Home Plan Detail


By: Michaela Mahady, AIA, CID, Principal
SALA Architects, Inc.


Square Footage

Total living area: 2446'
Basement: 3796'
Main Level:1300'
Upper Level:1146'
Footprint: 51' 0" W x 50' 0" D


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.0
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


  • High Ceilings
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Play Loft
  • Patio
  • Den
  • Shaded "Treehouse"


The extremely steep rooflines are the first thing you notice about this unusual cottage–style house. Featured in Sarah Susanka's book "The Not So Big House", it's one of the most unique homes we've ever seen. There's a play loft straddling two kids' bedrooms on the upper level; a writing loft off the master bedroom; and a large covered play area above the garage.

You walk beneath trellis beams supported on either side by thick columns and the garage as you approach the front door of this storybook home. This "corridor" continues through the house and continues at the rear. As you enter the house, there's a coat closet on the right, and stairs to the upper level on the left.

Living, dining and kitchen occupy one large open space. The ceiling area in front of the large fireplace soars all the way to the peak of the roof, and wrap–around windows flank the fireplace on either side. In one corner there's a built–in window seat beneath the corner windows, while the other corner has bookshelves beneath the windows. Double doors across from the entryway open beneath the trellis beam at the rear of the house.

A short hallway between the kitchen and the stairs passes a pantry on the left before heading to a bedroom, a full bath, and a mudroom. From the mudroom, one door opens to the 2–car garage while another opens to the stairs to the lower level. The bedroom has a pair of windows on two adjoining walls, providing light, views and ventilation.

At the landing level of the stairs to the upper floor there's a door that opens to a large play deck above the garage. As you continue up the stairs, a small reading area provides access to two small bedrooms, a closet and full bath that they share, and the master suite. Ship's ladders in each room provide access to a unique shared play loft.

The master bedroom has a steeply pitched ceiling, double doors opening to a private deck, and a sitting area with windows wrapping around the corner and a railing that looks down to the living room. Shutters on one wall can be opened to reveal windows that also look down to the living room. The bath has a tub beneath windows that sits between two vanities, and a separate shower, and it accesses a walk–in closet.

Should you choose to build it, the basement is designed to have a guest bedroom with a full bath, a mechanical room and a laundry room, and a large open recreation space.

Floor Plans