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.
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Pleasant Sowell Cottage - 1822

A saltbox home plan in wood and stone, perfect for a sloping site
$44 - 5 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 28' x 29'
2+ Stories, 3+ Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in 1822, Scottsville, Virginia
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1979

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colonial saltbox home plan

Pleasant Sowell Cottage - 1822

In 1822 Pleasant Sowell purchased land on Carter's Mountain and began the construction of this home. Additions around 1840 gave it a saltbox form. It remains in the Sowell family to this day.

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 walk-out basement contains 2 rooms. The main level contains 5 rooms, 2 of which could be made into a bed/bath suite. The attic comfortably accommodates another 2 bedrooms and a bath. This plan works well on a moderately sloping site. Without the walk-out basement it would work well on a flat site as well. This house would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 28'x29'.

  • Building name:      Pleasant Sowell Cottage

  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1822

  • Location:      Scottsville, VA

  • Style:      Colonial Saltbox Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      5 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • Basement & First Floor Plans, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan & Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

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

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1979, 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. (SA002)

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