Gambrel Roof House

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Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 2801
  Main 1273
  Second 942
  Third 586
Lower level living area  1126
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.
33 W x 47.5 D


Above-ground bedrooms 3
Above-ground bathrooms 2.5
Master suite Upper
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0


Stories 3
Number of stalls
House height    
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.
Ceiling heights    
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.
  Main level 9
  Upper level 8
Vaulted ceilings    
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.


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
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Main Level Floor Plans For Gambrel House

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Third Floor Plans For Gambrel House

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Lower Level Floor Plans For Gambrel House
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This classic home was designed for a family in New England, but it would fit in beautifully in most neighborhoods. It features a lateral gambrel roof – where the slope changes part way up – along with a gambrel dormer that faces the front. Just as a dormer does, this provides for more usable space on the second floor, and as is the case with this unique home it even provides living space on a third level. A covered porch spans the entire front of the house, while the rear features a large (19’x17′) sunroom on the main level with an even larger deck on the upper level outside the master suite.

As you approach the house, the first thing you notice besides the unique shape of the dormer is the gorgeous wood detailing, particularly at the columns in front and the deck in the rear. As you can imagine, this attention to exterior details carries through the interior of the house as well. The front porch is 8’–deep, so there’s plenty of room for outdoor furniture. As you step into the foyer, there’s a pocket door on your left that opens to a powder room, and just beyond it are the stairs to the upper level. Straight ahead a door opens to the stairs to the lower level, but should you choose not to build a basement, this space could be converted to a coat closet with lots of storage space.

A wide opening on the right brings you to the living room. Like all of the rooms on the main level, the ceiling is set at a comfortable 9′. There’s a large fireplace at the far end of the room with windows on either side. There are also views to and through the front porch provided by a bumped–out bay with three tall windows. Two openings opposite these windows provide access to the dining room and the kitchen. These two rooms are open to each other, separated by two half walls with decorative columns.

The kitchen features countertops that wrap around three sides, an island in the center, and a trio of windows above the sinks for light and views. A large sunroom is positioned next to the kitchen at the rear of the house. This room is wrapped in windows and sliding glass doors on three sides, making it a great space for casual dining, entertaining, or just relaxing with a good book. An opening off the sunroom provides access to a mudroom with a coat closet, a built–in bench, a window, and a door that opens to the back yard.

At the top of the stairs to the second level there’s a uniquely shaped loft with windows on two walls and space for built–ins that could be an ideal space for an office or a place to study. There’s another staircase in this space that leads to an optional third level. One door off the landing opens to bedroom 2, while another opens to the master suite. Bedroom 2 has its own full bath, and windows on two walls for light and ventilation.

The master bedroom has two pairs of windows facing the side and rear, along with a glass door that opens to a huge private deck! You pass through an extra large closet on the way to the master bath. This room features a soaking tub beneath a wide window, a separate shower, and views in two directions.

Should you choose to build out the third level, there’s room for a bedroom with a view, a skylight above the bed, and plenty of closet space; a full bath; and a good sized living room with a view and another skylight. And should you choose to build the basement level, it has a recreation room that takes up most of the space, off of which there are doors to a mechanical room, a laundry, a powder room, and a storage room.

A Modification Idea:
If you prefer to have the laundry on the same level as the bedrooms, and don’t need all of the space on the landing, you could place it in the existing enclosed space and still have room for a desk beneath the window facing the front. Then all you’d need to do is add folding doors at the opening.

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Front Elevation For Gambrel House

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Brief Description

The classic lines of a gambrel roof are featured at the front of this handsome home as well on both sides. Among its unique features are a large sunroom/family room off the kitchen; a wide and quite deep private deck off the master suite on the second floor; and a small apartment with a bedroom, bathroom and living room on a third (attic) level. Also on the second floor there's another bedroom suite, and a loft space that's large enough to be used as a full office, or divided into a laundry and a study space.

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Sometimes the house you want will only work on your property if it is built in the reverse of the original design. The plans for this particular design can be reversed by the architect, with right-reading (not mirror-reverse) words and measurements. The fee will only be added to your original order. If you wish to order more reverse copies of the plans later, please call us toll-free at 1-888-388-5735.


If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

$50 each

Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

SKU: CM-001
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Carol Marsh & Chris Hosford – Architects

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  • What is bond paper?

    Bond paper

    Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
  • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
  • What is mylar?


    Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
  • Plans printed on Mylar

    Plans printed on Mylar

    If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
  • What are PDF electronic files?

    PDF electronic files

    The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
  • Plans in PDF format

    Plans in PDF format

    THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
  • What are CAD files?

    CAD files

    The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
  • Plans in CAD format

    Plans in CAD format

    Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.

We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.