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 Lightfoot Cottage

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The Lightfoot Cottage - ca. 1707

A traditional Colonial brick cottage
$38 - 4 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions, 38' x 41'
1+ Stories, 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath
Built circa 1707, Yorktown, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1935


The Lightfoot Cottage - ca. 1707

Sometime before 1707 Mungo Somerwell built this gem of a brick cottage. Later it was owned by the Lightfoot family, from whom it got its name. It has seen many alterations over the years but has been lovingly restored recently and once again displays its simple colonial charm. The T-shaped plan allows for good natural light in all the rooms, as well as a feeling of interior spaciousness.

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 picturesque house provides 3 comfortably large rooms on the ground floor and 3 rooms in the attic, as well as a full basement. 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 38' x 41'.

  • Building name:     The Lightfoot Cottage

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      ca. 1707

  • Location:      Yorktown, Virginia

  • Style:      Colonial

  • Number of sheets:      4 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet with vicinity map

  • 1 Sheet of floor plans , 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet of elevations , 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet, site plan with archeological information

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1935 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. (CO014)

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