By . Floor Plan. Published at Monday, March 26th, 2018 - 01:58:23 AM.
Note: according to International Code Council R304 “Habitable rooms shall not be less than 7 feet in any horizontal dimension.” This is very small for a room — or large for a cage…After having participated in the design of many idea houses for Sunset magazine I think a 10-by-12-foot bedroom is too small. But you may disagree.
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 .
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.
In this layout the traffic flow is circular, from the front door through the living room to the dining room to the breakfast area and family room and then back to the foyer. The kitchen connects to the garage through the utility/laundry.
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