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Plan 497-22

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Plan Description

The design of this house started with a simple rectangle. Several spaces were carved out from the rectangle to articulate an entrance and create indentations that feature bi-folding glass doors which connect to outdoor deck spaces. This house was designed in such a way that a wall of cabinetry can serve as an organizational catalyst in the otherwise open space. The optimal orientation for this plan is with the bi-folding doors facing south. The living room is filled with abundant natural daylight thanks to the high windows along the wall. Indoor comfort is maximized due to the overhangs that minimize direct sunlight from the summer sun, yet permit it in the winter when it is lower in the sky. The open floor plan with loft-like double-height ceilings and slate floors create a sophisticated, modern space. The electrical outlets in the glass wall cabinets are the perfect place to charge your smart phone and hide your stereo and dvd player. By day, the mezzanine on the upper level is a great place for a home office. By night, the high-end stainless steel lighting fixture provides ultimate mood lighting with its dimmable controls. Wine bottle pendant lights are a novel reclamation of a common kitchen staple and will consistently be a conversation piece at each dinner party. The quartz counter and table material tie the two surfaces together and allow the dining table to double as a kitchen island. The kitchen appliance suite features in-wall oven and microwave, a gas range, and overhead vent. The accordion style doors create a dramatic opening between the dining room and the patio, instantly transforms your dining room into a charming Parisian café, all in the privacy of your own home. The bedroom on the first floor also features a folding door that extends the room’s area onto the patio during nice summer days. Strategically placed landscaping such as bamboo can create a natural barrier between adjoining properties and improve the aesthetic view. This bedroom can also serve as a hobby room or private study and is generous in area to accommodate a desk, shelving, and sizable closets. The windows on either side of the room admit ample natural light minimizing the need for artificial lighting during the day. The second floor features a mezzanine area that is great for either a lounge off the bedroom or an office or study space. A private roof deck is a great way to experience a private outdoor setting in even in dense urban environments. Pocket doors allow for a continuous open flow of spaces. 16 feet of closet space provides plenty of storage for your clothing and personal belongings. The window nook at the end of the closet block is the perfect retreat at the end of a long day. An alternate closet design is included. This roof deck is a great place for private sunbathing during sunny summer days. The wall slats can be configured to block the line of sight from the street. The roof environment can be enhanced with planters that not only provide a calming ambiance but also shade the roof from direct sunlight. The luxurious bathroom features generous space for tub, shower stall, and toilet. The window lets in plenty of natural light without sacrificing privacy. An Energy Star bathroom fan maintains indoor air quality by removing moisture and mitigating against mold growth.See house plan #497-53 for a version of this home with a detached garage.
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Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

Bedrooms : 2
Baths : 2
Stories: 2
Garages: 2


Depth : 70' 11"
Height : 24'
Width : 41' 2"


Total : 2032 sq/ft
Garage : 528 sq/ft
Main Floor : 1174 sq/ft
Porch : 693 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 858 sq/ft
* Total Square Footage typically only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.


Ceiling Details : Living Room - 11' | Garage - 10'
Main Ceiling : 8'
Upper Ceiling Ft : 8'


Primary Pitch : Flat
Roof Framing : Truss
Roof Type : Flat

Exterior Wall Framing

Exterior Wall Finish : Fiber Cement Cladding Panel
Framing : 2"x6"

Bedroom Features

Main Floor Bedrooms
Upstairs Master Bedrooms
Walk In Closet

Kitchen Features

Kitchen Island

Additional Room Features

Den Office Study Computer
Main Floor Laundry
Master Sitting Area
Mud Room


Economical To Build

Energy Efficient Features

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