Tiny Concept Cottage House Plan

By Larry Garnett,

There is a tremendous amount of information these days regarding Tiny Houses and Small Cottage Living. The growing number of television shows and magazines focusing on small square footage living spaces reflects our fascination with this concept.  While some people are actually downsizing and reducing their clutter to live in one of these cottages, others are using them as guest quarters, home offices, and in-law suites.

With 506 sq. ft. of living space and designated areas for living, dining, and sleeping (note the sliding rail doors for privacy), this small cottage house plan offers a great deal of flexibility.  Although ideal for a weekend getaway, it could be built in the backyard for use as a guest quarters or in-law suite.  For Baby Boomers hoping to “age in place,” this might even become a care-takers quarters.

Our Conceptual Home Designs are essentially “schematic” designs with accurate exterior elevations, floor plans with overall dimensions, and a roof overview.  Each plan includes PDF and DWG files along with authorization for your local design professional to complete the plans with your changes and the amount of detail your local codes require.

Brand new Tiny House Plan 9513 is ideal for a vacation getaway or guest quarters.




Conceptual Home Design focuses on Open Floor Plan

By Larry Garnett,

One of the most critical elements of any floor plan is the traffic pattern. In other words, how you travel from one room to another.  Rooms should be arranged so that the flow of traffic throughout the house is logical.  Ideally you will be able to move from one area to another without crossing through any room.

This 1850 sq. ft. Conceptual Design uses a Gallery to direct traffic from the garage and front entry to the bedrooms by traveling between the kitchen and family room. The secluded master suite and rear door are both reached by walking between the family room and dining area.

Our Conceptual Designs are essentially “schematic” designs with accurate exterior elevations, floor plans with overall dimensions, and a roof overview.  Each plan includes PDF and DWG files along with authorization for your local design professional to complete the plans with your changes and the amount of detail your local codes require.

This 3-bedroom one-story house plan features 1,850 of open living spaces.



For more information or to order this house plan, contact Professional Builder House Plans at (877) 912-1977.

The Kitchen: Focal Point of the Home

For the vast majority of us, the kitchen becomes the focal point of our home.  If you’re not convinced of that, the next time you entertain family and friends, notice what happens.  Even if you place the food in the formal dining room, people will fill their plates and then naturally gravitate back to the crowded kitchen.  As more homeowners decide to eliminate the formal dining room, the kitchen truly becomes the center for entertaining….and day to day family living.


In recent years, creating kitchens opening to the family room and dining area have become extremely popular.  Such openness allows people to feel like they are involved with the activities in the kitchen, even though they remain the family room or dining area.  Additionally, the person preparing meals does not feel isolated and can take part in the family room conversations and activities.


Traffic patterns are important throughout he home. In the kitchen, they become critical.  Avoid plans that force traffic through the kitchen (such as entering the home from the garage directly into the kitchen).  Instead, select a design that directs people around  the area, thereby reducing congestion within the kitchen.


At the same time, make sure that your plan does provide convenient and logical passage from the kitchen to the garage or family entrance for ease of unloading groceries.  Somewhere along this family entrance passage, plan for a drop zone designing practical storage for keys, cell,phones, mail and everything else that usually ends up on the kitchen counter! We’ll talk about family entries later in more detail.


How to Design Impressive House Exteriors By Combining Materials – Part 1

Obviously, material selection becomes a critical component of exterior design with lots of considerations. Therefore, I’m presenting this in two parts.

exterior design - combining materials

Combining various exterior design materials is a longstanding practice, undertaken sometimes in the interest of aesthetics or, more often, because of budget constraints. While using expensive ma-terials in combination with less expensive materials can be a good way to get the high-quality look you desire without breaking your budget, care must be taken to ensure that the combination appears to be a design choice rather than a cost-saving measure. We often find homes from previous centuries appealing because of the way they combine exterior design materials. For example, a New England home in which a central red brick structure contrasts with an adjoining section clad in white clapboard seems to have character. But, don’t imagine that these charming homes were designed simply with charm in mind. Some of their most appealing details resulted from practical solutions to design and budget challenges. In that New England farmhouse, for example, the brick core was probably built first, and the flanking white clapboard section was added later, as the family expanded or finances allowed, and clad in wood because it was less expensive than brick.

exterior design - combining materials

When it comes down to it, a large expanse of any single material can be boring. We’ve probably all seen homes clad entirely in brick or stone that seem very monotonous. The careful combination of materials can highlight each material and enhance the overall appearance of the home, while at the same time saving money. For example, you might consider having brick on the front of your home and less expensive siding on the other three sides. Instead of having the brick run across the entire front of the house but abruptly stop at the corner, make the transition on an inside corner of the front of the house, so that the house seems built of two sections, each with a different type of cladding. In this way the change of materials is an element of design, rather than a budget constraint.