The colonial saltbox house plan, with its distinctive roofline sloping from 2 stories on one side to one story on the other, can be found peppered across the landscape of New England and is especially prevalent around Cape Cod. The colonial saltbox house epitomizes the looser, less formal colonial home. Typically built of wood, with horizontal lap siding, colonial saltbox houses have a stark, almost Puritan simplicity to their exterior.
Historic Home Plans --- Colonial Saltbox Home Plans --- Kearny Residence

colonial saltbox home plan

Kearny Cottage - ca 1784

A traditional wood saltbox with a porch across the front
$63 - 11 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 31' x 40'
1+ Story, 3+ Bedrooms, 1+ baths
Built ca 1784, Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1940

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Kearny Cottage - ca 1784

The saltbox, a colonial classic, with its rustic, asymmetric charm embodies country living up and down the eastern seaboard. Captain Lawrence Kearny, born in this house, wrote of it in a letter in 1842, �I may establish proper rules and regulations for the better government of the old cottage next Spring� on my hoisting my broad penant upon the old pear tree � and there I shall conclude my long career of sea service.� And so he did, retiring from the US Navy, raising his 3 sons, with his wife Josephine.

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. The first floor offers 4 comfortably large rooms, any one of which could serve as a kitchen. The second floor offers 2 large rooms towards the front and 2 smaller rooms lit by dormers. One of these could serve as a bathroom. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a low sloping one. This house would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. Including porches, the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 31'x40'.

  • Building name:      Kearny Cottage

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      ca 1784

  • Location:      Perth Amboy, NJ

  • Style:      Colonial Saltbox Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      11 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 4 Sheets of Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 3 Sheets of 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 1940, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Colonial Saltbox Style home plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

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 Saltbox Style home, not a pseudo-saltbox tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (SA001)

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