Somerset Township House - Schematic Design

Work continues on the Somerset Township House (first debuted in a journal entry from July.) The Schematic Design phase is wrapped up which means the size and arrangement of all the major rooms has been decided, as well as the locations of exterior windows and primary building materials. The land surveyor has completed the topographic survey of the building site and we can site the home confident that rainwater and melting snow will flow away from the foundations.

The overall arrangement of the the scheme - two parallel buildings sliding past one another and linked by a cover passage - remains the same. However, the house has gotten a little wider and a little shorter while the garage and workshop stayed about the same. Also we changed from an A style Quonset Hut to the S style with the semi-circular arched top.

This change was made for two reasons. First, the A style with the curved eaves and peak and 3-1/2 / 12 sloped roof reduced the available headroom for the mezzanine in the workshop and also in the attic storage area in the main house. Second, when the arrangement of bedrooms and bathrooms was rearranged on the main floor and the building got wider, the proportions of the end walls became less elegant. Returning to the traditional Quonset arch solved both issues at once.

The entry moved from the north side of the house to the west, and the deck moved from the west around to the south. The entry is protected both under the 5’ overhang of the arches past the end wall and the deck is moved to a more private side of the house.

The main room of the house is a combination living / dining / cooking space. This room has an arched cathedral ceiling that takes full advantage of the spatial drama of the Quonset hut shape. The other rooms on the main level have flat ceilings so as to create the needed attic storage above that our clients desire. But the master bedroom has also been given an arched ceiling, as seen in the section view below, which defines it as special experience inside the home.

The next phase is Design Development. The plans become more detailed as specific choices for doors, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, and myriad other issues are worked through and coordinated. This hard work through the early winter will lead to applying for a permit to build early in 2019 and construction activities starting up in the spring.