|Total Above-ground living area||1224|
|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.
|28 W x 28 D|
|Number of stalls|
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
There are two entrance doors, one at the porch and one on the side. The side door is handy to the kitchen and a small coat closet. A small porch roof shelters this door, which is next to the parking area. In this version, the side door is on the west, but reversing the plan will put it on the east side, away from the winter winds, if necessary. On this site, the prime views were on the south side, best enjoyed from the entry porch and most of the rooms. The porch entry is most useful in the summertime, when you'll want to relax on the porch and enjoy the view.
The ground floor bath has a half bath and laundry, with a stacking washer and dryer. The dining and living spaces are open, allowing some flexibility in the furniture arrangements. The living area has a fireplace at the end. Window seats flank the raised hearth and give you a cozy spot to read or relax by the fire. The kitchen is small, but can be arranged to provide a bit more workspace. You could also stretch that part of the house a bit and give yourself some more space for the kitchen and the bathrooms as well. The open stairway brings in extra light and adds to the spacious feeling.
The original design is on concrete slab, but you could also build over a crawl space or basement. If you have a basement, you can have a basement stair and enter it from the kitchen. And with basements, it is sometimes helpful to have an outside stair for moving bulky items into and out of it.
The second floor has two identical bedrooms and a shared full bath. The bedrooms each have a bed and a sitting space next to large windows. In the original design, these are the best seats in the house! You could set aside one bedroom for kids with two single beds built into the corners. The ceilings are 10' high at the peak, and slope down to chest'high walls, which give the rooms added visual interest. Large windows on two walls give you a great view and lots of light. And note the small window near the floor in the corner where you can curl up on a cushion under the low roof.
This design can work well on a sloping or level site. If there is a slope, then the porch should face downhill and the best view should be downhill.
Due to licensing agreements, this home may not be built in Hancock County, Maine.
Front Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
Rear Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
Side 1 Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
Side 2 Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
This two bedroom guesthouse was designed to go with a shingled cottage down on the shore of Maine. As it is a guest house, it has a very limited kitchen, but if expanded a bit, it would be a perfectly reasonable two bedroom, one and a half bath house at a little over 1,250 adjusted square feet.