Project Description

Lucia’s Little Houses > House #06

Sunshine and Work

A good choice for a field or hillside with strong solar possibilities. This is a great house to spend the whole day in and watch the sun move through your life. This is essentially a one-story house (which will work without a basement) with a bonus space upstairs that makes an excellent workspace.

This is a house whose forms grew out of an interaction of three primary forces. The first was my clients’ desire to have a house with rooms that reflected the way they spend their day. Largely they work as writers and do the survival kinds of things that make living on a Maine island interesting, like baking bread and loading the wood stove.

The second force was the very long and harsh Maine winter. This island site is a somewhat exposed field that faces south with long water views to the east and southwest, and we needed a house that would grab as much sun as there is to get and fill those work spaces with it. I needed the house to spread out, grab hold of the ground and hunker down in the winter wind, but also exploit a great view from the second floor.

The third force was our desire to design a house that would be a comfortable neighbor to the very modest and friendly frame houses that are in this area. We strung the daytime places out in a sawtooth pattern along the southern view. You get up in the morning at the east end with the sun, and move through the kitchen to the dining room.

The end of the day finds you at the west side of the house on the screened porch. Decks facing south and east are tucked in the shelter of these saw’s teeth. As usual in this climate, I favored an east and south exposure over west and south (but you could flip the plan east to west).

Originally what is now the living room was to be the work space, but my clients agreed that the view was so good from the second floor that they would put up with the stairs in order to be tucked up there under the roof with the view. Once up there we had to add a little crow’s nest to get outside to clap the binoculars onto passing lobster boats.

We sneaked in a guest room and bath off and away at the west side, very much out of the flow of the traffic and working lives of this couple.

The one-car garage, while not a necessity, is mighty nice around here in the winter. It shares the entry space with the front door, and turns the house’s back on the cold northerly wind.

This house is on a slab because it was a damp site and we wanted the thermal mass of the slab to be able to soak up the sun’s heat. You could add a basement and put a stair under the one that now goes to the second floor. While I’ve never really seen a house with this shape, it has a nice “American” familiarity to me. Perhaps it reminds me some of the architecture where I grew up in the southern part of New Jersey.

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House Details
Heated square feet. . . . . . . . 1,846
Adjusted sq. ft. . . . . . . 2,204
2 – Bedrooms
2 – Bathrooms
Slab or full basement foundation

Foot Print 2,416 sq. ft.
View Dimension 56’
Side Dimension 60’
Height 23’-6”

1st Floor 1,560 sq. ft.
2nd Floor 286 sq. ft.

1st Floor
Living 20’ x 20’
Dining 6’ x 8’
Kitchen 17’ x 11’
Bedroom–1 16’ x 10’
Bedroom–2 11’ x 12’
Bath–1 8’ x 10’
Bath–2 6’-6” x 6’-6”
Dressing 8’ x 10’
Scr. Porch 8’ x 12’
Garage 24’ x 16’

2nd Floor
Study 16’ x 18’

Working Drawings
• Foundation Plan
• 1st flr. Plan
• 2nd flr. Plan
• Elevations, Wind. Sched.
• Elevations, Door Sched.
• Sections
• Sections/Details
• 1st flr. Framing
• 2nd flr. Framing
• Electrical Plan, 1st flr.
• Electrical Plan, 2nd for