Wee But ‘n’ Ben

Plan Number: at-900

Designed by: Arkin-Tilt Architects


This simple 480 sf dwelling was originally designed as a backyard accessory dwelling unit (aka ‘in-law cottage’) for the owner’s 80 year old mother, who had grown up in Scotland where small, two-room cottages are known as a ‘Wee But ‘n’ Ben’.

The project features bale walls on three sides, with the fourth wall framed and finished in wood. This wood wall contains all of the plumbing for the home making the separation of straw and water easy.

The simple shed roof furthers its economical design. The Wee But ‘n’ Ben is designed for a flat site, but its relatively small footprint can likely be made to work nearly anywhere.


Square Footage Home Elements
Total Living Area 480 SF Levels: 1
Main Level: 480 SF Foundation: Slab
Alternate Foundations: Crawlspace, Pier, Basement
Porch: 50 SF Lot Type: Flat
Footprint: 15′ x 32′  Alternate Lot Types: Sloping, Gentle Slope
Room Details
Master Suite: Main Level
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1


Details and Features

  • Human Scale Design
  • Off Grid Efficiency
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Single Story Home
  • Simple Construction
  • Covered Entry Porch
  • Framed Exterior Utility Wall
  • Open Kitchen/Dining/Living
  • Cozy Cottage Feel

Floor Plan

Included in Construction Drawing Set

  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Roof Plan
  • Elevations
  • Building Sections
  • Interior Elevations
  • Numerous Details
  • Window and Door Schedule
  • Foundation Plan
  • Electrical Plan
  • Roof Framing Plans

Pricing Details (FREE S&H)

Set of Black Line Drawings $545 Buy Now