Here are photos I made of parts of the plan --
the first shows the house laid out on the lot, the
second is the floor plan.
Here is the house laid out on the lot.
House is 54 feet wide. Front porch is 8 feet deep,
living area is 38 feet deep, and back porch is 8
feet deep X 24 feet wide. The roof over the
front porch is a 4X12 pitch, rising to 8X12 pitch
over the main part of the house. The carport
sits to the right rear with a small roof over the
walkway from the carport into the pantry.
Here is the floor plan. The
center of the house is a great room, 24 feet X 38
feet. The rear of the great room is the
kitchen with counters across the width of the
back, except for the door onto the back porch.
Look for the kitchen island; across from it is a
gas cooktop. Left front is master bedroom --
going back from MBR is dressing-vanity area,
walk-in closet, and master bath. Behind the
master bath is a utility room. Front right
is bedroom #2, bathroom #2, bedroom #3, and the
pantry. A door from bedroom #3 goes onto the
carport as does a door from the pantry.
Carport will have a narrow storage room the width
of the carport.
Here is the floor plan with notes
Here are notes on the house in no
Heated/cooled living area is
2,106 square feet. Front porch is 432 sq
ft (8 X 54); back porch is 192 sq ft (8 X 24);
carport is 572 sq ft (22 X 26 with 4 X 22
storage room yielding 22 X 22 parking area).
2 X 6 stud exterior walls;
interior walls that form great room are 2 X 6;
other interior walls are 2 X 4 studs.
Great room has 10 foot
ceilings; the two bedroom/bathroom wings have
Two 50-gallon water heaters -- one
serves master bath and laundry, the other
serves bathroom #2 and kitchen.
Double electric ovens, gas
cooktop vented through roof.
HVAC air mover is in the
Windows across the front of
the house are 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall;
front door is 3 feet wide, 6-8 high with
12-inch sidelights and 12-inch transom.
Windows in the kitchen that
open onto the back porch are 4-foot by 4-foot
center-opening casement windows.
All windows are double-paned,
low-E glass, single-hung vinyl.
Door from kitchen/great room
to back porch is 6-foot wide French door with
All exterior doors are steel
except for mahogany front door. Doors
that are not protected by a roof have no-rot
composition jambs and molding.
Note there are no support
posts in the great room -- it is 24 X 38 feet
clear. We are doing this by running two
3-1/2 inch X 16-inch X 26-foot ParaLam beams
across the ceiling of the great room to
support the ceiling joists.
Stick-framed rafters will keep
the attic clear so we can floor the attic for
Hardwood floor in great
room-kitchen (glue-down engineered flooring,
not vinyl laminate); carpet in bedrooms;
ceramic tile in baths, pantry, and utility
Ceiling fans in: great room (2
or 3); each bedroom (with light sets); two on
In dressing room and master
bathroom, the vanities will have 4 foot X
18-inch fixed windows above the mirrors.
6-inch recessed lights all
over the ceiling in the great room, pendant
task lighting over the kitchen counters and
Electric, cable TV, and
telephone utilities come in the left rear
corner of the house, in the utility room.
I will use combination boxes to wire each room
for cable TV, phone, and Cat 5 Ethernet cable
with more than one outlet in some rooms.
I plan to put a wireless access point in the
attic to provide wireless connectivity
throughout the house and lot (and probably to
the rest of the neighborhood).
Local codes require
1/2 inch X 10-inch anchor
bolts with 2-inch square washers, 48
inches on center;
24-inch tie-down straps
wrap around the bottom plates and up every
24-inch tie-down straps
wrap around the top plate and down every
Hurricane clips and straps
tie each rafter to top plates.
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