By Apolline Ferdinand. Floor Plan. Published at Monday, March 26th, 2018 - 07:11:52 AM.
Windows on two sides of a room balance daylight and create a spacious feeling; windows on just one side of a room create a cave-like feeling and promote glare. Windows set high in a wall can provide daylight while preserving privacy; however a room with these high windows, often called clerestories, will feel tight and boxy if it does not also have lower windows on another wall for views. A window wall that wraps around the end of a room, can be an especially dramatic way to celebrate a view -- as long as there is an overhang to protect from too much direct sunlight.
This tall and narrow variation on a modern farmhouse/cottage is perfect for a lakeshore or view lot. All of the rooms and windows are oriented to the view side and the home opens up on that side to a large, on-grade masonry patio through a number of paired french doors. The one-ro0om-wide design allows views in both directions and flow through ventilation that can minimize the need for air conditioning. The iconographic shape fits with almost any context, while the modern details and interior spaces keep the interior open, light and airy. The house comes with plans for a detached unheated studio/boathouse/bunkhouse that completes your vacation compound .
This minimal, modern cottage makes a great lake home, with ample decks, porches and a hot tub on its "lakefront" side. Size and cost are kept to a minimum, but the vaulted ceilings in the main space and bedrooms lend a feeling of spaciousness, while the open plan and large windows and glass doors of the main space bring the outside in. The walls and overhang at the master bedroom are set up for a future screened porch.
Is it wide enough to really use? You need at least a six foot depth for sitting and 8 feet is preferable. For outdoor dining you need even more. Rustic farmhouse plan, includes a useful front veranda and a “Grilling Porch” at the rear off the kitchen. A well designed porch helps a house expand in good weather.
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