Plan #454-13

by Sarah Susanka Architect

  • 1600 sqft

  • 2 bedroom

  • 2 bathroom

  • 2 story
"This floor plan benefits from a number of cozy nooks and built-ins that are in tune with the kind of spaces people crave." - Fine Homebuilding Magazine Introducing the Not So Big® Bungalow by award-winning architect and best-selling author Sarah Susanka: it updates the Craftsman bungalow idea for modern living. The neighborly 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,605 sq. ft plan is packed with thoughtful features that make it feel larger than it is. Built-ins abound, from the wide window seat in the hall (call it a "media passage" since there's room for a flat screen TV on the wall opposite the window seat) to the desk alcove in the living room and the L-shaped banquette in the breakfast area. The ground floor master bedroom also includes a built-in desk. For alfresco dining there’s a porch and deck off the living room at the rear of the house. The upstairs bedroom is a flexible space thanks to the Murphy bed in one wall and a wide work counter running under the dormer windows. This space opens to a flexible TV room/home office. A storage loft over the master bedroom can easily be converted into a third bedroom. The design deftly expresses Sarah's philosophy that you don't have to build bigger to build better. These plans are designed to be built with a super efficient and eco-friendly SIPs (structural insulated panel) kit package, and can also be built with conventional wood framing. The SIPs Kit is available through Extreme Panel -- see link here: For more, see Sarah's Yahoo article on the plan, and the recent Yahoo Homes article on Sarah and this plan -- links below. The house is full of wonderful nooks and crannies. All of the spaces are compact, but still big enough and well enough laid out to work properly. Energy-efficient by virtue of it’s size as well as the SIPs construction, this house does not compromise to achieve its cost and energy savings.

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Floor Plan - Main Floor Plan

Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan

Floor Plan - Other Floor Plan

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Main Floor
960 sq/ft
240 sq/ft
Upper Floor
640 sq/ft


Main Ceiling
Upper Ceiling Ft

Exterior Wall Framing


Bedroom Features

Main Floor Master Bedroom
Upstairs Bedrooms

Kitchen Features

Kitchen Island
Breakfast Nook

Additional Room Features

Den Office Study Computer
Storage Area

Outdoor Spaces

Covered Front Porch
Covered Rear Porch

Custom Modifications

Almost perfect but not quite right? We offer in-house plan modification services to help you personalize any of our home plans to fit your lifestyle. Popular modifications include enlarging the kitchen, raising ceiling heights, expanding the master bath, increasing the number of windows, widening the porch, or adding a deck.

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