Saturday, May 26, 2012

House plan for a doctor

To make up for the lack of posts lately as I prepare for my move, I thought I would post some floorplans from a book I recently was browsing at work, "Domestic Architecture of H. T. Lindeberg".While never built, this early modern house has an intriguing plan which combines the functions of the doctor's office as well as his nice, but compact house. I only wonder what section of the city this was planned for. If this had been built, I also wonder how the warren of service spaces around the kitchen would have changed over time. What do you think?


pve design said...

Wonderful sketch. I love the idea of offices in homes and think that over time it is interesting to see how the kitchen has opened to take on just as much importance as a living room. I think opening up that kitchen would make this a beautiful home. Yes, I do wonder where this home would have been situated in Washington.

Good luck with your move~

the designers muse said...

What a unique looking house and plan. I love how the garage is hidden behind the wall. And the house appears to be set back from the wall by a courtyard. Very clever. Thanks for sharing. Jennifer

Stephilius said...

I love this. Simple and grand at the same time. It probably takes up a lot of acreage, but I love the way the terraces cozy up on all sides. I love the long entry and gallery leading to the living spaces, the octagonal dining room, and the needlessly large stair hall; I love wasted space! Since every floor plan I look at becomes my - own - home, the whole doctor's office becomes my art studio, the kitchen/servant area gets rearranged: the kitchen gets bigger, while a good part of the servant's rooms become a guest suite. The second floor only retains a master suite, the rest being rearranged to include a library/media room and a study for my wife. If the ceilings were high enough, this would be my perfect house!

And, honestly, the three points of the "T" could be brought in quite a bit to make a smaller house that would still be very nice to live in, I think. Even placed on a more conservative lot.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I agree the land doesn't need to be as large, especially for an urban house like this.
I like the idea of a 1st floor guest suite too! Of course I have myself in mind when I do any mental 're-do' -it's the best place to start.

The Devoted Classicist said...

I like the austere front presented so close to the streetand the private garden to be enjoyed by the doctor's office (and household staff).

Parnassus said...

The glory of this plan is the large living and dining rooms. Also, there are plenty of baths and closets. If I were remodeling, the simplest way to impose modern desiderata would be to build a large master suite over the service area.

The relatively small sizes of the other bedrooms might then be acceptable, or if a 3-bedroom home were o.k., the space could be apportioned between two rooms. If the renovations were going to be extensive, it might be nice to have the bedroom over the dining room follow the bay window, which would both enlarge the bedroom and eliminate a questionable balcony area.

Depending on the siting, the office could be an office, family room, or bedroom suite, or simply eliminated.
--Road to Parnassus

Anonymous said...

Fantastic design! A wonderful example of a way to do a home on a mid-block lot without having a forward facing garage.