My home in Narragansett, RI is now a 2 story house with a flat roof. I want to remove the problematic flat roof and add a 3rd floor (about 800 sq. ft.) with a hip roof. I want to maximize my eastern view of Narragansett Bay out to the Atlantic Ocean. I plan to make the 3rd floor my main living area.
The front of the house faces due north. The front wall will accommodate my A/V/computer center, including my 73” TV. The front room will be an open entertainment room with an eating area/bar in the back. To the East, it will open out to a shaded deck with outdoor cooking area. 3rd floor plan needs to include a refrigerator/freezer, kitchen sink, and cabinets. Code prohibits having a complete 2nd kitchen inside home, but I can use countertop appliances and outdoor cooking.
Since there is no view to the west, my stairway will come up along that wall.
I want my master bedroom (with my 8’ round water bed) in the South (back) of the house. To the East it will open out to the deck with a hot tub.
In between the bedroom and front room will be the master bathroom (above the current 2nd floor bath, to be remodeled).
I’d like to have an area for my desk and file cabinet somewhere on the 3rd floor
The project will also involve covering the entire outside of the house with Dryvit (stucco). The original house is cinder block construction. I am also switching over to natural gas with a high efficiency burner that can be vented directly outside. This will allow me to remove some of the chimney and cap it under the floor of the new 3rd floor deck.
Building code limits height to 35’. House is currently 21’ high.
I’d like to have solar water heaters on the new roof. I’d like to use radiant heating under the new 3rd floor. I’m also thinking of using radiant heating outside under the 3rd floor deck and possibly under a new front stoop to melt away the occasional snow.
Ventilation is important to me. Although I usually get nice ocean breezes, I enjoy using my ceiling fans at times and my air conditioning on hot summer days. I like the idea of adding a whole house fan. I’d also want a ventilation plan that could silently move warm air from southern room to northern room in winter.
I am an avid sailor and would enjoy nautical features in the design. An anchor (like on the RI state flag) could be a part of the Dryvit on the front of the house. I have hundreds of mahogany 2’ slats left over from 2'x2' wood tiles that used to cover my outdoor decks. (They were too labor intensive for outdoor use in the sun and salty air.) They might be useful for wood accents inside. I’m hoping to make my house very low maintenance.
The water view is most important to me.
Plans must be structurally sound and practical.
I would like to offer a $500 bonus to the 1st place winner if the plan is complete enough to present to my contractor and local structural engineer and then get a building permit from the town. I’d be open to contracting with the winner for additional services after this contest has completed.