Over the past five years, house design has been pushing its way into my little brain. And what has emerged through all of the various plans is the following. First, make it small, not tiny house movement small, but within the 900-1200 square foot range. Second, build simple: nothing fancy in the roof lines, and no massive spans. Third, build out of how you live: my wife and I spend the bulk of our time sitting in some extra chairs in our dining area. This needs to be replicated. Fourth, build a simple guest house that can be shut down when there are no visitors. Fifth, live outside when you can: plenty of porches.
It has 1.5 baths and one bedroom. A full basement will allow for an extra bedroom and bath downstairs if needed.
We are waiting for our current house to sell before we get started. The design is still in the works, but it continues to get closer.