One Bedroom Retreat
|Total Above-ground living area||1515|
|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.
|52.5 W x 26 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
|LR, DR, KIT, MBR|
The front porch spans almost 30′, so there’s plenty of room for furniture to enjoy the outdoors. Upon entering the vaulted foyer, there’s a staircase to the upper loft and a coat closet to the left, and the open living space is on your right. The living area has a vaulted ceiling that peaks at over 18′ in the middle, with four evenly spaced exposed wood beams hung from metal rods whose bottoms are set at 8′ above the floor. Two large pairs of windows with transoms above look out to and through the front porch, while a pair of glazed doors at the rear walks out to a 14’x18′ screened porch that provides additional space to lounge, dine, or entertain.
A stone fireplace hearth warms the living spaces, and an upper window on the same wall is located near the peaked ceiling to bring in additional light. The L–shaped kitchen has a window over the sink that looks out to the rear, and a large center island for prep work has a raised counter for casual eating or serving. An opening off the dining area leads to a staircase to the optional basement level, a mudroom space, and a door to the one (or two) car garage. While designed for just one vehicle, there is no reason why your builder could not widen it to accommodate two.
A pocket door near the coat closet leads to a small hall that accesses a sunny study on the left, a spacious walk–in closet and the master bath on the right, and the master bedroom straight ahead. The bedroom features a center fireplace with a window on either side of it, two pairs of large windows facing the front and the rear, and a ceiling that vaults from 8’6″ to over 16′ in the center with suspended wood beams whose bottoms are set at 11′ above the floor.
The upper loft is open to the living and study spaces below, and sits under the slope of the roof. It provides an additional 250 SF of space, and has a row of three skylights that bring in natural light.
Should you choose to build it, the basement level has a huge open game/recreation area as well as a large guest suite with a full bath, a laundry room, and a mechanical room.
Front Elevation For One Bedroom Retreat
Rear Elevation For One Bedroom Retreat
Side 1 Elevation For One Bedroom Retreat
Side 2 Elevation For One Bedroom Retreat
This handsome one story home features a fantastic couple's realm that occupies nearly half of the house. An optional lower level includes a large guest room suite. The plans call for cedar shingles and stone on the exterior, but you could of course clad the house with anything you'd like. A covered porch runs along the front of the house, and in the back there's a large screened porch next to an equally large open deck.