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"The Menalto": a Modern Cottage

Plan ID: A401

The Basics: 930 Square feet | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bath | 0 Garage stalls |1 Levels

Plan cost: Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this plan.

Project Description

This is a ship-tight little home, economical in layout but ambitious in its dynamic, contemporary aesthetic.  Within this compactly-designed area, unique design features push our sense of each space outward and sometimes upward, with natural light suffusing all. 

"Cottages" have tended to be the exclusive domain of traditional design--Craftsman, Tudor, Storybook, etc.; this home provides an intriguing alternative to the conventional. Note also that this is one of our "add-on" plans: This home may be your starter home, and where time and budget permits can be added onto, per our B401 plan, to become a two-story, 2118 sq. ft. home, with garage.

  • Dramatic contemporary design within economical footprint
  • Warm, organic minimalism: Wood & other natural materials used within cutting-edge aesthetic
  • Corner bay windows: Unique corner cantilever for window seats, with skylight above
  • Clerestory corner windows above kitchen, and small windows b/w upper and lower kitchen cabinets
  • Open, light-filled floor plan with contemporary detailing
  • May be expanded to 2118 square foot home (see plan B401)
Building Site Considerations

The site orientation of this home is dependent on whether it is to be considered for a future expansion, per the B401 plan.

With no B401 addition, this home's solar orientation is fairly flexible, as every room has at least two exterior walls with windows.  However, if the kitchen clerestory corner windows and the dining room windows below the front porch roof were oriented either east or west, these windows could take full advantage of low level morning or evening light. 

Any views for the property would best be enjoyed from the family room corner bay.


Total living area: 930 sq ft.

Unconditioned area:
  • Garage stalls: 0
  • Covered Front Porch: 75 sq. ft.
Number of Rooms:
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Full Baths: 2
  • Half Baths: 0

Number of Stories: 1

  • Width: 33’-0”
  • Depth: 36’-0”
  • Height: 15’-2”

Ceiling heights: Various: 9' flat ceilings and vaulted

  • Pitch (main): 1.5:12
  • Framing: Stick
  • Type: Double lock standing seam roof with a 2'' vertical seam height

Exterior Wall Construction: 2x6

Exterior Materials:
  • Smooth-finish 3-coat stucco w/ smooth or sand float finish
  • Tongue-in-groove clear cedar siding, stained prior to installation
  • Copper fascia
  • Metal windows
Plan Content

All plans are drawn at 1/4" scale and are annotated and dimensioned. These plans include:
  • Floor plan for each level
  • Four exterior elevations
  • Two building sections
  • Reflected ceiling plan
  • Lighting / electrical plan
  • Foundation plan
  • Construction details
  • Interior elevations