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Plan #450-3

Key Specs

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • 1 Floor

  • No Garage

  • 432 sq ft

Plan Description

This modern cabin is ideal as a weekend or vacation chalet, secondary structure, or studio. A screened-in dogtrot serves both as outdoor living space and circulation between the two conditioned ends of the building. Like other designs by the Architect, the long, narrow aspect ratio is designed for best energy performance in summer and winter and works well on a small or narrow lot. Originally designed for site with considerable terrain slope, the foundation can be adjusted to accommodate most sites, while the cantilevered ends reinforce the "floating" architecture. Ample south-facing glazing passively heats the spaces in winter, while the pitch and overhang of the southern awning can be altered in design to optimize summer shade. The exterior rolling barn door can be positioned to shade the dogtrot or either living space. BoxKart's 2x6 exterior framing makes it an ideal candidate either for advanced framing a proven stick framing system that reduces lumber and increases insulation for better energy performance or structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

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


Depth : 12'
Width : 48'
Height : 12'


Upper Floor Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Basement Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Patios Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Bonus Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Decks Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Garage Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Storage Sq Ft : 0 sq ft
Total Sq Ft : 432 sq ft
Lower Floor Sq Ft : 432 sq ft
Porch Sq Ft : 144 sq ft
Main Floor Sq Ft : 432 sq ft


Main Ceiling Ft : 11'


Roof Framing : 2x12
Roof Type : TPO

Exterior Wall Framing

Insulation : R-21
Framing : 2x6
Exterior Wall Finish : Fiber cement board rain screen

Bedroom Features

Main Floor Master Bedroom

Kitchen Features

Kitchenette Wet Bar

Lot Characteristics

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

Outdoor Spaces

Screened Porch Sunroom


Suited For Vacation Home
Economical To Build

Energy Efficient Features

Energy Efficient Design

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Floor Plans

Main Floor Plan
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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


Foundation Price

Pier Post Beam

Additional Construction Sets $50.00/each

Mirror Reverse Sets $50.00/each

Right-Reading Reverse $400.00

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

Meet the Designer - Francois Levy

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"I design homes for people living lightly on the earth, sustainably and in beauty."

Francois Levy designs buildings that capture the imagination, express regional beauty and a sense of place. His projects reflect their cultural and geographical context, and are accessible and comprehensible to the user rather than obeying a preconceived architectural agenda. Levy is particularly passionate about creating projects that eloquently express how we use and conserve energy and water, and inhabit their site. All his work - whether in architecture, teaching or research - investigates the intersection of design, technology, and sustainability. His architectural projects have attracted regional and national press, including features on HGTV and in magazines such as Dwell, This Old House and Natural Home.

Levy holds a BA in classics and philosophy from St John's College in Santa Fe, and two Masters degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, one in Architecture and the other in Engineering. He has taught digital design and environmental controls courses at UT Austin, UT San Antonio, and St. Edward's University. Levy has presented and lectured widely on CAD and BIM (building information modeling). He is the author of BIM in Small-Scale Sustainable Design (pictured below), published by Wiley. His current areas of research interest are sustainable architecture, BIM, cooling through passive ventilation, and space architecture, on which he has presented at international aerospace conferences.

Important Information

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Plan Price $695.00

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.

Foundation Type

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How much will this cost to build?

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