Hancock House II 20×30


Here is the redesign of the Hancock house with the second floor on it. I did it a while ago and have been designing since, but I just didn’t feel like posting until today. It was a total redesign and we ended up giving up on it because we weren’t really prepared to do that much to this house. Plus the house next door was kind of creepy. If I were to continue working on this plan I would try and figure out the upstairs bathroom better. I love the outside porch & backyard and I actually like the downstairs quite a bit, how the living room is especially- and the huge pantry!


Hancock St. House 20×30


This is a first floor I designed for a renovation of a small house T and I were thinking of buying. I was thinking that somehow we might be able to put the small current house on top of this plan but now I think it would be better to just pop the roof up. I am thinking of doing a new plan for that. Before I changed my mind, I was contemplating switching the dining/kitchen with the living room so that the kitchen would have access to the back yard.


A little frog waiting to become a handsome princess

A New Fashioned House- Part II


Here is the finished first floor sketch for my take off on a plan from Craftsman Homes: More than 40 Plans for Building Classic Arts & Crafts-Style Cottages, Cabins, and Bungalows by Gustav Stickley, as I promised! It is on the large side for a regular house but much much smaller than some of the houses I see in plan books. I designed it to be a house for someone with a large budget who wants to build a “smaller” house with beautiful details perfectly proportioned. One thing that is flexible is the basement door. It can either be placed across from the pantry or, if the site allows, it could be a walk in basement.

As a special surprise, I did an elevation last night at 3:00am!


Many of the plans I have seen in books like to add a fancy window above the front door but here I like the elegance of a simpler second story. I also really love all the closets, it even has two closets outside the front door for skis and other outdoor equipment (such as snow shovels).

I forgot and made the interiors walls way too large, they should be more like 6 inches.

A New Fashioned House

I was warding off a cold that had hit Eva full force this week. In addition to Vitamin C and Echinacea, I checked out of my library Craftsman Homes: More than 40 Plans for Building Classic Arts & Crafts-Style Cottages, Cabins, and Bungalows by Gustav Stickley. I found myself drooling over “An Old-Fashioned House”. Would it be a sacrilege to say I wanted to stray a wee bit from the master?  At least in the area of a downstairs W.C. and a few other items that are dear to my heart. I have the raw sketch I made that I’ll put up for your consideration but at some point I’ll clean it up and add a second story.

Here is Gustav’s version:

First Floor:

Second Floor:

And my version:

The secret room is my office/guest room. One thing I love, butler’s pantries- there is something so yummy about them- I wonder if I would like it as much in real life. Ah well, who cares about real life anyway! :P

One thing I was sad to lose is the veranda- it is seriously drool worthy.