PLAN 454-7

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PLAN 454-7

“Home By Design Original”

Key Specs

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Plan Description

HOME BY DESIGN ORIGINAL 454-7. This beautiful and uniquely designed 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home was built to exemplify many of the Not So Big® principles featured in Sarah Susanka's book, Home By Design. Luxurious in feel, the home includes abundant windows, terraces and an expansive screened-in porch for virtual integration with the outdoors. The plan provides for either an unfinished storage basement and crawlspace, or conversion to a full lower level. The exterior of the home, with its horizontal lines, modest roof pitch, large overhangs, and centralized rectangular chimney, evokes a Prairie Style feel, while the floor plan is ideal for today's more informal lifestyle. The straight lines of the roof are broken with an eyebrow curve above the screen porch. This curve is a theme throughout the home, and is repeated in strategically placed windows, and curved ceiling lines. This gives the home an integrated and complete feel. This design provides for an open yet intimate feel in the center of the home. Special use areas, such as the parlor, are physically separated from the rest of the main level for privacy. The Master Bedroom boasts built-in window seats, a spacious walk-in dressing area, and access to a covered terrace. The upper part of the home contains two bedrooms, both with abundant windows tucked below the home's projecting Prairie Style roofline. The large screened porch, with its floor to ceiling window frames, provides a seamless transition to the outdoors. Depending on your needs, the climate, and the orientation of the home on the lot, the screens may simply be replaced with glass windows, forming a large Sun Room. The tile floor and curved ceiling continue outside onto the adjoining terraces. As drawn, the plan includes an unfinished storage basement below the livingroom/parlor end of the home, with crawlspace below the dining room/master bedroom. Conversion to a full basement is so easy and common that most homes built from customers purchasing these plans (including the home in the photos) have built on full basements. With this home, Sarah Susanka demonstrates that beautiful unique architecture and sound environmental design and construction can all easily and affordably be achieved. The incredibly detailed plans for the original 2004-V home were drawn in 1997, and then significantly updated in 2005. More interior photos of this home can be found in Sarah's book Inside the Not So Big House, and a mix of interior and exterior photos are available in Outside the Not So Big House. Both books offer extensive descriptions of the architecture and design features.

Floor Plans

Floor Plan - Main Floor
Prairie Floor Plan - Main Floor Plan #454-7
Floor Plan - Upper Floor
Prairie Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan #454-7

Full Specs & Features

Depth : 90'
Height : 22'
Width : 75'
Basement : 1039 sq/ft
Main Floor : 2155 sq/ft
Porch : 320 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 800 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Ceiling Details : Main level ceiling height varies: 8' - 9'
Main Ceiling : 8'
Upper Ceiling Ft : 8'
Primary Pitch : 4:12
Exterior Wall Framing
Framing : 2"x6"

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.
PDF Set :
PDF plan sets are best for fast electronic delivery and inexpensive local printing.
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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