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Why Buy Our Plans?

At this site, you will not find hundreds of plans. You will find a few of plans that we have built hundreds of times. We have refined the details, included notes useful to construction and a project manual with material and shopping lists. We can answer questions and advise you on your project. Each plan reflects the process and approach described in “Building an Affordable House.” We do not design plans for sale; we design them for construction.

Our floor plans…

The 1,600 square foot AG1 and BG1 plans with three or four bedrooms and two baths represent our best selling models. We build these for about $45.00 a square foot in Nebraska and others have reported a $45 to $55.00 range throughout the central US. The plan provides an efficient, cost-effective design with excellent curb appeal.


Living area to foot print: 2-to-1
Floor area to exterior wall ratio: 9.04
Floor area to interior wall ratio: 10.55

What You Will Receive

Five sets of high quality reproducible bond, ¼ in. scale, including:

  • Cover page
    Site plan worksheet
    Foundation plans and cost-saving details
    First and second floor plans
    Exterior and interior building sections
    Window, door and insulation schedules with upgrade options
    Deck plans
    Detailed kitchen cabinet plans and elevations
    Optional brick detail on the elevation and foundation detail for brick ledge.
    Cost saving eave details
    Plumbing, mechanical and electrical plans on separate sheets with trade-specific notes and dimensions
    A furnishability schematic

A bound Project Manual including:

  • Material lists for framing lumber
    Wall-by-wall elevations for panel framing or easy on-site frame-by-the-numbers construction
    Deck lumber(for decks of various sizes)
    Doors and trim
    In addition, the Project Manual has management tools such as shopping lists for vinyl and carpet (room-by-room cut plan), and tips I have found useful while building these plans over the years.

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Blueprint Prices

Refer to the price code on the plan page to determine the cost of blueprints for this plan. You will receive a minimum order of five sets; but can purchase extra sets as needed. See order form to calculate the number of sets you will likely need.

Compliance with Codes authorizes the use of our blueprints expressly conditioned upon your obligation and agreement to strictly comply with all local building codes, ordinances, regulations and requirements-including permits and inspections at the time of construction.

Architectural and Engineering Seals

Concern over energy costs and safety has prompted many cities and states to require an architect or engineer to review and “seal” a blueprint prior to construction. There may be a fee for this service. Please contact your local lumberyard, municipal building department, builders association, or local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) or the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) for more information.

Plan Alteration Fees

Soon we will have a menu with prices of common alterations. Until then, please email your request and we will reply with a quote.

Copyright construction license allows you to construct the plan as drawn, alter it to your needs, build it as many times as you want, and make duplicates as needed for construction.

You will not have the right to build our plans without a construction license; copy any part of our design to create another design of your own, claim copyright on changes you make to our plans, give this plan to someone else for construction or sell the plan

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