30+ Small House Plans That Are Just The Right Size

Sparta II, Plan #1810
Photo: Southern Living House Plans

Maybe you're an empty nester, maybe you are downsizing, or maybe you just love to feel snug as a bug in your home. Whatever the case, we've got a bunch of small house plans that pack a lot of smartly-designed features, gorgeous and varied facades, and small cottage appeal. Apart from the innate adorability of things in miniature in general, these small house plans offer big living space, even for small house living. We love the Sugarberry Cottage, that looks like Goldilocks should be checking in, but has three bedrooms and bathrooms and a porch that extends the living area of the small house significantly. Prefer a more rustic look? The Cypress View plan is so versatile, it nestles comfortably in by the lake, in the mountains, or near the beach–a great, versatile small cottage home. Whatever your choice, take a look at some of our best plans for small house living.

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Ellsworth Cottage, Plan #1351

Ellsworth Cottage, Plan #1351
Designed by Caldwell/Cline Architects

Charming details and cottage styling give the house its distinctive personality.

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Wind River, Plan #1551

Wind River, Plan #1551
Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

Covered with shingle and board-and-batten siding, this comfortable design may be built as a primary residence or as a getaway spot.

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Boulder Summit, Plan #1575

Boulder Summit, Plan #1575
Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

Whether built as a mountain retreat or a full-time residence, this plan features an open first floor and tucked-away ground floor.

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Sugarberry, Plan #1648

Sugarberry, Plan #1648
Designed by Moser Design Group

This classic one-and-a-half story home takes advantage of every square inch of space.

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Topwater Lodge, Plan #1385

Topwater Lodge, Plan #1385
Designed by Caldwell/Cline Architects

An easy going, laidback warmth characterizes this cozy cottage.

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Allegheny, Plan #1552

Allegheny, Plan #1552
Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

Inside and out, this classical house teems with ideas that reflect the historic charm of traditional, Southern architecture.

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Bluffton, Plan #594

Bluffton, Plan #594
Designed by Hall & Hull Architects, Inc.

With a deep, metal-roofed porch skirting the front, one entire side, and a portion of the rear of the house, this plan has the look of a Southern, shotgun-style house.

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Striper's Cottage, Plan #1388

Striper’s Cottage, Plan #1388
Designed by Caldwell/Cline Architects

Here's a warm and inviting year-round retreat where friends and family can relax.

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Aberdeen Place, Plan #013

Aberdeen Place, Plan #013
Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

A cozy cottage that proves that good things come in small packages. Wood siding, stone, and shutters add charm to the home's facade.

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Cedarbrook, Plan #408

Cedarbrook, Plan #408
Designed by Caldwell/Cline Architects

Here's a compact, rustic-style house with plenty of style and flexibility. More space in less square footage is gained by open planning.

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The Maple Ridge, Plan #442

The Maple Ridge, Plan #442
Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

This floor plan makes the most of one- level living with a combination kitchen, dining room, and family room that provides open space for entertaining.

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Silverhill, Plan #749

Silverhill, Plan #749
Designed by Sullivan Design Company

Its symmetrical shape takes advantage of every usable space, allowing for spacious living and dining areas.

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Heather Place, Plan #945

Heather Place, Plan #945
Designed by John Tee

Its simple roofline, clapboard siding, and wraparound front porch make this design an instant classic.

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Coosaw River Cottage, Plan #671

Coosaw River Cottage, Plan #671
Designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, Inc.

In this open plan, the living and dining rooms combine to create one large space. A galley kitchen allows for easy access to the dining room and breakfast room.

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The Sage House, Plan #947

The Sage House, Plan #947
Designed by John Tee

With a flexible floor plan, the kitchen, dining, and family rooms are one large space that share views through a large picture window. A roomy screened porch is a natural extension of the home's living space.

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Rockborne, Plan #639

Rockborne, Plan #639
Designed by Dungan-Nequette Architects

Comfort, casual style, and thoughtful visual details define this house.

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Cherry Hill, Plan #1843

Cherry Hill, Plan #1843
Designed by John Tee

Compact and very functional, this cottage-style plan is an easy fit for any family.

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St. Simons Retreat, Plan #256

St. Simons Retreat, Plan #256
Designed by Ken Tate

Inspired by historic seaside architecture, this design combines the comfort of a vacation home with thoughtful features that make everyday life easier for today's busy families.

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Fontanel Carriage House, Plan #1856

Fontanel Carriage House, Plan #1856
Southern Living

Although this charming farmhouse cottage is small, it has plenty of porch space.

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River's Edge, Plan #1977

River's Edge, Plan #1977
Southern Living House Plans

With Lowcountry influences in its design, this home has plenty of Southern charisma.

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Deer Run, Plan #731

Deer Run Plan #731
Southern Living

This two-bed, two-bath cabin couldn't be a cuter hideaway for the lake.

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Rustic Beach Cottage, Plan #360

Rustic Beach Cottage, Plan #360
Southern Living

Calling all gardeners: This adorable house plan has a latticework details on the porch and plenty of space for bountiful window boxes.

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Beaufort Cottage, Plan #1136

Beaufort Cottage, Plan #1136
Southern Living House Plans

If you're looking for the perfect new-old home architecture? Meet your new cottage.

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Palmetto Cottage, Plan #2009

Palmetto Cottage, Plan #2009
Southern Living House Plans; Photo: John McManus

This one-bedroom cottage has just the right amount of space for not a lot of upkeep.

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Sparta II, Plan #1810

Sparta II, Plan #1810
Southern Living House Plans

In addition to this picture-perfect front porch, this classic house plan also has a screened-in back porch.

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Cloudland Cottage, Plan #1894

Cloudland Cottage, Plan #1894
Southern Living

The name of this house plan says it all: Living in a cottage this cute is like living on Cloud 9.

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Canton Row, Plan #1938

Canton Row, Plan #1938
Southern Living

This cottage has plenty of space for your family to come back and visit if you're empty nesters looking to downsize.

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Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490

Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490
Southern Living

This house plan was made with scenic views in mind. Whether at the lake, beach, or mountains, you can catch nature from all its good angles with this home.

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Randolph Cottage, Plan #1861

Randolph Cottage, Plan #1861
Southern Living

This home is sure to be the most inviting one on the block.

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St. George Cottage, Plan #1906

St. George Cottage, Plan #1906
Southern Living

This open-plan home is filled with natural night and has an expansive back porch.

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Beachside Bungalow, Plan #1117

Beachside Bungalow, Plan #1117
Designed by Moser Design Group

Sit back and kick your feet up: At this beachside bungalow, there are no worries.

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Rustic Lake Cabin, Plan #1809

Rustic Lake Cabin
Southern Living

We can already picture ourselves cozy by a fire in this sweet cabin.

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