This Contemporary House plan recalls split level houses popular in the 60's. Many un-built residential lots available in urban areas slope up hill from the street since this is the hardest site condition in which to place the average house plan. This design steps up the hill from street level in half story levels.
Each activity, or use, is separated by a level rather than room walls. This house is 1860 sf with two bedrooms (with attached baths) and mezzanine/loft. Each level shares space or volume with other levels creating an open and spacious feel. There are no hallways in this plan. Circulation space is shared with adjacent spaces making each larger and even the stairs share in the same volume of space.
The Kitchen-Dining area is a convenient half level up from the garage. The Living area is another half level up, though still overlooking the Kitchen area for open communication between spaces. A half level above the Living area is the Mezzanine area. This space overlooks both the Living and Kitchen areas. The railing is a built in desk with ample workspace for home office or projects. A recessed day bed can be used for reading or the occasional overnight guest. Each of the two Bedrooms are a level of their own. Each attached bathroom is within the bedroom space separated by a storage cabinet to make the room feel larger. The top of the central stair is a loft, which can be opened to Bedroom 2, to take advantage of the view. The tower also can act as an effective heat exhaust for the house as is done in many desert climates.
This is another version of the Custom Motor Home Design shown below. This design has a full rear bath and substantially more storage space within the same 26' length. Placing the bath at the rear creates a single multi-level space for a more spacious feel inside. Both these designs do not open to the truck cab as is common in Class C RV's. This is partly for the aesthetic reason of not having to sit and look at the truck's dash board after driving hundreds of miles and partly to allow a more complete thermal seal of the living section. The truck body is the least insulated part of a motor home and a cause for substantial heat loss (or heat gain with a hot engine).
This 1540 sf home is designed for a down sloping hillside site. Four half story levels cascade down within one large space. Each level is an activity area allowing separation between uses while creating a spacious interior without walls to maximize the view from a hillside site. Each level is very compact utilizing built-in furniture and sliding doors where privacy is necessary. The house is surrounded on three sides by 5 levels of deck to offer a variety of outdoor spaces depending on wind and sun conditions. Stepping the decks down allow views from inside to not be impacted by handrails.
The main entry is axial to the house and allows a guest to see the view as soon as they enter. The kitchen and dining flank either side of this axis while a final stair down opens to the main living area which itself opens on either side to the outdoor decks. A landing up to the main bedroom is wrapped with counters and storage for work space or hobbies.
The second bedroom is actually a mini-apartment in it's own right making it useful for long term guests, house sharing, adult child or a care giver for an older resident. Access is right off the front door allowing a person to come and go without disturbing the other resident.
My architectural design process focuses on comfort, livability and efficiency.
Comfort involves proportion of space, color, texture, light and view. Space that feels good to be in.
Livability involves designing space that is functional and allows flexibility over time.
Efficiency is constructing only as much building area as needed. Using materials that are cost effective and sustainable.
This blog presents some of my new plan ideas as well as highlight work done by MCM Architects in the past. I am interested in any comments you may have about the designs. Please email me if you have any questions or to learn more about my design consulting services.
Design plans of the following homes are available for purchase. Buyer is responsible to have constructions drawings completed by a competent local professional in order to obtain a building permit and have the house constructed.
Please contact me at the email link above if you would like one of these designs modified for your needs or specific site. Custom designs can also be created.
Modern House Plan 1
Modern House Plan 2
Contemporary House Plan 5
Island House Plan 8
Island House Plan 9
Minimum House Plan
Island House Plan 2
Contemporary House Plan 1
Contemporary House Plan 2
Contemporary House Plan 3
Contemporary House Plan 4
Island Flex Design Plan
Island House Plan 6
Island House Plan 1
Island House Plan 3
Island House Plan 5
Hacienda Las Palomas
Downtown Portland Sketches
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