This home is featured in architect Sarah Susanka's The Not So Big House,
and was designed originally to embody many of Sarah's "not so big"
principles in a house that is "not too expensive" to build. **PRAIRIE
INGENUITY** illustrates how a few simple design decisions can keep costs
in check without sacrificing space and detailing. The form of the house
is a simple rectangle with a bump-out at the stairway. Unlike a house
with a more complex exterior, a rectangular form encloses significantly
more interior space within significantly less exterior surface. Since
the exterior envelope of a house is where the majority of the
construction costs reside, this simple strategy helps get the most our
of every dollar spent. Exterior trim and siding color changes help make
the form more expressive, without adding unnecessarily to the cost of
the structure. The interior of the home is rich with ceiling height
variety, with long connecting views making it appear to be significantly
larger than it actually is. A continuous trim band runs above all the
doors and windows and weaves the home together, adding lots of
character. For a family that wants the spatial variety of a Not So Big
house without the hefty price tag, this house is an excellent choice.
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Floor Plan - Main Floor
Floor Plan - Upper Floor
Full Specs & Features
Basement : 1113 sq/ft
Main Floor : 1113 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Additional Room Features
Den Office Study Computer
Energy Efficient Features
What's included in this plan set
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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.
5 Copy Set
5 printed plan sets mailed to you.
For inexpensive local printing / making minor adjustments by hand. 1 printed set, typically on Bond paper.
For use by design professionals to make substantial changes to your house plan and inexpensive local printing.
Ideal for level lot, lower level of home partially or fully underground.
*Options with a fee may take time to prepare. Please call to confirm.
Additional Construction Sets
Additional hard copies of the plan (can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days of the purchase date).
Audio Video Design
Receive an overlay sheet with suggested placement of audio and video components.
Educate yourself about basic building ideas with these four detailed diagrams that discuss electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and structural topics.
Receive an overlay sheet with suggested placement of lighting fixtures.
Mirror Reversed Sets
A mirror-reversed set is a printed copy of your house, resulting in the same image you would see if you held the drawing up to a mirror. Everything, including the text, is backward in relation to the original design. These kinds of drawing are typically used to reorient an original plan more advantageously on a site, either because the homeowner prefers it that way or because of limitations of the site itself. Note: Mirror reverse sets are only available with a 5 copy or 8 copy set. With a Reproducible, PDF, or CAD set, you can print mirrored copies locally. In addition: 5 Copy set selected, should only allow 4 mirrored sets to be selected. 8 Copy set selected, should only allow 7 mirrored sets to be selected.
Unless you buy an “unlimited” plan set or a multi-use license you may only build one home from a set of plans. Please call to verify if you intend to build more than once. Plan licenses are non-transferable and cannot be resold.
“'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."