Colonial homes come in many strands and variations. "Colonial house" may be used broadly to encompass homes built from the earliest European settlements until well after Independence. On one end of the spectrum are the rustic cabins with their informal colonial house plans, that grew up over time to become rambling, comfortable farmsteads. On the other end are the grand brick Colonial home plans such as Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Whether colonial homes are built of white pine from the Northeast, or warm brick further south, Colonial house plans share simple geometries, axial arrangements of rooms, and essentially classical details. A few samples, representing the range of colonial house plans may be found here.
Historic Home Plans --- Colonial Homes --- The Archer Cottage

colonial home plan

The Archer Cottage - ca. 1815

A traditional Colonial timber framed cottage
$37 - 4 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions, 20' x 30'
1+ Stories, 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath
Built circa 1815, Yorktown, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1960


The Archer Cottage - ca. 1815

The Archer Cottage, in Yorktown, Virginia, is the second house to grace this spot. The original house, built sometime in the 17th century, burnt down in 1814. Soon after, a new house was built atop the original foundations. This is the house we see today. Adjacent to the Archer House archeological excavations have revealed a "bake house". These excavations are shown on this drawing set.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. This compact little house conveniently provides 2 comfortable rooms on the ground floor and 2 rooms in the spacious attic. It could be adapted a number of different ways, to accommodate a variety of needs. This house is suited to a flat or low slope site. It would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 20' x 30'.

  • Building name:     The Archer Cottage

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      ca. 1815

  • Location:      Yorktown, Virginia

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      4 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet with site plan

  • 1 Sheet of floor plans and elevations, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 2 Sheet of timber frame and other details, various scales

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1960 by the Historic American Building Survey. The original drawings rest in the Library of Congress.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Colonial building, not a pseudo-colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (CO013)

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