Home Plan Detail

Hansel and Gretel

By: R W Knight
Knight Architecture


Square Footage

Total living area: 1020'
Basement: 1663'
Main Level:676'
Upper Level:344'
Footprint: 26' 0" W x 26' 0" D


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.0
Master suite location: Upper Floor


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


  • Small Footprint
  • Abundant Windows
  • Deck With Arbor
  • Woodstove
  • Screened Porch


This house was designed to sit on a gentle slope that slides down towards the water to the south. You enter a nice little roofed porch, come into an actual airlock entry with a closet under the stairs, and then come into the main living area of the house. Windows stretch across in front of you with a big bench under them (15' of bench will sleep two guests in sleeping bags quite nicely, if you make the bench 2'-6" deep). The chimney with woodstove forms a demarcation point to separate the eating area from the living room. A small fireplace could be here, but it gets a bit bulky, and in a small house, simple is better than complex and compact is better than bulky. A medium woodstove will easily heat this entire house.

There is a nice one–person–at–a–time kitchen with most of the storage in a pantry next to the refrigerator. Beyond that is a small utility area for the hot water heater. If you put central heat in this house, it probably needs to go down below in a basement, or the utility area will need to be bumped out a few feet.

Stairs take you up to a long hall with a very big closet (10' of hanging space) with deep shelves behind the hanging clothes. Moving through the door you come into a 12'x16' bedroom with skylights and a little Romeo and Juliet balcony. The bedroom sits under the slopes of the roof, and has an 8' high flat ceiling in the center. If a bathroom is necessary upstairs, you could do away with the light well next to the stairs and capture the storage space with the addition of some skylights.

The arbor over the deck makes it feel more sheltered but doesn't block the sun in the winter. In the summer you can grow leafy vines on it and get as much shade as you might need.

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

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