Cabin and House Plans

We have selected these popular and award winning house and cabin plans from our large architectural archive of designs from across the country. These plans have been built and proven to be efficient, functional and comfortable. We have received words of thanks from owners who have had us design them and the contractors who have built them.

Today, plans to build a house take hundreds of hours to prepare, countless sheets of drawings, expensive engineering and careful detailing to meet the stringent building codes and engineering criteria of our various regions. Our plans comply with the country's most demanding building code, because of earthquake, wind and snow load engineering, the California Building Code. For an architect to create a new design and set of working drawings, you would normally pay roughly $15 per square foot for a complete set of plans. All of our plans are designed and specified to be constructed using structural insulated panels (SIPs), but they can also be built using well insulated standard, or "super," wood framing if you desire.

The fact is that, priced as they are, the plans in our house and cabin portfolio are a very good deal. You receive complete CAD file drawings of custom titled, complete and ready to go plans that do not require redrawing as most catalog purchased plans do. Even hiring a draftsperson to produce a set of complete working drawings for you will cost more than our competitive rates. The plans need to be reviewed by an engineer for your specific climate and structural load conditions. Our designs may be stronger than needed in your location, and often the structural member sizes can be reduced, saving cost and helping to pay for the local engineering recheck.

When you purchase our predesigned house or cabin plans, you and your builder will be pleased with the quality, clearness and completeness of the drawings. We also include the electrical, plumbing and mechanical plans as well as the specifications. You get a complete set of working drawings that will satisfy your building department and your contractor. Your building department will require site specific structural calculations and may require energy compliance for a building permit. We can provide these at minimal cost in California. In other states you will need to have a locally licensed architect or engineer review, approve and stamp the working drawings, provide calculations and fill out forms as required.

Sheet # 2 of our working drawing package is reserved for a site plan. This must be provided by a locally licensed architect or engineer to show the location, sewage system, water system, setbacks, and other site specifics required in your building jurisdiction.

We continually update the plans to comply with the latest building codes and regulations which change frequently. We improve the designs and details to keep them cost efficient and easy to build. We have a library of variations on individual designs that we have done for customers over the years, so if you request a plan to be modified to suit your specific needs we may already have a plan variation that works for you.

If we do not have the modification you are looking for each design can easily be modified to suit your site and the exterior look you desire. For instance, you can change room sizes, exterior materials or type of foundation. Our plans are on computerized 3-D software and we will make any reasonable modifications to the drawings that you request at an hourly rate.

We are certain that you will save money through out the construction process and that you will have a valuable architecturally designed house to live in and enjoy! You get all of this for an average price of less than $1.50 per square foot.

Out of respect for our former clients we cannot provide you with names, addresses or visitation opportunities to the original building. In some cases we can provide digital photographs.

Each set of construction documents contains:

  1. Title Sheet — Title, index, engineering data, project data
  2. Site Plan & Location Map — (You provide)
  3. Foundation (& Floor Framing) Plan — Code compliant with dimensions, details and schedules.
  4. Floor Plan — Code compliant with structural callouts, window and door sizes, etc.
  5. Exterior Elevations — Showing all sides, calling out materials, heights, etc.
  6. Cross Sections — Fully noted cross sections to illustrate building assemblies and key details.
  7. Roof Framing Plan — Roof structural sizing, layout and structural detailing
  8. Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing Plan & Schedules
  9. Specifications — Qualifications of major construction items.

You can telephone or email us for pricing, ordering and further information.

Telephone: 530-477-5057. Email: david@davidwrightarchitect.com

High Sierra Cabin — 1,018 S.F. — 37' x 20' — $2,750
A dramatic 2 bedrooms/ 1/3/4 bath traditionally styled mountain cabin designed for all the seasons. Published in Sunset Magazine in August 2006, and selected for a special award in 2005 the Tahoe Quarterly Awards issue. (Off-grid solar electric, passive solar heating and cooling, solar water heating, SIP construction, fire and vandal proof, loft, and wrap around porch).


Solar Farmhouse — 1,920 S.F. — 57' x 48' — $3,250
A three bedrooms/ two bath traditional American farmhouse style with 21st century living good for all climate zones. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar hot water, radiant heated floors, SIPs construction, covered porches). This Solar Farm House design is featured in the June/ July 2012 Mother Earth News Magazine.


Ultimate Sunset Cabin — 415 S.F. — 20' x 21' — $800
"The Ultimate Sunset Cabin" a small efficiency studio vacation cabin with a loft and wrap around porch. We designed this cabin for Sunset Magazine and it us published in their August 2002 issue. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, SIP construction, fire proof, loft and wrap around porch).


Country Craftsman House — 3,563 S.F. — 42' x 68' — $4,200
A stylish two story 4 bedrooms/3 bath house with a library, family room and attached 2 car garage.( Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, SIP construction, covered patio).


Desert House — 2,300 S.F. — 72' x 36' — $2,900
A striking and colorful 3 bedrooms/2bath home, designed as an off-grid solar desert house that will work well in any climate. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, SIP construction, walled court yard, optional garage/utility room).


Foothill Cottage — 2,460 S.F. — 62' x 58' — $2,950
A traditional Craftsman style 2 bedrooms/ 2 bath house with a courtyard and attached 2 car garage. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, full basement living option, SIP construction).


Zen Cabin — 1,560 S.F. — 41' x 48' — $2,000
A Zen like 3 bedrooms/2 bath super livable cabin. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, SIPs construction, covered porch).


Minimalist Cabin — 825 S.F. — 25' x 33' — $2,250
A modern super efficient rustic mountain cabin, ideal for off-grid survival. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, SIP construction).


Modern Mountain Cabin — 2,312 S.F. — 36' x 25' — $2,700
A modern 2 bedrooms/2 bath cabin with an adjacent guest house option. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, SIP construction).



Rustic Mountain Cabin — 1,912 S.F. — 41' x 32' — $2,300
A rustic 3 bedrooms/2 bath mountain cabin with a family room loft and fine craftsman detailing. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, SIP construction, shade trellis, optional 2 car garage).


Sierra Studio Cabin — 810 S.F. — 20' x 32' — $1,000
A modern one room /one bath cabin with a sleeping loft; used as a sculpture studio retreat by the architect. (Passive solar, off- grid solar electric, solar hot water, SIP construction, fire and vandal proof, sleeping loft and covered porch).


Sunset Cabin II — 720 S.F. — 20' x 34' — $1,000
The same very popular "Ultimate Sunset Cabin" design published in Sunset magazine with a full bedroom and bath added. (Passive solar heating and cooling, solar electric. Solar water heating, SIP construction, fireproof, loft and wrap around porch).


Tahoe Lodge — 2,602 S.F. — 93' x 44' — $3,200
A Tahoe rustic style 4 bedrooms / 2 1/2 bath home with world class craftsman detailing. (Passive solar, solar electric, solar water heating, radiant heated floors, family room, library, SIP roof, optional 3 car garage, trellis).


Western Ranch House — 1,750 S.F. — 88' x 36' — $3,200
A handsome western/craftsman style 4 bedroom / 3 bath houses with a court yard, terrace, covered porch and entry, family room and optional car garage. (Passive solar, solar electric, solar hot water, radiant heated floor, SIP construction).