40 plans for a small house of the right size

Maybe you’re an empty nester, maybe you’re downsizing, or maybe you just like to feel comfortable like a bug in your own home. Whatever the case, we have a collection of tiny house plans that have plenty of cleverly designed features, gorgeous and varied facades, and tiny house appeal. Aside from the innate appeal of miniature things, these tiny house plans provide ample living space, even for tiny house living.

Sugarberry Cottage, which looks like a place Goldilocks might enjoy, has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a balcony that extends dramatically into the tiny house’s living area. Prefer a more rustic look? The Cypress View plan is incredibly versatile. Comfortably located next to the lake, in the mountains or near the beach – the perfect little country house. Whatever your preferences, check out some of our best plans for tiny house living.

Ellsworth Cottage, Plan No. 1351

Designed by Caldwell/Klein Architects

The charming details and cottage design give the home its distinctive personality.

Wind River, Plan No. 1551

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

Covered with clapboards and clapboard siding, this cozy design can be built as a primary residence or as an escape.

Boulder Summit, Plan No. 1575

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

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

Sugarberry, Plan No. 1648

Designed by Moser Design Group

This classic one and a half story home makes the most of every square inch of space.

Topwater Lodge, Plan No. 1385

Designed by Caldwell/Klein Architects

This cozy cottage is warm and peaceful.

Allegheny, Plan No. 1552

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

Inside and out, this classic home is filled with themes that reflect the historic charm of traditional Southern architecture.

Bluffton, Plan No. 594

Designed by Hall & Hull Architects, Inc.

With a deep metal-roofed porch surrounding the front, one entire side, and part of the back of the house, this plan looks like a Southern Venetian-style home.

Strieber Cottage, Plan No. 1388

Designed by Caldwell/Klein Architects

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

Aberdeen Place, Plan No. 013

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

A cozy cottage that proves that good things come in small packages. Wood and stone siding and shutters add charm to the facade of the house.

Cedarbrook, Plan No. 408

Designed by Caldwell/Klein Architects

Here’s a country-style compact home with plenty of style and flexibility. The open layout provides more space in less space.

Maple Ridge, Plan No. 442

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, Inc.

This floor plan makes the most of single level living with a shared kitchen, dining room and family room providing open space for entertaining.

Silverhill, Plan No. 749

Designed by Sullivan Design

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

Heather Bliss, Plan #945

Designed by John T

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

Coosau River Hut, Plan No. 671

Designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, Inc.

This open floor plan combines the living and dining rooms to create one large space. The galley kitchen gives easy access to the dining and breakfast rooms.

Al-Hakim House, Plan No. 947

Designed by John T

Thanks to the flexible floor plan, the kitchen, dining room and family rooms are one large space that shares views through a large window. A spacious covered porch is a natural extension of the home’s living space.

Rockburn, Plan No. 639

Designed by Dungan-Nequette Architects

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

Cherry Hill, Plan No. 1843

Designed by John T

This cottage-style plan is very compact and practical, easily suitable for any family.

St. Simons Retreat, Plan No. 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.

Fontanelle Carriage House, Plan No. 1856

Southern living

Although this charming cottage is small in size, it has plenty of balcony space.

River’s Edge, Plan No. 1977

Southern living house plans

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

Deer Run, Plan #731

Southern living

This two-bed, two-bath cabin couldn’t be a nicer lake getaway.

Rustic beach hut, plan #360

Southern living

Calling all gardeners – this gorgeous home plan has lattice detailing on the porch and plenty of room for abundant window boxes.

Beaufort Cottage, Plan No. 1136

Southern living house plans

If you are looking for the perfect new and old home architecture? Get to know your new cottage.

Palmetto Cottage, Plan No. 2009

Southern Living House Plans; Photo: John McManus

This one-bedroom cottage has just the right space for low maintenance.

Sparta II, Plan No. 1810-A

Southern living house plans

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

Cloudland Cottage, Plan No. 1894

Southern living

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

Canton Row, Plan No. 1938

Southern living

This cottage has plenty of space for your family to come back and visit if you are an empty nester looking to downsize.

Beach Hut, Plan No. 490

Southern living

Whether you’re at the lake, the beach, or the mountains, you can capture nature from all its good angles with this house. It is a house plan with scenic views in mind.

Randolph Cottage, Plan No. 1861

Southern living

This home is sure to be the most attractive on the block.

St George’s Cottage, plan 1906

Southern living

This open plan home is filled with natural light and has a spacious back balcony.

Beachfront bungalow, plan no. 1117

Designed by Moser Design Group

At this beachfront bungalow, there’s nothing to worry about, so relax and kick your feet up.

Rustic Lake Cabin, Plan No. 1809

Southern living

We can already picture ourselves cozying up by the fire in this beautiful cabin.

Bluebird Hut, Plan 2026

Southern living

Although small, this inviting guest house has one bedroom, a fireplace, a sitting area, a full bathroom, and loft space.

Hawthorn Hut, Plan No. 2004

Lake & Land Studio, LLC

Ideal for entertaining guests, this plan separates shared and private spaces with a great room and kitchen near the entrance and a bed and attached bathrooms as a suite to the side.

Whiteside Cottage, Plan No. 1980

Laurie W. Glenn

This house plan highlights the perfect design for a guest cottage. Maximize your efficiency without adding additional square footage.

Flint Cottage, Plan No. 1955

Southern living

Surrounded by bedrooms and bathrooms, this family-friendly home has a spacious living space and a kitchen located between the front and back porches.

Magnolia Cottage, Plan No. 1845

John T

Ideal for year-round living, this house plan uses a classic, symmetrical layout with bedrooms on either side of the main living space.

Mango Hut, Plan No. 1623

Southern living

Two primary bedrooms make this cottage design perfect for empty nesters who plan to host their children or guests for long weekends.

Whisper Creek, Plan No. 1653

Southern living

A spacious front porch, stone chimney, and vaulted ceiling make this home warm and welcoming—perfect for building near a mountain or lake.

Holly Grove, Plan No. 1581

Southern living house plans

This efficient design combines the living, dining and kitchen area so you can entertain family and friends. Two bedrooms and bathrooms complete the other half of the house.

  • 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
  • 1,269 square feet
  • See plan: Holly Grove

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