By Sergine Melina. Floor Plan. Published at Wednesday, March 07th, 2018 - 04:12:06 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 .
Window seats, banquettes, stairways that include room for storage or display, and built-in desks are some of the built-in features that can make smaller spaces feel larger, as in a guest bedroom.
The dining room is becoming a dinosaur, but if it's still important for holiday gatherings, why not treat it as an alcove off the main living space, where it can add spaciousness even when not in use.
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