One Bedroom Eco Cottage
|Total Above-ground living area||952|
|Lower level living area||307|
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.
|20 W x 25.333 D|
|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
After going up the wood steps to the main deck, you may enter the home through sliding glass doors at either the living room or dining room. Sliding screened doors divide the living room and dining room spaces, giving you the option to have one large room, or smaller, more intimate spaces. The living room has a vaulted ceiling, which spans the three stories, making the room feel large and airy. A wood stove in the living room is centrally located next to the stairwell, providing heat to the entire house. To the left, there are windows, and a door to a greenhouse which has a portion that is two–stories high. The dining room is open to the kitchen, with a raised eating counter dividing the two spaces. The kitchen has a sliding interior door as well, providing privacy if needed. Next to the kitchen there is a closet with a stacking washer and dryer, and a half bath.
As you go upstairs, a glazed door at the mid–landing opens onto a large shelf in the greenhouse, providing access, as well as bringing in views and sunlight to the stairwell. A door on the second floor opens to a bedroom loft suite, which has windows that look down to the living room below. The loft sits under the slope of the roof, vaulting to 12' high, with transom windows for extra ventilation. There is a full bath, a closet, and a bed nook, which leaves the loft space open for an office or sitting area.
After you go up the stairs to the third level, there is a door on the top landing that opens onto a roof balcony, which is located over the greenhouse, and another door opens onto a small bed nook.
The foundation has a partial basement for storage, and poured concrete columns, which leaves half of the basement level open for a carport. The original home was also designed with a recycled tree in the center of the home, which provided structural support to the stairwell, as well as an aesthetic that you were living with nature. This can be easily modified though, to have the house built without a tree structure.
Although this home was designed with SIPs panels at the walls, roof, and floor, it can be easily changed to standard stud construction by your builder or design professional. Be sure to confirm this with your builder prior to purchasing the plans.
Because of this home's small footprint, the architect was able to draw these plans on 11" x 17" sheets, instead of the more typical 18" x 24", or 24" x 36" sheets. This is quite helpful to the builder, as small sheets are much easier to handle.
Front Elevation For Eco Cottage
Rear Elevation For Eco Cottage
Side 1 Elevation For Eco Cottage
Side 2 Elevation For Eco Cottage
Eco Cottage is a unique home, with a very small footprint and two upper loft levels. With a tree house feel to it, the original home was built next to a bayou in Mississippi. The architect, whose focus is on ecologically–friendly design, used recycled windows and wood, and the walls and roof were constructed with SIPs (structural insulated panels). The use of a metal roof and metal siding provided a durable and cost–effective finish for the exterior.