New T House and thoughts on wood bins

New T house 1st floor

I decided it would be nice to have the entry nearer the kitchen and this would also make the guest room/office feel a little quieter than when it was right off the entry. Some things I love about this house: a big entry with the kitchen and living right off of it; stairs and closet near the entry; central fireplace;  the kitchen/dining on the east side (I like sun in the morning); windows on three sides in the living room; a greenhouse for growing greens in the winter (yum!); two courtyard gardens and a huge porch on the front.

I have also decided that I officially LOVE heating with wood. Not entirely with wood, because I want to go away on a vacation in the winter without my pipes freezing. But yes, most of the time, I just don’t feel comfortable unless I am heating with wood. I am either too hot or too cold and continuously having to adjust the thermostat when, if I were heating with wood, I could just move into the zone that fits my current heat needs. I think I heard somewhere that humans don’t actually like just one temperature, but feel most comfortable in a continuum, and that is certainly true with me. But then, I grew up with a wood stove so I like them. I think the perfect heating choice is something automatic set to around fifty to fill in when you don’t feel like lugging in wood and some sort of wood stove with a nice big wood bin very close by. In this house, the wood bin is right near the entry and that’s nice because I hate making a huge mess when I bring the wood in (lets face it, wood just sheds).

In some of my house designs, I put a airlock to the outside on my indoor wood bin. It’s the ultimate in luxury and organizational genius (in my not so humble opinion), but having the wood bin near the front door is a very ok second best. Especially since it means that the wood pile is also near the front door. I just fantasize about pick up an arm load of wood every time I come in the house from the car! Ok, so I’ll have to wait until E gets a little older for that fantasy- I seem to always have a million things to carry in from the car at the moment. Also perhaps there is something twistedly puritanical about fantasizing about perfection in woodbins.


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.

T house with central fireplace

First Floor:

I saw a similar house once in a house book and here it is- half remembered from long ago and changed. I loved the T shape with all the windows around each room and the centrally located fireplace.

Second Floor:

T house second floor

I love the laundry centrally located and near the bedrooms. I also love the hall linen closet and the book shelves by the toilet. The big second bedroom is to accommodate my daughter’s trampoline and gym equipment.

The Cottage 2, 1st floor only

I’ve been thinking and talking to people about the last plan. T suggested it might be good if the living room was larger- I decided to make it bigger to the right so it wouldn’t block the bathroom window. C suggested putting the front door over so it would go in through an existing window instead of through supporting walls, a very fine idea :). I decided to move the bathroom door so it wouldn’t be right in front of you when you first came into the front hall.

The Cottage

This is a proposed renovation to a Cottage in Maine. The front door used to come in through the diningroom, and there also used to be a back entry off of the kitchen door. Parking is closest to the new proposed front porch. Hum… I noticed that I forgot to put in most of the windows…

First floor:

I extended the 2nd floor to be above the kitchen and gave it walls. This provided a sound barrier (you couldn’t do anything in the original house without everyone else knowing) and helped provide support for the southern wall (It flexes alarmingly in the winter winds)

Second Floor:

Lilly House

Lilly House 1st floor

This house design is created for a house site in Maine that is on a hill that slopes down east/northeast. The entrance is to the north/northwest. Thus the courtyard is created to be warm and sunny a good part of the day.

Lilly House 2nd floor


In these versions I was working on creating pools of light at the end of corridors to draw the eye.