Plans: what do you think? [bated breath]
Well, where do i start? Where we live, land and home prices shot up so fast and furious in the past 5 years that a home was almost out of reach for us, at least one with a foundation. Buying what was on the market seemed a bad investment strategy, so we decided to build a small, good quality home (not many of those here).
We have a small, slightly sloped, private, forested piece of land, and wanted to minimize the footprint, maximize (give or take) efficiency, and keep to a cabin-like look. So, here they are in the great wide open: the plans (not the official ones, these are messy, but close.) The outer dimensions of our planned house are 32'x 32'. It is a kind of 5-level thing, with a 5' crawl space under the 2nd level for mechanics, a "walk-out"ish 1st level, kitchen 2nd level, living room 3rd level, and a loft.
From all the small home-experienced, i would very, very much appreciate comments about layout and windows: functionality, general feel, possible improvements, cost-saving changes, etc. I'm at the point where i'm in too deep to be objective! Thanks!
By the way, the purple vertical thing is our ridge beam.
North view (entrance from garage, not onto street):
West view, lower roof line is where eaves end (this window arrangement seems awkward, but with the room arrangement, i can't seem to do better):
East view, lower roof line is where eaves end (the wall space between the egress window/coat closet and the dining area has been retained for potential room addition in the future: