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Free Home Plans: Cabins; Cottages; Bungalows; Small Houses; Solar and Green Homes; Farmhouses

Want an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get started on your dream of a new home? Here's a list of hundreds of the Internet's top free plans that should help. Scroll down to find designs, building guides, inspiration, building details and even some complete and completely free construction plans. You just may find your perfect getaway cabin, retirement cottage, lake house, energy-free solar home, homestead farmhouse, fishing, hunting or camping bunk house or backyard guest house right here.



Designer David Noffsinger, of the Cherokee Cabin Company, created a tiny house that anyone can build. The free set of drawing includes a 1/4" floor plan, framing details, exterior elevations, foundation details and more to help you create your backroad cabin, backwoods hunting or fishing shack or backyard bunk house


Download free plans, by CabinsAndSheds.com, for building any of four attractive cabins. These large format blueprints may be printed and reviewed on 8 1/2"x11" computer printer paper and then printed full-scale at a commercial print shop for construction or permitting.


Build your own cabin with the help of this step-by-step building guide. This economical little house is designed for easy framing. Concrete pier footings let the cabin adapt to any terrain, including sloping, rough and rocky ground.


This 16'x24' cabin with sleeping loft is compact but has all you need. There's a full width sheltered front porch. A ladder leads to loft. The open living area is vaulted and includes a complete roomy kitchen. The bath has a shower. This would be a fun place to escape to and just relax.


The 460 square foot Lookout Cabin has an unusual layout. There's a all-purpose room and a small lavatory on the first floor. Easy stairs lead up to a small bedroom, a full bathroom and a balcony on the second floor. It might make a nice vacation place for a single person. It would also be perfect as a free-standing apartment for a caretaker, teenager or college student. It might also work as your backyard office or studio.


Download free design plans and building details for southern cabin style homes from Louisiana State University's AgCenter.


These eighteenth and nineteenth century log cabins are just a few samples of the hundreds of log building designs that have been preserved through the HABS. You can view and print photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details.


Download free design plans and building details for some practical small cabins and attractive small log homes from North Dakota State University Agricultural Extension Service: 


Small Pole Barn Plans for Your Backyard


Build the perfect little barn for your property. Find construction blueprints for small pole barns, barn-style sheds, little pole-frame garages, all-purpose yard barns with lofts, small storage barns and little pole-frame country garages.



You can build this 324 square foot cottage as your country getaway, guest cottage, backyard office or studio. It has a full bathroom, an all-purpose room and a shady front porch. The free, seventeen-page plan set includes foundation and floor plans, exterior elevations, a building section, wall and roof framing details, an electrical plan, construction details and more.



Instant Download Barn, Shed, Workshop and Garage Building Plans at BackroadHome.net

; ; ;   Get started on your new shed, cabana, barn, garage, car barn, hobby shop, carriage house, workshop or backyard studio right now. With one order for just .00 you can download professional construction blueprints for over one hundred different designs. You'll be able to download any and all of the plans right away and print as many copies as you need to get permits, to get contractors' bids and for construction. The set comes with a full money-back guarantee. 


Get free, instant download design plans and building details for five traditional American home designs from North Dakota State University.


Download any of seven free design plans and building details, from Louisiana State University's AgCenter, for farmhouses with from two to four bedrooms.


This list, selected by the Library of Congress includes sixty-five houses, in a variety of styles, built in eleven different states. All show some aspect of the homes' timber frames in drawings, details and photos.



BuildItSolar.com offers free plans for the winning design in the Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge. This affordable small home actually generates significantly more energy than it uses. It's a single-story, single-family detached dwelling of 1152 square feet, with three bedrooms and one bath.


The Construction Technology Department of Appalachian State University offers a dozen free passive solar house plans. They are all designed to be affordable in terms of construction costs and energy bills.

Sixty Two Free Passive Solar Home Designs - BuildItSolar.com offers free downloadable prints of designs that were the winners of a HUD competition among architects and builders. They are packed with innovative ideas and planned for specific regions:  ;  ;   ; 


The Library of Congress list of Saltbox home designs, shown in photos and measured drawings, includes seventy homes. Traditional Saltbox homes with south-facing fronts are prototypes for today's passive solar homes.


Build your own little backyard guest house or greenhouse with the help of a step-by-step guide by Kenton Knowles at MotherEarthNews.com


A passive solar home can incorporate a variety of design elements to save on energy use. The first, most basic, and most important is window orientation.

  A passive solar home needs sun and an air-lock entrance.  This greenhouse design combines both.


Find free plans, tools and information to help you build solar projects that save money and reduce pollution. Engineer and author Gary Reysa presents hundreds of do-it-yourself projects, experiments, downloadable books, articles and guides, passive solar home designs, and enjoyable, educational projects that you can do with your kids.


Mother Earth News has provided solid information on many topics related to sustainable living for several decades, and now hundreds of these how-to articles are available on-line, for free.


Pole-Barn, Garage and Workshop Plans by Architect Don Berf


Order inexpensive, practical post-frame barn blueprints, garage plans with lofts and optional add-on garages, carports, storage spaces and workshop areas. Find architect-designed woodshop designs and plans for mini-barns, hobby shops, sheds, backyard studios, she sheds, home offices and more.


See for yourself on The Old House Web. Their housing styles section presents early designs ranging from 17th century vernacular homes through popular early 20th century housing styles.


Chick out our list of some of the Internet's best free blueprints to help you build a new one, two, three or four car garage, home workshop, car barn or coach house style garage. You'll find dozens of great designs.


Learn how to build all types of homes with the help of these illustrated, step-by-step lessons. Turn any small home, cabin or cottage plan into a do-it-yourself project, save construction costs by finding out which parts of the project you can handle yourself, or learn enough to understand and follow your contractors' progress.


Help yourself to hundreds of plans for sheds, garages, barns, workshops, and backyard structures, offered for free by some of the Internet's top designers and publishers. Then, check out our lists of thousands of free, do it yourself woodwork, home improvement and backyard project plans too.


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