My wife and I are going to build on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We own the lot. Have a cabin there. We are planning a half cape with an el set at a 30 or 40 degree angle to the main house, with the triangle in back filled in with house.
The main part of the house to be 28 feet deep, probably about the same in width with a full foundation under both it and the ell it. Eight inch poured concrete foundation with a walk out on the eastern side of [login to view URL] dormer in the back, set in 18 inches on the east end. Two doghouse dormers in the front- facing south. A chimney will be locating inside this area, possibly offset to the west. This chimney will house four flues so it will be a 3 feet by 3 feet. Bigger base in the basement to hold up a large hearth. Woodstove in the living area, and a brick oven facing the kitchen. The frame of this will be 2x6 conventional framing, sided with one inch pine, then house wrap and white cedar shingles. Windows to be insulated glass, aluminum where facing out, wood on the inside. All exterior trim- windows, corner boards, fascia, with be red cedar.
Floor plan in the ell downstairs is Bedroom in northwest corner with two doors- one to the east to enter the dining area. One to the west to get to the bathroom in the ell. Dining area to north east. Kitchen to be east and south. No wall between, a pine beam, 8x10 with braces- timber frame style. No walls except on the bedroom. Kitchen flows by the chimney area with its oven and woodstove, into the living area which is part of this south side of the house and spills into the el which is 14x24/6/8. This el is as open as possible, half the ceiling to be cathedral.
The stairs to the upstairs of the main house are here with three steps up to a landing, then a turn to run up to the second floor. The bathroom is located at the northern side of this space and occupies the triangle between the main house and the [login to view URL] laundry is here, too. Stairs to the cellar are also needed.
The upstairs over the main house and spilling into the triangle and half of the living room is going to be a bathroom- over the downstairs one, and two bedrooms. The bedroom to the west will have open space over the living room which will have visual contact with the living room. West wall of this ell is full of glass to let the sunset into the whole end of the house.
Built in benches in the living room on the western wall with storage underneath.
Two Windows on the south side of the main house are located on the eastern 2/3 and the door on the far west- half cape style. The chimney could be located toward this western end, but still inside the house. East end of the house has roll out windows over the sink. A bay window on the northern end.
Off the north end of the house is a 10x24 porch- roof to come off the main house.
Deck off the triangle part.
Access to the house will be primarily through the rear of the house as the lot slopes and there is six foot elevation change from front to back. The front of the house- south and wrapping a little bit to the east will be a retaining wall. The driveway will run in back of the house, circle around and come out on the other side of it and rejoin the drive that comes in from the road. It's a flag type lot. 150 foot long by 20 feet wide leading back to a three quarter acre lot. Driveway of crushed clamshells.
Roof to be of architectural style asphalt shingles, Framed up with 2x10, sheathed with pine- or plywood. 10 pitch or possibly 12 pitch. One foot overhangs on gables, eight inches or so front and back.
Dormer on rear of triangle part might be good. I'm not thinking of dormer in he el, but over the stairs it might work.
Closets, bookcases, built in storage, pantry space, abound. Storage is key.
Cellar will be workshop and storage for lawn mower, boats, surfboards, kayaks, bicycles.
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i understand your concern and would like to help you in your house planning. i have good working experience in panning and designing of house as i am a civil engineer.