Sunny Place in the Forest

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Specifications

Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 1418
  Main Level 900
  Upper Level 518
Lower level living area  900
Footprint    
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.
33 W x 33 D

Rooms

Above-ground bedrooms 2
Above-ground bathrooms 2
Master suite Main
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0

Attributes

Stories 2
Parking
Number of stalls
House height    
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.
23' 0"
Ceiling heights    
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.
  Main level 8.667
Vaulted ceilings    
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, BR 2
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This house was featured in Sarah Susanka's book, "Creating the Not So Big House", as well as in both House Beautiful and Down East magazines. It was designed to have a very small footprint, and to possibly be expanded if the family decided to use it for year–round living rather than as a vacation home. The curved walls in the living and dining areas provide wrap around views.

Unlike any other design we've ever seen, this unique home can face in any one of four directions! Because the two diagonal entry points work equally well as a "front" entry – the entry porch of the original home (which provides direct access to both the kitchen and the mudroom) could just as easily be the rear entry, and the deck entry (which provides direct access to the living spaces of the home as well as a guest bathroom) could just as easily be the front – and, the porch and deck can be accessed from two directions, all four sides of this house could be the front of the house.

If you enter the house from the covered entry porch, there's a mudroom on your left (which can also be accessed directly from the porch), and next to it a door to a set of stairs leading down to the (optional) unfinished basement. The mudroom holds a freezer and a washer & dryer tucked under the stairs. To your right there's a well–designed wrap around kitchen. A long peninsula separates the kitchen from the dining area. It has a range and plenty of counter space on the inner side; a raised countertop for casual dining on the outer; and a pass–through section next to the range. The sinks sit beneath a trio of windows for light and views, and there's a pantry for storage. As you'll see in the photos, the portion of the roof over the kitchen is mostly glass, providing an abundance of natural light and views.

In the dining space the ceiling is vaulted, the outer wall is curved and filled with large picture windows, and above them are the same glazed roof sections that fill the kitchen with light. The homeowners must feel like they're dining outdoors every time they sit down to eat a meal! Next to it is the living room. A center–of–the–house wood–burning stove with a stone–wrapped chimney helps warm the entire house, and it faces built–in seating beneath more large picture windows.

There's also a bedroom with a full bath on the main level. The bedroom has a trio of windows on each of two outer walls for light, views and cross–ventilation. With the exception of the dining room and part of the kitchen, the ceilings on this level are set at a comfortable 8'8".

At the top of the stairs to the upper level there's a small landing where you can turn in either direction. To the right there's a lovely study. At one end a door opens to an attic space, and at the other there's a nook for a cabinet or a desk. Next to it there's a hall that leads past a 12'–long closet to one of two doors that open to the bedroom on this level. The bedroom is wrapped by large windows on three walls, and rafters with windows run atop the center ones. Had you turned left at the landing, you would pass two doors leading to a private toilet room and a bathroom before arriving at the bedroom.

Please Note
Due to licensing agreements, this home may not be built in Hancock County, Maine.

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Front Elevation For A Sunny Place in the Forest

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    Brief Description

    A curved outer wall filled with picture windows topped by angled glass panels wrap around the dining and living areas, providing a full indoor/outdoor experience. The same view – plus great views to the side – are enjoyed by folks in the kitchen as well. The entire upper level is devoted to a bedroom suite with a full bath, a large study, a spacious closet, and a bedroom with a terrific view.

    Select One Plan Set Option

       

    5 Set Package:

    Printed on Bond paper; may be modified, but not duplicated

    Mylar:

    Printed on Mylar; may be modified right on the plans, which can then be duplicated locally. Includes extra copy printed on Bond paper

    PDF:

    Highly Recommended
    By far the most popular option! Instant, cost-free delivery via email; can be emailed to builder(s) and others; comes with license to modify & duplicate

    CAD:

    For use by design professionals to make substantial changes; may be printed locally after modifications are made; cost-free delivery via email
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    Select Optional Add-ons

       

    Sometimes the house you want will only work on your property if it is built in the reverse of the original design. The plans for this particular design can be reversed by the architect, with right-reading (not mirror-reverse) words and measurements. The fee will only be added to your original order. If you wish to order more reverse copies of the plans later, please call us toll-free at 1-888-388-5735.

    $250
       

    If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

    This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

    $50 each
       

    Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

    We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

    Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

    $50
    SKU: KA-001
    Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

    R. W. Knight – Architect


    To learn about this architect or firm, and/or to view all of their other plans, just click on the name above.

    Plan ID #

    KA-001

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    • What is bond paper?

      Bond paper

      Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
    • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

      5-Set Construction or Bid Set

      If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
    • What is mylar?

      Mylar

      Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
    • Plans printed on Mylar

      Plans printed on Mylar

      If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
    • What are PDF electronic files?

      PDF electronic files

      The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
    • Plans in PDF format

      Plans in PDF format

      THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
    • What are CAD files?

      CAD files

      The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
    • Plans in CAD format

      Plans in CAD format

      Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.
    Bedrooms

    We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.

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