PLAN 454-4

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PLAN 454-4

“Prairie Ingenuity”

Key Specs

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Plan Description

This home is featured in architect Sarah Susanka's The Not So Big House, and was designed originally to embody many of Sarah's "not so big" principles in a house that is "not too expensive" to build. **PRAIRIE INGENUITY** illustrates how a few simple design decisions can keep costs in check without sacrificing space and detailing. The form of the house is a simple rectangle with a bump-out at the stairway. Unlike a house with a more complex exterior, a rectangular form encloses significantly more interior space within significantly less exterior surface. Since the exterior envelope of a house is where the majority of the construction costs reside, this simple strategy helps get the most our of every dollar spent. Exterior trim and siding color changes help make the form more expressive, without adding unnecessarily to the cost of the structure. The interior of the home is rich with ceiling height variety, with long connecting views making it appear to be significantly larger than it actually is. A continuous trim band runs above all the doors and windows and weaves the home together, adding lots of character. For a family that wants the spatial variety of a Not So Big house without the hefty price tag, this house is an excellent choice.

Floor Plans

Floor Plan - Main Floor
Prairie Floor Plan - Main Floor Plan #454-4
Floor Plan - Upper Floor
Prairie Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan #454-4

Full Specs & Features

Depth : 30'
Width : 54'
Basement : 1113 sq/ft
Main Floor : 1113 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 987 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Exterior Wall Framing
Framing : 2"x6"
Bedroom Features
Upstairs Master Bedrooms
Additional Room Features
Den Office Study Computer
Energy Efficient Features
Energy Efficient Design

What's Included In This Plan Set

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.
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Plan Set
5 Copy Set :
5 printed plan sets mailed to you.
Reproducible Set :
For inexpensive local printing / making minor adjustments by hand. 1 printed set, typically on Bond paper.
CAD Set :
For use by design professionals to make substantial changes to your house plan and inexpensive local printing.
Ideal for level lot, lower level of home partially or fully underground.
Additional Options
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.
Construction Guide :
Educate yourself about basic building ideas with these four detailed diagrams that discuss electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and structural topics.
Lighting Design :
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.

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