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28×20 Saltbox Plan


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This 28×20 Saltbox plan reaches back in history to give you one amazing structure! The strong and simple saltbox style of house has been seen in this country since the 1650’s. It’s a design with two stories in front and one in back. The roof pitch is short and high in front, and long and low in back, creating a two-story structure on one side.

This timber frame is fashioned with common trusses and collar ties, which simplifies the cutting and raising process. The plan is designed with a loft over half of the floor space. So you can have a ceiling on one side that soars to 19’-6” if you leave the collar ties exposed, giving you a great feeling of open space. Over the other half of the space, the second-floor system creates an area you can use for a bedroom, office or any number of uses.

This 28×20 saltbox plan has 560 square feet on the ground floor and 280 square feet on the second floor, which gives you a total of 840 square feet to use as a small cabin, or spacious artist’s studio, or even a barn with hay loft!

The plan set consists of 35 pages of thoroughly detailed drawings. We include a timber list and fastener schedule (and you can purchase the fasteners right here at Timber Frame HQ!)  The drawings include fully dimensioned plans, elevations, and sections, as well as detailed cut drawings of every timber. We also include 3D renderings to help you visualize the finished product. And the plan set is formatted to 8 ½”x 11”, ready for instant download and printing from your home or neighborhood copy shop.

Important Information:

Timber Frame HQ provides plans for construction purposes but does not oversee the construction. The plan purchaser is responsible for assuring the plan meets local codes and regulations. It is the responsibility of the plan purchaser to obtain any and all structural analysis, engineering, and specifications that may be required in the municipality in which it is to be built. Plan purchaser is to verify all lot conditions and measurements before construction. Purchaser is responsible for additional expenses incurred in order to meet local code and engineering requirements.

Customer understands that the following conditions in your specific area may require additional engineering:

  1. Wind / hurricane / tornado
  2. Seismic / earthquake
  3. Heavy snow
  4. Flood potential
  5. Soil instability
  6. Timber Frame Engineering

Customer understands that HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical will not be included in all plans.
Purchaser agrees that the use of the plan is for the construction of one house

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