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238 sq ft
The Starter Home is a one-story, single-room house with a loft that fits into the pitched roof. The footprint is 14 by 17 feet, giving the house a total of 238 square feet. The house has a slab-on-grade foundation and uses conventional wood framing, sliding doors and nail-on windows, finished with painted plywood on the exterior and Sheetrock on the interior walls, with asphalt shingles on the roof (Other exterior finish options are available). The interior space is made to feel larger than it is through the use of architectural techniques. The pitched roof allows for 16'-high ceiling. Two skylights in the roof and wide entrance opening give the room a light and expansive feeling. The closet and bath have sliding mirrored doors that visually enlarge the interior.\ \ The Starter Home was designed as a flexible housing solution for urban and suburban settings. While the Starter Home itself is a quite small, it can be used in large groupings as well. The floor plan layout allows for future expansions by adding more "Starter" units. With minor changes owner can adjust the new additions to different uses important to his lifestyle. It is estimated that the Starter Home would cost between $20,000 -$30,000 to build (price of land not included)
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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
Additional Construction Sets $50.00/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 - Donald MacDonald
“The creative architect casts aside preconceived notions and questions established concepts. The design process becomes visionary rather than reactionary, and innovation takes the place of conventional interpretations. A building, a bridge, any structure must respond to the client, to the users, and to the community. It must be functional, safe, and sensible. And it must be completed on time and within budget.”
Donald MacDonald Architects is known for a diverse AIA award-winning practice, ranging from row housing to major bridge designs, including retrofits for the Golden Gate Bridge and the new eastern-span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Donald believes that one of today’s most important challenges is to develop housing that is both livable and affordable. His firm has consistently explored the options and found ground-breaking, workable solutions -- for projects from three units to hundreds. His book Democratic Architecture (Whitney Library of Design) spotlights innovative solutions for living on compact sites. His recent book, Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon (Chronicle Books) is a fascinating and cleverly illustrated history of the landmark span.
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In addition to the house plans you order, you may also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. You might also need beams sized to accommodate roof loads specific to your region. Your home builder can usually help you with this. You may also need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Many areas now have area-specific energy codes that also have to be followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form providing documentation that your house plans are in compliance.
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