HOUSE consists of 4 basic 12 ft. square modules. Each two storied unit has
a flat roof and the 4 modules are offset around an 8 ft. square central turret
with windows. The ground floor has 3 bedrooms but the second living floor
is open plan. The turreted clerestorey windows provide ample daylight to the
center of the living space - Turret House has 'attitude' even though it is
only 1280 sq.ft. (640 sq.ft. each floor).
only 1280 sq.ft.
featured downspouts - - - - - "If you can't hide it, flaunt it"
floor details: Small spaces are enhanced by careful window placement and minimal
furnishings. Bedroom #1 has 12 ft. square floor area with additional 11 ft.
closet space - three 4'x8' sliding doors make closet accessible. Single bedrooms
#2 and #3 have 5 ft. closets - each with corner hand basins to reduce bathroom
congestion. Entrance hall has coat closet and hot water tank under stairs.
Stairs are 3.5 ft. wide with 12 inch steps and 7 inch risers - safe and comfortable
to navigate. Glass door leads to privacy deck. Stacked washer and drier are
concealed behind dual use passage door.
drawings to enlarge and explore
floor details: The extravagant stairwell is open to the L-shaped living/dining
area - provides appearance of spaciousness. But the dramatic emphasis comes
from the turreted clerestorey windows and the 10 ft. high ceilings in the
living room and kitchen. A glass door leads onto the cantilevered dining deck.
Note the recessed telephone desk and shelves. The 4 ft. wide access to the
kitchen is arched. Storage in small houses is critical - hence the kitchen
pantry and the closet at the top of the stairs.
The 4 box beams shown (green) are 12 ft. long by 2 ft. high. Box beams are
constructed using 2x4s with half inch plywood nailed or screwed to both sides.
walls and windows fit on top of box beams. Living and kitchen ceilings are
10 ft. high - dining and stairwell ceilings are 8 ft. high.
comments : All windows and doors are stock
items. Bedroom, kitchen and stairwell windows are 4 ft. high and 3 ft. wide.
Dining and living room windows are 6 ft. high by 3 ft. wide. Corner windows
make small rooms feel expansive. Changing the 12 ft. square towers to 14 ft.
square towers will increase the house size from 1280 sq. ft. to 1696 sq. ft.
- and the first floor layout could be considerably improved with the size
houses eventually require additional storage. Add a large (24'x24'x9') affordable
garage - doubles as rec room - table tennis or billiards?