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First Draft of Floorplan

by Chad Ludeman on November 17, 2007 · 4 comments

in Design,floorplan


Here is a first draft of a possible floorplan that I came up with last night. This image is the first in the postgreen flickr photo pool located at

The front entrance of the house is at the bottom and there would be a large door at the back that would extend the indoor space into the back yard during warm weather.

The floorplan is obviously very basic and I did not account accurately for things like the thickness of walls or exact locations of fixtures. I also did not include a location for the mechanicals. Hopefully we will be able to use a radiant system for heat along with an instant hot water heater to save space for the mechanicals. There is also no closet space outlined.

The design is simple but takes care of the main requirements for the house outlined earlier in this post.

There are technically two bedrooms but the ground floor bedroom could also be another sitting area, media room, office or large dining room. There is a small sleeping loft that could be built above the walkway to the back of the house. This loft could be used for a roomate or children. It could also be used as a sleeping space for guests without taking up valuable floor space. The ceilings could be 14′ tall so there would be plenty of room for the loft. There is also plenty of room for a full 2nd bath on the ground floor and a half bath would save even more space.

The kitchen is small but efficient and opens to a large living/dining room. Moving upstairs the bathroom is situated above the kitchen and bath on the ground floor to simplify and reduce the cost of plumbing. The elevation is still in my head but there is a solar hot water array mounted on a sloped roof right above the master bath in it.

The second floor allows for a large master bedroom that opens onto a nice size deck. The second floor also has a space that is large enough for an office plus flex space for laundry, storage and bookshelves. The front of the second floor is open to below to create a huge double height ceiling from the living room on the ground floor.

The outdoor space includes an ample back yard by Philly standards. There is also a unique small front yard space that is not common in Philadelphia but is seen in this neighborhood including two homes on the same block. The front yard space allows for added privacy and security while also providing a place to greet and socialize with neighbors and passers by which is a big part of Philadelphia’s culture.

So there it is. Let me know what you think but go easy. The holiday season is approaching and it is going to take the team a few weeks to nail down a good design that we all like so now if the time to get your input in. I have uploaded the excel spreadsheet that was the source of this image here. If you are feeling very ambitious, you can edit it, email it to me. I’ll try to post those that I get at once.

Yes, I’m creating floorplans in excel. Hopefully I don’t offend any design pros out there.

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1 lavardera November 18, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Is there no zoning requirement for on-site parking in the Kensington neighborhood? I thought there was in other neighborhoods with townhouse densities (and its bad for the design of the houses IMHO).

2 chad November 19, 2007 at 3:24 am

Good question. These lots are zoned R10A and there is not a requirement to have off-street parking. Lately, the neighborhood communities have actually been discouraging garages for townhouses as it takes away from the shared parking capacity on the street for those without garages. Also, people have a tendency to fill their garages with junk and still park on the street…

The other key factors for residential zoning without a variance in Philadelphia is to keep the lot coverage at or below 70% and the overall building height below 35′. We will be conforming to both of these requirements and should be able to obtain “over the counter” building permits due to the fact that we will not require a variance. This will shorten our time line and reduce costs of the overall project.

3 lavardera November 19, 2007 at 3:59 am

Its good to see the trend for garages reversing. There is nothing worse than a row of houses with garage doors on the ground level – it just kills the street. And it does no favors for the organization of the interior of the house either.

4 chad November 19, 2007 at 1:40 pm


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