The 57 acres that comprise Cedar Ridge Farm are located in the beautiful rolling hills of South Central Kentucky. My wife, our four children, and I are on a homesteading adventure as we work toward increased self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food and enjoy being in touch with the agrarian roots of our lives.

One of the major projects we have undertaken is the building of our own home. The house we're building has three major distinguishing features: 1. we're building it without incurring any debt; 2. it is a timber frame structure; and 3. the exterior walls will be plastered straw bales. We live debt and mortgage free, and building our house with that approach makes perfect sense. Large timbers in a home possess a beauty and project a sense of strength, stability, and warmth that we want in our home. Straw bale walls provide insulation and make ecological sense. This blog is a record of our home-building project.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Floor plan/layout of our house

Danny and I worked on the house again today, installing more rafters and header beams on top of the porch posts. I’ll include a few photos of today’s work in a post after tomorrow’s work.

A couple of people have asked about the floorplan of our house. It has changed since I last posted a layout on February 8, 2009. I’ve been negligent in not posting a current floor plan. So, I’m rectifying that situation now.

The layout for the first floor that we’re working with now (after some adjustment over the last few months) looks like this (click image for a larger view):

First floor house plan If you compare the current plan with the previous floor plan, you will notice a few changes. The main thing is the kitchen which has been moved forward outside of the timber frame area. To the left of the kitchen is the summer kitchen on the southwest corner of the porch area. We also changed the bathrooms to put them next to one another, and we moved the pantry to the northwest corner of the timber frame area. This allowed us to put windows in both bathrooms. On the northwest corner of the house is located the mudroom, utility room, and the sewing room/study.

The porch, which we are working on now, extends around the house with the dotted line in the layout denoting the edge. The porch is 9 feet wide.

The upstairs in the house is in the timber frame area. It’s layout is like this (click image for a larger view):

Second floor house plan

The center section is open to the first floor. The stairs come up in a U shape at the back of the house where there is a landing. The two bedrooms upstairs are on the east and west end of the house. There is some storage space accessed from these rooms under the eaves at the front of the house. We’ve really not changed anything upstairs – there’s only so much that can be done.

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