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How big is small?
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Scott Hansen    Posted 12-13-2002 at 08:01:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know, I posted this before....but, it bugs me that I can't find small house plans that I can build. big fred sent me plans of the one he built, and I would like to do the same. I have a drawing, but where do you go from there? There are bunches of plan books with "small" house plans, but I do not call 3000 sqf. small. I'm looking at 1500 sqf or less.

Mike D. * TRY THIS!    Posted 12-13-2002 at 20:31:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Scott,
Sure know what you mean. Consider this: get some 1/4 inch graph paper. Figure out what you need for floor space. Allow room for the traffic flow around your furniture. Make an openminded effort to place the windows where you will get optimal light gain in the winter months. Draw it out. Then draw it again. The more you work the 1/4" scale the better you will feel about your design. When you get comfortable draw it at 1/2" and see where that takes you. Nobody needs to live by someone elses floor plan. If you can drive a nail worth a good spit then you might as well be designing what you build. Best of luck to you on your effort. It is worth the time- I'm telling you what I know, not what I think. 2 cents worth the hard way- Mike

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-13-2002 at 14:07:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife bought a house plan magazine and it had a CD with it. Over 1500 plans and I think some of them are small. I've got an old log cabin plan book here somewhere. Some of those were less than 1000 sq ft.

williamf    Posted 12-13-2002 at 13:38:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We looked for plans for a long time. Nine of them were right. We drew what we wanted, took it to soem one we found in the yellow pages, got plans the builder could use. About a hundred, maybe 150 dollars.

WallSal55    Posted 12-13-2002 at 09:29:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to your favorite search engine and type in:
Cabins or Vacation Homes. I found many homes
with smaller square footage.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-13-2002 at 08:16:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try these...

DeadCarp    Posted 12-13-2002 at 09:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye you son of a gun! Here i am an old builder and frustrated carpenter, and you post a site like this! Well if anybody needs me for the next coupla weeks, i'll be peeking around them pages over there ......... (drooling like a kid in a candy shop :)

Salmoneye    Posted 12-13-2002 at 09:25:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Aint that a fun place?

That is my 'wish book' site...I get ideas and then work up stuff on my free cad-cam program...Heck of alot easier than the 5 years of drafting I took LOL!

I grew up with my Fathers' family building stuff without real 'plans' except what was in their heads...I can do it too, but I like at least a visual of what I want it to look like when completed...

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-13-2002 at 14:36:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, Thanks for that link Salmoneye! Looks like a place to keep me busy for a while. Wife is demanding a house NOW!!

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