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Plan #454-14

by Sarah Susanka Architect

  • 5892 sqft

  • 4 bedroom

  • 4.5 bathroom

  • 2 story
This romantic, nature-inspired, Craftsman-Modern getaway home evokes images of relaxing country vacations and joyful family reunions. Architect Tina Govan and Not So Big House author/architect Sarah Susanka collaborated on the design. The house can be built with main and upper levels only — the upper level converted to house extra bedrooms. The original commission was for a lakeside site. Primary goals were to capture water views, embody the sense of peace and serenity that derives from a rural setting, and make the home work as well for just a few people as for a large extended family. In essence, says, Sarah: "It needed to function as two houses in one." Sarah explains: "A series of connected buildings, with wide eaves, generous porch and breezeway, and many outdoor spaces, offers the opportunity to move effortlessly from inside to out. A series of movable screens allows the house to be completely opened to the outdoors when the weather is appropriate, as well as to open the center breezeway to the terrace and view beyond." The breezeway and roof deck are key features. With folding glass doors on either side, the breezeway walls disappear, seamlessly connecting both sides of the site and framing vistas through the house. From the front patio, you can walk straight out to the roof deck with expansive views on all sides. This outdoor living room-with-fireplace is embedded in the body of the house and is accessible from the major rooms.
 Note the beautiful interior woodwork. The floor plan has interesting combined spaces deftly handled: Rec. Room/ TV Area / Office, Kitchen / Living / Dining. The roof deck brckons. The Master bedroom has wonderful windows and accesses the main deck rather than a “vestigial” master deck that does not get used.
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Floor Plan - Main Floor Plan

Floor Plan - Upper Floor Plan

Floor Plan - Lower Floor Plan



77' 2"
99' 2"


430 sq/ft
595 sq/ft
Lower Floor
2602 sq/ft
Main Floor
2450 sq/ft
Upper Floor
840 sq/ft


Lower Ceiling
8' 6"
Main Ceiling
Upper Ceiling Ft


Primary Pitch
Roof Framing
Roof Type

Exterior Wall Framing

Exterior Wall Finish
T&G Siding, Stone, Shake Siding

Bedroom Features

2 Master Suites
Main Floor Bedrooms
Split Bedrooms
Walk In Closet

Kitchen Features

Breakfast Nook
Walk In Pantry Cabinet Pantry

Additional Room Features

Den Office Study Computer
Great Room Living Room
Hobby Rec Room Game Room
Main Floor Laundry
Master Sitting Area
Mud Room
Storage Area

Garage Features

Detached Garage
Side Entry Garage

Lot Characteristics

Suited For Sloping Lot

Outdoor Spaces

Grill Deck Sundeck
Screened Porch


Suited For Vacation Home

Custom Modifications

Almost perfect but not quite right? We offer in-house plan modification services to help you personalize any of our home plans to fit your lifestyle. Popular modifications include enlarging the kitchen, raising ceiling heights, expanding the master bath, increasing the number of windows, widening the porch, or adding a deck.

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