Build a Southern Farmhouse with Free Plans

Build a Southern Farmhouse with Free Plans
Jay Osborne’s Southern Farmhouse — a design for anyone.

Download free open-source house plans, architectural drawings and design files to build your own home. The open-source plan is intended to be easy to build, even without a lot of previous construction experience.

In 2015, Jay Osborne created a set of house plans for a traditional small farmhouse. His new set of plans is for a larger traditional southern home.

Do you remember the house in the movie Forrest Gump? Jay was inspired by this house and others like it to design a traditional 2-story home with wide porches and wonderful airflow. The plan looks like a traditional southern home, with practical design elements using current materials.

Southern Farmhouse Downstairs

1st Floor
Indoor 1190 square feet
Porch 960 square feet
Organized around daylighting and cross breezes, windows and doors are strategically placed, making the design well-lit and airy, with many framed views.

Southern Farmhouse Upstairs

2nd Floor
Indoor 1140 square feet
Porch 410 square feet
Privacy and versatility. Unlike open plans, this design lets you separate functions with degrees of privacy. It can be easily adapted using many pocket doors.

Choose which side of the Southern Farmhouse will be the front.

The central hall runs the whole house, so there are two options for the house front.

Choose which side of the Southern Farmhouse will be the front.

Have the porch on the front or back.

The Southern Farmhouse book explains how one wing can have a garage, and the other can have a bedroom suite.

The house is easy to build onto. The plans include optional wings and additions, attached and detached garage options and a bedroom suite.

Southern Farmhouse with Deep Wraparound Porches

The plans give porch options. The standard plan has a deep wraparound porch and a porch upstairs.

You can build it with just the wraparound porch downstairs.

Southern Farmhouse with Porches on the first and second floor

Or have upstairs and downstairs porches on just one side.

Southern Farmhouse with Porch on the first floor only

Have just a downstairs porch on one side.

Southern Farmhouse with Covered Landing to front door

Or have just a covered landing by the front door.

Southern Farmhouse Plan

This is the basic plan, with three bedrooms upstairs.


Jay Osborne’s Southern Farmhouse Plans

This smaller variation has an additional bedroom downstairs. This smaller version will cost less to build.

The Southern Farmhouse detailed plans include metric and imperial dimensions.

Get the Files

The open-source house plans are free. You can download the PDF plans on

You can download the design files and use SketchUp and Layout to customize the plans.

Southern Farmhouse Book
50 pages of technical drawings and 3D renderings

The Southern Farmhouse Book

There is a Kickstarter for a printed book about the Southern Farmhouse.

Southern Farmhouse Book
Architectural Drawings
Detail Plans
Kitchen Design

The book has 50 pages of technical drawings and 3D renderings.

Southern Farmhouse
West Perspective

Even if you never intend to build, the book is interesting to read.

Southern Farmhouse
Detail Plans

It gives detailed information to help you understand architectural drawings.

Southern Farmhouse
Kitchen Plans

I have the first book, the American Farmhouse.

Detailed explanations of every element of the design

I learned a lot studying the drawings and reading the notes.

Footnotes describing the intentions behind the details, and how you can make alterations.

Jay Osborne’s Southern Farmhouse

Jay Osborne is an architectural designer. He designs open-source house plans that anybody can use to build their own home.

Jay Osborne’s Southern Farmhouse

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