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Beach House Floor Plan

 

There are many designers claiming to have designed good beach house designs, but what a good beach house floor Plan should constitute. I think fundamentally the good beach houses designs should have these considerations:

 

  1. First and fore most Beach House floor plans needs to be designed as a resting abode, after a stressful working time. It should be a place where ones nerves are calmed settled.
  2. Secondly the plans need to be designed for recreational activities such as games by the beach, a BBQ by the patio or terrace etc. The idea of a beach house is also to get together for some fun.
  3. View of the beach from the living, dining and the bed room is essential feature. Create a warm spectacular view of the beach, jetty and surrounding landscape. You may achieve this by having large glass window panels for visibility but carefully shaded for energy savings. Read on smart landscaping on how you can achieve Net Zero Energy building by smart landscaping.

 

Beach house and cottage house

Cottage Beach house, 1*

 

  1. Use a courtyard with landscape within the beach house as it creates a world of the beach within where views are not permissible or even a swimming pool to relax within when it is not comfortable at the beach.

 

 

I love the design of swimming pool in the design of Equis House*2 by Barclay and Crousse. The view of the swimming pool is in the path of the blue ocean. The blue pool is built lifted up in the air that is seen with the blue ocean as the background from the beach house . Where the beaches are scares but merely rock out crops-“a spacious terrace, designed as a man made beach, extends to the horizon line via a unique narrow swimming pool. This area is characterize by its relationship with the sky and the water”*3

 

 

Beach house with a swimming pool

Beach House- Equis House 1*

  1. The beach house shall be a comfortable place- shaded from the heat or cold winds and designed for your specific needs- a sun bathing summer sun or winter views.

 

  1. The floor plan for house need to take the harsh weather beatings- the salt spray in the air would rust down metals and any metal that is not protected well will be rusting away very quickly. So the houses need to be protected well against the weather extremities. And the house needs to be well detailed to serve these purposes.

 

  1. The floor plan for house , should keep the sand out of the foot ware, where it is NOT needed. A good design should to care of this. Sand and dust in the air, can also minimized by a good landscape design to cut of these elements.

 

  1. Don’t forget the context of location. Beach house floor plans need to be designed for the surroundings .If you are in the tropic use the coconut palms as a good element for design. Palm trees make great landscaping for the house. If you are in the Mediterranean Sea use the natural stones, that are richly found in your house design so that it sits comfortably in these settings.
Beach House- house by the sea

Beach House-Play house by the sea

 

 

 

If you are perched on top of a stone outcrop, design for the winds, the great sun sets or sun rise for great vista of the horizons. Remember you can install a wind turbine to harvest wind renewable energy where you can earn money when you are not there. Wind energy harvested well can make your home a Net Zero Energy building, where you can sell your net zero carbon emission as money earner.

 

  1. If you run out of ideas, visit us at http://www.sda-architect.com for some great design. Enjoy your visit. These designs have great visuals for floor plan for house.

 

  1. In modern floor plans for great flexibility the open house plan concept is also an option as it provides spaces for privy and wide open space for children to run around within and to have great indoor functions with wide spaces.
  2. Net Zero Energy Architect

It is pertinent that homes are designed for Net Zero Energy building where there total power consumption is reduce to zero over a period of 1 year. A beach house has plenty of sun and wind these resources will contribute much renewable energy. It is a shear waste of resources in the light of the Net Zero Energy building favored by the Department of Energy in the US (DOE). Ashrae 2020 envisioned that all building tends towards Net Zero energy building by the year 2030.

  1. Should you need advise kindly call our Net Zero Energy Architect in our website at http://www.sda-architect.com
  2. Our Net Zero Energy Architect will attend to your needs as soon as possible to your satisfaction
  3. Lastly have fun in your venture in seeking for Net Zero Energy building plans.

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix

*1 pg.85 “The New Cottage homes “by Jim Tolpin

*2 pg.52. “Beach House” by Hauser Am Meer, Maisons En Bord De Plage, Huizen Aan Zee

*3 pg 54 “Beach House” by Hauser Am Meer, Maisons En Bord De Plage, Huizen Aan Ze

*4 pg.66 “The New Cottage homes “by Jim Tolpin”

 

 

10 rules on How do you design a Cottage house floor plan


How shall I recreate the settings of the wonderful, great cottages rendered in the poems and legends past? There are some simple guide lines to follow. Call or contact us at http://www.sda-architect.com if you need further Architect’s advice. Keep reading and see how simple it can get, see for your self:
How do you design a Cottage house floor plan

Rule 1:
Let your heart dictates the cottage house floor plan.
Rule 2: How do you design a Cottage house floor plan
Let a great prominent Architect -Andrew Jackson Downing (writing in the Horticulturist, 1848) say it to you best, “Do not build your dwelling like temples, churches or cathedrals. Let them be characteristically, dwelling house. let the cottage be a cottage.”The cottage house floor plan don’t have to be ornamented with architectural facades, special doors, window or architectural pediments features and lastly avoid church like features like high pitched roofs or Stain glass window.Modern house floor plans are in opposite other end of cottages.
Rule 3 How do you design a Cottage house floor plan
Use simple porches, veranda’s, simple bay window, and simple doors in its most natural existence that brings honesty to the cottage and a rustic feeling to the cottage.
How do you design a Cottage house floor plan Rule 4
Use a porch as entrance, not direct into the house.
Rule 5
Step roofs allow the snow to fall of naturally
Rule 6
Place the kitchen in the primary position –IN the Front of the house.
Rule 7
Your cottage may be located near a river, sea side, pond, mountain height, or by a simple brook. Use these features into your cottage house plan aggressively integrating then into you.
Rule 8
Avoid rich colors, use plain white where necessary or rather best use the material in its most natural colors.
Rule 9
Avoid large homes to keep the maintenance low and the ambiance of the cottage recreated with little upkeep. As the natural stones, and timbers need no cleaning but rather looks better in its natural existence.
See website for some brilliant ideas for log homes http://www.sda-architect.com and cottages home at http://www.sda-architect.com
Keep the small layout open floor plan that will make it cozy and comfortable.
Rule 10
The landscape is the most important feature-
i)the fence,
ii)the stones-cape,
iii) the foot paths
iv) the wine and its flowers

If you need to design homes call us at http://www.sda-architect.com, check out our house floor plans

Prepared by Net Zero Energy Architect Perumal Nagapushnam  http://www.sda-architect.com

How do you design a beautiful Log house.

 Log house are so beautiful, that it captivates me and behold my imaginations. They come in many forms and colors with an enticement for welcome. Every time I design a Log house it gives me great satisfaction to look at it and gives me great contentment of a sense of accomplishment. Don’t believe my word visit my site for view at http://www.sda-architect.com for Log house designs.

log mountain house

log mountain house

The 10 Rules in designing Log House and 10 things you need to know , read on below.

Rule 1:

Let your heart dictates the Log house floor plan and the layout.

Log house floor Plan, open plan House Floor Plan

Log house floor Plan, open plan House Floor Plan

Rule 2:


Let a great prominent Architect -Andrew Jackson Downing (writing in the Horticulturist, 1848) say what de designs best, “Do not build your dwelling like temples, churches or cathedrals. Let them be characteristically, dwelling house. Let the cottage be a cottage.”

Log house floor Plan, open plan House Floor Plan

Log house floor Plan, open plan House Floor Plan

 

 The Log house floor plan don’t have to be ornamented with architectural facades, special doors, window or architectural pediments features and lastly avoid church like features like high pitched roofs or Stain glass window. Make it simple and use the natural logs to come out best by using shapes & forms of a simple house.

small log mountain house

small log mountain house

Modern house floor plans are in opposite other end of Log House floor plans. The spaces in Log houses are limited to small spans (distances between walls) unlike conventional house. You could use big spans log house but only with an extra premium cost.

Rule 3
Use simple porches, verandas, simple bay window, and simple doors, as  it is most natural existence of these elements, that brings honesty to the cottage , a rustic feeling to the cottage and enhances value to your house.

Rule 4

Use a porch to lead to the main entrance, not directly leading into the house without a porch.

small log mountain house

small log mountain house

Rule 5

Step roofs allow the snow in the temperate and rain in the tropic to fall of naturally and this keeps the load of the roof and more ever gives aesthetics to the Log house.

Log house

Molly Log house

Rule 6

Place the kitchen in the primary position –In the Front of the house as this in keep to the traditions of the Log house cottage ambiance.

Thached Roof Log house

Thatched roof Log House

Rule 7

Your cottage may be located near a river, sea side, pond, mountain height, or by a simple brook. Use these features into your cottage house plan aggressively integrating then into your architectural layout.

Log house

Thatched Log house

Rule 8

Avoid rich colors, use plain white where necessary or use stains where the material in its most natural colors are seen to keep iwth the traditions of a Log house, any departure would make the Log house as a modern ambiance .

 

Rule 9

Avoid large homes to keep the maintenance low and the ambiance of the cottage recreated with little upkeep. As the natural stones, and timbers need no cleaning but rather looks better in its natural existence.

See my website for some brilliant ideas for log homes and cottages home- http://www.sda-architect.com  Keep the small layout open floor plan that will make it cozy and comfortable.

Rule 10

The landscape is the most important feature-
i)the fence,
ii)the stones-cape,
iii) the foot paths,
iv) the wine and its flowers-A home integrated well with the Forest in the Forest Trail*
v) the integrating of trees landscape, soft landscape with the natural forest, mountain or even the rocks of the water flow with the Log house floor plan creates the best setting.

The natural setting will draw the little birds, the butterflies, and the squirrels to rest in your patios, terraces and the verandas.

Keeping to these rules will help to achieve the dream house plans for your cottages designs.check out other house floor plans  …

Look out for some great design of Log Houses at http://www.sda-architect.com, enjoy! call them for Architect’s advice if you have need help.

 

Prepared by Green Architect  Net Zero Energy Building Architect Perumal Nagapu;shnam

 

Appendix

1* pg 98 The New Cottage Home by Jim Tolphin