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Want an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get started on your dream of a new home? Here's a list of hundreds of the Internet's top free plans that should help. Scroll down to find designs, building guides, inspiration, building details and even some complete and completely free construction plans. You just may find your perfect getaway cabin, retirement cottage, lake house, energy-free solar home, homestead farmhouse, fishing, hunting or camping bunk house or backyard guest house right here.

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Free Cabin Plans

Free 160 Square Foot Cabin Plan  Designer David Noffsinger, of the Cherokee Cabin Company, created a tiny house that anyone can build. The free set of drawing includes a 1/4" floor plan, framing details, exterior elevations, foundation details and more to help you create your backroad cabin, backwoods hunting or fishing shack or backyard bunk house

Four Free Cabin Plans  Download free plans, by CabinsAndSheds.com, for building any of four attractive cabins. These large format blueprints may be printed and reviewed on 8 1/2"x11" computer printer paper and then printed full-scale at a commercial print shop for construction or permitting.

Free Cabin Plans from FreeProject-Plans.com  This pretty little cabin is perfect for your use as a backwoods getaway, a hunting or fishing lodge, a backyard office, studio or guest cottage, or as a free-standing apartment for teenagers or caretakers.

Free Green Cabin Plans  Choose from a variety of cabin, lake house and cottage home plans at Houseplans.com. The homes feature thoughtful layouts, eco-friendly, energy-efficient designs and complete, free, downloadable construction blueprints. Click through to see the selection, to see layouts and interior views, to read more and to download your favorite plans.

Do It Yourself Cabin Building Guide   Build your own cabin with the help of this step-by-step building guide. This economical little house is designed for easy framing. Concrete pier footings let the cabin adapt to any terrain, including sloping, rough and rocky ground.

Log-Sided Cabin Plans from Cad Northwest  This 16'x24' cabin with sleeping loft is compact but has all you need. There's a full width sheltered front porch. A ladder leads to loft. The open living area is vaulted and includes a complete roomy kitchen. The bath has a shower. This would be a fun place to escape to and just relax.

Free Two-Story Cabin Plans from HousePlanArchitect.com  The 460 square foot Lookout Cabin has an unusual layout. There's a all-purpose room and a small lavatory on the first floor. Easy stairs lead up to a small bedroom, a full bathroom and a balcony on the second floor. It might make a nice vacation place for a single person. It would also be perfect as a free-standing apartment for a caretaker, teenager or college student. It might also work as your backyard office or studio.

Free Cabin Plans from Sheldon Designs  You've probably seen architect Andy Sheldon's beautiful little cabins in home magazines and on blogs about small house designs. Now you see for yourself why he's known for careful planning and top quality drawings and details. Get your free, reduced-size versions of the construction blueprints for a variety of little houses.

Four Southern Cabin Designs  Download free design plans and building details for southern cabin style homes from Louisiana State University's AgCenter.

Yesterday's Log Cabin Designs from the Historic American Building Survey  These eighteenth and nineteenth century log cabins are just a few samples of the hundreds of log building designs that have been preserved through the HABS. You can view and print photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details.

Cabin Designs - Download free design plans and building details for some practical small cabins and attractive small log homes from North Dakota State University Agricultural Extension Service:  Log Cabin Designs  Small Cabin Designs  A-Frame Cabin Designs

 

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Country Building Plans, Prefabs and Kits  If you're dreaming of a new home in the country, here's where you can start turning those dreams into reality. You'll find do-it-yourself building plans as well as contractors' blueprints for beautiful cabins, cottages and solar homes by top North American designers. You'll learn how to have a beautiful small house shipped right to your property as an easy-to-assemble prefab building kit. You'll also find a wide assortment of plans for complementing country outbuildings: small barns, pole-barns, country garages, sheds, horse barns, chicken coops, tractor shelters and much more.

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Free Cottage Plans

Free Tiny Cottage Plans  You can build this 324 square foot cottage as your country getaway, guest cottage, backyard office or studio. It has a full bathroom, an all-purpose room and a shady front porch. The free, seventeen-page plan set includes foundation and floor plans, exterior elevations, a building section, wall and roof framing details, an electrical plan, construction details and more.

Cottage and Small Home Plans - Download free design plans and building details for some practical small cottages and attractive small homes from North Dakota State University Agricultural Extension Service:  Small House Designs  Cottage Designs

Front Porch Cottage Plans from FreeProject-Plans.com  This little 12'x18' Cottage or Cabin extends to the outdoors with a 12'x6' covered porch. It has one big all-purpose room, a bathroom with a shower and a big storage closet. The free thirty-five page plan set includes scaled plans, exterior elevations, framing diagrams, construction details and a list of the materials that you'll need.

Yesterday's Cottage Designs from the Historic American Building Survey  View and print free photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details for eight classic regional American cottages.

Free Cottage Plans from Sheldon Designs  You've probably seen architect Andy Sheldon's beautiful little cabins in home magazines and on blogs about small house designs. Now you see for yourself why he's known for careful planning and top quality drawings and details. Get your free, reduced-size versions of the construction blueprints for a variety of little houses.

Craftsman and Mission Style Designs - Get cottage and bungalow home design ideas from the 1901-1916 pages of the Craftsman Magazine: Craftsman-Style.info The University of Wisconsin's Digital Library

Free Green Cottage Plans  Choose from a variety of cottage and small home plans at Houseplans.com. The homes feature thoughtful layouts, eco-friendly, energy-efficient designs and complete, free, downloadable construction blueprints. Click through to see the selection, to see layouts and interior views, to read more and to download your favorite plans.

Old Time Cottage Designs - Add some old time charm to your new cottage. View dozens of illustrations and floor plans from 19th century home pattern books: Merrymeeting Archives; Historic Home Designs

 

 

 

Free Small House Plans

Free Green Small House Plans  Choose from a variety of little cottage, cabin and solar home plans at Houseplans.com. Sizes start at just 1,160 square feet. The homes feature thoughtful layouts, eco-friendly, energy-efficient designs and complete, free, downloadable construction blueprints. Click through to see the selection, to see layouts and interior views, to read more and to download your favorite plans.

Yesterday's Bungalow Designs from the Historic American Building Survey   View and print free photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details for forty classic American Bungalows.

Small House Plans from Louisiana State University's AgCenter  Download any of nine free design plans and building details for small southern homes, cabins and cottages.

Small House Plans from North Dakota State University Agricultural Extension Service  Download four free sets of design plans and building details for tiny houses, cabins and cottages.

 

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Enjoy Free Energy Forever  Get free electricity from the sun and wind. Learn how to build and use your own inexpensive wind turbine generators and solar panels. Download an illustrated, step-by-step manual and watch easy-to-follow video instructions. Everything comes with a money-back guarantee.

Learn How to Save With Solar and Green Living Projects that You Can Build Yourself Download do-it-yourself plans and illustrated, step-by-step instructions that will let you build your own solar hot water heaters, photo voltaic panels, wind turbines, solar showers, solar heated hot tubs and more. One easy and inexpensive download does it all.

 
 

Free Home Plans

FreeGreen House Plans  Choose from a variety of solar and green cottage, cabin and home plans at Houseplans.com. Choose from traditional or modern styles. The homes feature thoughtful layouts, eco-friendly, energy-efficient designs and complete, free, downloadable construction blueprints. Click through to see the selection, to see layouts and interior views, to read more and to download your favorite plans.

Classic American Homes and Cottages  Get free, instant download design plans and building details for five traditional American home designs from North Dakota State University.

Yesterday's Cape Cod Home Designs from the Historic American Building Survey  View and print free photos and measured drawings of floor plans, exterior elevations and construction details for seventy-three classic American Cape Cod homes.

Farmhouse Plans  Download any of seven free design plans and building details, from Louisiana State University's AgCenter, for farmhouses with from two to four bedrooms.

Yesterday's Timber Frame Home Designs from the Historic American Building Survey  This list, selected by the Library of Congress includes sixty-five houses, in a variety of styles, built in eleven different states. All show some aspect of the homes' timber frames in drawings, details and photos.

 

 

 

Free Solar House and Green Home Plans and Project Guides

Less than Zero-Energy Home Plans  BuildItSolar.com offers free plans for the winning design in the Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge. This affordable small home actually generates significantly more energy than it uses. It's a single-story, single-family detached dwelling of 1152 square feet, with three bedrooms and one bath.

Affordable Passive Solar Home Plans  The Construction Technology Department of Appalachian State University offers a dozen free passive solar house plans. They are all designed to be affordable in terms of construction costs and energy bills.

Houseplans.com's Free Green Passive Solar House Plans  The Passive Shed is a home with three bedrooms, two baths and an open-plan, great room in an efficient 1,356 square foot layout. It features passive solar design techniques such as southern exposure for large areas of glazing, window shading devices and an elongated, east-west form.

Sixty Two Free Passive Solar Home Designs - BuildItSolar.com offers free downloadable prints of designs that were the winners of a HUD competition among architects and builders. They are packed with innovative ideas and planned for specific regions: Northeast; Midwest; South; West

Energy Saving Home Designs from Louisiana State University's AgCenter  Free, instant download design plans and building details for six energy-saving southern homes.

Energy Efficient Home Plans from North Dakota State University Agricultural Extension Service  Download free design plans and building details for four different energy saving solar, earth sheltered and super-insulated home designs.

Eight Free Eco-Friendly Home Plans from FreeGreen and Houseplans.com  Download any of a variety of complete building plans for green, energy-efficient and solar homes in a variety of styles and sizes.

Saltbox House Designs from the Historic American Building Survey  The Library of Congress list of Saltbox home designs, shown in photos and measured drawings, includes seventy homes. Traditional Saltbox homes with south-facing fronts are prototypes for today's passive solar homes.

The Amazing, Low Cost, Solar Heated Guest House  Build your own little backyard guest house or greenhouse with the help of a step-by-step guide by Kenton Knowles at MotherEarthNews.com

Passive Solar Heating and Cooling Design Manual  This free online booklet from the Arizona Solar Center contains an introduction to solar energy, primers on passive solar design for heating and cooling, and a glossary of terms used in solar design.

Window Orientation for Passive Solar Homes  A passive solar home can incorporate a variety of design elements to save on energy use. The first, most basic, and most important is window orientation.

A Solarium Entry  A passive solar home needs sun and an air-lock entrance.  This greenhouse design combines both.

BuildItSolar.com  Find free plans, tools and information to help you build solar projects that save money and reduce pollution. Engineer and author Gary Reysa presents hundreds of do-it-yourself projects, experiments, downloadable books, articles and guides, passive solar home designs, and enjoyable, educational projects that you can do with your kids.

MotherEarthNews.com  Mother Earth News has provided solid information on many topics related to sustainable living for several decades, and now hundreds of these how-to articles are available on-line, for free.

 

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Backroad Barn, Garage, Workshop and Outbuilding Plans and Building Kits  Find your new small barn, pole barn, horse barn, garage, carriage house or country outbuilding on the Country Building Directory.

 

Build a Backyard Pole Barn  Have an economical little pole-barn as your tractor shed, garage, small animal shelter, hobby shop, garden shed or all-purpose backyard barn. Order inexpensive post-frame blueprints by architect Don Berg. You'll have an attractive and practical little barn with a loft for extra storage.

 
 

More Free Plans and Building Guides

What Style is Your Home?  See for yourself on The Old House Web. Their housing styles section presents early designs ranging from 17th century vernacular homes through popular early 20th century housing styles.

Free Garage, Carriage House, Workshop and Car Barn Plans  Chick out our list of some of the Internet's best free blueprints to help you build a new one, two, three or four car garage, home workshop, car barn or coach house style garage. You'll find dozens of great designs.

Free Building Guides  Learn how to build all types of homes with the help of these illustrated, step-by-step lessons. Turn any small home, cabin or cottage plan into a do-it-yourself project, save construction costs by finding out which parts of the project you can handle yourself, or learn enough to understand and follow your contractors' progress.

Free Building Plans

More Free Building Plans  Help yourself to hundreds of plans for sheds, garages, barns, workshops, and backyard structures, offered for free by some of the Internet's top designers and publishers. Then, check out our lists of thousands of free, do it yourself woodwork, home improvement and backyard project plans too.

 

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