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Windsor 570

570 square foot cottage great room

The Windsor 570 represents a big brother to the 420 square foot cottage I built for myself. Whereas my home is quite basic in order to serve multiple purposes, this plan is dressed up with upstairs dormers, a larger porch, and the additional floor area and second floor headroom allow for more flexible furniture layouts.

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Study Plans

If you’ve found the flyer compelling, the next step is to get serious about building the house. Our Study Plans consist of detailed drawings that let you discuss your project with a builder and begin to work up semi-realistic costs. For more info, click here:

Construction Plans

Whether you’re building a code-compliant plan or chose to add our Enhanced Efficiency details to create a high performance home, you will start by buying plans from our online store. We are also happy to customize any of our plans, or work with you to develop a unique home design that reflects your individuality and particular wishlist. We can also design a natural home if you’re after the most healthy indoor environment possible or want to minimize your impact on the earth. For more info about our construction plans, click here:

570 square foot cottage attic bedroom with standing headroom

About the plan

The house footprint is 16' x 21', with an 11' x 11' porch.  It’s still essentially a two-room house: great room downstairs with a second floor bedroom.  Thanks to a lengthy shed dormer, the bedroom has standing headroom under about half of the floor area. The house would work well for a single person or spry couple that is comfortable with the alternating tread stairs.  Check out the ATS video (second half) to see a mockup of the stairway geometry provided in the construction plans. The porch is large enough to fit a dining table and comfortable lounging space, and it's an important addition to the compact interior space.  The study plans show a more compact porch, and alternative roof dormer options to change the look of the street facade to suit your taste.

Blank Floor Plans

These sheets are included in the study plan set so you can try out furniture arrangements before you buy construction plans.  It's a great way to make sure the house is the right size for you!  Click the orange box for a preview.

Customized Plans

We recognize that the best houses are designed to fit the site, local climate and the owner’s lifestyle. We are happy to customize any of our plans, so please contact us for an initial discussion.

Natural Homes

We do not sell pre-designed natural homes on our website--there are just too many variables to make that feasible. Whether you are already knowledgeable about natural home building techniques, or want to begin to educate yourself, contact us for an initial discussion. Click here to learn some fundamentals of Natural Home Design, or click on the “My Home” menu tab.

Phone Support

In this age of artificial intelligence, there’s no substitute for interaction with an actual human, especially with something as complicated as building a house. Study plans come with a 1/2 hour of phone support, and construction plans come with 4 hours. Learn more here:

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