10 Great Planbooks for One-Story Homes

Find Building Plans for Accessible One-Story Homes

A single story house doesn't have to be dull or ordinary. The one-story houses in this collection have dramatic features like vaulted ceilings, dramatic window shapes, and generous use of skylights. Browse these building plan books to find the single story home of your dreams.

You may have seen a similar version of this 2010 book as you stood in the checkout aisle at Lowe's. This 256-page book from Creative Homeowner Publishing offers hundreds of home plans for single-level living. Whether you're looking for a cozy starter home or amenity-filled empty-nester, the easy-to-use index will help you find the design you're looking for.

Hanley Wood Home Planners offers 475 Superb Home Plans from 810 to 5,400 Sq. Ft. This 448-page book is packed with a full range of home styles -- small homes, grand luxury homes, country classics, traditional European designs, and innovative contemporaries. Hanley Wood, 448 pages, 2001

This 2012 Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services, Inc. will give you a taste of international home design, especially about what's happening in Australia (where single storey is meant to be 1-story design). The associated website is houseplansebook.com.

House plans for over 700 one-story homes by a variety of designers, with a nice assortment of styles. At over 600 pages, this Creative Homeowner edition has received good reviews for its breadth of coverage. Beware, however, that this mega-volume reprints Creative Homeowner plans from smaller plan books. Second edition, 2007

Design Basics showcases one-story home plans from 962 square feet to over 3,734 square feet. At only 104 pages, this pretty cover contains only 155 home plans—a small collection compared to other books on this list, but enough to get you started on your journey. You'll find a wide variety of designs in this 1997 second edition plan book.

At nearly 500 pages, this plan book published by Home Design Alternatives in 2008 claims to have blueprints available for all of its 500 designs..

These floor plans for single-story homes are easy to build, simple to maintain, and flexible in design. This book includes many color photos of over 300 plans from popular designers such as Frank Betz and Dan Sater. Design Direct Publishing, 352 pages, 2006.

Another plan book from the editors of Creative Homeowner, this 2004 edition may be your popular starting point for finding that one-story house plan to fit your needs.

Just about everything you need to know to plan your single-story home is included in this paperback from Creative Homeowner Press. You'll find options, modifications, a home cost calculator, legal information, and more, plus many full color photos. 384 pages, 2000.

More than 200 designs, helpful building tips, and blueprint ordering information from Sunset Publishing Company. 224 pages, 1996.