Plan #497-32

Key Specs

  • 1798 sq ft

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • 1 Floor

  • No Garage

Plan Description

This house plan is a perfect Southwestern get-away retreat, downsizing solution, or second home. Designed to meld into its sandy surroundings, the desert house maximizes the indoor-outdoor living experience with multiple patios and bi-folding door solutions. Its single level open floor creates a wonderfully entertaining and comfortable living environment. This home is designed with a cut wall enclosure, to hide it’s integrated water reclamation system, and built in cuts outs to store logs for those cold desert nights. If you are looking to build a home-for-two in the Southwest then this is the home for you. The key to this homes beauty is its mix of stucco and wood finishing. This design has a masterful interplay of sandy toned stucco, light wood overhangs, and cedar siding. Its generous patios and bi-folding doors create a home that speak to Southwest living and exploring your environment. This design implements the open plan concept creatively with an indoor-outdoor “great space” for cooking, eating, and entertaining, while still creating ultimate privacy in its master bed and bath quarters. The kitchen is stylish yet functional. Designed with simple but elegant features such as polished concrete floors, light wood ceilings, and simple counter space, this home is a great example of how to achieve high-style, on a real budget. The “great space” was purposefully designed to complement the surrounding desert landscape. How you outfit this space it up to you, but as you can see in our renderings, we went with a minimalist approach which is both budget friendly, and creatively chic.
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Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

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


Depth : 26'
Width : 72'
Height : 15'


Main Floor Sq Ft : 1798 sq ft
Total Sq Ft : 1798 sq ft *
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.


Main Ceiling Ft : 11'


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

Exterior Wall Framing

Exterior Wall Finish : Stucco Siding and T&G V-groove or Ship Lap Cedar Planks
Framing : 2"x6"

Bedroom Features

Main Floor Bedrooms
Split Bedrooms

Kitchen Features

Kitchen Island

Additional Room Features

Storage Area
Main Floor Laundry
Great Room Living Room


Economical To Build

Energy Efficient Features

Energy Efficient Design

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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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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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