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Offline volstuckinnc

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Which plan would be best?
« on: January 18, 2011, 12:54:44 AM »
I have been lurking around this forum for a few years and think I'm about ready to start building.

What I have in mind is starting with a small 16' x 16' cabin with the idea of adding to it later on down the road.  I want a full loft above - not sure but thinking of a 4' kneewall with a 12/12 pitch roof.  That would give me some decent usable space upstairs.  The longer term plan would be to add an additional 16' to the end to make a 16' x 32' cabin with a full loft.

Anyhow,  I know the Victoria plan is a 16' wide building but it has bumpouts on either side and the initial cabin will be a box more or less.  The Victoria also doesn't have a full loft or traditional stair.  I know a staircase will be tight in a 16' wide design but I'd prefer to have stairs even if they are a bit steep.

The 20' 1.5 story is close to what I want but it is obviously wider.  Do the plans for this design have an allowance for a higher kneewall?  With the narrower space I'd need that to give me more headroom in the loft.

I guess I could order both plans but I don't want to overload myself with too much to digest mentally.

Just looking for some guidance as to which plan might be more suited to my needs.

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Re: Which plan would be best?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 07:25:41 AM »
Several people have built the 1-1/2 story cottage with 12' side wall studs and a full length loft. That gives about a 3'-4' sidewall height in the loft.

With a 16' width you would be able to use a smaller joist. If you use a pier and beam foundation you can likely make the beams smaller as well. Work up a floor plan layout to see how this would work out. Your stair will be important as you may want a full U-stair (about 6'-6" - 8') that has headroom (6'-8" min) all the way to the loft floor.
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