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Turret House - peak roof version.

TURRET HOUSE consists of 4 basic 12 ft. square modules. Each two storied unit has an 8/12 pitched shed roof and the 4 modules are offset around an 8 ft. square central peaked turret with windows. The ground floor has 3 bedrooms and the second living floor is open plan with dramatic sloped ceilings and turreted clerestorey windows providing ample daylight to the center of the living space.

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First 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.

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Second floor details: The extravagant stairwell is open to the L-shaped living/dining area - provides appearance of spaciousness. But the dramatic emphasis is in the sloped ceilings and central turret. A glass door leads onto the 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. Beams and sloped ceilings are shown in the next set of drawings below.

Box beam details: The 4 box beams shown below are 12 ft. long by 8 ft. high with three 2 ft. square openings. Box beams are constructed using 2x4s with half inch plywood nailed or screwed to both sides. Notice how the triangulated side walls on each 12 ft. square box tie into and stabilize the box beams. The second drawing shows the turret walls and windows placed on top of the box beams. Turret walls fit above the box beams with the 2 ft. square windows aligned with the box beam openings.

Designer's comments: TheTurret House is incredibly stable structurally and will handle extreme snow loading. A detailed drawing can be provided to show how the featured eavestroughs can be protected from snow and ice slippage. The dramatic ceiling volumes are immediately noticed when mounting the stairs. When standing in the living room with ones back to the outside wall one can look up the sloping ceiling to the box beam and through the three openings into the turret space. The same visual feature is seen from the dining room and kitchen. The openings in the box beams are 11 ft. off the floor (see section drawing above). The turret space will be brightly lit during daylight, and potlights recessed into the ceiling will provide similar effects at night. The ceiling fan should run continuously during the winter heating months.

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Section: Notice turret ceiling fan and air convection. Green stairwell box beam shows opening placement to match clerestorey windows above.

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1st floor = 640 sq. ft.

Turret House has 'attitude' even though it is only 1280 sq.ft.

(640 sq. ft. on each level - small footprint.)

2nd floor = 640 sq.ft.


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