Home Plan Detail

The Cottage

By: R W Knight
Knight Architecture


Square Footage

Total living area: 1539'
Basement: 0'
Main Level:924'
Upper Level:615'
Footprint: 28' 0" W x 34' 0" D


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


Levels: 2
Foundation: Crawlspace
Lot type(s):
Modifiable to:
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All others


  • Efficient Floor Plan
  • Large Deck
  • Bay Windows
  • Entry Foyer
  • Fireplace
  • Upstairs Storage


This house was designed for the shore of a beautiful harbor on the Maine coast, but it works well in many other types of locations. It has a very small footprint, a rectangular shape, and a simple roof, so it should be quite inexpensive to build.

Immediately inside the entry door is an entry hall with a high ceiling and the staircase. It gives one access to the downstairs bedroom and bath or the upper two bedrooms and their bath without traipsing all through the house. The main space of the house is a unified kitchen/dining/living space. The result is a sweep of space, yet there is also some separation with the dining area out in the front in what amounts to a bay. On the east side of the bay is a window, and on the west is a low wall that separates a small sitting area that could either be built-in seats or a small office. The 'living room' is a furniture grouping gathered around the fireplace and is focused on it. A lot of the action in most houses really happens around the dining room table, so why not put it in the view and let the living room look over it to get a view. The big deck that makes up the foreground of this plan is really dictated somewhat by the site. On this particular site it grounds this house to a rock ledge that slopes steeply down to the harbor, but your site might dictate something very different.

The upstairs of this house has two nice bedrooms under the eaves of the roof, each with a window seat for views and daydreaming. The east bedroom doesn't have a closet, but can accommodate an armoire. There is a hidden storage area under the eaves, a bit low but useful, that is accessed from the back of the west bedroom closet. Even if you don't use it, the children will love it. Both rooms have a sink in them, because the client remembers them in the cottage that he grew up in on this site. They were left in because it seems like a pretty civilized idea for what is a very civilized house.

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

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