Plan #500-1

Key Specs

  • 1370 sq ft

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1.5 Bathrooms

  • 2 Floors

  • No Garage

Plan Description

Vermont Simple House 1 is a variant of the design which won the Providence Rhode Island affordable, sustainable housing design competition in 2008. It is a small northern climate house with a traditional appearance and a very flexible plan. The core 1370 square feet contains all main living spaces including an efficient kitchen, pantry, the option of a ground floor laundry, communications nook for cell phone charging and mail sorting and up to three bedrooms on the second floor. The optional mudroom is a simple room off the kitchen door to provide additional space. The design also allows for an easy ground floor addition off the North side. The house is designed to work well in existing neighborhoods or by itself as a small farmhouse. The design itself is timeless and can appeal to modern and traditional tastes. Above all it is simple which translates to lower building costs and better energy performance. The design is easily adaptable to structural insulated panels, SIPs Insulated concrete forms ICFs and prefab construction. The house is detailed the house to easily exceed Energy Star standards of insulation using standard cold climate building science details. This is a means of construction easily understood by an average builder whether or not they have experience in super-insulated green building techniques. Price includes Full Google Sketchup Model The Main footprint of the house is 20' x 34' plus porch and mudroom The plans include an optional 10' x 12" back mudroom entrance to the kitchen. The plans include additional Greek Revival exterior trim details with rake returns. The specific framing and insulating details included are for double stud wall construction with 1 1/2" of exterior foam, rain screen siding, un-vented super-insulated roof and similar state-of-the-art residential green building techniques. Overall outside dimensions are 20' x 34' Living/dining/kitchen interior Left to Right 11'-9 / 9' / 11'-9 stair to wall in living room is 15' - bumpout is 12" deep Mudroom i2 10' x 12' outside. Bedroom 1 is 11'-5 x 14'-7 Bedroom 2 is 11'-3 x 10'-10 plus door area Bedroom 3 is 9'-3 x 10'-10 minus door area for bedroom 2
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Floor Plans

Floor Plan - Main Floor Plan
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Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan
Traditional Style House Plan - 3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1370 Sq/Ft Plan #500-1 Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan -

Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

Bedrooms : 3
Garage Stalls : 0
Baths : 1.5
Potential Bedrooms : 3
Stories : 2


Width : 20'
Depth : 34'
Height : 29'


Upper Floor Sq Ft : 680 sq ft
Total Sq Ft : 1370 sq ft *
Basement Sq Ft : 680 sq ft
Main Floor Sq Ft : 690 sq ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.


Upper Ceiling Ft : 10'
Lower Ceiling Ft : 8'
Main Ceiling Ft : 8'


Roof Load : 70
Roof Type : shingle
Primary Pitch : 12:12
Secondary Pitch : 3:12
Roof Framing : stud

Exterior Wall Framing

Insulation : 38
Exterior Wall Finish : clabboards
Framing : double stud

Bedroom Features

Upstairs Bedrooms
Upstairs Master Bedrooms

Kitchen Features

Kitchen Island
Walk In Pantry Cabinet Pantry

Additional Room Features

Mud Room
Great Room Living Room
Main Floor Laundry

Garage Features

Detached Garage


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Lot Characteristics

Suited For Corner Lot
Suited For Sloping Lot
Suited For Narrow Lot
Suited For View Lot

Outdoor Spaces

Covered Front Porch
Grill Deck Sundeck


Suited For Vacation Home
Economical To Build

Code Compliance

Irc 2006

Structural Information Provided

Structural 1st Floor Framing
Foundation Drawing
Structural Roof Framing
Structural 2nd Floor Framing
Structural Notes

Energy Efficient Features

Energy Efficient Design
Green Specifications
LEED Specifications

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  • Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
  • 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.
  • Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
  • Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
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Meet the Designer - Robert Swinburne

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“I'm interested in creating super-simple, flexible, adaptable, modern or traditional designs that appeal to a wide audience and could be constructed for only a little more than what factory-built housing costs. My designs are green without gimmicks other than some degree of passive solar and "Passive House" -level insulation.”

Robert Swinburne spent 6 years as a carpenter and builder before becoming a licensed architect in Vermont. He maintains memberships in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Vermont Green Building Council (VGBC), the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).

Since 2000 Bob has completed over 100 projects in New England and New York. Bob also holds the LEED AP credential demonstrating a practical understanding of the inherent values of sustainable design. Increasingly, the firm has become sought after for its eco ethic and knowledge of sustainable design.

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