Small House History

Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob

Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob, or the Hagan House is a National Historic Landmark. It was designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is at 723 Kentuck Road, Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania, about four miles south of Fallingwater, probably Wright’s most famous house. My cousin just visited Kentuck […]

A-Frame House on the Beach

A-Frame House on the Beach

We saw this A-Frame driving down A1A and I just had to share it. This is the view from A1A. See the sidewalk in front of the house?   There are little windows poking out of the roof on both sides. The house is right […]

Inspiration: Swedish Summer House

Inspiration: Swedish Summer House

In Nordic countries there is a tradition of Summer Houses, a simple small shelter or cottage to stay in when the weather is pleasant. This is a tradition in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. City families who could afford to had a second home […]

Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

Back in the late ’60s, the American Plywood Association put out a series of books with plans for small houses. Great Ideas for Second Homes: A Portfolio of 20 Distinguished New Designs in Plywood Paperback by American Plywood Association 1969 The book has been out […]

Charles Adams-Woodbury Locke House in Somerville, Massachusetts

Charles Adams-Woodbury Locke House in Somerville, Massachusetts

This historic Greek Revival house was built in 1840 It is 2 stories with attic and basement. 2-1/2 story wood frame structure three bays wide front-facing gable roof clapboard siding wide corner boards broad entablature fully pedimented gable single-story porch extends across the front, supported […]

Historic Plans: Popular Bungalow Harris Home No. L-1005

Historic Plans: Popular Bungalow Harris Home No. L-1005

Harris Homes were kit houses available after WWI. You could order your entire house, even the furnishings and have it delivered by train. A new and popular Harris home because of its impressive exterior and size. It is a typical bungalow in the fullest sense […]

Historic Plans: Neat Trim Bungalow Harris Home No. L-1009

Historic Plans: Neat Trim Bungalow Harris Home No. L-1009

Harris Homes were kit houses available after WWI. You could order your entire house, even the furnishings and have it delivered by train. This neat, trim bungalow, as pictured here, shows how very attractive a really small home can be. It is a splendid model […]

Small House History: Gullah Little House – William Simmons House, Hilton Head Island

Small House History: Gullah Little House – William Simmons House, Hilton Head Island

The Small House Movement isn’t new. Historically, many homes were small. People built what they could, then added on as they could afford to. This small house was built in 1930, with wood lap siding and a corrugated metal roof. The chimney at one end […]

Historic Plans: Eleanor Raymond Cottage for a Forty Foot Lot

Historic Plans: Eleanor Raymond Cottage for a Forty Foot Lot

Eleanor Raymond began her career in the 1920s and practiced until the 1980s. She is known for home designs that reflected early American architecture styles. She designed both traditional and cutting edge houses. The Sun House, designed in 1948, was the first successful solar-heated building […]

Historic Plans: Small Bungalow Harris Home No. L-1003

Historic Plans: Small Bungalow Harris Home No. L-1003

Harris Homes were kit houses available after WWI. You could order your entire house, even the furnishings and have it delivered by train. There is probably no better specimen of small bungalow offered. Study the picture carefully. Note the strict harmony even in the smallest […]