The Backroad Home


About this Website, the Plans, Prefabs, Products and Building Advice

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About the Plans, Prefabs, Building Kits and Building Advice
Most of the plans, buildings and building advice presented on are intended for use in North America and use Imperial (foot and inch) measurements.
The plans sold on this website are protected by U.S. and International copyright law. After purchase, they may be used once, to help build one building. Any other use, copying or dissemination is strictly prohibited.

Building Codes and Standards
Building codes, materials and standards are always evolving and changing. Today's best building methods, and the best methods for building in your climate, are not always what are shown on the material presented on this website.

Have all plans, material lists, products, prefabs, kits and construction methods reviewed by your building department or by an experienced building professional who knows local conditions before you purchase anything or start to build. The plans, products, prefabs, kits and material lists presented here may have to be modified by a local professional to suit your site's conditions, building and zoning codes and weather requirements.



The information provided on this website is intended for adults with knowledge of the use and safety requirements of the tools and implements needed to complete all projects. Children should not attempt any of the projects presented on this web site without adult guidance.

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Other building industry websites are listed on this site, for free, at the discretion of the editor, in the hope that information about them is useful to readers.

Some interesting websites, services and products are presented in more extensive reviews and articles. Reviews and articles are posted for free, at the discretion of the editor. Reviews and articles on this website are not endorsements of any websites, individuals, services, products, books, advice or plans. They are intended only to express the opinions of their author and to provide useful information to readers.



Images on this site include our own photos and works, YouTube video screenshots, sponsors' product photos and royalty free photos purchased to use here.


In addition, we've created low-resolution collages of screenshots from some web sites. The images are here as thumbnails to lead you to sites that we hope will be helpful to you too. The little collages transform some beautiful original photographs. Please follow the links to view the originals at their source. The collages, and descriptions, are my criticisms of the sites: they should be helpful and interesting to you . That's why they are included and reviewed on this site.

All images are here under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you are the originator or copyright owner of any image that you'd like not to appear on this site, please let us know. We'll remove it right away. On the other hand, if you are the creator of an interesting building plan, kit or service that should be presented on this site, please let us know.


About the Editor
Don Berg, an architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, designs barns and country homes. He has published fifteen books on traditional American building, gardening and landscaping and has been a guest and consultant on HGTV. Don's designs, articles and interviews have appeared in Home Magazine, Country Life, The Old-House Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Grit, Yankee Magazine, Mother Earth News, Period Home Magazine, Traditional Building and many other publications.

The Berg family's backroad home, off a southern Vermont dirt road, is a passive solar cottage that Don designed in the early 1980s.

This website was inspired by the success of Don Berg's 1990s books The Backroad Home and Barns & Backbuildings. Just like those books, the website is here to present you with hard-to-find sources for practical country building designs - homes, barns, garages, sheds and outbuildings that are inexpensive to build, easy to maintain, and that will look great in the countryside.

Here's what some readers and reviewers said about the books:

The Backroad Home

"Hundreds of sources in it for all sorts of rural and country building materials. This is a must have book" - Tim Carter, Ask the Builder


"If you are thinking of building and find yourself sick and tired of the please-not-one-more-cathedral-ceilinged-media-room-approach to home design...Then look no further - Don Berg's "Backroad Home" is the light at the end of the tunnel.. ... this wonderful book provides inspiring, right on the mark designs, blueprints and resorces for older houses, cottages, cabins, backbuildings, barns, sheds...a perfectly edited compendium of resources for old house design, building and materials...Great reading, great writing and great fun. Thank you Mr. Berg for writing a book for "the rest of us" - Reviewer

"Here is a book that extols traditional styles and connects you to the architects who have adapted those styles to modern codes...Berg connects the reader to alternate plan sources, including log homes, timber frame, historic, magazine and Cooperative Extension plans, which are hard to find but nearly free." - Gene Gerue, author of How to Find Your Ideal Country Home

"If you want to get started right away with your cottage with some really attractive off-the shelf designs, this is the first book that you should but" - Jim Tolpin, author of The New Cottage Home

"Whether you dream of building a cabin in the woods or a porch-wrapped farmhouse, this book is sure to be a great source of inspiration...Don Berg has collected dozens of designs from America's best designers and architects and placed them in an exclusive book of country homes." - Timber Homes Illustrated

Barns and Backbuildings

"A must-have book if you're planning the construction of a small barn" - Charles Leik, editor of The Barn Journal

"It's about time someone put together a comprehensive source book devoted to barns. With over ninety designs, and sources for all the hard-to-find barn hardware and accessories, "Barns and Backbuildings" provides a valuable planning tool for anyone thinking about building a barn. Well-organized and easy to read, it's the best resource book on barns, large and small, that I've come across" - Reviewer

"Charming Outbuildings" - The Baltimore Sun


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