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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

Floor Plans

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

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Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

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


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


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


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


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

Exterior Wall Framing

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

Bedroom Features

Upstairs Bedrooms
Upstairs Master Bedrooms

Kitchen Features

Kitchen Island
Walk In Pantry Cabinet Pantry

Additional Room Features

Main Floor Laundry
Mud Room
Great Room Living Room

Garage Features

Detached Garage


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Lot Characteristics

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

Outdoor Spaces

Grill Deck Sundeck
Covered Front Porch


Economical To Build
Suited For Vacation Home

Code Compliance

Irc 2006

Structural Information Provided

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

Energy Efficient Features

Green Specifications
LEED Specifications
Energy Efficient Design

What's included in this plan set

All plans are drawn at ¼” scale or larger and include :

  • Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas.
  • 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.


Plan Set Price

5 Copy Set

Foundation Price

Partial Basement Slab

Additional Construction Sets $40.00/each

Mirror Reverse Sets $0.00/each

Additional copies can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days after your original purchase date.

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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Plan Price $1450.00

what's included?

Plan Type

5 printed plan sets and a license to build a single home.

8 copies of the basic package, a single build license and a Cost to Build Report.

For use by design professionals to make substantial changes to your house plan.

For making minor changes to your house plans. This is a set of drawings printed on Vellum or Bond, that comes with a copyright release.

Recommended PDF sets are best for fast, electronic delivery and inexpensive, local printing.

One printed set for bidding purposes only. Not a legal building set.

PDF sets are best for fast, electronic delivery. Not for construction.

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