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2300 sq ft
Case Study House #3 is a modern H-shaped plan that celebrates nature with a tall, covered, indoor-outdoor room called "the porch" between the kitchen/dining/living area and the bedroom wing. It's basically a modern version of the "dogtrot" -- two rooms separated by a breezeway -- a classic early American vernacular plan. The carport is cranked away from the main rectangle to meet the driveway. Another distinctive feature is the "work room" adjacent to the kitchen. It was conceived as a hobby room but could become a mudroom/laundry. A few details would need to be updated (the master bathroom is small by today's standards) but the graceful flow between rooms, the elegant windows and doors, and the generous use of sheltered outdoor space make this design compelling.\ \ In order to respect the historic nature of this project the drawings are sold unaltered. This plan was designed in the mid 40's. To have this plan updated for current code requirements, please give us a call.
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All plans are drawn at ¼” scale or larger and include :
- Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas.
- Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
- Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
- Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
- Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
Plan Set Price
Additional Construction Sets $40.00/each
Mirror Reverse Sets $0.00/each
Additional copies can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days after your original purchase date.
Meet the Designer - William Wurster & Theodore Bernardi
The avant-garde Los Angeles magazine Arts & Architecture and its editor John Entenza addressed the need for new housing after World War II by launching the Case Study House Program in 1945. It promoted low cost, experimental, modern home designs using donated materials from industry and manufacturers and showcased the work of mostly Southern California modernists like Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Craig Ellwood, and Pierre Koenig. San Francisco's William Wurster designed Case Study House #3 with his partner Theodore Bernardi (the firm became Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons), and we're excited to offer copies of the original plans.
Wurster's work embodied the Bay Region Style in its use of simple forms, natural materials, strong indoor-outdoor connections, and straightforward construction methods. He helped found the College of Environmental Design at U. C. Berkeley in the late 1950s. His Case Study House #3 is an H-shaped plan that celebrates nature with a tall covered outdoor room called “the porch” between the kitchen/living area and the bedroom wing. Draughtsman Arne Kartwold captured the garden-oriented feeling in two expressive perspective drawings. See the Arts & Architecture article on the house as built
A percentage of the plan price supports the Environmental Design Archives at U. C. Berkeley, which preserves the drawings and papers of significant California architects and landscape architects.
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