The Victoria’s Cottage is a very livable small house. The main section is 16' x 28' with a 12' x 14' bedroom addition. The 16' wide section has high sidewalls and two lofts. There are porches front and back and the house is filled with light. The private patio/garden area connects the bedroom and main space with an outdoor living room.
The house is designed with nine skylights in two sizes. These can be reduced or eliminated for some climates but this opens the house up to light and connects it to the outdoors and the sky. Because of this openness, this house feels much larger than its 698 sq. ft. of heated floor area (up to 1000 sq. ft. counting lofts). The home has two or three sleeping areas and a separate study/home office. The low-ceiling sides of the lofts make excellent storage areas. The bathroom has a tempered glass window that comes down close to the tub so you can slide the window open and soak while you look out at the view. The plans come with two different loft layouts (both included).
The house can be built with a concrete slab heated by a high-efficiency or tankless hot water heater. A small pump sends the hot water to two separate heating zones (main and bedroom). This also serves as a heat sink for solar inputs. Other floor options are: a standard wood floor over a concrete crawlspace; or an easy to build post and beam foundation. Plans include a floor system using engineered lightweight I-joists for quick assembly and solid squeak-free floors. The plan set includes foundation plans for a slab on grade, concrete perimeter foundation and a post and pier foundation. You can choose whichever is most appropriate for your site. It comes with two different loft configurations each with an exposed beam and deck ceiling below.
This was the first house built using the Victoria’s Cottage plans. The owner did a great job with finishes and the spiral stair (one of the three stair options included in the plans) turned out nicely.
The owner used the Victoria's Cottage Plans as the "big" house and the 14'x24' Builder's cottage (available in the Big Enchilada Plans Kit) as the guest house, behind the Cottage.