I have been working on several conceptual house projects. This gives me an opportunity to try out various design ideas and it’s a lot of fun!
The first of these is now up on my Projects page of the website. It’s called Corners House. Yes, not the most distinctive name, but it will do. The entry and living room overlap at their corners, as does the nook and living room.
The long hipped roof with generous overhangs is meant to provide a sense of shelter. It is also sized for passive solar heating in the winter and shading in the summer.
North, east, and west walls are thickly insulated to increase energy efficiency and are finished inside and out with plaster. The south walls have lots of windows for light, heat, views, and access to sunny patios. They have contrasting horizontal wood siding.
A few unconventional aspects of the plan include a carport and no master bathroom. Garages harbor fumes which can get into a house, and often become so stuffed with stuff the car sits outside. The carport roof protects the short walk to the house.
Storage is provided by a large storage room at the end of the carport and another storage room by the laundry.
I’ve in effect provided two full bathrooms. But they are divided into many separate compartments. Sink areas, shower, toilet areas, and bath/shower are all private. This arrangement allows for more users at one time. And not adding an exclusive master bathroom saves money and space.
The living room has a high ceiling with a skylight. The dining is informal and there is plenty of room to expand the table for big parties.
The kitchen is broad and open so folks can cook and socialize without a logjam. If you like, it can be closed off with sliding doors to hide the clutter. There is a corner pantry, raised dishwasher for comfort, and corner windows at the sink.
A nook off the corner of the living room has a low ceiling for a cozy spot to read a book or have a more quiet conversation.
Two bedrooms have bed nooks that can be closed with curtains, a desk area, and sunny windows. The master bedroom has a skylight that bounces south light and warmth into the room. The bed nook has shelves on each side for books and your favorite things.
I’d love to hear what your thoughts on this house. Please feel free to ask questions or give your opinion in the comments.