Home Plan Detail

A Sunny Place in the Forest

By: R W Knight
Knight Architecture


Square Footage

Total living area: 1418'
Basement: 2318'
Main Level:900'
Upper Level:518'
Footprint: 33' 0" W x 33' 0" D


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.0
Master suite location: Main Floor


Levels: 2
Modifiable to:
Crawlspace, Pier, Slab
Lot type(s):
Modifiable to:
Modifiable to:
All others


  • Abundant Windows
  • Study
  • Skylights
  • Rustic Styling
  • Exposed Posts & Beams
  • Varied Ceiling Heights


This house was featured in Sarah Susanka's book, "Creating the Not So Big House", as well as in both House Beautiful and Down East magazines. It was designed to have a very small footprint, and to possibly be expanded if the family decided to use it for year–round living rather than as a vacation home. The curved walls in the living and dining areas provide wrap around views.

Unlike any other design we've ever seen, this unique home can face in any one of four directions! Because the two diagonal entry points work equally well as a "front" entry – the entry porch of the original home (which provides direct access to both the kitchen and the mudroom) could just as easily be the rear entry, and the deck entry (which provides direct access to the living spaces of the home as well as a guest bathroom) could just as easily be the front – and, the porch and deck can be accessed from two directions, all four sides of this house could be the front of the house.

If you enter the house from the covered entry porch, there's a mudroom on your left (which can also be accessed directly from the porch), and next to it a door to a set of stairs leading down to the (optional) unfinished basement. The mudroom holds a freezer and a washer & dryer tucked under the stairs. To your right there's a well–designed wrap around kitchen. A long peninsula separates the kitchen from the dining area. It has a range and plenty of counter space on the inner side; a raised countertop for casual dining on the outer; and a pass–through section next to the range. The sinks sit beneath a trio of windows for light and views, and there's a pantry for storage. As you'll see in the photos, the portion of the roof over the kitchen is mostly glass, providing an abundance of natural light and views.

In the dining space the ceiling is vaulted, the outer wall is curved and filled with large picture windows, and above them are the same glazed roof sections that fill the kitchen with light. The homeowners must feel like they're dining outdoors every time they sit down to eat a meal! Next to it is the living room. A center–of–the–house wood–burning stove with a stone–wrapped chimney helps warm the entire house, and it faces built–in seating beneath more large picture windows.

There's also a bedroom with a full bath on the main level. The bedroom has a trio of windows on each of two outer walls for light, views and cross–ventilation. With the exception of the dining room and part of the kitchen, the ceilings on this level are set at a comfortable 8'8".

At the top of the stairs to the upper level there's a small landing where you can turn in either direction. To the right there's a lovely study. At one end a door opens to an attic space, and at the other there's a nook for a cabinet or a desk. Next to it there's a hall that leads past a 12'–long closet to one of two doors that open to the bedroom on this level. The bedroom is wrapped by large windows on three walls, and rafters with windows run atop the center ones. Had you turned left at the landing, you would pass two doors leading to a private toilet room and a bathroom before arriving at the bedroom.

Please Note
Due to licensing agreements, this home may not be built in Hancock County, Maine.

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