Home Plan Detail

A Mountaintop Tower

By: R W Knight
Knight Architecture



Specifications

Square Footage

Total living area: 1915'
Basement: 0'
Main Level:1244'
Upper Level:527'
Tower:144'
Footprint: 36' 0" W x 56' 0" D

Rooms

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

Attributes

Levels: 2
Foundation: Slab
Lot type(s):
Modifiable to:
Sloping
Climate(s):
Modifiable to:
All others

Features

  • Greenhouse
  • Wood Stove
  • Screened Porch
  • Tower Room
  • Office Nook
  • Laundry Room

Description

The living, dining, and kitchen areas are all contiguous, but each has its distinct sense of place, and a different set of views to the outside. On the north side of the house is a downstairs guest suite with a bathroom that doubles as a powder room. The screened porch is on the northwest corner, where you can see the sunsets in the summer in the northwest. This is when screened porches tend to get used, and on this corner it never shades the rest of the house in the winter when the sun is low in the south and you need it.

There is also a pretty extensive (for a 1,900+ square foot house) greenhouse to bring a bit of summer in the long Maine winters. The clients were serious gardeners and wanted a full working greenhouse, rather than a solarium/sun room with a few plants. There is a window connecting it to the kitchen so the warm earth smells can waft into the house, but it's still a greenhouse where you can water plants with a hose.

The entire second floor is the master bedroom suite, with a stair hall that does double duty as a library/office, and on the third floor is the tower room. This library/office is a good example of expanding circulation space just a bit so that it can do double duty as something else- in this case as an office that looks down through an interior window to the kitchen, and up the narrow staircase to the tower.

This house is a collection of forms that culminate in the tower. It fills its internal volume with floor space, so there is less vertical drama, but more privacy and spatial variety. This house would work best on a site that supports its vertical nature by providing the right backdrop.

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

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