Our B.1 contemporary house plan features a spectacular “butterfly” roof that allows
for a sculptural interior and superb rain water collection.
A two story main living area opens up to a safe screened-in porch on the second floor
adjacent to a spacious roof terrace. Designed for a tight urban lot, the two-car
garage is facing the street for easy access and additional security.
The Master Suite is located as a loft on the second floor, allowing for two additional
rooms to spread out on the first floor.
Take a quick look at the exterior of B.1 contemporary house plan. (Please keep in
mind that this a rough sketch and might be inaccurate.)
2nd floor loft:
kitchen / living
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Read about our ideas and process behind B.1 - contemporary house plan.
The Kitchen in this contemporary house is based on an idea we worked out in an upfit
for a home.
Along the rear wall of the first floor main living space you can make out the wall
cabinets. They are two feet deep from floor to ceiling and stretch along the entire
wall. They are suggested to be made out of sleek panels, creating a nearly uninterrupted
“second wall”. You can house a broom closet in it, all your appliances, the refrigerator,
storage, pantry, dishwasher, and the like. For the storage portion you can have
regular 1 foot deep shelving above for better reach with extra 1 foot deep shelving
on the doors.
In the plan of this house you can make out two smaller windows. Those cut through
the cabinetry and create deep openings.
This wall of cabinetry is paired with a multifunctional counter. The only hardware
in it is the cooking surface and a sink. They are housed in full cabinets below.
The rest of the counter is open to below. That portion, in conjunction with medium
high chairs is your breakfast table, dining table, homework station, cooking counter,
and so on.
In the case of the B.1 house we are taking this counter through the tall window arrangement
on its one end all the way to the outside. A smaller awning window right above the
counter serves as a pass-through for a cozy dinner outside.
In the version we have built, we created a gorgeous contemporary counter that is
part high-end concrete and part butcher-block.
The Water Problems with a Roof Terrace
With the B.1 contemporary house we also tried to tackle some of the issues of a roof
terrace. We wanted to provide for a great outdoor space on a higher level, secure
from the street and the adventurous conditions of some urban areas. We had continuously
received comments about great views of city skylines that needed proper staging grounds
for get-togethers or private enjoyment.
One potential drawback of roof terraces are, of course, concerns of water leakage.
We ceased on the opportunity in at least two ways. We started with developing a
roofing system that would allow adequate protection, but would remain affordable
to build. Secondly, we decided to place the roof terrace over the garage as a secondary
precaution, so that if the workmanship during the installation is not satisfactory
any potential damage is contained. As a result, a whole set of spatial arrangements
broke loose. For example, it offered us to include a “screened-in terrace”, again
on the second floor. By integrating the horizontal slats of this porch with the
siding of the house, we were able to provide a time-tested useful element within
a modern contemporary design setting. This porch is partially overlooking, properly,
the street, and partially the roof terrace.
The roof terrace is also rendered luxuriously large for utilizing an area already
given by the garage. A three foot parapet allows you to tuck yourself away from
street views. At the same time, being oriented towards the street, you can easily
advertise a joyous occasion.
So you got a modern contemporary house, a large roof terrace and an insect-secure
and rain-protected porch all in one. How about it?
The Loft and Spatial Layout
When we started the design on our B.1 contemporary house plan we contemplated the
problem of a narrow urban lot. As a result this contemporary house fits on a forty
foot lot with five foot sideyards. The overhangs of the butterfly roof will extend
into that area, so be careful, if your local ordinance does not provide for this
We placed the garage in the front of the house for the same reason and centered the
layout on the main building “cube”. Within the cube and the garage of the B.1 contemporary
house plan you will find your main living area and master suite. The remaining one
story “tail”, is easily adjustable for a number of different configurations. We
settled on two bedrooms with a joined bathroom, having a small family in mind. However,
if more bedrooms or amenities are needed, the rear of this house can adjust easily.
This part of the house also lends itself to be subleased or transformed into work
space, might it be a home office or studio.
When we conceived of the second floor, we considered giving the option of an open
loft space. And so it is your choice to leave out the walls of the main suite toward
the atrium. Instead you can leave it open to below and have the entire space work
in unison. The juxtaposition of the downstairs living with easy access to the garden
and from your car, and the upstairs sleeping quarters with a roof terrace, offers
a rich interaction of uses and living zones.
The semi-open steal stair case allows you to think of your roof terrace as a public
extension of the living room, or as you private terrace to your bedroom or open loft.
The rooms in the back of the house for your kids, your work, in-laws, or renters
have no direct access to this area.
By arranging the spatial configuration of this contemporary house in this fashion
we tried to generate spacious living units for a small compact urban lot. And by
making those flexible for usage and custom changes we also hope to have created an
affordable solution for your modern way of live and contemporary living needs.
The Butterfly Roof
For this modern contemporary house we implemented a butterfly roof. All the water
runs to the center of the roof and then to one side. There all the water is being
captured with one sculptural downspout. The water can be stored for gray water reuse.
The seemingly complex angles and slopes of the roof are actually simple to build.
We made use of the juxtaposed volumes of the garage and the main house to have a
simple building process, but spectacular outcome.
options to modify:
We offer standard changes to this contemporary house plan.