The basement could also be used as flex space.

3. 1st Place 2012 ENERGY STAR® House Plan

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This beautiful small house plan is designed for use in a narrow lot. The 1st Place 2012 ENERGY STAR® house plan is a beautiful plan that comes in at 1,768 square feet. Entryways to this home are located at an angle and give off a feeling of spaciousness. This home uses Therma-Tru® doors to make sure the entryway is energy efficient. The interior of this small house plan has plenty of amenities as well including a dining room and fireplace. The master bathroom also features a corner soaking tub, large shower, and a separate toilet chamber. The master suite and a larger secondary bedroom share the covered patio.

4. The Brumley House Plan

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The Brumley house plan has all the charm of an English cottage. At 1,988 square feet it is ideal for a young family. This small house plan features three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms but it also strikes a cord with professionals who work from home because it also features an office with double doors and a built-in desk just off the entry. The master suite features transom walls that flood the bedroom with plenty of daylight. The master bathroom features compartments at each end for a toilet and shower.

5. The San Saba House Plan

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This San Saba house plan is a three bedroom house plan with intricate details that give this home lots of style. San Saba features plenty of space for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Covered front and rear porches add to outdoor entertainment space. Inside you will find open living spaces so that guests can move about freely. This small house plan also features a see-thru fireplace shared by the Great Room and dining area.

Which of these five house plans is your favorite? Tell us which one you would build in the comments below.

America’s Top 5 Favorite Small House Plans


Small house plans are on the rise and they are here to stay.  But small homes don’t all have to look alike. Here are a few of our favorite small house plans, all under 2,000 square feet and loaded with features. Here are five of our best-selling small house plans.

1. The Merveille Vivante House Plan

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The Merveille Vivante Small House Plan is a 1,421 square foot home that showcases many features. This small house plan has plenty of curb appeal with its welcoming fairytale front porch which makes visitors feel welcome immediately. Inside is an island kitchen that introduces a spacious family room and a fireplace that demands attention.

2. The Vida de la Confianza Small House Plans - Vida de la Confianza

The Vida de la Confianza is another plan with stunning exterior details. At 1,698 square feet it home with a modest footprint that includes lots of features. With substantial indoor and outdoor space for entertaining, a private master suite to relax in, and future expansion space that can become anything you wish, the Vida de la Confianza is a small house plan that you will love for years to come.

3. Vita EncantataSmall House Plans - Vita Encantata

A scaled down version of our L’Atessa di Vita house plan, the Vita Encantata is a small cottage house plan that gives you a workshop space and the same great space for entertaining inside and out all in 1,848 square feet.

4. The Sutherlin Small Ranch House Plan

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The Sutherlin Small Ranch house plan features front and back porches that are ideal for relaxing afternoons with a cold beverage. At 1,492 square feet, this is one of our best-selling house plans. Inside, a large Great Room is the perfect spot to host friend and family and a master suite features a deluxe private bath with dual vanities and a refreshing garden tub.

5. The Espresso House PlanSmall House Plans - Espresso

The Espresso house plan gives you the charm of a mountain lodge in 1,529 square feet. This best-selling house plan has amazing curb appeal, achieved by a well-detailed exterior. This small house plan is also affordable and energy efficient. The inside features amenities such as a large island kitchen, walk-in pantry, and an outdoor living room. The master suite is also loaded with features including a double vanity and walk-in closet, attributes not normally seen in a house of this size.

These house plans are just some of the small house plans that have taken America by storm. Comment below and tell us which of these small house plans is your favorite!

House Plans Designed with Fabulous Kitchens


If you’ve ever dreamed of building a home, I’m sure a key ingredient to selecting your floor plan is the layout and amenities featured in the kitchen. We’ve selected some of our favorite kitchens based on use of space, functionality and appeal. The kitchens we’ve chosen have it all – a bounty of cabinets and countertops, high-end appliances and the latest in fancy faucet and sink fixtures. You don’t need a large home to have a luxurious, restaurant-style kitchen.

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This contemporary kitchen features plenty of cabinets and multiple workspaces to easily create your favorite dishes. A large walk-in pantry and center island with storage make it easy to always have plenty of supplies and cooking tools at your fingertips. View a dozen more photographs and the floor plan to the Ontario House Plan 9038, a contemporary two-story home perfect for a narrow lot.

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You don’t need to worry about having enough storage space with this wall of cabinets and oversized pantry that flank an L-shaped kitchen floor plan with a center island and cozy breakfast nook. A full wall of windows provides this space with extra lighting for prepping and cleaning. This kitchen was a recent winner at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA), a yearly competition presented by the National Association of Home Builders. It spotlights the most creative and innovative builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the country.

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Luxury doesn’t have to come in a large footprint. House Plan 4446 features a well-designed floor plan that maximizes every available space to create a functional kitchen with lots of extras. Just under 1,800 square feet, this home plan is perfect for a first time homeowner or couple looking to downsize

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This luxury rustic kitchen has everything you need for entertaining. Extra countertop space makes it easy for you to share cooking tasks with your family. You can also put out a nice holiday spread on the second island and still have plenty of room for kitchen seating with an island with seating for six, a cozy nook and open access to the dining room. View 30 photographs of this classic craftsman design, perfect for a sloping lot.

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The kitchen featured in House Plan 9067 has it all, including a great prep station. Luxury appliances like a dual fuel range by Dacor will ensure all your creations are delicious. A row of large windows maximizes natural light to make it easy to see what you’re crafting. Explore additional photographs of this restaurant-style kitchen.

Affordable Home Plans for Veterans


Happy Veterans Day! We would like to thank all of our veterans who have served in our armed forces, especially those that gave their lives to protect us.

A famed quote by one of our most famous veterans:

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

If you are a veteran who has returned from service or you’ve been retired from the armed forces and you’re looking to settle down and build your dream home, we have some affordable house plans we think you will love.

Historically, ranch house plans became popular in the years following World War II after returning vets with new families started looking for affordable housing.

The Shadow Lane House Plan

The Shadow Lane house plan is a charming ranch with classic styling and an affordable master suite.

The Shadow Lane house plan is a great example of the kind of ranch homes that would have been popular after World War II. The Shadow Lane house plan has some classic charm with a gorgeous master suite and a large garage with plenty of space to store your lawn mower, 4-wheeler, and of course your car.

The Berkshire House Plan

The Berkshire house plan is one and a half stories with an open floor plan and unfinished space for future renovation.

The Berkshire house plan is a modern take on a classic design and is built for modern families with busy lifestyles. It features an open floor plan and unfinished space to accommodate the growing needs of a young family.

The Pleasant View House Plan

The Pleasant View house plan is a ranch house plan with Colonial influence.

The colonial style was also popular.  The Pleasant View house plan features colonial style with an open floor plan and a large back porch.  Three bedrooms and two baths make it the perfect home for a growing family.

This is a small taste of affordable home plans that The House Designers has to offer. If you are a veteran looking to build a new home we invite you to take advantage of our military promo code: VETERANS2014.

If you need assistance finding a home plan because you have special needs or lot restrictions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 866-214-2242.

Narrow Lot House Plans


As land close to urban areas becomes scarcer, homeowners and builders are exploring the benefits of narrow lots. The best way to overcome the challenges of a narrow lot is to find a house plan designed specifically for this type of lot. Designers and architects from The House Designers know how to make efficient use of every available space without sacrificing style and amenities and have created house plans specifically to handle a narrow configuration. In order to maximize the space, most of these homes are two-story and feature rear-loading garages and front porches. Some have traditional front garages or no garages at all. Our well-designed narrow lot house plans provide you with plenty of options to ensure you have everything you need to build your dream home. Enjoying browsing our collection of narrow lot house plans.

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This brand new design combines a classic bungalow exterior with a contemporary interior. A large master suite with a roof deck, two additional bedrooms and a large bonus/media room round out the second floor. View over 24 photographs and the floor plans of this urban delight by clicking here.

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Looking for a contemporary 3-story design, perfect for a narrow and sloping lot. This 3,000 square foot home features 3 well-crafted, amenity filled floor plans. Check out all the interior photographs and floor plans of this modern house plan.




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This two-story European house plan is perfect for a narrow lot. It’s 40′ wide and 78′ deep with 3,407 square feet of luxury living including a large 1st story master suite and 3 car garage. View other great features of this new narrow lot house plan.

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Looking for a southern design that needs to fit on a lot 40′ wide or less, then you’ll want to explore the Columbia House Plan. This two story gem features two beautiful floors of covered porches and large windows. Highlights of this 2,400 square foot home are 4 bedrooms, a bonus/flexible space, a front study or office and an open kitchen/living room with a cozy breakfast space.







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Looking for a long but narrow floor plan? This new floor plan is only 28′ wide, but boosts a length of 94′ to ensure you have ample size rooms and a two car garage, which if you needed a third bedroom or extra space could easily be converted into a new living space. Learn more about this unique one story home.

5 Current Trends in Kitchen Design


With the close of National Kitchen and Bath Month, we wanted to take a look at the current design trends in the industry. Here are the top five trends in the kitchen and bath industry.

1.Monochrome Basics

Simple, sleek, and classic are three words to describe the monochrome trend that has been around for some time. A monochromatic color scheme is a timeless look that isn’t going anywhere in 2014. Add a dash of natural wood or a colorful backsplash to add some visual interest to a monochromatic design and give the room an inviting appeal.

Allegro House Plan Kitchen

The kitchen of the Allegro house plan uses silver tones accented by a dark wood to create an intriguing ambiance.

2. Natural Woods

One other trend that has been sweeping the design industry is the addition of natural woods and earthy materials. Wood and stone countertops and beautiful natural wood cabinets are topping everyone’s list.

The Bellasera-D House Plan Kitchen

The kitchen of the Bellasera D house plan uses warm woods to create an inviting atmosphere. The black countertop adds a touch of contrast and breaks up the wood.

3. Colorful Backsplashes

Backsplashes are a great place to give your kitchen a unique accent. Look for unique tiles in a color that appeals to you, or mix and match to create a unique backsplash you will enjoy for years to come.  Keep the rest of the kitchen minimalistic and let your backsplash be the focal point.

Fireclay Tile Sunny Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Fireclay Tile is the leading manufacturer of 100% glass tile. Available in a variety of colors and shapes you can mix and match their products to create a look that is all your own. Pictured here is the Sunny Mid-Century Modern Kitchen with the 2×4 tiles in Daffodil, arranged in a straight set.

4. Open Shelving

Cabinets will always be needed in the kitchen but open shelves are a growing design trend. Open shelves are a great way to display your eye-catching kitchen accessory and crockery. While you may not see a lot of open shelves now a lot of designers and manufacturers have started incorporating open shelving into their 2014 kitchen designs.

KraftMaid Light and Timeless Kitchen with Open Shelves

This KraftMaid® kitchen is light and timeless with beautiful natural wood cabinetry and open shelves that can be used to display beautiful utensils and crockery.

5. Warmer Metals

Designers have started favoring brass and copper just as much as they do silver metals. These darker metals have a warm and inviting patina that homeowners have taken to. You will see bronze and copper finishes on faucets, sinks, and even in light fixtures.

LAMPS PLUS Filigree Pendant Lights Kitchen

This LAMPS PLUS® kitchen features elegant iron oxide finish pendant lights that add a feminine touch to the weighty oak cabinetry while still maintaining the welcoming aura created by the warm woods.

Which of these kitchen trends is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out designs like these in The House Designers’ fabulous kitchen house plan collection.

America’s Favorite House Plan Styles


When you drive down a street in a new town or neighborhood you may find a home that feels just about perfect for you. The United States is a place full of different styles and architecture so pinpointing the specific style that you like can be difficult. Dominant styles can change from region to region as well with some styles being more popular up north and some being found primarily in the south. Here are some examples of the most popular homes in the United States.


Victorian house plans have a stately feel to them and are as beautiful as they are functional. Their exteriors are often beautifully ornate with gables, bay windows, towers, and overhangs. The Victorian style also includes a number of sub-styles including the Queen Anne and cottage house plans.

The Kensington house plan is a beautiful and ornate Victorian home that features a giant wraparound porch and ornate dormers.

The Kensington house plan is a beautiful and ornate Victorian home that features a giant wraparound porch and ornate dormers.

Cape Cod

With the appearance of a thatched cottage, Cape Cod house plans are built to withstand harsh Northeastern winters. They feature steep roofs and large chimneys but are often noted for their dormer windows.

The Banner Hall 3000 is one of our most popular Cape Cod house plans.

The Banner Hall 3000 is one of our most popular Cape Cod house plans.


Human beings tend to gravitate towards symmetry so there is no surprise that colonial house plans are another one of our favorite styles. Colonial house plans rely heavily on symmetry with evenly spaced windows, dormers and columns.

The Berkshire house plan is a great example of the symmetry commonly found in the colonial style.

The Berkshire house plan is a great example of the symmetry commonly found in the colonial style.


Simple and elegant design are the two words that best describe a Craftsman house plan. Craftsman house plans are one of the most popular styles in the United States and they are characterized by their large porches, low-pitched roofs, and exteriors that use wood, stone, or brick.

The Stoney Creek house plan is an inviting Craftsman inspired home with plenty of amenities.

The Stoney Creek house plan is an inviting Craftsman inspired home with plenty of amenities.


Spanish house plans are popular in the southern states. Their exterior style fuses together European and Native American architecture. Many Spanish house plans include clay roof tiles, gorgeous outdoor living spaces, and stucco exteriors.  In many cases, these exteriors are often accented with wrought iron.

A beautiful small home, the Rosabella house plan comes in at just under 1,000 square feet, and has the charm of a Spanish style home.

A beautiful small home, the Rosabella house plan comes in at just under 1,000 square feet, and has the charm of a Spanish style home.


Contemporary homes have a futuristic feeling to them and many connect the indoors with the outdoors. Walls of windows typically play a part in the design that let in plenty of natural light.

The Mercer house plan features plenty of windows to let in natural light.

The Mercer house plan features plenty of windows to let in natural light.

Which of these house plan styles do you find yourself gravitating towards? Have you found something that inspires you? Let us know which style you like best in the comments below and be sure to check out our house plan collections at The House Designers.



House Plan of the Week: Tiny Cabin Getaway


The Colina de Cobre House Plan 9040 is a brand new tiny cabin getaway that’s perfect for a lake, ocean or mountain property. It was recently created by one of our leading architects, who is known for homes with much larger footprints. This new #tinyhouseplan is the results of requests from prospective homeowners and builders for a luxury getaway that has all the trademark features and appeal of this architects current house plan collection.

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This tiny cabin house plan is perfect for a lake, beach or mountain property. Clocking in at just under 1,000 square feet, the first floor features a master suite and open two-story living/kitchen space. The 2nd floor has another bedroom and bath. A detached one-car garage is accented by a trellis.


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A two-story informal living area with kitchen island maximizes the front and rear views and outdoor living spaces. The master bedroom is compact but has magnificent views as well as a walk in closet and and washer/dryer.

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There’s is plenty of covered outdoor living space on the rear of House Plan 9040.

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The second floor of House Plan 9040 features a full bedroom and bath.

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Looking for extra space, look no further! This tiny house plan isn’t so tiny with an optional lower level. It’s designed to include a third bedroom and large game room with views/access at grade level.

House Plan of the Week: Small Cottage Home


If you’re looking for the perfect small house plan with an open floor plan and plenty of amenities then you’ll want to check our newest design, the Gillis House Plan 8256. This brand new house plan is ideal for a vacation home, empty nester or someone looking to build their first starter home rather than rent. With just over 1,000 square feet, this two story cottage home is only 30′ wide and 34′ deep and features 2 bedrooms (one on the first floor) and two full bathrooms. If you’re looking to take advantage of the outdoors and have a great view, there’s a spacious wraparound porch and second story balcony. The dining room and kitchen feature an open living space making it easy for entertaining guests.

All of our house plans can be customized to ensure you have all your desired features. The House Designers offers free modification estimates making it easy to determine if the home you selected is perfect for your needs, budget and land. If you enjoy this design, you’ll want to check out our complete collection of small house plans, vacation house plans and cottage house plans.

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This brand new small, cottage house plan is perfect for a second home or vacation home. It’s also a great design if you’re looking to add a second home to your property for a rental or aging parents.


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The first floor of House Plan 8256 features 767 square feet with an open living space and large utility/mudroom.

















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The second floor of the Gillis Floor Plan 8256 features a covered balcony and a 290 square foot bedroom and bath.







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