Project Description

Lucia’s Little Houses > House #17

A Blue Hill Farmhouse

For people who want traditional lines and a flexible interior, plenty of sunlight and an open feeling inside. This house is a good choice for a small family or a couple who want extra space for guests.

This house is based on one of the typical farmhouses common in our part of Maine. These were built in the late 1800’s, and they’re one of our favorite house styles.

This version has been updated to meet current living patterns but it still follows the traditional series of spaces, namely the big house, little house, and barn. In this case the barn is an oversized single-car garage. This house should be located with the entry porch facing in a southerly direction. We wanted a light-filled and spacious feeling house in an understated, traditional, and efficient form. This house will fit well in a variety of settings; on the edge of a field with trees in the rear, in a clearing in the woods, or even in town on a quiet neighborhood street.

The “little house” contains the entry area and stairway plus a utility room and a full bath. You can enter the house from the front porch or from the garage through this space. The front porch is long and deep enough to sit down on a nice summer day, or evening, to enjoy the view or chat with the neighbors.

The “big house” flows directly from the entry hall. As you leave the entry hall to your right is the kitchen, efficiently sized for one or two people. The kitchen has a large pantry cabinet and the high ceilings allow for extra storage above the cabinets. From the kitchen you have a view toward the driveway and the back yard. It’s close to the living and dining areas, truly the functional center of the house.

The dining room has a two-story ceiling with sunlight coming in from high windows and a skylight. It is really the visual center of the house, with an overlook from the second floor hall. The living room is open to the dining room and shares the sunlight from that room. It’s designed to be a relaxing place to sit and talk and watch the fire. Completing the ground floor is a retreat in the far corner.

This is a quiet place for reading or watching TV that is still next to the kitchen for quick snacks. In the center of all this is a woodstove, although it could also be a fireplace, that can be viewed from the dining and living rooms. There is room to sit next to it when you want to get extra toasty warm. For the original version we chose a metal chimney, but a brick chimney is just as easy to do. And at the end of the house, on the west side so you can enjoy the sunset, is a screened porch. Conveniently located near the kitchen, it can easily double as a summertime dining room.

Go up the stairs to get to the two bedrooms and the large bath. The stairway is filled with light from the two skylights, one at the landing and one at the top of the stairs. Both the dining room and the stairway are light-gathering spaces that bring light into several rooms at once. This way each room in the house gets sunlight from different directions. But first, pause and take a look out over, and down into, the dining room. There is a bench and lots of light, another nice place to read and relax. In fact, you could easily put a desk there and use it as a small office.

The bath has two sinks, a large shower, and a soaking-sized tub. There is a small window in the shower, gathering light from the stairway, a skylight and a large window making the room a sunny one at any time of day. The master bedroom has a dressing room and a small office space. There is also an attic stair going up to the large attic space above the bedroom. The sleeping area has space for dressers, bed, and chairs by the window make for a quiet place to read. There is also another small window that overlooks the dining room and borrows light from the skylight there.

At the other end of the hall, the second bedroom has room for a bed, a small window seat, and a small desk. The seat and desk are under small windows set at eye level when you sit down. From the bed you can look out through the large windows that are placed above the porch roof and face the front of the house. From this bedroom you can enter the second attic storage room that is situated above the garage. This bedroom has a small closet, actually a wardrobe cabinet, because we anticipated it would be used mostly as a guest room. You could use some of that storage room above the garage to increase the closet space.

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House Details
Heated square feet. . . . . . . . 1,942
Adjusted sq. ft. . . . . . . . . 2,194
2 – Bedrooms
2 – Bathrooms
Crawl space foundation

Foot Print 1,604 sq. ft.
View Dimension 72’
Side Dimension 32’
Height 25’

1st Floor 1,024 sq. ft.
2nd Floor 918 sq. ft.

1st Floor
Living 13’ x 20’
Dining 9’ x 13’
Kitchen 9’ x 12’
Bath–1 5’ x 10’
TV Room 12’ x 12’
Entry Porch 20’ x 7’
Scr. Porch 10’ x 12’
Garage 20’ x 16’

2nd Floor
Bedroom–1 13’ -6”x 16’
Bedroom–2 13’ x 20’
Bath–2 8’ x 13’

Working Drawings
• 1st & 2nd flr. Plans
• Elevations
• Elevations
• Sections
• Sections
• Details
• Foundation Plan
• 1st & 2nd flr. Framing
• Electrical Plan