The goal is to create an exterior faÃ§ade/elevation that would fit the seaside character of Narragansett. We are planning to update our seaside bungalow cottage and add living space through a second floor. We have created a plan for the 1st floor that we like very much and played around with a 2nd floor plan that we are not as committed. We are thinking a dormered cape and/or saltbox design would take advantage of the attic space for the 2nd floor. We are not interested in a traditional 2 story colonial look
House is in Narragansett RI and is approximately 225 ft from the ocean.
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The exterior is the focus of the design competition. Included are current house pictures of the front, back and some pictures of views from the existing ridge on the current roof showing water views that we would like to consider in the design. The view in photo #6 is the best from the second floor and #9 as the second best.
The total project that we are looking to do is to: 1) redesign the 1st floor, 2) create 2nd floor living space within the attic space. I have provided the current floor plan and floor plans that we created for the new 1st floor and our attempt at a 2nd floor. The 2nd floor plan is open for adjustment that would be necessary to accommodate the elevation/ facade. The deck on the 2nd floor would be nice but not a necessity. Any improvements/ redesign to the second floor plan would be welcomed as we know that changes will be necessary and we would welcome any creativity.
The first floor is 36â€ from the ground on the right side of the house and 26â€ on the left side of the house. The ceiling height of the first floor is currently 7â€™9â€. We would like 9â€™ ceilings but are not sure that the cost/ benefit makes sense. Max structure height is 35â€™,
The view easterly (down the current ridge line) will change at some point as many homes in the area are being expanded and the only way to go is up since lots are small. Minor foot print changes are possible but I am currently over the coverage limit of the lot and will have to get zoning approval for things as boxed windows, etc.
The house faces south and we would like to make sure that there is plenty of natural light where possible.
The design challenge is to create an exterior shell/ faÃ§ade that would accommodate a 2nd floor plan (with necessary adjustments). We would like to preserve the front porch space. It can be redesigned but we use this space quite often for sitting, dining and it offers wonderful water views. We are looking for a traditional New England quaint seaside look keeping the views in mind. We originally thought a dormered cape or saltbox would make sense but we look forward to the creativity of the designers.
We are very interested in a maintenance free exterior trim as the damp seaside conditions make painted wood next to impossible to keep up. As for siding, we like wood cedar shingle but are not concerned that they will hold up, darken, move and warp. We have been told a good quality shingle that has been completely dipped in a quality stain will do well in these conditions but we are not totally convinced yet. We like the fact that shingles could provide the creative siding accents so we canâ€™t necessarily exclude them from consideration. Please provide any information or suggestions for us to consider with siding choices.
Windows are moveable, front door is less so unless the interior changes can accommodate. We are open to dormered roof, reverse dormer decks (we would give up interior area for a deck that would maximize a view off the back), roof deck.
The house is within the coastal area that require hurricane window and appropriate construction techniques for coastal communities. Again I am within 250â€™ of the ocean.
Any changes to the 2nd floor should be able to accommodate 3 bedrooms, 1 or 2 baths, and a small family room/ study would be nice. One bath should have 2 sinks. There is potential views to capture if a deck/ reverse dormer deck would be positioned off the back of house.
I would like detailed plans that would be acceptable for building official approval, and working plans for my contractor. A cost estimate for the renovation would be desired as well.
I have the Architectural Home Designer 9.0, consumer version of Chief Architect so if you use that software an electronic file would be great.
4 side Elevation Views: Scale 1/4" = 1' (1/50)
Plan Drawings for 2nd floor: scale 1/4" = 1' (1/50)
2nd floor plan design to accommodate the 1st floor and elevation.
Please find all drawings, dimensioned plan layouts and siteplan at: