Sandy Dune Beach House
|Total Above-ground living area||2066|
|Lower level living area||1066|
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.
|61.167 W x 35.667 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
|DR, KIT, MBR, LOF|
As you step into the house, there is a coat closet to your left and stairs to the loft and lower level on your right. The living room is straight ahead, with an 8′ ceiling that rises suddenly to 14′ before sloping back down to 8′ at the rear windows. The windows look out to and through the rear deck area, which is accessed by a glazed door on the left. Another door on the right opens to a screened porch. A large fireplace can be enjoyed from all the living spaces.
The ceiling in the dining area also vaults, rising to 12′ in the center. Three windows are topped by angled transoms that follow the line of the ceiling, providing great views to that side. A door off the dining space opens to the same screened porch at the rear. The efficient kitchen has a sloped ceiling, a peninsula counter facing the dining area for easy serving, and windows over the sink that look out to the front.
The other side of the house is devoted to the master suite and a guest suite bedroom with it’s own full bath that are accessed via a short hallway off the entry. The master bedroom features a sloped ceiling, abundant natural light and views to the rear, and direct access to the rear deck. And as you will see from the floor plans, the homeowners chose to install a fireplace facing the living areas that was two–sided so it could also be enjoyed in the master bedroom.
Upstairs is an open loft with a half bath. The ceiling slopes to a clerestory window, which fills the space with sunlight and provides great views to the rear. Railings front and back look down to either the living room or the stairwell. This might be an ideal spot for a home office or reading space.
The partial basement on the lower level has a large recreation room with a fireplace, a full bath, and a glazed door next to three windows that open to the rear outdoor area. There is also a second laundry room with storage, a large storage space that can be accessed directly from outside, and a mechanical room.
Front Elevation For Sandy Dune
Rear Elevation For Sandy Dune
Side 1 Elevation For Sandy Dune
Side 2 Elevation For Sandy Dune
The original home was built on a lot that was lower on the left, but if your lot slopes in the opposite direction the house can of course be constructed in reverse. It’s officially a one–story house, but stairs off the entryway bring you to a large upper loft space with great views to the rear. And on the main level there are views to the rear and along the one side.