If you ever saw a bare-bones wooden house and thought, Hey, I could roll with that, you’re in luck: The architects of this fab pared-back dwelling in France have made all building plans and other relevant documents available to download for free here. Appropriately named Open Source House, the roughly 1,260-square-foot dwelling was built for a retired couple and prioritizes an easily accessible open interior.
Virtually all surfaces—from walls and ceilings to partitions and concrete supports—are covered in wooden panels cut and varnished offsite, creating a streamlined modern look. A wall of glass in the ground floor living and dining room opens out to a deck while a nearly 400-square-foot mezzanine allows for more intimate spaces. Sustainable insulation comes from cellulose wadding and wood fiber.
According to the firm, Studiolada Architects, the house was built at a competitive cost of €1,250 pre-tax per square meter. That would make this house roughly €146,250 or $170,270—which is on par with affordable prefab homes of its size.