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B4UBUILD.COM Plan Center - preview more than 24,000 house plans & blueprints, garage plans, barns, garden sheds, playhouses, log cabins, A-frames, duplexes, multi-family homes, small houses, large luxury houseplans and home plan books. Search the database by square footage, number of floors, number of bedrooms or baths, architectural styles and/or plan number. If you are looking for something more specific, you are welcome to use our toll free number in order to speak directly to a "live" plans representative who will help you narrow your search.
Tornado & Hurricane Safe Room Frequently Asked Questions - it is difficult and expensive to build a house that will survive the effects of high winds and flying debris. However, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to build one of these small reinforced rooms that have proven to be very effective tornado shelters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing complete plans in DWG formats and specifications for building a safe room inside your home or small business.
National Affordable Housing Network - an independent non-profit organization that works with local low-cost housing production groups, including Habitat for Humanity, in order to develop and implement resource-efficient design and construction. They currently offer 5 different low-cost, high performance, superinsulated house plans, which are designed for cold climates and 1 houseplan designed for hot climates - affordable housing with affordable energy costs.
Houseplans.com - this house plan Web site maintains a plan database containing more than 28,000 stock houseplans at last check. With a collection of plans ranging in size from small 700 square foot cottages and bungalows to large luxury estate homes over 11,000 square feet.
Popular Mechanics - this online version of the popular magazine has a lot of very good information including free, step-by-step project plans for building a 6 x 8-foot "Super Shed" that is expandable to 8 x 12-feet. I don't know how long this article will appear in the online archives, but as long as it does, you should be able to find it by typing "super shed" into the search box that appears on the home page.
Alternative Home Plans - Minnesota architect Tim R. Bjella offers some of his unique house plans, garage plans, and a pretty nifty birdhouse as well.
Barn Plans - Dano has been building, remodeling, and restoring houses, barns, and out-buildings in California and Hawaii since 1970. His barns use engineered trusses and he offers blueprints for a Napa barn, a horse barn, a garage with a loft, and a two-story barn house.
Cabin Plans - Tech Art has assembled a plan collection of 18 small cabins ranging in size from 144 square feet to 720 square feet.
Stiles Designs - Jeanie and David Stiles have written 14 different "how-to" building project books. Their articles have been published in well-known magazines and newspapers, and they have appeared on several popular television programs. Their newest project is a Web site that features their books, as well as, plans for storage projects, children's furniture, garden projects and easy-to-build projects for kids.
Books by David and Jeanie Stiles:
Eli Townsend & Son, Inc. - a mail-order plan dealer offering garage plans, carriage shed plans, small salt box house plans, guest house plans, studio and home office plans in early American style.
Barns, Sheds & Backbuildings - This site offers blueprints for barns, sheds, coach houses, and other backbuildings. It is being assembled by David Noffsinger, of Cabin Plans, and Don Berg, architect and author of several resource books about barns and outbuildings. Architects, designers & manufacturers of farm building and/or barn plans are welcome to submit their designs for possible inclusion on their site.
Source Books by Donald J. Berg, AIA: (Most of these books are out of print at the present time, but you might be able to find a used copy here)
- American Country Building Design: Rediscovered Plans for 19th-Century Farmhouses, Cottages, Landscapes, Barns, Carriage Houses & Outbuildings
- Barns & Backbuildings: Designs for Barns, Carriage Houses, Stables, Garages & Sheds with Sources for Building Plans, Books, Timber Frames, Kits, Hardware, Cupolas & Weather Vanes
- The Backroad Home: Simple Country Designs of Cottages, Cabins, Barns, Stables, Garages and Garden Sheds with Sources for Blueprints, Kits, Building Accessories, Catalogs and Guide Books
- Carriage Barns: Sources of Building Plans, Kits, Products and Services to Help You Create a New Garage, Workshop, Stable, Backyard Office, Studio or Live-In with Old-Style Charm
eplans - Formerly known as Home Planners, this site is a division of Hanley-Wood, Inc., publishers of 10 different trade and consumer magazines, which has been selling house plans, home designs and blueprints through specialty plan books for over 50 years.
Search for Home Planners Plan Books by using the following link:
Garlinghouse - Now available on-line, their house, garage, deck, gazebo, playhouse and other project plans have been available for years in lumber yards and building supply stores.
Search for Garlinghouse Plan Books by using the following link:
Rabbit Hutch Plans - Free plans and a materials list for building a backyard rabbit hutch or rabbit cage; from the folks at Purina Mills®. BTW, the last time we checked, this section of the Purina Mills Web site was undergoing an update and we had a little trouble finding where they had put these plans. If you find the previous link not to be working, a PDF version of the plans they offer for building rabbit hutches - without the list of materials - can be found [here].