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The Nova Scotia: Small Home Plans

As promised, this is the Nova Scotia Small Home floor plan by Robinson Residential.

It’s the first of 13 Canada-inspired designs by John Robinson, and you can purchase the plans you’ll see below on his website here. He wrote us:

Nova Scotia is one of the eastern maritime provinces and know for it’s picturesque ocean views and historic townsites. The Nova Scotia plan is an interpretation of an iconic light house, which still remain along the Atlantic coast. The main floor includes a compact kitchen, dining area with a window seat, and a ¾ bathroom. We have maximized built-in storage where ever possible. The second floor is the bedroom, which has space for a washer/dryer, closet and built in cabinetry. On the top floor we designed wrap around windows and built in seating with storage underneath. Imagine the panoramic vies of sunrises and sunsets from this space…We can modify these plans to suit particular situations as well.

Enjoy the designs below and buy the plans here.

Related: Announcing 13 New Small Home Plans from Robinson Residential 

The Nova Scotia: Small Home Plans


$1,000.00 — The Nova Scotia-649 small home plan is based on the iconic lighthouses that follow the Nova Scotia coastline. This compact design utilizes every available space to maximize living area and storage. This plan features:

  • Main floor kitchen, dining area and bathroom
  • Stairways that are designed for storage
  • 2nd floor bedroom with laundry and built-in storage
  • 3rd floor lounge with built-in seating/storage and panoramic windows

Want to purchase the designs? Head over to Robinson Residential!


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  • Tom Osterdock
    May 19, 2017, 2:37 pm

    I like this one but I would have to swap the 2nd and loft. Bedroom would have to be at the top of the tower. Don’t want people going thru my bedroom to get to the lounge or living room.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 19, 2017, 3:42 pm

      Good idea!

    • James D.
      May 19, 2017, 9:39 pm

      Um, not exactly practical in the long run… You’d have to go all the way down to the first floor to go to the bathroom and then climb all the way to the top to go back to bed, for example…

      Would also negate the point of the lounge to be able to relax and enjoy the view, unless you also swap the windows arrangement and settle for a more limited view of the surroundings…

      I would suggest just putting in a room divider that hides the bedroom from view and makes it appear like one continuous staircase to the lounge…

      There’s ceiling to floor retractable wall panels that are used in office environments to provide instant room dividers that would be perfect and also help block sound in case anyone wants a little quite time without needing to kick the guest out first…

      • Tom Osterdock
        May 19, 2017, 10:10 pm

        I would rather have the windows all around the bed. that way I and my lady can look out if we want or get a nice breeze by opening the windows. If people want to look aroud they can look out from the patio deck.

        • James D.
          May 19, 2017, 10:37 pm

          You’d get windows regardless… But is a vista view worth having to go up and down three stories of stairs multiple times every single day?

          Mind, the tower tapers towards the top, so the top floor has the least space and the staircase is cutting into the available space…

          Though, if you shorten the stairs to the loft, it might not be too tight…

          But if you really want the bed on the top floor then put the bathroom on the second floor, keeping the W/D on that level, and put the lounge on the first floor where the bathroom was and make it more like a living room…

          So you would only have to go to the first floor to eat, lounge, and to enter and leave the house but can otherwise stick to the top two floors…

          Much more practical that way and with the lounge/living room on the same floor as the kitchen makes it easier to do things like serve drinks, etc.

          Though, a coffee/tea maker in the bedroom can safe a trip or two when you just want to relax and enjoy the view with a good brew… instead of going up and down three flights…

    • Alvis Jenkins
      December 29, 2017, 12:54 pm

      I resolved the problem of someone having to go through the bedroom to get to the top of the tower by installing a elevator in place of the stairwell.

  • Starr Geary
    May 19, 2017, 5:53 pm

    I agree about bedroom on top floor. Also to gaze at the stars and nature. But this is a great house plan.

  • Lisa E.
    May 19, 2017, 5:57 pm

    Really like this one; unique. Love all the windows at the top. I know I’d be spending a lot of time in that area. I’m with Tom Osterdock, though. I’d have to switch out the 2nd and 3rd floors for the sake of privacy… and a great view! 😀

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 22, 2017, 4:10 pm

      It would be fun!

  • John
    May 20, 2017, 11:26 am

    Another option, depending on your tastes. Spiral staircase. You then have room for more storage, an upper-floor bathroom or half-bath, or a hobby room/2nd bedroom.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

      Oh that would be awesome! Love spiral staircases.

      • Tom Osterdock
        May 22, 2017, 4:55 pm

        Another option would be to put in a fireman’s pole. That would be so much fun and easy to get down when you got to use the necessary room and take your time going back up.

    • Grant
      July 24, 2020, 8:34 pm

      Spiral staircases are great like I saw in the UK but to get your box spring and mattress up there and your furniture can’t be taken up there so you have to have a large window and a pulley system on the roof of the house to lift this furniture up and into the second story window.

  • Jacqueline James
    June 9, 2017, 11:56 pm

    Keep doing it

  • Oliver Hurlbut
    November 18, 2017, 5:03 am

    I love this design! But I think I would want to see a finished version to get a feel for the space.

  • Alvis Jenkins
    December 29, 2017, 12:57 pm

    Does anyone think that this design # 649 would look good on the high plains of Southern Colorado, more specifically in Costilla County Colorado?

  • June Green
    April 20, 2020, 5:28 pm

    maybe you wouldn’t want the kitchen smells ascending into the bedroom, upstairs. However, you wouldn’t want to have to carry groceries to all the way up stairs, either. Maybe detach the kitchen off the main floor so cooking smells don’t smell up the rest of the house. A bathroom and laundry facilities need to be attached to the sleeping area so that you don’t have to climb or ascend stairs to go to the bathroom at night, or with sheets and other laundry. Laundry facilities need to be next to the area where most of the laundry generates, from the bathroom and bedroom, for example.

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