Plan #497-57

Key Specs

  • 1356 sq ft

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • 1 Floor

  • No Garage

Plan Description

This design is simple and efficient making it an ideal house plan for a modern family on a tight budget. This plan hosts 3 bedrooms, a large master bath room, a simple cost effective bathroom, a large common room and plenty of storage. The single level layout and universal design options make it an excellent house plan for empty nesters. This informal layout is appropriate for home owners who value durable, high performance construction, more than fancy foyers and extra powder rooms. This home features Passive solar design techniques such as Southern exposure for large areas of glazing, window shading devices and super insulated construction options make this modern house plan green. The simple shape and D.I.Y. options make this an extremely affordable home design. The large common room, with its sliding glass door out onto the patio deck, features polished concrete floors, built in office nook, and large sloped wood ceilings. The large glass windows and doors on the south side flood the great room with light. Open shelving and a complete D.I.Y. kitchen are cost saving design options. This D.I.Y. kitchen option features shop table style counters made from concrete slabs and scrap lumber. Simple concrete rectangular slabs that don’t require the insertion of sinks or faucets are easy to fabricate. Simple steel angle brackets support upper shelves made from 2by12s and provide a nice industrial aesthetic. This D.I.Y. Kitchen option has a rustic style and industrial strength. Framed walls provide a series of bays for the refrigerator, home office, and cooking area. These separations allow each D.I.Y. project to be contained in a distinct space and only require a single finished face. When framing a house there are always a bunch of leftover pieces of 2x4s or 2x6s. Here is a cool way to turn scraps into a heavy duty kitchen island. The trick to this project is to construct 10.5”-15” wide slabs that will fit through a thickness planer. Once the strips have been planed to a uniform and smooth finish the whole top can be bolted together with threaded rod. The holes for the threaded rod should be drilled before the panels are assembled. These butcher block style slabs can then be used to create the outer shell of the island. Prefab cabinet units or shelves made from scrap 2x4s and plywood can be used to fill out and support the island.
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Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

Baths : 2
Stories : 1
Garage Stalls : 0
Bedrooms : 3


Depth : 20'
Width : 72' 5"
Height : 14'


Decks Sq Ft : 692 sq ft
Main Floor Sq Ft : 1356 sq ft
Total Sq Ft : 1356 sq ft *
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.


Main Ceiling Ft : 10' 6"


Roof Framing : Truss/ Stick
Primary Pitch : 2:12
Roof Type : Shed

Exterior Wall Framing

Exterior Wall Finish : Fiber Cement Siding
Framing : 2"x6"

Bedroom Features

Main Floor Bedrooms


Economical To Build

Energy Efficient Features

Energy Efficient Design

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House plans created by Free Green give our customers design options that meet or exceed existing energy standards, while giving options in the realm of cost, style, and environmental commitment. As an example, all Free Green homes are designed to perform 30% to 50% better than prescriptive building code energy performance. The level of home performance depends on the products that you choose.

Each Free Green house plan includes:

  • LEED for Homes Rating System: Guidelines to meet LEED for Homes certification levels of: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED for Homes is a national, voluntary certification system, developed by national experts and experienced builders, that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes and encourages the adoption of sustainable practices by the homebuilding industry. The LEED for Homes Rating System is part of the suite of nationally recognized LEED Green Building Rating Systems administered by USGBC. Like all LEED Rating Systems, it is the market's leadership system, targeting the top 25% of home building practices in terms of environmental responsibility. LEED provides industry resources and tools on how to "green" any new home. With LEED, homebuilders can differentiate their structures as meeting the highest performance measures, and homebuyers can readily identify high quality green homes. LEED provides national consistency in defining the features of a green home, enables builders anywhere in the country to obtain a green rating on their homes, and assures homebuyers of the quality of their purchases, all based on a recognized national brand. Learn more about the LEED® Rating System here.
  • Window shading details: External window shading devices are an effective method for reducing heat gains through windows during Summer. In fact, external shading devices can reduce heat gains by up to 80% if sized and built properly. With this in mind, Free Green has created this page to assist home builders in constructing effective window shading devices. The information we provide includes a zoning map of the United States, zoning charts for proper sizing of shading devices and a variety of shading device styles and materials to suite different tastes and different home designs.
  • General Notes: Typically one sheet of general notes pertinent to the construction of the home
  • Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
  • Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas. 
  • Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
  • Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
  • Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
  • Wall sections and other construction details: Detailed drawings showing wall connections, from foundation to the roof. wall connections to foundation, window installation, siding installation, stair details, and more.
  • Framing Plans: Drawn to 1/4" scale. The framing layout is intended to be a suggested layout only. Design loads & weather conditions vary by region. As a result the size, spacing & layout of all structural elements in this home design must be approved by a structural engineer and code official based on your specific site location prior to construction.
  • Electrical Plan with electrical symbols legend: In general, each house plan set includes an electrical plan which will show the locations of lights, receptacles, switches, etc. Note: Most FreeGreen plans have an electrical plan, however some do not. Please contact us to verify.
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Foundation Options
Slab $0.00 Ideal for level lot, single layer concrete poured directly on grade.
Crawlspace $250.00 Ideal for semi-sloped or level lot, home can be built off of grade, typically 18” - 48”.
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Meet the Designer - FreeGreen

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Our Plans are designed for energy efficiency. The idea is to broaden access to green design. is excited to welcome the collection of innovative plans by FreeGreen founders David Wax and Ben Uyeda. These designs range from Contemporary to Country and Farmhouse styles. All incorporate green building materials and techniques.

David and Ben are experts in the field of green design and also co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. They got their start leading Cornell University's 2005 Solar Decathlon team, which won the second place award. The competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, challenges universities from across the US and beyond to research, design and build an 800 square-foot off-grid solar home.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson School at Cornell University and is an IT consultant for the securities and capital markets. He says: "FreeGreen was able to integrate architecture and engineering software for custom home design, which meant that we could produce green design fast."

Ben holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Cornell University School of Architecture. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell, where he developed an original curriculum to teach the principles of sustainable design, and lectures on sustainable design at Northeastern University. His new venture is Home Made Modern: "smart, affordable DIY design ideas for cool people who like modern home furnishings." You can follow Ben's diverse design interests on Pinterest.

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