Cottage With Unique Rooflines
|Total Above-ground living area||2102|
|Lower level living area||999|
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.
|43.333 W x 36 D|
|Above-ground bedrooms||2 - 3|
|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
|LR, AWAY, BR2, BR 3, LOF|
From the covered front stoop, a glass door opens to a unique open foyer space. It has a coat closet in the far left corner, and a side window across from it for extra light, and a mudroom space to the right. The mudroom has coat hooks around its outer edges, two windows in the corner, and a pocket door that opens to a guest powder room that's part of the master bath. A door to the left of the entry opens to a large laundry room with another door that opens to the side deck; and a glass door straight ahead that (if installed) turns this all into an air–lock entryway.
Beyond this second door you pass stairs to the upper and (optional) lower level before entering the great room. The ceiling in this room, like most of the main level, is set at 8', but the far half of the room is vaulted, from 17' at the rear wall to nearly 20'. The outer wall of both the great room and the dining space is lined with windows that are 3' wide and 6' tall. The wall at the end of the great room on the right has a two–sided fireplace that is shared with the master bedroom. The other end of the room is open to the dining area.
The kitchen is next to and open to the dining space, separated only by a peninsula counter with a range on top and a raised counter on the outer edge for casual eating or serving. There's a pantry off the kitchen, four windows in the corner where the sinks are, and a glazed door between it and the dining area opens to a screened porch for outdoor dining. Half of the kitchen ceiling vaults up all the way to the roofline of the second floor, where a window in a dormer allows more natural light to flow into the room.
A door off the great room opens to the master suite. The bedroom has two 6'–tall windows for views to the rear, two highly placed short windows above the bed for additional light, and a dressing area between "his" and "hers" walk–in closets. The bath features a shower large enough for two with a vaulted ceiling above it, and two separated vanities.
At the landing of the upper floor you're facing built–in shelves, with a linen closet and a bathroom just to the left, and a door on the right that opens to a large "away" room. Each end of the room has a built–in seat beneath a window, and there are two more windows in the middle. A lockable door opens to a plant shelf that can be seen from the stairway and the kitchen. A loft space on this level has a low wall (filled with bookshelves) that looks down to the great room below. A door on one end opens to a bedroom with views to the side and the rear, and a large walk–in closet. A small eave storage space is in the corner of the room, while a larger space can be accessed from either the closet or the away room.
At the other end of the loft, there is a sunny office space that could be used as a bedroom or a guest room. As designed, there's a built–in seat beneath a pair of windows on one wall, and on the opposite wall there are built–in shelves and a desk that wraps around the corner. Shutters above the shelves allow more natural light in along with a view to the front through a large window in a dormer, and another window and a glass door look and open out to an open balcony space.
If you choose to build the basement level, you can add up to 999 sf of living space plus a mechanical room/root cellar. There's room for two additional bedrooms with a living room/den between them, and a full bath. The plans also include drawings for a two–car detached garage with a large workshop area. A pair of 3'–wide doors provide easy access to the workshop, and a set of pull–down stairs in the ceiling provide access to attic storage.
The plans for this house call for ICF (insulated concrete form) exterior walls for the basement and the first floor, and for 2×6 stud walls on the second floor.
Front Elevation For Cottage With Unique Rooflines
Rear Elevation For Cottage With Unique Rooflines
Side 1 Elevation For Cottage With Unique Rooflines
Side 2 Elevation For Cottage With Unique Rooflines
The first thing you notice as you approach this house is its unique rooflines. The pitch is 12:12 at the gables on all four sides, and 12:4 on the front and rear dormers. Wood brackets at the eaves of the gables add to the exterior appeal. All the rooms at the rear of the house have great light and views, and on one side there is a screened porch that connects to a deck that wraps around to the front. Upstairs, there's a very large "away" room, and an office (or third bedroom) with a private balcony. It can be a passive solar house if it faces north.