Project Description

Lucia’s Little Houses > House #10

Hansel and Gretel

One of our smallest houses, and great for a single person or a couple. Its views are strongly oriented in one direction and it makes a great house for the waterfront. Although you can put it over a basement, you don’t have to have one.

Hansel and Gretal, no fireplace


This house was really designed for a single person, though it would do fine for a couple. It’s one of the smallest houses in the collection and makes a decision that it’s OK to have a house with only one bedroom. The payback for that decision is really quite a bit of elbow room in a house that is just under 1000 square feet. Its form, and especially the image of the French door up in the gable, reminds me of a little cabin I imprinted on in Big Sur. It could be the house Hansel and Gretel found in the woods, without the witch.

It was designed to sit on a gentle slope that slides down towards the water to the south. You enter a nice little roofed porch, come into an actual airlock entry with a closet under the stairs, and then come into the main living area of the house. Windows stretch across in front of you with a big bench under them (15 ́of bench will sleep two guests in sleeping bags quite nicely, if you make the bench 2′-6 ̋ deep).

The chimney with woodstove forms a demarcation point to separate the eating area from the living room. A small fireplace could be here, but it gets a bit bulky and in a small house simple is better than complex and compact is better than bulky. A medium woodstove will easily heat this entire house.

There is a nice one-person-at-a-time kitchen with most of the storage in a pantry next to the refrigerator. Beyond that is a small utility area for the hot water heater and assorted junk. If you put central heat in this house, it probably goes down below in a basement, or the utility area bumps out a few feet and it goes in there.

Stairs take you up to a long hall with a very big closet (10 ́of hanging space) with deep shelves behind the hanging clothes. Moving through the door you come into a 12 ́x16 ́ bedroom with skylights and a little Romeo and Juliet balcony. If you decide you have to have a bathroom upstairs, we could do away with the light well next to the stairs and capture the storage space with the addition of some sky-lighting. That is a variant that we will show in the working drawings. But really, isn’t one bathroom enough?

In fact, a case can be made for dormers in the bedroom and bigger decks and bigger screened porches and bigger… and soon the clarity of this small house is gone and everything would need to be rethought, including your mortgage.

Why the arbor over the deck? I like it because it makes the deck feel more sheltered but doesn’t block the sun in the winter. In the summer you can grow leafy vines on it and get as much shade as you might need. In Maine, that’s not much.

Working drawings provide you with the architectural documentation you (or your builder) need to build this house. Working drawing sets vary for each of the houses. Click here to order.

House Details
Heated square feet. . . . . . . . 1,020
Adjusted sq. ft. . . . . . . . . 1,148
1 – Bedroom
1 – Bathroom
Full basement foundation

Foot Print 1,088 sq. ft.
View Dimension 32’
Side Dimension 34’
Height 22’

1st Floor 676 sq. ft.
2nd Floor 344 sq. ft.

1st Floor
Living 13’-6” x 13’
Dining 10’ x 11’
Kitchen 9’ x 13’
Bath–1 7’ x 8’
Scr. Porch 6’ x 14’

2nd Floor
Bedroom–1 17’ x 13’-6”
Storage 4’ x 11’

Working Drawings
• 1st & 2nd flr. Plan
• Flr. Plan w/2nd flr bath
• Elevations
• Sections, Schedules
• Fndtn. Plan, Details
• 1st & 2nd flr. Framing
• Details
• 1st & 2nd flr. Electrical Plans