Waterfront Retreat Beach House
|Total Above-ground living area||3513|
|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.
|42 W x 60.5 D|
|Above-ground bedrooms||3 - 4|
|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, KIT, LOF|
An outdoor porch completely surrounds the house on all four sides, with a portion built as a screened porch. It can be accessed by double doors at the front and rear of the house, and by six other doors – three on each side. Truly an ideal house for a family that loves outdoor living. The interior floor plan is open and spacious, and the living areas feature vaulted ceilings with exposed wood trusses.
The original house was built with the ground level devoted to a two–car garage and generous storage/workshop area, so that the upper living areas and wrap–around porch had generous views in all directions. In one corner of the garage there is a room with a utility sink and an outdoor shower – a real plus if you are building near a lake or beach. On the first level, a wide hallway runs down the center of the home, with a pair of doors at the front and rear. This house was originally built with the living areas facing the rear, but since both ends of the house work equally well as a front entry, this allows some flexibility on how you orient it on your site.
After entering the home, you find yourself in a generous sized hallway that has room for benches and furniture on either side. To the right there a vestibule that leads to the stairs, an office with a glass door that walks out to the side porch, and a large laundry/utility room. The laundry room is large enough for a center work island, built–ins, a bench, and a door to a storage closet under the stairs that could be used as a pantry. It also has a door to the porch, making it an ideal mudroom as well. Across from the vestibule is the door to the master suite, and just beyond it is a powder room. The master bedroom has a tray ceiling, large windows facing the front and side of the house, and a door to the side porch. The entryway to the master bath is flanked by walk–in closets, and the bath includes two separated sinks.
The back half of the house is devoted to a wide–open living area with a vaulted ceiling. The living room has a large central fireplace hearth flanked by built–ins, and the one interior wall is lined with built–in cabinets, an ice machine and a wine cooler. Two glass doors open onto a screened porch, extending the living space to the outdoors. The kitchen includes a center island for additional prep space, and an L–shaped counter with a breakfast bar facing the living and dining areas. A pair of glass doors in the dining area accesses the side porch, and another pair between the dining and livings areas provide access to the rear porch and the large deck beyond it. An open bridge located on the second level visually delineates the living area from the open dining and kitchen spaces. The entire front half of the house, on the main and upper level, has 10' ceilings.
The upper landing opens up to a loft space that extends to an open bridge that looks down to the living spaces below, and continues out to a rear deck. There are two bedrooms on this floor, each with its own private full bath, and bedroom 3 also has its own outdoor deck. There is also a den/study on this level, and two unfinished storage closets.
Front Elevation For Waterfront Retreat
Front Elevation For Waterfront Retreat
Side 1 Elevation For Waterfront Retreat
Side 2 Elevation For Waterfront Retreat
An 8' to 13'–deep covered porch encircles the entire house, which was clearly designed for a family that likes to spend a lot of time outdoors! There are even two private decks on the upper level. The ceiling in the living areas soars to two stories, with a bridge separating the living & dining areas that looks down to these spaces and provides access to a wide rear deck. All the ceilings that are not vaulted are set at a lofty 10' on both the main and upper levels.