How to Create a Low-Cost Small Home That Can Grow Over Time
Has today's economy made you put off
your dreams of a new home? The new book, Prosperity Plans,
might get you dreaming again.
creative ideas" A.H., Canada
Prosperity Plans - A complete
reprint of the 1935 booklet, Farmhouse Plans,
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with forty
small house designs, in a twenty-first century
edition with Internet sources of working drawings
and construction details
Edited by Donald
J. Berg, AIA
"An interesting look back to where we were only a few
generations ago...it's time to look at homes like this and abandon
the 'McMansion' generation...well written and researched" J.D., West
Today's architects, builders and
prospective homeowners can all learn from a series of
fascinating "Growing House" designs created in 1934. That
was the time of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl droughts,
when Americans faced economic horrors that make today's
problems seem mild.
The designs, first published in the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's booklet, Farmhouse Plans,
show how low-cost, small houses can be planned to grow into
larger, more comfortable homes, over time. The idea was to
help homeowners spread the cost of construction over many
years as houses were expanded in two, three or more stages.
The Growing Houses all started with
attractive cottages, each with a kitchen, bath and one or
two multi-purpose rooms. Carefully planned additional stages
of construction added more bedrooms and more formal living
spaces with very little demolition and little or no
disruption of family life. Each stage created a new home
that looked as good or better than the one before it.
Kentucky Farmhouse, 1936
North Carolina Growing House, 1937
includes a complete reprint of the original 1935 booklet
with forty home plans, floor plans, a new forward by architect Donald J. Berg, photos of the
homes and the times, and links to Internet sources of free
downloadable copies of the houses' original construction
drawings and building details.
Softcover copies of the new book are available at Amazon.com and other booksellers. A
free, downloadable preview, as well as links to the free
construction drawings, are available below.
"Good historical reference...good starting point for those
wanting an economical house" C.E.P., Tucson, AZ
Prosperity Plans. Get a free, downloadable copy of the forward
and samples of the Growing House designs and floor plans.
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original, 1934 blueprints and construction details. Get free
downloadable plans and links to other free USDA home, barn and
outbuilding plans. Read hundreds of free USDA Farmers' Bulletins
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"Great and very timely in the current financial situation.
This book will offer you some great ideas and starting-off
points ...it's a great way to start out small and add on as
you add to your family" C.R., Northeastern Oklahoma
Mississippi Growing House, 1936
House and Old House, Georgia, 1935
See a sample of a Growing House Design
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