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Pattyhouse
Pattyhouse
184. Rank5.82 Rating11 Ratings2 Comments1619 ViewsSubmitted on May 25, 2011
Final rank: 184 of 297

Old School Saltbox

Inspired by my Grandmother's house, which worked then and can work now.

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Solution

From Pattyhouse:  Keep it simple, use real materials, and design for future improvements.  This house is of wood frame construction in the saltbox style.  It is 10 feet wide and 22 feet deep. The tall end of the structure is 12 feet tall and faces north, and is the front of the house.  There is a real front door that locks, with a transom window added at the top for ventilation and light.  The door is positioned at the NE corner of the house front.  The short end is 10 feet tall and, of course, faces south.  This positions the roof for solar panels.  Solar panels are not part of this house plan, but can be added later. The floor is OSB.  The exterior walls are OSB or plywood, wrapped, and covered with cement siding for fire protection.  Cement siding is expensive, but cheaper in the long run.  Plus, with row house construction you only need it for the front and back.  The main floor is supported by 2x10s, the roof is supported by 2x8 I-joists.  The OSB roof is covered with roofing underlayment and topped with corrugated fiberglass in white, for maximum reflection. The roof overhangs by one foot on the north end, and two feet on the south end.  If houses are connected in a row, then there is fire protective board in the walls between the houses.  There is a sleeping loft in this house, 10 feet by 10 feet, which runs north to south, starting at the front of the house, at a height of 7 feet 4 inches from the main floor.  The OSB floor of the loft is supported by 2x8 I-joists laid parallel to the house front.  This affords the loft headroom of 4 feet at the north end, and 3 feet at the south end, where the entry ladder is.  This headroom is taller than many RV loft beds, and is easy to climb into.  There is a protective railing along the south end of the loft.  The loft is simple to build, and adds 100 square feet to the house.   It�s cheaper to build than a solar panel would cost.  And, the owner can add a solar panel later for less money than it would cost to build on 100 square feet later.  The ladder to the loft goes at a gentle angle along the west wall, with wide rungs, more like a steep stairway.  In the SE corner there is a small shower.  Next to it on the south wall is a 60 inch long countertop, containing a 25 inch wide stainless steel drop in sink, for both bath and kitchen use.  For privacy there is a curtain rod that runs the width of the house at 5 feet from the south/back wall.  A simple curtain can close off the shower and sink area.  There are four windows in the house in addition to the transom window on the front door.  These windows are single pane, lightweight, vinyl construction.  Think RV or boat windows here.  One is on the north side in the loft, 4 feet wide by 12 inches tall.  It hinges on the top and opens in and attaches to a catch above it.  There is a screen on the outside. The second window is on the north side main floor 3 feet wide by 2 feet tall, hinges on top and attaches to a catch above, and has a screen.  The third window is on the south side, it is 4 feet wide by 12 inches tall, hinges on top and attaches to a catch above it, and has a screen.  The fourth window is over the sink, is 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall, double hung, with a screen.  These windows afford ventilation and light, and reduce the need for electric lighting.  The walls of the house are open frame.  This costs less, and makes it easier to add electrical later on, as this plan does not include electrical.  In addition, if the house is a stand alone, open frame walls would make it easier to add windows on the east and west side at a later date.  The OSB floors can be painted, and other floor coverings can be added later on.  This is another improvement that the owners can make as they are able.  This house plan delivers premium square footage, tough construction, comfort and safety, and possibilities for the future.  Thank you.

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