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House 330 Plan by Built4ever House 330 Plan by Built4ever
Sketch plan for house #330. Note: updated now to include the second floor plan and two cross sections. An attempt to design a very compact two-story house with all the features of larger houses including a cathedral ceiling in the living area, formal dining room, breakfast nook, peninsula in kitchen, generous
dedicated laundry room, powder room, reading room/study, reasonably large master suite, a bedroom large enough to function as a guest suite, and a third small bedroom suitable for a bunk bed for kids with two sinks in the bathroom.
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sycamoreleaf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Once again, lovely compartmentalization of indoor spaces. The Entry strikes me as a little small for some reason (probably because I see no space for a place to put your umbrella or move around with company), but that may be just me - but then again, I'm used to thinking of the entrance as a pretty big part of the house, he filter of the place if you will. And the dining seems a bit small as well... given the size of that table and chairs (approximation...) it seems like movement when everyone is seated will prove to be a bit of a challenge when you aim to serve your guests. And just maybe I would have switched the positions between the service bathroom and the laundry... but then again that wouldn't have worked very well. The laundry does hold a bigger role in this case and it's closer to the stairway and by extent the "reason of it's existence" ;P I don't know, but overall the rooms are well placed and seem easy to move around.

The relation between the reading room and the living also strikes me as quite interesting, and I am mostly attracted to how you seem to separate the living areas: utility on one side, leisure on the other. Too bad there is no second floor plan... I would have loved to see the bedrooms.

(I may be wrong for a great deal of things and for that I apologies, but I love your house too much NOT to try and critique them :3 )
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I'm not sure how much measurements in "feet" mean to you versus "meters." By current American standards this is a small house with a compact floor plan, so the rooms are smaller. All rooms are tighter than normal, but after second floor is done, it will be a small house overall, only 2000 square feet. Very easy to swap "powder room" (service bathroom and laundry,) I added the powder room last, I have no feelings either way as to placement. The reading room may or may not have doors, and it's a novel arrangement. Some small houses have NO entry area, you just walk into the living area, even on old houses, especially craftsman bungalows. In some American houses now the formal dining room is being eliminated, but this small house has one anyway. I'm sure that house design in Romania is very different than here...
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sycamoreleaf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hmm... very interesting bit of info there. I'm a bit more knowledgeable regarding houses in Europe for the most part, so American architecture is still a little new to me for the moment. We still didn't quite reach that part of history in school yet so all I know is what I got from Wikipedia and a couple of books I happen to have gotten my hands on. Doesn't help that info on Frank Loyd Wright's houses seems to dominate with a majority of 75~80% of all I came in contact with :lol: And his organic architecture is certainly not something all that common outside of the field XD (sorry... I'm such a nerd)

And yes, houses in Romania are... rather different in most cases ^^; (just so I won't use the word "strange"... I'm a very good defender of my country's architecture, aren't I? ;3)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Plan is updated! You will note that I changed the orientation of the stairs to improve the situation upstairs, which let me put the coat closest under the stairs, which let me open up the entry area. It seems like the rest of the world is obsessed with FLW, a great force in architecture, but only mildly influential in my own plans. His style is NOT practiced here to any extent. Where I live 99 per cent of houses built are traditional, and the market demands it. But I still like FLW...
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sycamoreleaf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Noticed :D And yes, things seem to truly melt together and be all that better when all the rooms are visible :heart: (I so want my house to have bedrooms like that...)

And it's just as I suspected. FLW is one of the giants of the XX-th century ... which seamed to have stayed in the XX-th century ^^; But then, modern architecture seems to be more and more out of date these day (which leads me to wonder WHY they make us eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner at uni ?????? I mean... shouldn't we start from "the cave" and move forward in history? ... and maybe just why that sentence made little to no sense?!)

... Don't mind me, I'm just a little crazy :slow:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Unemployable modernist architects get cushy jobs teaching at university, and then they teach bad design principles and lack of understanding of the classics to hordes of kids who can't do anything for a real client. It's sad really. I have never met an architect who can draw well.
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kevsterman Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hurrah, so glad to see the two floor plans together. I love looking at your plans but was always disappointed when it was only the ground floor on show. Love this house!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Sometimes the second floor is more of a pain the rear end then the first because I have "boxed myself in" with dimensions and decisions on the ground floor. Good thing I have an eraser.
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