Small Sun-Filled Cottage
|Total Above-ground living area||1741|
|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.
|36 W x 36 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, SUN|
This unique 2–bedroom home features an atrium in the center of the house. Using the operable windows at the top (or a small fan), hot air is literally sucked up and out of the house on hot days, which can dramatically lower your electrical bills in the summer. The atrium also allows natural light to pour into the center of the house. The outline of the house is a perfect square (36' on a side), and the roof is a fairly simple to construct hipped design, so this house can be quite inexpensive to build. It can be a passive solar house if it faces northwest.
A 12'–wide screened porch and open deck runs from the front to the rear of the house, and the covered front porch is also quite large, so this home was clearly designed for a family that likes to spend a lot of time outdoors. As you approach the house, the roof over the front porch is supported by four 10" tapered columns. The porch is 8' deep and 24' wide, so there's plenty of room for furniture.
As you step into the foyer, there's a powder room on the left, and a little further into the house, a coat closet on the right. Across from the closet a wide door opens to a large laundry room that provides access to the garage (garage details appear below). When you reach the center atrium area there's one hall that leads to the master suite and another that passes the kitchen on the way to the living spaces of the house.
The kitchen has a pair of windows that bump out slightly to accommodate a lovely window box. The sinks are located beneath the windows, which look out to the front porch. There's a good–sized pantry, plenty of counter space and cabinets, and a peninsula counter between the kitchen and the dining area with a raised bar for casual dining and/or serving. The living room, dining room, and the sunroom all sit below a ceiling that vaults all the way to the hipped roof. The dining room has views to the front and side, and a wide glass door opens to a screened porch – making outdoor dining or entertaining easy. A door on the porch opens to a wide deck that runs to the rear wall of the house.
The living room has windows along one wall that look out to the deck and the views beyond. Next to it is a sunroom that is wrapped with windows on two walls. This room also has a wide glass door that opens to the screened side deck. The original homeowners wanted a wood–burning stove in the sunroom so that they could use it even on cold days and nights.
Just beyond the stairs to the upper level there's a door that opens to the master suite. On the right there's a deep linen closet, while across from it double doors open to a walk–in closet. The master bedroom enjoys views to the rear of the house through a trio of windows that fill the far wall. The bath area has two vanities, both a soaking tub and a separate shower, another linen closet built under the stairs, and views to the rear.
The stairs are positioned inside the atrium space, which pops up above the roofline, filling the stairway with light during the day. There are eight 36"x30" windows in the atrium – three facing the rear, three to the right side, and one each facing the front and left side. You have the option of having these windows be operable, or installing a fan in the single window facing the side. At the top of the stairs, a door on the right opens to bedroom 2. This room has a view to the rear, a walk–in closet, and a door in the closet that opens to eave storage. There's a study across from the stairs that can be enclosed with a pair of French pocket doors, or left open. And there's a full bath that you enter after passing a railing that looks down into the center of the house as well as the living room.
The detached garage can house two vehicles and a workshop space, or it can be modified for a third car or tractor. It could even be attached via the laundry room if the layout of the land allowed, and if the master closet window could be sacrificed.
The first floor has 8' ceilings. They can be raised by your builder, but an additional foot in height will require adding two risers (stairs), which will reduce the cabinets in the living area by 10".
Place a large second floor bath in the study area and turn the bath area into a study overlooking the great room and atrium.
Front Elevation For Small Sun-Filled Cottage
Rear Elevation For Small Sun-Filled Cottage
Side 1 Elevation For Small Sun-Filled Cottage
Side 2 Elevation For Small Sun-Filled Cottage
This unique cottage features a clerestory atrium that allows sunlight to flood into the center of the house, while providing a natural cooling system through its operable windows. It is designed to have either two bedrooms with a sunroom, or three bedrooms. It features a wide front porch, and a 12′-deep porch connected to a screened porch that runs along the entire side of the house. All the living spaces have vaulted ceilings that follow the roofline.