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Orientations are noted with the thumbnails to the right.

Passive solar design refers to the use of the sun's energy to heat and cool the living spaces in a home, utilizing the southern exposure to allow the sun to enter the home during the winter and warm it's interior.

Universal Design Plans

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Welcome to our site of stock house plans. These house plans fall into three categories: Standard Series House Plans, Sustainable Series House Plans, and Universal Design House Plans. The navigation links on the right will explain the basic principles of sustainable design, and the accessibility standards incorporated into these house plans. The navigation links on the left will sort the plans into size ranges in order to narrow your search.

Standard Series House Plans – This site first started out catering to the narrow lots found in old urban areas, and the Arts & Crafts Bungalow home styles. These house plans have been built for over twenty years all across the US, as well as several other countries.

Sustainable Series House Plans – Most stock house plans and custom homes are not placed on a building site with consideration to the sun’s path across the sky. I see only one valid reason for not considering the sun’s path in siting a house, and that is when there is no direct sun available for most of the day. Unfortunately, this is often the case and that’s the end of the story. Site specific design is limited with stock plans, but I have made several available. Green roof house plans are also a valid option worth serious consideration. As interest develops I will add plans based on living roof design concepts. I invite people who are interested in these options to contact me.

Universal Design House Plans – These are plans from the Standard Series House Plans that have been adapted for typical Accessibility Standards.

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All these house plans strive to conform to several main design principles. These deal with the interior layout being open, efficient small floor plans, and exteriors centered around large usable porches. Many years ago the interior layout was generated by needs that are no longer valid today. We no longer find it necessary to separate the kitchen from the house to protect the home in case of fire, and we don’t heat with wood in the same way, etc. Today, we tend to congregate around cooking activities and the entertainment (TV and music). Incorporating the main living area, kitchen, and dining areas results in a space more enjoyed by most families, and maximized usable floor area. This creates larger feeling rooms and a smaller footprint. Relationship with the outdoors is also an important design principle. On narrow lots, there is only so much one can do, but the use of porches, found in traditional craftsman-style bungalows, unites the inside with the outside very nicely. The humble styles of the Arts & Crafts Bungalows provide comfort and utility, simply and beautifully.