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.
This is the second story for House in a Hill II. I think I would like the porch from the inside but I don’t think I like it visually from the outside. See the little sketch of the outside (see bottom right of the image). I like the bedrooms and bathroom configurations.
Another version of the house in a hill in which I return the bedroom to off the entry hall so it can be near the bathroom. This resolves some issues with the french door and proximity of the dining room to the kitchen. And it adds a little office to the end. But I am not sure I like it… I have found using space most efficiently doesn’t always make the most pleasing layout to a house. But I am not sure why yet. I think that the fact that the fireplace is so far from the seating is a real problem but I don’t want the bulk of the fireplace to be in the light of the french doors. I lived in a house that you could see through to the backyard when you came in the front door and it was very pleasing. But the backyard was small and enclosed so perhaps seeing into didn’t take away from the sheltering feeling of the house.
Oops, I just realized that I colored in the counter to the right of the stove so it makes it look like a wall- that is not a wall, it’s a counter.
I just redid the House in a Hill to try and play with putting the kitchen by the front door where T likes it. He likes to come in and put the groceries right down. I love the kitchen, the bathroom, the stairs, the living room couch setup and how close it is to the fireplace and the outside. I love how much storage there is. What I don’t love is how far the downstairs bedroom is from the bathroom, the placement of the french doors in relation to the couches and there is something odd in the relationship between the dining room and the kitchen. I like it but I don’t. I love the firewood airlock. I did an upstairs but I am not sure about the porch at the end…
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!
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
When I designed the first story of this house I was thinking about the advantages (and disadvantages) of underground houses. While not actually underground, this house is set in a hillside for the warmth, so useful in this cold climate I live in, while still being open on three sides for plenty of light.
What did I end up liking the best about this plan? The outside porches and the way it seems all tucked away! The thing I liked least was the huge long living room at the end but that would be very nice for parties…