Hopper Design, LLC


Toward Healthy and Sustainable Homes

Designs - Saltbox South Entry

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

 Download plans: $175.00

Main house 42' x 36' (total 2,240 square feet) - 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Basement, breezeway and garage not included in square footage

This Saltbox has its main entrance facing south. There are four bedrooms with the master bedroom, another bedroom and home office on the first floor. There are two bedrooms and a balcony study on the second floor. The house has three bathrooms.

To the south large windows provide solar gain in winter to both floors. The south facing roof is ideally sloped for year round collection with active solar collection systems (see Energy). The house can be built to allow these active solar systems to be added at a later date. A three season breezeway connects to the two car garage.

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Saltbox view at 1 p.m. on a fall day.

This Saltbox is designed for efficient use of space. Once you enter the home a well planned collection of spaces conveniently serves your living needs. The living room is open above to the roof with a cathedral ceiling (a great room) and exposed beams. This space receives a significant amount of daylighting all year, and receives seasonally appropriate solar gain in winter with its two story facade of windows facing south. The living room is a room you will use because it is also a practical family room.

The dining area is within the same great room but defined by a lower ceiling. The dining area feels and appears spacious and is easily accessed from the kitchen. The kitchen is also in the same great room providing a view of the entire area. The kitchen is clearly defined by its functional layout with island counter and dining bar.

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Saltbox South Entry first floor plan showing master bedroom, home office, guest bedroom, dining, kitchen and great room with the fireplace masonry up to the cathedral ceiling.

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Saltbox second floor plan showing bedrooms and balcony study overlooking the great room.

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Saltbox South Entry with view on December 21 (the shortest day of the year) at 11 a.m. with sunlight on the south facade. Notice how all the windows on the south facade allow for substantial passive solar energy gain. Snow will slide off the glazed solar equipment with sunlight. Note that the form of the house causes winter winds to slip easily up and over the roof, reducing energy loss.

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Possible drive orientations.

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Saltbox view on December 21 (the shortest day of the year) at 9 a.m. the beginning of the day's solar gain. Large windows face east for desired morning light deep into the great room. The area immediately outside to the east is protected from wind making it a sheltered and friendly space in winter.

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Saltbox great room with living, dining and kitchen shown in cutaway.

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Saltbox views of living, dining and kitchen to great room. (Views stretched to include items of interest.)

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Saltbox view on a fall day at 3 p.m. at which time you will have received 90% of the day's solar energy.

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Saltbox views of bedrooms, balcony, kitchen and breezeway. (Views stretched to include items of interest.)