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5 Best-selling Small Home Designs


Do your plans for 2015 involve building a new home? Do you want to find the perfect small house design for your dream home? We have five of our best-selling small house plans that clock in at under 2,000 square feet. Take a look and see if your dream home is among them.

Vita Encantata

Best-selling Small House Plans - Vita Encantata

The Vita  Encantata house plan is a scaled down version of our L’attesa di Vita house plan. Instead of media room and study option, the Vita Encantata house plan features a workshop space and the same great entertaining space inside or outside. Add three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,848 square feet of living space and you should have plenty of space for entertaining.

The Sutherlin Small House Plan

Best-selling House Plan - Sutherlin Small Ranch

The Sutherlin Small House Plan is a beautiful country style home with front and back porches for relaxing on warm summer nights.  With 1,492 square feet, this is one of the best-selling house plans.  Insider there is a versatile Great Room where you can host your family and friends in comfort. The master suite has a deluxe private bath with dual vanities and a garden bathtub.

Merveille Vivante Small House Plan

Best-selling House Plan - Merveille Vivante Small House Plan

Love the look of a storybook cottage? Then consider giving the Mervielle Vivante Small house plan a shot.  With 1,412 square feet of living space, this house plan uses its floor plan efficiently with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. With an open space that encompasses a dining room, living area, and an island kitchen this living room feels spacious. Plus, split bedrooms give the homeowners plenty of privacy.

Espresso House Plan

Best-selling House Plan - Espresso House Plan

The Espresso house plan gives you the best of both worlds. The well-detailed exterior gives you the charm of a mountain lodge but a floor plan for an urban setting. A foyer leads to a generous great room with a raised ceiling. A large window means that this house plan is great for picturesque views. The kitchen has a large island and a walk-in pantry.  The master suite is steeped in luxury itself with a large walk-in closet and double vanities.  Two additional bedrooms round out this 1, 529 square foot house plan.


Vida de la Confianza

Best-selling Small House Design - Vida de la Confianza House Plan

This popular design has plenty of charm. The Vida de la Confianza house plan features dormers, shutters, and Craftsman details to give it plenty of curb appeal. Inside you will find lots of features in this home’s 1,698 square feet floor plan. This plan is designed to entertain guests both indoors and outdoors and a private master suite is the perfect retreat at the end of a long day. If your family is still growing then you can rest easy knowing that upstairs provides plenty of space for future expansion.

Which of our best-selling small house plans is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below and take a look at our collection of small house plans and see if you can find your dream house plan.

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.







Three Exclusive House Plans


There are some things that you just can’t find anywhere else, and that goes for house plans from The House Designers too. Our collection of private stock house plans includes house plans that can’t be found elsewhere on the web or in newsstand magazines.  From luxury to budget, builder-friendly to traditional you are sure to find a little bit of everything in this house plan collection. Here’s a look at three popular house plans from our private stock.

The Aliste Verde house plan is economical to build and maintain. It’s built with a perfectly square building envelope (36′ by 36′) and then gives you maximum interior space with a minimal perimeter, potentially saving you thousands in construction expense.  What’s more is that it does this all without sacrificing the percentage of south facing glass for passive solar heat gain and at the same time minimizes the percentage of East and West facing glass.

The House Designers Shelton II House Plan

It may have been designed as a weekender for a resort, but the Shelton II house plan is sure to win our heart.

For a little more country flavor the Shelton II house plan has a charming front porch with surprising interior features.  This house was originally designed as a weekender for a resort but it can easily work for full time living as well. This modest home is designed for a down slope lot with cathedral ceilings in the living area and master suite on the main level. Secondary bedrooms are located on the ground level with a spacious recreation room. A screened in porch with an expansive deck create an inviting outdoor living space that go along with the severe slope this house plan was designed for.

The Sogno di Campagne house plan is perfect for a lovely summer evening on a spacious lanai. The open floor plan of this beautiful cottage house plan allows for easy entertaining with a large kitchen and an eating/serving island that flows into the living room. The master suite has a master bath that is nothing short of an oasis with an oversized shower and tub, walk-in closet with built-ins, and a private toilet.  This house plan also includes amenities like a formal dining room and a large bonus room round out this house making it an exceptional dwelling for any homeowner.

So take a look at our private stock house plans and discover something you won’t see anywhere else. Who knows, you could find you dream house right here at The House Designers.

Three Perfect Beach House Plans


Beach house plans, like the ones in this collection, are designed to be located on a beach, lakefront, coast, or any area with lots of water views.  Beach house plans are typically contemporary or modern with open spaces to capture views. The beach is a beautiful place to relax. There is the sun and the sound of the ocean, but it is even more relaxing when you don’t have to worry about leaving.

For something a little more Mediterranean inspired, look no further than the Casius house plan. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms this Beach house plan is perfect for a family. With amenities like an island kitchen and a fireplace in the great room, this house can satisfy anything on your wishlist.

Although some beach house plans are raised up on pilings, many are conventional in construction.  One common feature you will find in all beach houses is a wall or window facing the water and many rooms sharing that view. Since these homes are leisure homes they are usually informal in design, with the emphasis on rest and relaxation.

For something traditional and inviting, take a look at the Portsmouth “B” house plan. This 4,304 craftsman ranch house plan provides ample living space that will surprise you with virtually every amenity on your list. The kitchen comes outfitted with a sizable pantry, extended island, and a bright sun room.  On one side of the main floor is the deluxe master suite, perfect for a retreat after a long day.  The walk-out basement provides more living space, with spacious suites, recreation room, wet bar and winery.  Are you looking for the perfect getaway, looking for beach house plans?  This beach house plan is the perfect place for that getaway.

The Touchstone 1 house plan is the perfect vacation home or year round residence.

With a 1,625 square feet of space the Touchstone 1 house plan leaves nothing behind. A lovely fireplace warms the vaulted living room, the perfect spot for any gathering. French doors lead out to a breezy deck, perfect for enjoying some salty air or just relaxing and watching the scenic views. The master bedroom and a deluxe bath top off the main floor, while upstairs two more bedrooms share a single roomy bath. As an added bonus, the railed balcony upstairs provides a view of the living room—a unique feature not offered in many other house plans.

The Jefferson house plan is the perfect picture of a beach cottage.

Beach cottage house plans like the Jefferson are charming buildings with loads of curb appeal and visual punch. In addition to being the perfect beach house this house is also energy efficient.  This three or four bedroom cottage was designed specifically to drastically cut heating and cool costs without adding building costs. Some of its features include insulated doors and windows, positive vapor barrier to enhance comfort control, and centrally located plumbing, heating, and A/C for added efficiency.  Additionally its small footprint helps to minimize costs.

These are only a few of the many beach house plan designs in the beach house plans collection found at The House Designers.

2012’s Best-Selling House Plans from The House Designers


The editors of The House Designers present the 10 best-selling house plans of 2012 from a collection of over 6,000 home designs from America’s leading architects and designers. These popular home designs share many similarities, including size, energy-efficiency and open and flexible living spaces. Of the top 10 home plans, 9 were less than 2,500 sq. ft. When it came to architectural style, all of these homes were craftsman, cottage and ranch house plans with a preference for attached garages, basement foundations and bonus spaces. Each plan features an outdoor living space in its design from lanais to barbeque patios to in-ground pools. Nine were one-story homes – a trend that is expected to continue as Baby Boomers age and new homeowners look for floor plans to age in place.

“We found that these 10 house plans are representative of the new home design trends of 2012 which include outdoor living spaces, cost-effective designs, green design elements and building products, open floor plans and bonus spaces,” said Tammy Crosby, Chief Operating Officer of The House Designers. “Homeowners and builders are looking for smaller floor plans, but don’t want to sacrifice luxury amenities and aesthetics of homes with much larger footprints, which is why these house plans are so popular.”

Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling house plans of 2012 from The House Designers:

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The House Designers’ best-selling house plan for the third year in a row.

1 – For the third year in a row, the L’Attesa di Vita House Plan remains The House Designers’ best-selling design. At 2,091 sq. ft. this versatile craftsman house plan features every amenity a homeowner could desire including a deluxe master suite, office, open kitchen and family room with a cozy breakfast nook and walk-in pantry. For outdoor living space there’s a lanai and barbeque porch with fireplace. It’s easy to extend your living space with a 349 sq. ft. bonus room above the two-car garage and optional basement floor plan with a spacious guest suite. View the floor plans and 25 images of this popular home design.

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The La Meilleure Vie House Plan is 2,847 sq. ft. and features a three-car garage with a large 934 sq. ft. bonus room.

2 – Similar in design to the L’Attesa di Vita is the La Meilleure Vie House Plan with its gorgeous blend of stone and wood exterior. This home is 2,847 sq. ft. and features a three-car garage with a large 934 sq. ft. bonus room designed as a recreational space with a media, game and billiards room. Entertaining is made easy with a large family room and amenity-filled kitchen that opens to a covered lanai and barbeque porch. View this craftsman cottage house plan.

3 – The trend in ranch house plans with a craftsman, cottage styling continues with the third most popular home from The House Designers called the Montagna di Grazioso House Plan. This home was designed with great attention to detail to maximize its 2,106 square footage including a fabulous kitchen design for a small space featuring innovative storage solutions and plenty of workspace and seating. A walk-in pantry is essential for homeowners who like to stock up on supplies. View this craftsman house plan.

“You would think that these top three homes would be costly to build because of all the stone and wood, but the opposite is true thanks to companies like Fypon®, Therma-Tru®, Cultured Stone® by Boral® and Ply Gem®,” said Crosby. “These companies offer gorgeous veneer, fiberglass and polyurethane products that mimic the look of the real product without the high cost or maintenance. Because they are lightweight and easy to use they are favored among builders as well.”

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Gorgeous two-story country craftsman house plan featuring plenty of room to grow.

4 – The Long Meadow is an elegant country house plan with a craftsman façade and flexible interior design. A three-car garage, screened porch, spacious country kitchen, a 1,535 sq. ft. bonus area and an optional 2,352 sq. ft. basement make this home irresistible! View the floor plans to this country cottage house plan, including the finished basement floor plan.

5 – The Vita Encantata House Plan joins the top three best-selling house plans in its flair for exterior appeal and love of entertaining with outdoor living spaces and an open kitchen and great room. There’s a 302 sq. ft. bonus space above the two-car garage and an optional finished basement to extend the home’s 1,838 sq. ft. to almost double its size. Take a tour of this popular craftsman cottage house plan with European styling by clicking here.

6 and 7 – While most homeowners expect a certain level of green elements in their home design, many are looking for a higher standard of green building, which is why interest in The House Designers exclusive collection of ENERGY STAR and Green House Plans continues to grow. The 1st place winner of the 2012 ENERGY STAR Home Design Competition is the sixth most popular house plan, followed by the popular Tres Le Fleur House Plan. These homes are extremely energy efficient, aesthetically appealing and well designed for their square footage.

8, 9 and 10 – The final three house plans are classic craftsman ranch house plans designed with room to grow. The Halstad House Plan is just under 3,000 sq. ft. and features a functional floor plan with two bedrooms and a 581 sq. ft. bonus space above the three-car garage. When it comes to curb appeal and room for indoor/outdoor entertaining this home is a solid ten. The Mountain Cottage with Optional Bonus Room comes with an enlarged master bath floor plan option and finished bonus suite. The Sturbridge II House Plan features a compact floor plan with four bedrooms, an office and a bonus space.

Consumers and builders looking to build a new home can browse through thousands of similar house plans by viewing the Architectural Styles and Specialty Collections section of the website.

Three Popular Cottage House Plans

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The L’Attessa di Vita house plan has country charm with plenty of space to entertain. Among its perks are a spacious guest suite, and a welcoming lanai for outdoor entertaining.












In the Middle Ages, a cottage usually housed agricultural workers and their friends and families. Back then the term cottage did not just comprise a house, but also a barn and usually a fenced in yard or piece of land enclosed by a gate.  Today, the word cottage conjures up a different image to each and every person.

A cottage generally means a soft cozy dwelling that typically resides in a rural or semi-rural location. Cottages are usually small structures with limited square footage and limited interior space. There are a variety of cottage styles, including English, French, German, American and Victorian, but there are a few characteristics that unify cottage houses.

Cottages are meant to be small, inexpensive buildings and their construction reflects such. Most cottages are one-story buildings with a hipped roof. Gabled roofs are also common in cottages. Cottage house plans also tend to overlap with ranch and country house plans. These homes are extremely well suited for a year-round dwelling, an art or writing studio or a quaint living space for aging parents.

Our cottage house plans collection has a variety of homes with ornate roofs and welcoming hearths for that cozy appeal.  The cottage house plans collection is not just limited to small, charming homes but also includes larger, informal home plan designs as well.

Here are our most popular cottage house plans, be sure to check out our country house plans and bungalow house plans, as many of these designs tend to overlap.

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The Landon house plan is a  two-story French Country style cottage with brick accent. Inside the house there are three bedrooms, a dining room, great room and a home office.

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The Le Meilleure Vie house plan is another ornate cottage with a very large ground floor. This one-and-a-half story home packs a lot in its ground floor with everything from a breakfast nook, to a study, and a joint living room and dining room. Upstairs features a billiards, game and media room for entertaining.


The House Designers Unveil Three New Innovative House Plans


Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) September 30, 2012

The House Designers, which is comprised of the leading residential architects and designers in the United States, is pleased to announce the addition of three new house plans to its collection of best-selling, builder preferred house plans. These wonderful new designs offer the very best in flexible living spaces, and showcase the ever-popular Craftsman and cottage styles giving these newly-inked designs a timeless appeal.

“Our designers and architects are committed to designing the most innovative, affordable and energy efficient house plans for consumers and builders interested in building a new home,” said Tammy Crosby, Chief Operating Officer of The House Designers. “These new home plans feature all the amenities that consumers demand like outdoor living areas, private master suites, bonus rooms and basement options.”

The House Designers offers an easy-to-navigate website, with a newly redesigned plan page which provides detailed information about the floor plans including foundation options, all with high quality color renderings and photographs of actual built homes.

“One of the most common questions we get from consumers and builders looking at our house plans is, “How much will it cost to build?,” said Crosby, who has a partnership with the home building experts at StartBuild. “This information is extremely important in helping consumers and builders accurately determine how much a home will cost to build. Our interactive Cost-to-Build Estimator is based on current costs for customized product selections and labor specific to a location.”

For a nominal charge of $24.95, visitors can use the interactive program for 30 days exchanging products for planning and budgeting. Consumers who purchase this program also receive a $50 discount for any house plan purchase. There is also a free cost estimator for those looking for a simple rough estimate based on their region. According to The House Designers, builders looking to offer their clients a selection of affordable plans to choose from have found the Cost-To-Build Estimator to be especially useful and accurate, and appreciate the free modification quotes on all house plans.

All 6,000 plus construction drawings on are builder-friendly and include detailed, dimensioned floor plans, basic electrical layouts, cabinet layouts, structural information, cross sections, roof plans and elevations, as well as general specifications. To encourage builders to use stock house plans, The House Designers created the Preferred Builder Program, which is free to all members of the National Home Building Association (NAHB).

Membership in The House Designers’ Preferred Builder Program includes 15% off all house plan purchases with every eighth plan(up to $1000), free. Additional benefits include:

  •     A directory listing where consumers may search for local contractors
  •     Custom marketing materials
  •     Free modifications quotes
  •     Immediate delivery of digital PDF house plan packages.

Here are three new home designs fresh from the drawing board of America’s leading architects and designers, which can be previewed by visiting

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The Cherry Creek House Plan was created due to popular demand for a slightly larger footprint of an already popular plan. This new home design features 2,495 square feet of living space, a three-car garage and a 625 square foot bonus room. Highlights of this floor plan include the increased bedroom sizes and the addition of walk-in closets and new open living spaces. An oversized island with plenty of seating and a cozy breakfast nook overlooking the porch highlight the kitchen. Access to the basement level is conveniently located just down the hall from the foyer. A larger bonus room is still an option for this plan. View all additional highlights of this new plan by clicking here.

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The Cedar Crest House Plan is a two-story Craftsman home featuring a lovely facade with a large wrap-around front porch, custom windows, finished with a warm mix of earth shingles and stone. A side-entry garage with bonus space above and decorative shop bay enhance its award-winning curb appeal. A spacious informal family area with a covered patio, ideal for outdoor entertainment complements a vaulted formal living and dining room off the large foyer. Relax in the indulgent master suite with private sitting room and grand bath. The open kitchen floor plan features plenty of workspace and includes a large center island with cooktop and seating, cabinetry by Kitchen Craft® and solid hardwood flooring from Lumber Liquidators.® Take a photo tour of this 4,100 square foot home by clicking here.

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This French Country Cottage house plan features the perfect layout for a growing family. The main floor has a spacious living area with kitchen center island and cozy breakfast room, both perfect spots for casual family dining. For outdoor dining and relaxation, there’s a screened porch and sundeck. The second floor features four bedrooms, including a luxury master suite with sitting area and fireplace. The additional bedrooms are perfect for children or guests, and have unique features like built-ins, balconies, attic access, a playhouse and much more. To view additional photographs and the floor plan for this innovative new home design, click here.

Consumers and builders alike may view all house plans by The House Designers by visiting

House Plans: Innovative New Cottage House Plans


The House Designers recently featured some of their newest cottage house plans in their weekly newsletter Dream Designs, which keeps consumers and builders updated on their latest house designs.

These new cottage homes go well beyond the simple cabin or bungalow by combining luxury design features and amenities with traditional cottage styling, which include steep overhanging roofs with gables, large bay windows, panel front entry doors and ornamental detailing.

Regardless of the size and architectural styling, this collection of cottage house plans features gorgeous and flexible interior floor plans, innovative and energy-efficient home products and plenty of curb appeal.

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This gorgeous luxury cottage house from The House Designers is the newest addition to one of the largest collections of online cottage house plans.


This luxury mountain cottage house plan is one of The House Designers newest designs, which features a large open living space that surrounds the kitchen to allow for plenty of entertaining. Homeowners can pamper themselves in a large master suite with spa-like bath, which occupies the right wing of the first floor. Three additional bedrooms occupy the second floor, which has a large bonus room. There are also plenty of green features to this home to ensure years of energy-efficiency. The entire home is wrapped in exterior insulated boards, which is like wrapping your home in a warm blanket. Combined with three high-efficiency gas fireplaces this home has a high R-value, making it perfect for colder climates.

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The Marymoor is a popular compact rambler that combines a dynamic exterior facade composed from elements of cottage, country, Craftsman and lodge styles with an open floor plan that fits todays informal lifestyles.


This country cottage house plan mixes the styling of a Craftsman and rustic mountain lodge to create a beautiful exterior façade, which is accented by a front and rear covered porch for extended outdoor living. The interior features an open floor plan with vaulted great room, chef’s kitchen with island and cozy nook with large corner windows. There’s a flexible front room that can be used as an office, den or formal dining area. This house plan also comes with a basement and daylight basement option to add to its future living space.

Looking to make changes to a house plan? You can customize any house plan to fit your lifestyle and needs by simply requesting a free modification quote from The House Designers.


Adorable Beach Cottage House Plans


This affordable, two-bedroom cottage house plan is perfect for any waterfront property. Enjoy the view with a full-length porch and second floor balcony. The living room has two-story ceilings for an open floor plan and the master suite enjoys a private bath on the first floor. It also comes with a garage plan featuring a carport, utility room with washer and dryer, storage room and covered porch.

This adorable two-story cottage house plan is perfect for any waterfront property.

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