The Garden Cottage is a small two-story home that has been designed with
first time homeowners in mind. They are simple 20'x20' box structures on
a concrete slab with standard doors and windows, and plywood siding.
Every effort has been made to minimize costs without sacrificing
standards of quality, safety and design integrity. In urban areas houses
can be grouped in various ways. The floor plan allows great flexibility
in design and lends itself to both formal and informal layouts. In
suburban and rural areas, the unit is considered the nucleus of a
"growing" house. Centrally located on the site, it can expand, adapting
to the changing needs of its inhabitants and exploiting the fantastic
possibilities of wood frame construction. Reversing the traditional
bedrooms upstairs, living room downstairs layout in these 400 sq.ft.
houses produces several advantages. The living/dining space with its
high ceiling and skylights, seems large and airy. The downstairs bedroom
enjoys the view and access to the garden. Accommodating a growing family
is facilitated by adding bedrooms to the ground floor ? a less costly
and more flexible means of expansion in the cases where property
permits. In addition to their low cost, the adaptability of these units
makes them even more attractive to home buyers. As presented here, the
Garden Cottage works both as a single family detached house and as a row
house. It could be built with or without a garage, depending on the
owner preferences or lot configuration.
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Full Specs & Features
Main Floor : 400 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 400 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Main Ceiling : 8'
Upper Ceiling Ft : 8'
Suited For Corner Lot
Suited For Narrow Lot
Economical To Build
Suited For Vacation Home
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.
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.
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.