Kelly Hart, Designer
The first floor houses the garage, shop, and some storage functions. There is a separate entry door, as well as the garage door entry. Initially, the design was modified to be able to garage a small RV (with greater height), but the plans as provided would only accommodate standard sized automobiles, pick ups or vans. If the building is oriented with the glass end wall facing south, significant solar gain can be attained (in this case it might be advantageous to provide a solar shade over the window to shade it during the summer. The staircase to the second floor is rather narrow (about 2 feet) because it must fit between the two-foot intervals of the joist/ties.
The second floor has 6' 7" of head room in the center, and this diminishes toward the sides. The significant counter space utilizes areas where standing room is not available. The front office area has plenty of natural light from the southern windows, which can also be opened to provide ventilation through to the northern window. The steel vault is exposed for a "techno" style finish, but this could be altered, as explained above. A solid wall with doors provides separation between the office and the substantial storage area beyond. In the photo steps can be seen leading to the storage area because of the raised area to accommodate the height of the RV on the first floor, but this would not be the case with the plan as presented.
*These plans include all four elevations, scaled floor plans, cross section
details, other significant construction details.
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