|Total Above-ground living area||1540|
|Lower level living area||739|
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.
|38 W x 29 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
This compact 2-bedroom cottage was originally built on a forested lot in Maine. It features great views to the rear and one side and an open floor plan. From a covered entry porch you step into a foyer space with a coat closet and a bench. As you enter the house, there is a small library with bookshelves on your right — which could of course function as a small office space — and beyond it is the open dining space and the kitchen.
As you move toward the kitchen you pass stairs to the upper level, a storage closet, and a small mechanical room. Windows in the kitchen look out to and through a screened porch at the rear of the house, and wrap around counters. Doors in this space open to a bathroom with a shower, a pantry, and the side yard. The screened porch is 21′ wide and 9′ deep, so there is plenty of room for furniture.
The living room is vaulted, rising at a steep angle from 9′ at the side wall to a dramatic 18′ flat ceiling that continues to the edge of the dining space. It is wrapped with windows providing views to the rear and the side, and more light pours in during the day from two skylights. In the floor plans you’ll see both a wood-burning stove and a fireplace, but it is your choice to have only one feature, or none at all.
The stairs to the upper level bring you to a loft space with a unique ceiling, a view to the rear, and a balcony that looks down into the living room. This space could be used as a kids’ play area, a sleeping spot for guests, a reading area, or a home office. Another option is to enclose it and expand the main bedroom. Doors off the landing open to two bedrooms and a full bath. All the rooms on this level are under the eaves of the 45-degree roofs, but they all have views through windows in the gable ends. In bedroom 2, the flat portion of the roof is set at 9’4″, sloping down to 4′ at the end wall.
Because this house was originally built on a sloping lot, it included a small, unfinished daylight basement level, but most of our customers have constructed it as a 2-story over a slab or crawlspace. Should you wish to build the lower level, the stairwell to the upper level can have steps leading down if the secondary closet is removed.
Due to a licensing agreement, this home may not be built in Hancock County, Maine.
Front Elevation For A Forest Cottage
Rear Elevation For A Forest Cottage
Side 1 Elevation For A Forest Cottage
Side 2 Elevation For A Forest Cottage
This small vacation cottage features a living room with a two–story ceiling, a fireplace, and a 180–degree view to the rear and sides. There's a large screened (or simply covered) porch next to it that is accessed from the dining room, in case you decide to eat outdoors. Upstairs there are two bedrooms that share a full bath, and an open loft space.