This week we were challenged with making the floor plan even tighter. We have now gone from 860 square feet to 770. Efficiency is quickly becoming the theme of this house. We have been getting several comments about how the floor plan felt almost too spacious. Because the two porches have such potential to give extension to the interior spaces, we feel that we can have the tightest floor plan without it feeling too tight.
Along with this, we have been looking at the orientation of the house on multiple sites. Since these 20K Houses are being planned without sites, we want our house to be prepared for anything. We would like for the long face of the house to always be the front, but would also like for the long faces to always face north and south so there are some environmental considerations we are keeping in mind. Another benefit of the two porches is that no matter which side of the house faces the street, it will always look like a front. We will be providing different options for stairs to the front porch so that the entry can face whichever way is needed.
We have stepped back from looking at the details so that we could see more about what our house is doing as a whole. This has helped us to see several things which we had forgotten while trying to figure out how every little thing went together on the porches. We are hoping the things we have looked back to will again speak to how these porches should be detailed. This week has been a refresher for not only the design but for the team and we are excited to get back into the details we have put to the side.