Humanities › Visual Arts The 9 Best Books of House Plans of 2020 These big books are packed with plans for building your new home Share Flipboard Email Print Visual Arts Architecture An Introduction to Architecture Styles Theory History Great Buildings Famous Architects Famous Houses Skyscrapers Tips For Homeowners Art & Artists By Jackie Craven Art and Architecture Expert Doctor of Arts, University of Albany, SUNY M.S., Literacy Education, University of Albany, SUNY B.A., English, Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Jackie Craven has over 20 years of experience writing about architecture and the arts. She is the author of two books on home decor and sustainable design. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Jackie Craven Updated November 15, 2019 Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Building a new home begins with a dream, and a good place to start is to browse through house plan catalogs. These house plan catalogs include illustrations for popular house styles along with floor plans and elevation drawings. Find a house plan you like, and you can order the blueprints. 1001 All Time Best Selling Home Plans Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon This huge, eclectic collection is a good place to begin browsing if you don't know what you want. The hefty volume includes everything from modest cottages to grand estates. Affordable Homes For Every Stage Of Life Buy on Amazon Donald A. Gardner Architects has given us 100 Easy-Living Home Plans and he claims they are affordable. You be the judge. 200 Budget-Smart Home Plans: Affordable Homes from 902 to 2,540 Square Feet Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon These small homes are practical, economical, clean-cut, and contemporary. This book has received mixed reviews because many of the plans are for two-story houses. For some people, that's one floor too many! Narrow Lot Home Plans Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon For anyone who has big dreams but not a lot of land, find a practical and stylish selection of 250 house plans for homes 17' to 50' wide. This 1999 book from Home Planners may be bought used, which sounds like a good idea to me. Narrow Lot Home Plans can also be found online at websites such as Family Home Plans. 350 Narrow-Lot Homes (Smart Design) Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon Finding the right house plan when you have a narrow lot is a tough task. This book, from the editors at Hanley Wood publishers, will give you more ideas. Check out online sources, like the House Plans for Narrow Lots. Luxury Dream Homes Buy on Amazon I've seen some of these houses built in my local upscale neighborhood. Elaborate and indulgent, simple yet elegant homes, with sleek contemporary designs: These homes are costly, but magnificent. Keep in mind your lot size, however. On too small of a site, these homes can look ridiculous. On the right plot of land, they become castles. This book is from Home Planners. Designer Dream Homes Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon Subtitled150 Beautiful Home Plans in All Sizes and Styles, this Designs Direct publication from 2007 gives a full-color photo tour of only 44 homes, according to the cover. Nevertheless, these books can often be bought used, and what's the price of a dream, anyway... Best-Selling 1-Story Home Plans Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon This 2010 book from Creative Homeowner gets good feedback. With hundreds of plans and photos, this book of home plans should give the thrifty homeowner a truckload of ideas. One-story homes are in—stairs are out! Ultimate Book of Home Plans Photo from Amazon Buy on Amazon At over 600 pages, this mega-book published by Creative Homeowner in 2015 is, well, the Ultimate Book of Home Plans. But, just like the old Sears Catalog Modern Home series, after looking at so many plans, the designs tend to look repetitive. In fact, this book has been published for years under different names, including Lowe's Ultimate Book of Home Plans. Nevertheless, everything old is new again to someone. Keep a list of the features you like in each plan, and soon you'll have the formula for your own dream home.