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Plan #454-6

Key Specs

  • 2660 sq ft

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 2 Floors

  • 2 Garage

Plan Description

NOT SO BIG SHOWHOUSE 2005 454-6. This home was originally designed and built as a walk-through demonstration of Sarah Susanka's Not So BigĀ® House concepts for the 2005 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. It is based on the plan for A Good Neighbor (Plan #454-1), but this showhouse plan has had some tweaks and additions made to it. The Not So BigĀ® Showhouse 2005 is the reverse of the Good Neighbor plan and sports a welcoming wrap around veranda, spacious screened porch, long breezeway, and pool changing area. Plans are also included for a second floor "gazebo" above the garage, though Sarah recommends keeping the garage a one story structure if integrating the design into an existing neighborhood. (The second story was for Showhouse demonstrations and exhibits.)

In addition to its exemplification of Sarah's design principles, it is highly energy efficient and sustainably designed. A combination of open spaces, varied ceiling heights, and well-placed windows and lighting give the home a simultaneously spacious and cozy feeling.

A separate away room can be used as a media room, an office, or a guest bedroom. The large screen porch off the living area has views in three directions, and along with a series of connected decks encourages outdoor living. The kitchen is at the heart of the main level. It is beautifully integrated with both the main living area and the dining room, and has plenty of work surfaces for the serious cook. Tucked behind the kitchen is a true mudroom, along with a mail sorting place.

The upper level of the home has two large bedrooms, the laundry for convenience, and a luxurious master suite. The master bedroom uses vaulted ceilings, intimate nooks, built-ins and bump-outs for architectural interest and luxurious spatial experiencing. From the master bedroom, a long hallway draws you past the large master bath and walk-in closet to an upper level office. A door off the master bedroom opens onto an upper level connecting deck above the breezeway that leads to the glass roofed gazebo above the garage. The gazebo itself can be used in a multitude of ways. Left wide open as is, and combined with the large adjoining deck, it is a perfect place for parties. The addition of either a full or half bath would allow it to be used as a guest studio, or home office. Gazebo is 529 square feet

Floor Plans

Main Floor Plan
Saved! Prairie Style House Plan - 3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2660 Sq/Ft Plan #454-6 Main Floor Plan -
Upper Floor Plan
Saved! Prairie Style House Plan - 3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2660 Sq/Ft Plan #454-6 Upper Floor Plan -

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Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

Stories : 2
Garage Stalls : 2
Potential Bedrooms : 0
Bedrooms : 3
Baths : 2.5


Width : 39'
Height : 30'
Depth : 54'


Porch Sq Ft : 401 sq ft
Upper Floor Sq Ft : 1343 sq ft
Total Sq Ft : 2660 sq ft
Main Floor Sq Ft : 1317 sq ft

Exterior Wall Framing

Framing : 2"x6"

Garage Features

Detached Garage

Energy Efficient Features

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
Reproducible Set

Foundation Price


Additional Construction Sets $250.00/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 - Sarah Susanka

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“'Not So Big®' puts the emphasis on quality rather than quantity and is designed to fit the way we really live today. It's a message that's being embraced now more than ever, and it's wonderful to see so many people come to the realization that a house doesn't have to be bigger to be better.”

Award-winning architect and best selling author Sarah Susanka is the J K Rowling of home design. She has brought her practical, less-can-be-more brand of magic to the world of architectural home plans. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Sarah was born in Kent, England and lives in North Carolina. Hailed as an innovator by Fast Company, Newsweek, and US News and World Report, she received the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation for outstanding individual achievement, and Builder Magazine honored Sarah as one of their 30 Top Innovators who have changed the face of residential construction.

Sarah Susanka's influential books include The Not So Big House (Taunton, 1999), Home By Design (Taunton, 2004), The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters (Random House, 2007), and Not So Big Remodeling (Taunton, 2009). She has lectured widely and appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Diane Rehm. She is showing a new generation of homeowners, builders, and developers how to "build better not bigger."

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

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