Home Plan Detail

Mountain Woods

By: Ed Kriskywicz
Construction Design


Square Footage

Total living area: 2149'
Basement: 3633'
Main Level:1484'
Upper Level:665'
Footprint: 62' 8" W x 36' 8" D


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Master suite location: Upper Floor


Levels: 2
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 2
Modifiable to:
Crawlspace, Pier, Slab
Lot type(s): Sloping
Modifiable to:
All others


  • Detached Garage
  • Abundant Windows
  • Covered Deck
  • Attic Storage
  • Screened Porch


Mountain Woods was designed to blend in with and be surrounded by nature. Architecturally, the interior is all about interesting angles. There are relatively few square corners in this home. In fact, there are just enough to fit common sizes and shapes of furniture. Instead, this intriguing layout is based on two overlapping rectangular floor plans, offset at about a 25–degree angle to one another. This adds architectural variety and interest to the home.

The building design itself is all about versatility. By using an easily movable detached garage, and by designing the home to be entered from either the end or side, it can be adapted to a variety of locations. Similarly, the large unfinished basement allows for flexibility of design, depending on the slope of the lot.

The formal entry of the home is into a pair of wood–floored entry halls placed at a 90–degree angle to one another. One hall leads directly into the angled living room, and the other into the kitchen/dining area. As with many of our designs, the floor plan is open, so there are no view–blocking walls between the living, dining or kitchen areas. The living room vaults to 19'6" in the center, and the wall of lower and upper windows between it and the covered deck is 16' in height – providing abundant natural light and incredible views. The living room also features a large fireplace. A screened porch off the dining room allows for outdoor dining that is protected from insects. The main level also has two large bedrooms and a shared full bath. An airlock–style mudroom entry divides the home from the covered breezeway to the garage.

The upper level of the home is the couple's realm. A large sitting loft overlooks the living room and its stone fireplace. The loft can be closed off from the master bedroom, bath and walk–in dressing closet for privacy. The master bedroom has a 10' ceiling, and grouped windows facing rear and to the side.

Please Note
Even though this house was designed for a ski resort in Upper Michigan – a very cold place with tons of snow – the outer walls were 2x4 studs. And with proper insulation this was never a problem. However, if you wish to build this house with 2x6 walls, you need only tell your builder. The only change that would occur because of the switch to 2x6 studs would be a 2" reduction in the interior rooms that border the outer walls.

Floor Plans