Smith/Linwood house plans version 1 1/23/07
As I told Roger, my wife Priya and I were thrilled at how complete and thoughtful the
design is so far. We have never designed a house before, and my attempt was basically an
amalgamation of two houses we really admire: The Linwood Blackcombe and the Lindal
I appreciate that Alex was able to stay very faithful to the general design and layout. I
was pleased and surprised to see his solutions to the interior layout problems I struggled
I myself design car parts and have modified cars for a living. I also now work and
have worked in the past with engineers. Please take these notes as support from one
designer to another, for an already great job thus far, and some helpful guidance to help
us help you make our dream come true. We really appreciate all the thoughtful,
experienced design we’ve seen thus far.
i. Q: Can someone spell out to me the ceiling heights in each floor,
ii. Window treatment
1. We gave you no guidance for exterior design, so: no arched
or octagonal-shaped traditional windows. Stay modern, but
no raked windows anywhere but the prow.
2. raked windows in front prow=great. Fill in even more with
smaller raked windows on extreme sides below knee-roof
(see Brunswick by Lindal). Kinda like the small horizontal
fill windows you used, but raked.
3. front of prow needs windowed, French or sliding doors (see
Brunswick by Lindal), and full door-height windows where
there are no doors. No knee-high or waist-high windows.
4. Horzontal fill windows above standard-hieght windows=
I’d like to see some photographs of how those look in real
life. We understand their function. We’d like to see more
before we decide.
iii. Accents/treatments. In general don’t like the timberframe accent
on anything but the entrance. Would like an exposed beam accent
on all 3 upper floor gables like the prow has.
b. Front elevation
1. love the outward extension of the upper prow point
asymmetrical to the wall line!!!
2. Front, main floor bedroom needs sliding glass or French
c. Right elevation
i. Master bedroom turret
1. More octoganal, bring it out so there could be 5 equal-sized
windows. More like nook is on version 1.
2. Play with idea of turret roofline staggered from upper floor
roofline. Pitch of turret is good, though. Maybe upper
roofline needs to come down
3. Rear bedroom needs sliding glass or French glass doors out
d. Left elevation
1. Great simple idea in general. I have no idea why I had
trouble with this!
2. Like Timberframe accent idea on entrance. A LOT!! Can
we make roof over entrance a steeper pitch? The
timberframe would feel more comfortable to the eye if the
pitch were steeper. I don’t care if the rooflines don’t meet
up. Staggered is fine. Lowering roof edges for entrance
would be nice. Cozier.
3. Entrance vaulted inside with possible exposed beams
($$??) . Then as one walks past the lower (but still manly)
entrance vault, BOOM! Into the Great room!
ii. Kitchen nook
1. higher (at least 12-15’ inside ceiling (kill window above it)
2. more octagonal, almost separate from house (see Roger’s
kitchen nook). Same profile in area, just pushed away from
house to make more of an octagon. If there’s a practical
reason to not do this, let’s discuss. Is there a way to have
some of the octagon be INSIDE the house? We’d like to
look up and see a spider holding the beams like Roger’s.
iii. Upper floor roof. Any way to get more pitch on roof? I know it has
to come down on sides, since the max height of house is almost
attained. I know we would lose some height indoors. I know we
also added 2-4 feet to width of upper floor, making it a challenge.
e. Rear elevation
1. This is tough. I know. The staircase is offset and handled
well. Takes up less space and allows for more things to
happen like a dumbwaiter. What can we do to make
window treatment on the rear center section of the house
2. Can we move staircase to middle and move dumbwaiter
over? Losing small closets and pantries =OK. I know the
staircase well walls would impinge on the kitchen, but the
re-located dumbwaiter would have better access in a flat
wall, instead of a corner—in the kitchen itself.
3. See Brunswick by Lindal for design idea of how to handle
staircase in rear of house. Make it a feature with windows.
4. Raked windows for skylights on the upper floor in center
section to replace octagon window? (exception to raked
i. Wow! Alex pulled space out of there I had no idea existed.
ii. Treatement of skylights and glass floor was a wonderful rendition
and in the perfect place.: the part of the house that needs light the
b. Basement floor
i. Lots of potential. Very exciting. Worry about the layout later. We
do want one largish room for dance practice, etc. ie: Less smaller
c. Main floor
i. Guest bedrooms = GREAT! Nice size.
ii. Is there a post where the two small closets come out into the great
room? If so, lose the closets and expose the post as a feature. I
want as much room and as little impingement into the great room
as possible. Almost as if the great room itself flows into the house
proper, rather than the other way around.
iii. Refer to supplemental drawing for re-work idea for the main floor.
Staircase, most of kitchen and guest rooms handled perfect. We
need some different things in the center section.
1. Must have:
a. Large walk-in pantry.
b. Smaller powder room. Maybe door pulls out. No
pocket door, please. They offer bad privacy for a
c. No need for the sitting area, although it’s a nice
thought. We need that pantry!
d. Upper floor
i. Same thing, wider space is great! Gives us more options. Wow!
ii. We need to re-design the layout in the closet/bathroom area. I
have no good drawing ideas how to do this. I know you must be
working to hide posts. If you have to expose them. So be it.
1. Must have:
a. Space for 2-person acrylic built in steam shower eg:
b. Small Gas fireplace near tub
c. Crapper must be enclosed in small room with
door—would be nice to have enough room for
separate bidet—but not a requirement.
d. Windows are a problem in the bathroom. I know.
e. Two walk-in closets. Where and how, not so
important. One can be bigger than the other, if need
be. Kill “den” and incorporate into closet.
iii. The “wall divider” at master bedroom is simpler. Really is a flat
wall that does not reach the ceiling. Refer to Lindal /Jim Cutler
design for master bedroom: Far Horizon house (Cedar Living, Jan
2005, page 54).
iv. As mentioned. 5 sides of an octagon with 5 windows, for the
master bedroom turret. It’s almost there, just extend outwards.
Maybe even a feature where it’s one or two stair steps higher in
elevation so you have to step into it to be in the turret.
Proportionally lower ceiling is OK. Mostly for sitting, reading,
working on a computer, being a princess. We want it to be a
feature, not a bay window.