The Vineyard House
Is 20′ x 24″ 1 1/2 story Saltbox, made to look a little like a Cape, with some deco roof lines. I had maybe 700 sq ft of USE able space(minis 1′ for the walls), plus the 20 sq ft of the much needed 4′ x 5′ Mudroom. Because it was small, I did a few things in it, to keep things simple & clean looking. It was Passive Solar, with a 8″ thick Tiled Cement slab on the front half for Thermal Mass Heat Storage. The back half was a full height basement, for the few utilities. Accessed with bulkhead outdoors & a trapdoor inside. I did have an overhang for the summer sun, but also left Oak trees to leaf out too.
- So I brought the outdoors in, with all the windows & slider. I used the “No trim” look on the windows & doors. That’s where the sheet rock wraps around to the window. Just a less cluttered look. I had no curtains up, was only my own land around me.
- It has a good sized Kitchen, but didn’t have Upper cabinets on the window side of the kitchen, except for one to hang the range hood on. Just a large Picture window to look out at my garden & horses while I cooked.
- Used a Lazy Susan bar for my Table, needed the storage underneath.
- Had 6″ Exterior Walls, before anyone else. Also Chris Crossed Framed & Double insulated side walls for a super a high R value in less space(Labor Intensive, but I heated with only 1/4=1/3 of a cord of wood a year. Could leave the house through a whole new England winter without draining the pipes. And we got WIND! I also had NO pipes on exterior walls, & ganged VERY close together.
- The Roof /Ceiling on the top floor was Chris Crossed Framed & Double insulated too, 10″ total.
- A front loading washer was built in under the kitchen counter. I have always line dried my clothes.
- The first floor ceiling was 2″ x 6′ tongue & grove Spruce Roofers on fir 4″ x6″ beams (you have to plan your overhead wiring ahead early) No insulation between floors, as I used a wood stove & wanted the heat to drift upstairs (I had vent/hole cut in the floor above the wood stove. (May not be code now days).
- Open on the side of the stairs to open up the living room area.
- The cinder block chimney was kept inside the house to make use of the heat it would hold long after the wood was gone.
- Built-in shelving & cabinets, TV was up high on the wall.
- I had built a Teak Neo-angled Vanity in the bathroom, opened up the floor space more.
- A Large 6′ plus custom shower, with a cubby hole shampoo storage. With an high awning window in the shower for venting in all weather. Linen closet.
- Used a Pocket door for the Bathroom
- Some of what I did most likely could not be done with today’s codes. (stair run might need a platform at the base, depends on ceiling height codes too.)
- I sold it to a couple with one child & a love of animals, two weeks BEFORE it even was to hit the market!
The New “updated” 1st Floor Plan:
I may dig up the old photos(most were Polaroids,& not great) & do a step by step on this, if people are interested.