Offered here are the plans for a small, very inexpensive four unit apartment building. The building is only 24′ x 56′, excluding the front and rear six foot decks. It is designed to be built on a small lot A working drawing set of PDF files are included for building permit application for one site only. It is not to be resold . The designer, William Edward Summers, retains the copyright.. The photo shows the building as built in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In some cities growth in the housing stock is encouraged by allowing the construction of small secondary houses on single family lots behind the main house. In Vancouver ,B.C. these houses are called lane houses, in Victoria B.C. they are called garden apartments. In the United States they are often referred to as “tiny houses”. This house, the Garden Cottage, is designed to meet the requirements for this type of housing in these two cities specifically. This plan is a one bedroom five hundred square foot cottage with a Tudor, English cottage inspired style. Available as PDF files, ready for building permit application and construction. The plans are $250.00
Experimental Small Building Designed to Reduce Homelessness and Create Jobs
The new design project by architect/designer William Edward Summers is designed to reduce the cost of housing, increase revenue for towns and cities, reduce homelessness, create well paying jobs, provide a location for new businesses, is low profile, makes money for those who build it, increases home equity and is very inexpensive. The basic project configuration can be seen here. The complete ready to use building permit application plans, including the micro apartment design are available. Buy the exciting “Mini Coach House” Plans for $99 USD
The Mini Coach House
The loft was a fantastic live/work space for real artists back when they were very inexpensive. Today lofts are ideal for movie stars, lawyers and high tech moguls, but far too expensive for most artists. Another trend is the desire of many creative people to get closer to the natural world.
The “Mini Coach House” designed by William Edward Summers is a tiny house and artists work space rolled into one. It is very inexpensive to build, probably less than a nice new car, and offers tremendous flexibility. This versatile live/work option s the perfect cottage for that lot in Maine, Canada, or Northern California.
You may use the material for editorial ideas or publication with attribution. A free copy may be made of this design concept with no alterations or resale, William Edward Summers retains all copyrights.
Slight modifications will be required for heavy snow loads, also engineering may be required by local codes.