Hopper Design, LLC


Toward Healthy and Sustainable Homes

Designs - Lakeside Cottage

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

 Download plans: $175.00

The Rorke house is a site specific design that responds to the restrictive demands of the site and provides appropriate solar orientation. If you are interested in building a new home on a difficult site, or want an original design to suit your specific needs, feel free to contact us or learn more at Services. See the testimonial for this project below.

Main house 45' x 28' (total 1,850 square feet) - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
First floor with porch and utility 1,258 square feet; second floor 592 square feet

This home is designed specifically for a very compact site on a lake in NH and is entered from the south. There are a total of three bedrooms and a sleeping loft. The master bedroom and study/bedroom are on the first floor. There is one large bedroom, a sleeping loft with bunk beds and a balcony on the second floor. The house has two bathrooms, with a tub downstairs and a shower upstairs.

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Lakeside Cottage south view at 3 p.m. on a fall day.

To the south large areas of glass provide all season long views down the lake along with direct solar gain in winter to both floors, substantially reducing non-renewable energy needs in winter. The south facing roof is ideally sloped to allow for active solar collection for thermal domestic hot water heating all season (see Production). The house can be built to allow this active solar system to be added at a later date. A built-in screen porch is accessible from the master bedroom and living room and has an expansive view of the lake. With doors and skylights open, cool breezes ventilate the cottage on hot summer days.

This Lakeside Cottage is designed for efficient use of space. Once you enter the home a well planned collection of spaces conveniently serves your living needs, allowing all essential needs of an adult couple to be served on one floor. The living room is open above to a large dormer and second floor balcony. The south side receives a significant amount of daylighting all year, and receives seasonally appropriate solar gain in winter. For the Rorke home the porch, living room, kitchen and dining all have a direct view south down the two mile length of the lake.

The dining area is next to the kitchen with it's own distinctive roof line and arc of windows with views to the yard and lake beyond. The dining area is compact but appears spacious with its high ceiling and view to the kitchen and living space.

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View of the first floor plan showing porch, kitchen, dining, living room, master bedroom, study/bedroom, bathroom, closets and utility.

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View of the second floor plan showing large bedroom, bathroom, balcony, bunk loft or study, eave storage and view overlooking the living room below.

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Aerial view near the end of October at 9 a.m.

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Site Plan for the Lakeside Cottage showing the compact site with yard to the south.

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Interior views stretched to include items of interest.
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View of the living room (open to the dormer above) looking east to the kitchen and dining beyond.

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View of the living and dining below and bunk loft beyond.

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View of entry, kitchen and dining beyond.

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View of living room to porch beyond.

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View of master bedroom with access door to porch on far left and window view of lake looking southwest.

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View of first floor bathroom.

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View of first floor study/guest bedroom.

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View of second floor large bedroom looking southwest with lake beyond.

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View of second floor bathroom with shower.

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View of Lakeside Cottage looking northeast.

Testimonial

My wife had grown up spending her summers at a small lakeside cottage. Over the years the cottage had fallen into disrepair and now needs to be replaced. We decided to not just rebuild a summer cottage but to build a permanent home that we will ultimately retire to. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have selected Tom Hopper as our architect. We met with Tom at the site many times and through our discussions he was able to help us articulate the elements of the home that were most important to us. He then distilled all of these ramblings into a completely original design that far exceeded anything that we anticipated. We are thrilled with the work he has accomplished for us and throughout the process he was great to work with not only advising us on what needed to be done but why. It was truly an educational experience for us. We couldn't recommend Tom Hopper any more highly.

Sincerely,

Chris and Mary Alice Rorke

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