Country Retreat Vacation Home
|Total Above-ground living area||1736|
|Lower level living area|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|51 W x 24 D|
|Number of stalls||1|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
The front door off the covered entry porch opens to the living areas of the house. Upon entering the house, the coat closet is on your right and stairs to the upper level is on your left. The second floor above creates an 8–foot ceiling at the entry, and distinguishes the entry foyer from the main, vaulted living space. The far wall of the living and dining areas has both wide and narrow windows set into a 13'6"–tall wall. The ceiling rises from there to a dramatic 20' at the centerline of the house, just above the peninsula dividing the dining space from the kitchen.
This peninsula countertop includes a breakfast/serving bar on one side. The space above it is left open so that those in the kitchen can enjoy the rear views, as well as any activity in the living and dining areas. A pocket door opens to a laundry that then opens to the garage. The original homeowners chose to position the one–car garage on an angle, but its size and location could be easily changed by your builder.
Just past the stairs on the other side of the house is the master suite. The bedroom has windows facing front and back, providing views and plenty of natural light.
On the upper level there are two additional bedrooms and a full bath. An oversized balcony, with views to the living space below, was designed to be a sewing/craft nook, but may be used as an office or reading space.
Front Elevation For Country Retreat
Rear Elevation For Country Retreat
Side 1 Elevation For Country Retreat
Side 2 Elevation For Country Retreat
Clad in horizontal cedar siding, this handsome home has a simple open floor plan with varying ceiling heights that help create interesting interior spaces. The main portion of the house was designed as a perfect rectangle to keep construction costs down. Though small in overall square footage, the lofty ceiling in the living/dining area makes the house feel open and spacious.