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Design Workshop: Give Me an ‘H’

Look to modern versions of an H-shaped medieval floor plan for more privacy and natural light Full Story
     Comment   August 13, 2014
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elwheeler
Interesting. The H plan could be used for a 2 generational family house, or to separate offices or guest rooms.
August 13, 2014 at 7:16PM     
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jillybeansisme
So I'm guessing my house is more "U" shaped since the back is straight across and the front is a small inside of the "U" for a covered area. I actually thought of it as a sort of Sudoku square, because it is a square divided into 9 portions. Front to back left side is guest bedroom, laundry/craft room, kitchen. Middle is the inside "U" porch & entry, living room, playroom. Right side is 2nd bedroom, bathrooms & closets, Master Suite. There are, just as described in the "H" house, two small hallways on either side of the central living/play rooms, which provide privacy and seclusion from the public areas.

I think one of the biggest differences is that in my house I can move in a circular pattern and not have to get back to the "central bridge" between the legs. Back when H homes were first built, it seems like it was a necessary pattern for those cross breezes/ventilation whereas in modern day, convenience is more important at least to me. I want to be able to age gracefully in my home before I give it to my daughter. Now that energy costs are so expensive, I suspect my home will be much less expensive that a similar square footage in an H home.

All those extra corners on the H house also usually add to building expense, but again, this article was about design not cost.

The article was definitely an interesting read.
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litojr
nice layout, you can think alot of combination design.
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