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)
This plan can be customized!
Tell us about your desired changes so we can prepare an estimate for the design service. Click the button to submit your request for pricing, or call 1-800-913-2350
Floor Plan - Main Floor Plan
Floor Plan - Other Floor Plan
Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan
Full Specs & Features
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Suited For Narrow Lot
Zero Lot Lines
Economical To Build
Suited For Vacation Home
What's included in this plan set
See a sample plan set
*See important information before purchasing
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.
PDF plan sets are best for fast electronic delivery and inexpensive local printing.
For inexpensive local printing / making minor adjustments by hand. 1 printed set, typically on Bond paper.
Ideal for level lot, single layer concrete poured directly on grade.
*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.
Home Furniture Planner
This fun visual aid lets you peel-and-stick furniture on a generic layout to plan out spacing.
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.
“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.