Adobe Block Garden House
|Total Above-ground living area||1597|
|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.
|70.833 W x 31 D|
|Number of stalls||2|
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 opens on an entryway, with views to the living/dining room beyond a stepped adobe wall. In the living/dining room, a hearth platform angles around a corner, creating a base for a wood stove or fireplace. You can extend the hearth to create a seating 'banco', or cut it short to leave more space for an entertainment center. The high–ceilinged main room opens to the south with a patio door assembly, which is almost 14' wide, and a single door leads east to the shaded patio. A counter on one side, and pantry and closet on the other, separate the kitchen from the living room. To the west, a short hallway leads past a bath and laundry center, separating the two bedrooms from the living area for peace and privacy.
Front Elevation For Garden House
Rear Elevation For Garden House
Side 1 Elevation For Garden House
Side 2 Elevation For Garden House
This home has a simple layout, and is designed to be constructed from adobe block. The adobe provides an economical building material, and provides thermal mass storage, which will keep energy costs down. The patio wall that loops around the east end of the house leaves room for a nice garden or patio space. With an outdoor grill or oven, you can grow, cook, and eat your dinner, all in the pleasant southeast courtyard.