Hillside House

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Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 1647
  Main Level 1162
  Upper Level 485
Lower level living area  1131
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.
36 W x 36 D


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


Stories 2
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 10
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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This unique house was designed for clients who had a beautiful hillside lot that looks into a gorgeous bay in Maine. Granite ledges stepped away down the hill, and a grove of mature spruce trees made the site private and gave it a great sense of place. Because the granite ledge was so erratic, the architect knew that it would be tough to find a place to build, which resulted in trying to make as compact a house as possible.

Hipped roofs are a natural for this kind of square plan, and that worked well for this house because it seems low and ground hugging as you approach it from higher on the hill. As the ground falls away, though, the building becomes three stories tall with a walkout basement. However, many of our customers have built this house on a flat or gently sloping site, often without the basement level.

The simple front facade gives little hint of the surprises one encounters on the inside of the house. The ceiling in the foyer and kitchen areas rises from 8′ at the front of the house to a dramatic 16′ at the transition to the living areas of the house. A door just to the right opens to a combination utility room and half bath. Straight ahead there are stairs to the upper level, and a hallway leading to the living room. A large skylight above the hallway allows abundant sunlight into the middle of the house, and a door in the hallway opens to a coat closet tucked beneath the stairs.

Windows topped by rising multi–paned transom windows in the kitchen wrap around the corner sink and along one wall, providing views to and through the side deck. A pergola of sloped beams was placed over this deck to allow more sunlight into the house. A peninsula countertop with a raised eating/serving bar separates the kitchen from the dining area. Large picture windows with multi–paned transoms run along one wall, while a pair of doors at the end of the room open to a screened porch. This porch has two doors that open to either the side deck or to a lovely open deck at the rear of the house.

The living room is next to the dining room, and open to both it and the kitchen. Three large picture windows topped by transom windows look out to the view at the rear of the house. A door at the far end of the room opens to the master suite. The bedroom features two walls of windows facing the side and rear of the house, and a vaulted ceiling with unique angles. A glazed door opens to a private deck that’s connected to the rear deck. A second door opens to a walk–in closet with a large skylight above it, while a third opens to the bath area. The bath also has an angled ceiling, with a large skylight in the middle of the room.

The stairs to the upper level bring you to an open loft space that the original homeowners used as a home office. Two pairs of multi–paned windows are set high to bring in light without glare. And a skylight is positioned so that you can look out to the front and see who’s coming while you’re at your desk. There are two additional bedrooms on this level, each with its own wrap around views. Like the windows on the lower level, all are quite large, and all are topped by transom windows. They share a full bath that also features large windows – of course! And each bedroom includes access to a small balcony built over the screened porch on the main level.

The plans for this house include a walk out basement on the lower level, but this portion of the house was left unfinished.

Please Note
Due to licensing agreements, this home may not be built in Hancock County, Maine.

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Brief Description

This is a small house built within a 36'x36' outline, but everything about its look and feel is unique. It was designed for a steep lot, but it can work just as well on a flat piece of property. There are views in all four directions, and decks that span the rear and one side connect to a screened porch at the corner. Skylights allow natural light to fill the master bath and closet on the main level, as well as a charming office space/study on the upper level. Both bedrooms on the second floor have access to a small roof deck.

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Printed on Bond paper; may be modified, but not duplicated


Printed on Mylar; may be modified right on the plans, which can then be duplicated locally. Includes extra copy printed on Bond paper


Highly Recommended
By far the most popular option! Instant, cost-free delivery via email; can be emailed to builder(s) and others; comes with license to modify & duplicate


For use by design professionals to make substantial changes; may be printed locally after modifications are made; cost-free delivery via email
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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: KA-015
Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

Bob Knight – Architect

To learn about this architect or firm, and/or to view all of their other plans, just click on the name above.

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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.