New Vesica

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Studio / 1 Bath
289 sq ft
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1 Bedroom / 1 Bath
384 sq ft
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One Bedroom

The New Vesica is 289 square feet. However, we don't include the loft in the total square footage of the house because it is not technically "habitable". With the optional downstairs bedroom, the size of the house would increase from 289 square feet to 384. The house is 18' 4" tall from the floor to the top of the roof. This house is not designed to be portable. We sell the plans to build it on location.


We do not count the loft as square footage in this house because with so much sloped ceiling, it doesn't officially qualify as a habitable room. Subsequently, with seven feet of ceiling height over more than 50 square feet, the loft provides a lot of usable space. The loft is accessed by a ladder in the kitchen.

Can I put in stairs instead of a ladder?
No, stairs won't fit, but "ladder stairs" will.


We sell our plans with a raised perimeter foundation. However, it is possible to put this house on a slab foundation or even over a basement. However, you may need to work with an architect or engineer licensed in your state to get approval from the building department.

Can this house be built on wheels?
No. This small house is designed to be built on a permanent foundation.

Utilities and appliances

The kitchen includes a dishwasher, full size range with oven, and built in microwave. The tank-less on demand water heater ensures that you never run out of hot water, and tucks away completely out of view. An under counter washer/dryer is also included. A small fireplace is tucked nicely in the corner of the great room.

Can I install air conditioning?
Yes, you can. Our plans do not include an air conditioning unit, but you can install one in the loft or outside of the house.

What type of fireplace does the house have?
We do not specify a particular fire place or heater because codes vary so much based on climate. We recommend discussing your options with a building contractor licensed in your state. When you build this house, please send us pictures. Since we do not build the house ourselves, we are dependent on you to supply us with real pictures.


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New Vesica Construction Plans include 13 total pages:

Floor Plans
Detailed floor plans for both the downstairs and loft include pertinent dimensions for walls, windows, rooms and door openings. You'll also find the location of all appliances on these plans as well.

Exterior Elevations
These plans include 4 elevation drawings showing the front, back and both sides. Siding and facia boards are called out.

Electric Plans
These pages include both the main floor and loft and show locations for outlets, light switches and lights.

Transverse Section
Perhaps one of the most important pages on any set of plans, the transverse section cuts the house in half and shows details such as wall thickness, roofing material details, flooring details, roof pitch, ceiling heights, and insulation.

Foundation Plan
A perimeter foundation plan is included as well with floor joists.

Roof Plan
Showing the birds-eye view of the house, you see the slopes and pitches clearly called out, as well as the amount of overhang, and individual rafter locations from above.

Kitchen Detail
Unlike many other plans on the market, we include a full kitchen plan, showing the location of all shelving, cabinetry and appliances as seen from both an aerial and frontal view. We use standard size cabinets available at most hardware stores.

What's not included

Heating requirements
Because they vary by region we do not include these. Our plans are designed with a single fireplace heater. Depending on where you live, you may need to work with a local architect or engineer to submit plans that meet local requirements.

A cut sheet
Cut sheets show the quantity of lumber needed. We do suggest the types of materials, however the quantity of each is not included. Windows, doors, kitchen cabinets and appliances are included with the drawings.

Architect or Engineer seals
Some building departments require a licensed architect or engineer in your state to approve the plans. This often has to do with regional safety or energy issues,for example, hurricane safety in Florida, fire safety in California, energy efficiency in New York, etc. Please contact your local building department to learn about the requirements in your area.

Other Notes:

Building Codes
These plans have been designed to meet the International Building Code. Some municipalities have additional restrictions or requirements. Please check with your local building department to verify that these plans meet your local codes.

Square Footage
The square footage listed is an estimate. Unfortunately, not all municipalities calculate square feet in the same way. The square footage we list includes the bottom floor, plus the space on the top floor where the ceiling height is 5'0" or taller.

TIP: Make sure the architect or engineer you select works with AutoCAD (or other similar software) and is willing to work with you on these plans. Some professionals will only take a job if they do it from start to finish. By carefully selecting someone to work with these plans, you can save thousands of dollars.

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