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Rustic Guest House

Plan ID Number: LD-002

Designed by: Laura Daley
Laura Daley


Square Footage

Total living area: 744
Garage Level:744
Upper Level:744
Footprint: More Information 24' 0" W x 31' 0" D


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Master suite: Upper Floor


Levels: 2
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 2
House Height: More Information 29' 7"
Ceiling Heights: More Information
Main level 8' 0"
Upper level 8' 0"
Vaulted Ceilings in the: More Information


  • Lower Powder Room
  • Upper Living
  • Lower Shop Space
  • Upper Kitchen


The apartment on the upper level of the two–car garage is flooded with natural light that enters through clerestory windows. The entry to the upper level is private, making it ideal for use as a rental unit, but it would of course work just as well as a guesthouse, a starter home, or a place to live while your new house is being constructed.

The garage has plenty of room for two vehicles. The shop area has a swinging door off of it that opens to a long storage space under the stairs, and a pocket door that opens to a small bathroom. A door at the side of the garage opens to a small foyer space with a laundry, stairs to the upper level, and a door that opens to the garage space.

At the top of the stairs you enter the living spaces of the apartment. The kitchen has a wrap around counter with a peninsula at one end, and a window over the sinks. It's next to the dining area, and open to both it and the living room. The ceiling in the kitchen and dining area soars from an already lofty 11'6" behind the sinks to a magnificent 19' at the top of the clerestory windows, and these windows allow natural light to fill the entire space. At the transition to the living room, the wall holding the clerestory windows drops to a 12' height, and slopes to 8' at the far wall.

The two wide windows in the dining and living rooms are large picture windows with a pair of smaller windows below them (in the dining space there's also an angled window set high on the wall), providing great views and even more light. At the far end of the living room the original owners had a pair of sliding glass doors that opened to what was ground level on their property, but it could easily be replaced with another picture window.

A door off the living space opens to the bedroom and a full bath. Where you enter there's a flat ceiling that extends to the door to the bath, but at the edge of the closet, the ceiling matches the one in the living room, beginning at 12' and dropping to 8' at the outer wall. Clerestory windows let in light above the flat ceiling area that flows into the stairwell and the kitchen.

Floor Plans

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