By turning the pitched roofed house into a split level and adding a clerestory, we get the Clerestory Flat Land Design. It is a home with windows and views in four directions. Each room in the house excepting the bathrooms and root cellar (which should be separated farther from the house) has floor to ceiling windows facing either the north or south sunken patios. The living room and master bedroom also have, in addition, windows to the east through the clerestory, and windows to the west through a semi-sunken gable.
Entrance to the lower levels is through the sunken courtyards, the south one of which is a covered greenhouse in the winter. Both the living room and master bedroom have private entrances off outside walkways which also serve as lounging areas either sunny or shaded, whichever one wants to use. Above the work counter in the kitchen is a translucent fiberglass panel which can be opened to allow communication through to the living room (so mother knows what the kids are up to). The master bedroom similarly has a fiberglass panel which may be opened to allow communication down to the kitchen and dining room, or closed for peace and quiet.
A house like this could probably be built commercially for around $15,000.
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