Home Plan Detail

One Bedroom Retreat

By: Dale Mulfinger, FAIA
SALA Architects, Inc.


Square Footage

Total living area: 1515'
Basement: 2675'
Footprint: 52' 6" W x 26' 0" D


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.0
Master suite location: Floor


Levels: 1
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 1
Modifiable to:
Crawlspace, Pier, Slab
Lot type(s): Sloping


  • Master Sitting
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Loft
  • Small
  • Screened Porch
  • Optional Basement


The front porch spans almost 30', so there's plenty of room for furniture to enjoy the outdoors. Upon entering the vaulted foyer, there's a staircase to the upper loft and a coat closet to the left, and the open living space is on your right. The living area has a vaulted ceiling that peaks at over 18' in the middle, with four evenly spaced exposed wood beams hung from metal rods whose bottoms are set at 8' above the floor. Two large pairs of windows with transoms above look out to and through the front porch, while a pair of glazed doors at the rear walks out to a 14'x18' screened porch that provides additional space to lounge, dine, or entertain.

A stone fireplace hearth warms the living spaces, and an upper window on the same wall is located near the peaked ceiling to bring in additional light. The L–shaped kitchen has a window over the sink that looks out to the rear, and a large center island for prep work has a raised counter for casual eating or serving. An opening off the dining area leads to a staircase to the optional basement level, a mudroom space, and a door to the one (or two) car garage. While designed for just one vehicle, there is no reason why your builder could not widen it to accommodate two.

A pocket door near the coat closet leads to a small hall that accesses a sunny study on the left, a spacious walk–in closet and the master bath on the right, and the master bedroom straight ahead. The bedroom features a center fireplace with a window on either side of it, two pairs of large windows facing the front and the rear, and a ceiling that vaults from 8'6" to over 16' in the center with suspended wood beams whose bottoms are set at 11' above the floor.

The upper loft is open to the living and study spaces below, and sits under the slope of the roof. It provides an additional 250 SF of space, and has a row of three skylights that bring in natural light.

Should you choose to build it, the basement level has a huge open game/recreation area as well as a large guest suite with a full bath, a laundry room, and a mechanical room.

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