Project Description

Lucia’s Little Houses > House #18

Lakeside Guest House

A romantic and casual design for weekend retreats or year ’round living for a small family looking for a compact house with charm. This house can even stretch a bit to better suit your needs.


Sometimes we design two houses of different sizes for our clients. We often want to keep the size down on the main house so it remains a reasonable size for a few people — a standard requirement with “empty nesters.” Because of this, we design a number of smaller guesthouses for the times when visitors come to stay awhile.

We are especially pleased with this two-bedroom guesthouse that was designed to go with a shingled cottage down on the shore. As it is a guesthouse, it has a very limited kitchen. You could expand the kitchen a bit and have a perfectly reasonable two bedroom, one and a half bath house at a little over 1,250 adjusted square feet. The plan is, for the most part, symmetrical, so you could easily flip the plan and place the living room on the west side.

There are two entrance doors, one at the porch and one on the side. The side door is handy to the kitchen and a small coat closet. A small porch roof shelters this door which is next to the parking area. In this version, the door is on the west but reversing the plan will put it on the east side, away from winter winds, if necessary. The porch entry is most useful in the summertime when you’ll want to relax on the porch and enjoy the view. As you can see on the site plan, the view is down the hill, so the porch and most of the rooms have the prime view.

The ground floor bath has a half bath and laundry, with a stacking washer and dryer. The dining and living spaces are open, al- lowing some flexibility in the furniture arrangements. The living area has a fireplace at the end. Window seats flank the raised hearth and give you a cozy spot to read or relax by the fire. The kitchen is small. It can be arranged to provide a bit more workspace though. You could also stretch that part of the house a bit and give yourself some more space for the kitchen and the bathrooms as well. The open stairway brings in extra light and adds to the spacious feeling.

The original design is on a concrete slab. You could also build over a crawl space or a basement. If you have a basement, you can have a basement stair and enter it from the kitchen. And with basements we often put in an outside stair for moving bulky items into and out of it.

The second floor has two identical bedrooms and a shared full bath. The bedrooms each have a bed and a sitting space next to large windows. In the original design these are the best seats in the house! You could set aside one bedroom for kids with two single beds built into the corners. The ceilings slope down to chest-high walls and give the rooms added visual interest. Large windows on two walls give you a great view and lots of light. And note the small window near the floor in the corner where you can curl up on a cushion under the low roof.

This design can work well on a sloping or level site. If there is a slope, then the porch should face downhill and the best view should be downhill.

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House Details
Heated square feet. . . . . . . . 1,224
Adjusted sq. ft. . . . . . . . . . . .1,272
2 – Bedrooms
1 1⁄2 – Bathrooms
Slab foundation

Dimensions
Foot Print 752 sq. ft.
View Dimension 29’-4″
Side Dimension 28’
Height 23’-8”

Summary
1st Floor 552 sq. ft.
2nd Floor 672 sq. ft.

1st Floor
Living/Din 28’ x 14’
Kitchen 10’ x 8’
Bath–1 6’ x 8’
Porch 6’ x 20’

2nd Floor
Bedroom–1 14’ x 20’
Bedroom–2 14’ x 20’
Bath–2 9’ x 8’

Working Drawings
• 1st & 2nd flr. Plans, Schedules
• Elevations
• Sections
• Details
• Structural Plans
• Electrical Plan