|Total Above-ground living area||1224|
|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.
|28 W x 28 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
Designed as a guesthouse on a lakeside property, it would of course be equally suited to be a vacation cottage in any locale. At just 1,224 sf, it still manages to provide two bedrooms on the upper level. And with a footprint of just 28’x28′, it would fit on even the smallest lot.
From the nearly 20′-wide covered porch, you step into the middle of the living areas. An (optional) fireplace on your right can be enjoyed from the kitchen as well as the living and dining spaces. It is flanked by two windows with built-in seating beneath them. In the far left corner of this space, a trio of doors open to a coat closet, a hot water heater, and the side of the house where the owners parked their cars. Windows across the entire front provide views and plenty of daylight.
The kitchen area is quite small, since it was designed to be a guesthouse, but it would not be too difficult to expand this area if you want more room. The sinks sit beneath a window, and the range faces the living area and the fireplace. There is also a bit of storage space under the stairs, and light enters the kitchen from the windows in the open stairwell. The remainder of the first level is devoted to a half bath with a closet big enough for a small stacking washer and dryer.
Upstairs there are two identical bedrooms that share a full bath. Each includes sitting space next to windows for reading or watching the view. The flat portion of the ceilings are set at a lofty 10′, sloping down to the outer walls, giving the rooms a unique look and feel. The closets are flanked by built-in shelves for extra storage.
Due to a licensing agreement, this house may not be built in Hancock County, Maine
Front Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
Rear Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
Side 1 Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
Side 2 Elevation For Lakeside Guest House
This two bedroom guesthouse was designed to go with a shingled cottage down on the shore of Maine. As it is a guest house, it has a very limited kitchen, but if expanded a bit, it would be a perfectly reasonable two bedroom, one and a half bath house at a little over 1,250 adjusted square feet.