Build a Farmhouse From Free House Plans
Jay Osborne discovered an abandoned 1900s era farmhouse in Virginia. He turned it into complete, usable plans for you to build your own farmhouse with.
The house Jay found was falling down. He even scared off a buzzard living inside. (They do that. It was on Nature News a few months ago.)
The house was empty, so Jay looked inside.
It was such an iconic form, he explored the little house and took measurements and notes.
He decided to make a set of modern, accurate house plans based on this simple house.
The plans would be easy for even an inexperienced person to build for himself. Even if someone never intends to build, it is interesting to understand architectural drawings.
What needs to be drawn in order for a simple house to be built? Without an exemplary set of drawings, it is hard to understand the scope of what architects should do. How would a student know how to elaborate on their designs? And how would a client understand if their architect is doing work of sufficient detail and competence?
Jay decided to use this farmhouse as a functional example of basic house plans. He created a set of architectural drawings that could be printed on standard 11×17 (legal size) paper using any home printer. He put all of his work online free.
I found his plans looking for something completely different on Wikimedia Commons and shared it here; Two Story 16′ x 32′ Virginia Farmhouse House Plans.
More recently, Jay contacted me through Pinterest to tell me about his Kickstarter. He has added to the plans and is having them published in book form; Updated Virginia Farmhouse House Plans
American Farmhouse: Your Architectural Plans
A book with blueprints for a simple house. Learn how to build your dreams with these detailed house plans and illustrations.
Someone used his free house plans to build this house in Powhatan County, just west of Richmond.
It looks like the abandoned Virginia farmhouse has come to life again. Above is the old house, below is the newly built house.
Would you like to live in this house?