Little Red Split Level House
|Total Above-ground living area||1845|
|Lower level living area||815|
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.
|52.167 W x 53 D|
|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
This home by Robert Gerloff was featured in "The New Cottage Home" by Taunton Press. The simple and straight forward design allow it to fit into nearly any setting, and also keeps construction costs down.
Covered porches stretch along the entire front of the house, providing entry to both the great room and a mudroom area. The main entry has an airlock for use in very cold or hot weather. Just beyond it is the dramatic great room, with a ceiling that rises from 12'6" at the edges to 16' in the middle. There is a centrally located fireplace that also faces the open kitchen, and a door next to it leads to a lovely sunroom.
The kitchen includes an island and a small pantry. Beyond it there is a laundry and a mudroom with a door leading to the 2–car garage. Stairs to the left of the refrigerator lead up a half level to the master suite. The master bedroom has an 11' ceiling, and a door to a private balcony at the rear of the house, while the bath area includes a walk–in closet, two separate sinks, both a tub and a shower, and a private toilet.
Other stairs lead down one half level to two small bedrooms that share a full bath, while the majority of this lower level was left unfinished.
This unique split–level home has a slab foundation under the two bedrooms, bath and closet area (beneath the master suite on the upper level); a basement under the great room and entry; and crawlspaces under the front porch and the sun room. This will be easier to visualize if you look at the house cross–section displayed with the floor plans.
Front Elevation For Little Red House
Rear Elevation For Little Red House
Side 1 Elevation For Little Red House
Side 2 Elevation For Little Red House
Even though it's just 1,845 sf, there's room for a good–sized master suite and a lovely sunroom on the upper level, and two more bedrooms (or one larger bedroom if you combine the spaces) on the lower level. This split–level cottage is both charming and functional, and the high and vaulted ceilings make it feel much larger than it really is.