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Why the House Plan you buy should include much more than you think it should…

So why exactly should your house plan include much more than you think it should? and what is included in most House Plans anyway?

Well, here at Small House Works, we recognize that most people need a little extra help in visualizing the potential of the home they are about to build.

This is why we go the extra mile by providing much more than basic floor plans & standard construction details like most house plans out there.

All of our house plans include useful extras to help the homeowner with their house build from start through fruition!

Continue reading below to find out why the House Plan you buy should include much more than you think it should…

Graphic titled "Why the House Plan you buy should include much more than you think it should". Images below text of interior rendering by Small House Works showing a sample Master Suite, Modern open concept interior rendering, and Modern Industrial open concept interior rendering. Text at bottom reads:

When you purchase one of our small house plans you receive lots of extras including:

  • 3D exterior renderings showing all elevations of the house for homeowner reference.
  • 3D interior renderings of every room to help the homeowner visualize the space properly.  
  • All major construction details provided in 3D.  These crystal clear details will ensure accurate interpretation of the plans by your builder.  No clarification questions and no costly mistakes.
  • Full specifications of all construction materials and exterior materials and finishes such as siding, roofing, windows and doors, decking and railings, and lighting.  We strive to keep all construction materials as eco-friendly/sustainable as possible!
  • Full specifications of all architectural materials pictured in the interior renderings such as complete kitchen & bathroom material specs, lighting, flooring, staircase and railings, paint colors, closets & other storage solutions, and appliances). We also give our customers an 8.5″ x 11″ printable pdf document listing all of these recommended materials for easy homeowner reference.  This is especially useful in helping our customers get a quick jump start with material quotes and in making alternate decisions based on personal style and budget.


  • Some of our future house plans will have quantity take-offs with national average construction materials costs available.  This enables the homeowner (if doing a self-build) or the owner’s builder, to submit the take-offs to multiple supply houses for materials quotes in a quick and efficient way. We always recommend a few quotes be obtained for materials as well as for contractor bids (read our post “How to get the best construction cost for your home” here).

  • Purchasing a “Study Plan” from us is a good way to get a feel for construction costs prior to building with a house plan.  This enables a builder to give the homeowner a ballpark estimate & determine if the house plan is the right fit even before purchasing the plans.

So, as you can see, working with a set of House Plans is certainly an affordable way to build a house today.  But be aware that a very basic set of plans just including floor plans and 2D elevations and construction details can often leave the buyer confused and not knowing what to do next.  The first crucial steps in building a home will always include some work on the new homeowner’s part but with fully detailed house plans one can get a great jump start in the right direction.


We hope you now agree that the house plan you buy should include way more than you think it should! 

Read more about our AVAILABLE HOUSE PLANS OR VISIT THE SHOP PAGE HERE to see our competitive pricing and current sales.

Below is a sample gallery of the type of 3d renderings you will receive with your House Plan purchase with Small House Works



The Modern Farmhouse is truly Timeless Design for 21st-century living. This small home lives large in a smart, energy efficient way. Designed with Green, Sustainable materials, this home sits comfortably in the landscape whether it’s on acreage or a small suburban lot.  


  • Just under 870 square feet total
  • Slab Foundation
  • 2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms
  • Soaring cathedral ceilings with walls of windows 
  • Open concept floor plan
  • Master Suite Loft with large Wardrobe (comparable to walk in closet storage) with an ensuite Master Suite Bathroom &  private Master Suite Terrace
  • Full attic storage above Master Suite
  • Under Staircase Pull-Out Storage System with full design plans & specifications!
  • Light & airy eat-in Kitchen with full design plans, specifications & tons of clever storage!
  • 2nd/Guest bedroom with large wardrobe 
  • 2nd Bathroom & laundry closet on the 1st floor outside Guest Bedroom
  • Side deck off of Living area for an Indoor/Outdoor living experience
  • Framing of the house includes 2 x 6 Wall Studs, 2 x 12 Roof Rafters for increased Thermal Insulation
  • Full Specifications for all Interior & Exterior Building Materials & Finishes along with a Materials & Finishes Guide to assist you in making final choices that suit your needs and budget!
  • “Whole house design” based on sustainable, green building design & construction principles. 
  • Specifications for Wifi-ready elements (i.e. switches, outlets, appliances, automatic electric window openers) for Smart Home Automation.
  • Color renderings of all sides of the house are included in the plan set for owner reference
  • Plans are delivered electronically in pdf form. This makes sharing with contractors and having prints made as needed a snap

🏠 What is included in the plans?


-Foundation Plan
-Architectural & Framing Plans
-Exterior Elevations & specifications
-Roof Plan & specifications
-Building Sections & Cross Sections (including enlarged construction details)
-Kitchen Design & specifications
-Schematic Electrical Plan & specifications
-Plumbing fixture specifications
-Window & Door Schedule

Purchase the Modern Farmhouse Plan at our special introductory price

Not sure if this is the plan for you? Purchase the “Study Plan” for just $20.

Questions?  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page & feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.

3d rendering of The Modern Farmhouse Front view with title "Perfect Little Starter Home for any new beginning" and floor plans below. Bottom text reads "The Modern Farmhouse Plan, 890 sq ft, 2 bedroom/2bathroom"
At just under 870 sq ft, The Modern Farmhouse is the Perfect Littler Starter Home for any new beginning… 


*please note that the square footage is 870 sq ft, not 890 sq ft.  






Small House Works. The best in Small, Affordable, Eco-Friendly House Plans.

Perfect house designs for any New Beginning…

Our customers range anywhere from 1st-time homeowners to empty-nesters/retirees, to eco-conscious individuals who want to live large in a smaller intelligently designed home.

Our Featured House Plan


Modern Farmhouse 3d Rendering with Floor Plans below. Text reads "Perfect Little Starter Home for any new beginning"


Features: eco-friendly and energy-efficient design, cathedral ceilings, loft master suite with private terrace, under staircase pull- out storage, materials & finishes guide to help you get building quickly & much more!

Take a look at the Gallery HERE  or SHOP NOW