1190 SQ. FT. (eyelash) Three bedrooms, one bath.
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1. The eye evolved from the circle, the eyelash evolved from the eye. The eyelash refers to an extention on the south side to create two covered entries, and a bit more room overall. The basic shape is a novelty, yes, but has some real advantages.

A. A long south, or near south face for solar gain.
B. The winter sun can penetrate to the back (north) yard to melt snow, there are no large areas always in the winter shade.

C. Some walls are straight, others curved, a compromise of the traditional and the novel. The corner bedrooms (for example) are totally conventional in shape and size (but not orientation), whereas the interior bedrooms have two gently curved walls. The kitchen is conventional, but with a view of the dramatic curvature of the massive south straw bale and glass wall, containing the living areas.

2. Four large "bedrooms" circle the back, north side of the house. Or in todays world, use two as bedrooms, one as an office, and one as a studio for "work at home" families. The largest room, the studio, has a door out the back which could be the "back door" through a work room, or a business entrance.

3. The one bath, utility, and kitchen are centrally located, sharing a plumbing wall for construction/energy efficiency. Or if you need two baths, put the utilities (hot water, heater, furnace, washer and dryer) along the interior wall of the work room (in line with the plumbing wall) and convert the utility room to a second bath. Each bath would nicely serve two "bedrooms" with good access and privacy.

4. The long strip kitchen is efficient and easy to build with a large pantry and island separating it from the living area. Note that the pantry walls shield the cook stove from view of the living areas. The dining and living areas share the long, curved, tiled expanse, exposed yet shielded behind the massive straw bale and glass front face. The two offset and recessed entries add charm and intrigue....and facilitate an interesting and efficient circulation pattern.

5. The problem is the roof. I propose an exterior post and beam system supporting gable trusses running north/south over the central section ( also supported on the kitchen back wall) with pyramid ends dropping down to a point using decreasing trusses and supported on the exterior post and beam system. The roof is conventional, with a twist, creating two covered entrances and provides overhangs for the south facing solar windows. Or if you are a brilliant designer, carpenter and brave, design a flat roof with parapets...for a great look.


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