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This is the View Box green home plan by FreeGreen, a company we mentioned earlier with a similar house plan called the Smart Box.  Since we mentioned the Smart Box in May 2008, FreeGreen has been tearing it up with new green plans of all sorts of styles.  But not only are they expanding their selection of in-house plans, they’re also on Twitter and Allison Arieff gave them a NY Times shout out about a week ago.  Things are going well …

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I like the View Box plan, personally.  It comes in a few different versions ranging from 1397 to 1575 square feet, and two bedrooms/one bathroom to two bedrooms/two bathrooms.  FreeGreen provides interior and exterior renderings, floor plans, energy features, and energy performance information based on computer simulations.  Download the plan, order prints for $40, get customization services, or see how much the home is estimated to cost to construct.

It has been commonly held that you get what you pay for, and that, generally speaking, price is correlated with quality.  But FreeGreen is kind of testing these ideas — they certainly get you started with a lot of information; however, every site is different and every location has different rules.  Local or custom help on the front end might save some money later on.

Of note, FreeGreen has just launched an open source area on their website for architects to sell their home plans for whatever cost they choose.  There’s a healthy market for green home plans growing over there, and if you’re on the hunt for something like this, I’d keep your eye on it.

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Rendering credits: FreeGreen.