Saturday, September 15, 2012

Playing with House Designs

Lately I have been having a lot of fun reading about small houses and innovative house designs.  While I am not ready to move my family into a 100 sq/ft house like the ones shown at Tiny House Blog  I do like the concept of building a smaller house and using space efficiently.  Below is a design that I have created, inspired by an old homestead near where we live.  I planned this design to:

  • Be inexpensive to build using an extremely simple, one truss direction shape (30'x44')
  • Have a main floor of ~1000 sq/ft (925 sq/ft)
  • Have an open floor plan
  • 4 ft wide hallways
  • Use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) for external walls and roof
  • Master Suite on Main Floor
  • The use of attic roof trusses to add a bonus room
  • No bedrooms above or below the Master Suite
  • Garage/ living room on the sunny south side
  • Clerestory windows that allow sunlight in while maintaining privacy
  • Alternating tread stairs going up to the attic play area
Anyways, I have attached some pictures of the main floor.  The basement and attic will be posted later.  The basement will contain 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a family room, a laundry area and a space for food storage.  The attic will just be a long room about 12' by 30' that will be used as a kids play area/ space for guests.  The total square feet of the house will be about 2300. 

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The New Bouncer

My new Toy
Its soooo much fun
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Father's Day

He Sleepeth
Rourke and his Blankie
The card that Rouke picked
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Real Post!

So I suppose it is time to write a real post with more than just pictures of Rourke. He is cute, what can I say... It is amazing how a child becomes your life. We have come to the conclusion that he is a Cuddle Monster, he just loves human contact. We are transitioning him to his own room now and he isn't liking it much yet. He gets lonely, but he's starting to learn that's okay. We tried to bottle feed him for the first time yesterday, that was an experience. First he sucked then choked, then sputtered, and finally started screaming bloody murder. I don't think he liked it much. I guess that means that he will continue to be a mommas boy for a while. What can you do, he is cute so he can get away with a lot. Babies are so fun.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Posing for GQ
Big Smile
I found a toy!

I will eat you!
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Tired Dude
All dressed up with somewhere to go!