|Total Above-ground living area||1576|
|Lower level living area||1176|
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.
|54.5 W x 30.25 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
|LR, DR, LOF|
The breezeway between the house and the garage also functions as the foyer. Windows flank the door on either side, and there's a large coat closet and built–in bench across from the door. As you step into the house, there are stairs to the upper (and lower) levels on your right, while the open living area is straight ahead. The living and dining area has a ceiling that vaults to a soaring 22' in the middle, while the ceiling in the kitchen is set at a cozy 8'.
A large stone fireplace sits at one end of the living space, with a window next to it so you can see who's entering the front door. On the adjoining wall at the front of the house there's a glass door that opens to a charming screened porch. The remainder of this front wall is filled with windows, as is the wall that adjoins it. There are eight large windows in all, with two more placed high up above the first five. Open to both the dining and family room is the kitchen, which has a large island with a range on top, and a pair of windows over the sink.
The remainder of the main level is devoted to the Couple's Realm. The master bedroom has two windows on one wall and three on another, providing lots of natural light, views, and ventilation. There's a walk–in closet and a small bath with two sinks. Upstairs there's a loft that looks down to the living spaces below.
Should you choose to build the basement level, it's designed for two more bedrooms, a full bath, a laundry room, a rumpus room, and a workroom that could be used in any way you wish (maybe a workOUT room!).
Front Elevation For Rustic Retreat
Rear Elevation For Rustic Retreat
Side 1 Elevation For Rustic Retreat
Side 2 Elevation For Rustic Retreat
From the outside, Rustic Retreat looks just like Wild Rice, and it was indeed a different version of the same house created by the same architect. In this second version of Wild Rice, the two bedrooms and bath on the main level of the original have been replaced by a "Couple's Realm". And the Couple's Realm on the upper level of the original has been converted to a light–filled loft with plenty of storage space. Substantial changes were made to the basement layout too, and if you look closely you'll see many smaller changes throughout the house as well.