Character makes up for what this simple rectangle cottage lacks in size.
“This plan is ideal for a small lakefront lot or place in the woods, for someone seeking a basic vacation home that won’t cost a fortune but definitely has charm,” said architect Wayne Visbeen, of Visbeen Associates, Inc.
Intended first for traditional construction, it’s a plan that also could easily be built off-site, transported and efficiently put up in modular fashion.
“There’s very sure momentum behind modular home design right now – it’s a trend we’re seeing even in the higher end home market,” noted Visbeen.
Shown rising off a stone base for substance, Whistling Cove’s floor plan is straightforward: “From the front porch, you walk right into the living room (fireplace optional), which flows into the dining room – flanked here by a screened room – kitchen, and laundry area,” Visbeen said. “Up an L-shaped stairway, a simple hall and full bath separate a master bedroom with fireplace if desired and a second bedroom or bunkroom.”
Although not a big home with storage, Visbeen said, this simple rectangular footprint can easily be expanded: “It’s good as is or a good place to start. There are a lot of options.”
Outside, a false gable off this getaway’s steeper roof slope creates visual interest, while a shed roof over both the front porch and screened room offers inviting character. Other details including double-hung, cottage-style windows and a wood front door take plain our of the plan, “drawing attention instead to a small, simple home that’s well-proportioned and welcoming.”
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Full Specs & Features
Depth : 40'
Height : 27' 3"
First Floor: 552 sq/ft height 9'
Second Floor: 486 sq/ft height 8'
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Primary Pitch : 8:12
Roof Framing : Truss
Exterior Wall Framing
Exterior Wall Finish : Siding/Stone
Framing : Wood - 2x4
Upstairs Master Bedrooms
Additional Room Features
Open Floor Plan
Vaulted / Cathedral Ceilings
175 sq/ft width 15' 4" x depth 11' 5"
69 sq/ft width 9' 3" x depth 7' 6"
92 sq/ft width 9' 3" x depth 10'
181 sq/ft width 15' x depth 12' 1"
175 sq/ft width 15' 4" x depth 11' 5"
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Every square inch of your home matters; every view, every focal point, every time you turn a corner the design matters, every view out a window is important. We do not have a specific style, what is specific about us is that we design a home as well as possible, and we design it with excellence. As principal of Visbeen Architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, leads a creative team dedicated to architectural excellence. One of the state's top architectural firms, Visbeen Architects provides architectural planning and interior design services to homeowners and business owners across the nation. The firm focuses on designing and developing master-planned communities and custom residences with more than 1000 designs completed. Inspired by custom details, craftsmanship and the architectural styles of the past—including Shingle, Mission, and English Tudor—all are nonetheless designed for modern living, with open spaces, convenient kitchens, and family-friendly floor plans. The firm has been the recipient of many national awards, including the awards for Best Custom Home in the Midwest Region and Best in the South Atlantic Region from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The firm has been honored with numerous Best in American Living Awards as well as many awards from the American Institute of Building Design.