You can now get free energy efficient and healthy house plans from FreeGreen. Free. Seriously. No joke. The guys at FG offer two types of plans: 1) official house plans and 2) plans offer via the open source network. The official house plans have 9 product lines depending on the size ranges.
For example, the Modern Cube design, is targeted for lot in urban places, sloped and narrow, with size ranges from 2,700 to 3,200 s.f. Estimated price to build this kind of home is between $260k to $360k.
The intent of the Modern Cube House Plans is to mix function and aesthetics with simplistic, easy to build forms. These House Plans modern exteriors fit well with their semi-open floor plans and unique 3-story roof deck options. The Modern Cube House Plans can be clad in a variety of different materials. Natural wood siding gives this home a clean Scandinavian feel. Fiber cement paneling is a durable budget friendly option that can be painted for a more colorful fresh look. Corrugated galvanized metal is another option and would give the home an industrial modern aesthetic. With their R-Control SIPs and Wolfers Lighting plan pre-packaged in, these house plans are some of the most energy efficient FreeGreen has ever created.
Using this house plan, you have two design options where design 1 uses cedar siding and the other design is more on industrial look uses corrugated metal and concrete. From here, you can customized the plan to your taste or simply download the plan.
Modern Cube Design 1 (Cedar Siding)
Modern Cube Design 2 (Corrugated metal and concrete)
Furthermore, the plans give you the R control SIP layout, lighting ideas, open floor plan living room, ideas for kitchen, and annual energy savings performance if - you build your house with this plan.
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When you customize the house plan, it gives you also sample of customization and prices. So, you can figure it out if you want to use the freebie plan or customize it.
I love the idea that people have choices available out there without breaking their bank, if one day they decided to build their own energy efficient and healthy homes. My favorite among the 9 plans, is Suburban Loft. With the low housing prices in our area, it's possible to find lot under $300k (tear down distressed properties) close-in. If we stick to the cube design, expect to spend approximately somewhere in the hood of $500k building this type of home from the ground up.
By the way, if you are into home design, you can spend the whole day on the site just playing around with the plans imagining of what could be... (at least I warn you).