Step-by-Step Photos of a Small House Plans Construction Process

Following are photos from a small house plans construction that occurred in 2008. This home has 1,368 interior square feet. You can see up close how this designer and owner created a very space-efficient small house with high energy efficiency AND lots of style and character.


Small houses should be designed with as much energy efficiency as possible, too, to maximize cost savings. This small home was designed with super-efficient ICF (insulating concrete forms). You'll learn more about this construction process below.

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Above: The first ICF block has been placed on this small home.

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Above: The ICF is now 3 blocks high...they're kind of like Legos!

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Above: The walls are now completed, and are ready for the concrete pour. Bracing is in place on the interior of the home, as well as the exterior on the corners (that's the black area you see on the right and left in this photo).

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Above: The ICF walls after concrete has been poured within the blocks. The foam will remain in place, creating a super high-efficiency walls. Any kind of exterior and interior finishing can be placed on the foam.

If you'd like to see more detailed photos of this small house plans construction process with ICF, click here.

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Above: Interior framing is in progress. This photo shows the foyer (in the center); the trapezoidal shapes that flank the foyer are the closets in the master and bedroom #2.

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Above: Framing for the master bath and master bedroom. The kitchen is on the far left. (The kitchen is open to the dining and living areas, making these frequently used spaces in this small house plan feel much bigger.)

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Above: Framing for bedroom #3, which is being used as an office. There will be a bookcase to the left of the closet. The guest bath is on the far side of the office, then the laundry room is at the rear.

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Above: The finished kitchen, with the dining area to the left. The kitchen is quite large, with ample cabinet storage and counter surfaces.

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Above: The master bedroom, taken from the master bathroom.

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Above: The master shower, which is 3 feet deep by 4 feet long...a nice, luxuriously large shower for a small house! This bathroom also features a double-sink vanity, a closet, and a large soaking tub.

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Above: The laundry room, which contains a full-size standup freezer, a base cabinet, 2 wall cabinets, a full-size stackable washer and dryer, and a utility sink.

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Above: The exterior of the completed home. You can see additional photos of the finished exterior and interior here.

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