Narrow Lot Beach House
|Total Above-ground living area||2953|
|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.
|35 W x 51.333 D|
|Above-ground bedrooms||3 - 4|
|Number of stalls||1|
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
An 8'–wide covered porch that leads to the front door also opens to a large (20' wide by 12' deep) screened porch next to it that spans the rest of the front of the house, just outside the living room. The entryway is visually delineated by three columns supporting wide beams at the ceiling, with a low (42") wall between it and the dining area, and a large oval window in the outer wall. The living room is just to your left. Like all of the rooms on this level, the ceiling is set at a lofty 10'. There's a centrally–located fireplace flanked by built–ins on the far wall, and four pairs of glazed doors – three that open out to the front screened porch, and another that opens to the covered porch – that provide abundant natural light and views.
As you enter the dining area there are stairs to the upper level, a powder room, and a coat closet on your left. The dining room is open to the kitchen, and features four tall windows for light and views. The kitchen has a center island with a range on top, and a raised bar for casual eating or serving, and an entire wall is devoted to a pantry with four pairs of doors. A pocket door opens to a large utility and laundry room at the rear of the house that can also be accessed from the rear of the house.
The rest of the main level is devoted to the master suite. A door between the powder room and the closet opens to a short hallway. On the left, just past some built–in shelves, there's a door to a large walk–in closet, while straight ahead another door opens to the master bath. The bath has both a soaking tub and a large shower, two separate vanities, and a private toilet. The bedroom is on the other side of the hallway. It has two windows in the sleeping area, and a sunny sitting area just beyond it.
The stairs to the upper level bring you to an open and sunny loft space with a ceiling that vaults to 9'. Off this space, the area at the rear of the house has two bedrooms, each with its own full bath, walk–in closet, and views to the side and rear. A portion of the ceilings in the bedrooms slope from 6' at the rear wall to 9' high. There is also a study with a built–in L–shaped desk. And at the front of the house there's a large room, also with a full bath and walk–in closet, which can be used as either a family room or a fourth bedroom. Window seats are built–in beneath four windows looking out to the front, and doors on each side wall open to attic space under the eaves. All the rooms on this level – except for the bedrooms and the family room that vaults in the center – have 9' ceilings.
Front Elevation For Narrow Lot Beach House
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Side 1 Elevation For Narrow Lot Beach House
Side 2 Elevation For Narrow Lot Beach House
This charming beach house was originally designed for a family in Florida. At just 35' in width, it would fit easily on a narrow lot. The master suite is on the main level, and upstairs there is room for either 2 or 3 bedrooms, each with its own full bath. Plans for a detached garage with a one bedroom apartment are also included.