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Find Planbooks and Building Plans for Cozy, Affordable Cottages


From a hideaway retreat in the mountains to a seaside villa, nothing says peace, tranquility, and relaxation better than a cottage. These great resources will help you plan and build your own dream cottage.

1. Lowe's Katrina Cottages

Now for sale at Lowe's
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After Hurricane Katrina destroyed homes and communities along America's Gulf Coast, architects and designers developed cheerful, inexpensive, energy-efficient emergency housing known as "Katrina Cottages." You can buy floor plans for a variety of Katrina Cottage styles from Lowes.

2. Dream Cottages : 25 Plans for Retreats, Cabins, and Beach Houses

Author, architect and teacher Catherine Tredway presents 25 plans for a variety of cottages, each with details unique to a particular region of North America. Includes elevation views, floor plans, and close-up drawings and photographs of architectural details, plus a historical look at the background of each design.

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3. Cabins, Cottages & Villas: Enchanting Homes for Mountain, Sea or Sun

This collection has nine different floor plans for three distinct styles -- a coastal cottage with open shutters and wraparound porches, a rustic mountain cabin hideaway, and a Mediterranean-style villa. The book has 27 homes in all, ranging from 1,200 to 3,600 square feet.

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4. Cool Cottages: 235 Delightful Retreats, 825 to 3,500 Square Feet

A good selection of plans for anyone looking to build their dream home for retirement, vacation, or daily living. The oversized paperback contains 680 illustrations, and draws inspiration from such diverse styles as English Cotswalds and Louisiana Creole.

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5. Cottages: Charming Seaside and Tidewater Designs

Most of the seaside homes in this 64-page book were inspired by 19th-Century Caribbean, Charleston Row, and Key West island houses. Complete construction drawings are available for all 25 house plans, most of which are from 1,200 to 3,600 square feet, and are well-suited for the narrow lot restrictions in a waterfront community. ISBN: 096621160X

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6. The New Economy Home

New Economy Home by Marianne Cusato
Builder Concept Home 2010 by Marianne Cusato

Architect Marianne Cusato combined simple, Folk Victorian details with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient systems for her New Economy Home cottages. In 2010, the New Economy Home was the featured Builder Concept Home at the International Builders' Show.

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