The Salt Box – Friday Floor Plan

October 17, 2014 | 8 comments

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Glen Mawr Front Elevation

Source: Woodhouse – The Timber Frame Company

One of my good friends loves salt box homes. ย I was curious as to the history behind these homes so did a little research and decided to feature one for my Friday Floor Plan.

According to Wikipedia, salt box homes are typically two-storey homes with a roofline that slopes to one-storey in the back. ย There are varying theories behind the reasons for building homes like this, one being some ingenuity in avoiding the taxes on two-storey homes. ย More than likely it was an evolution of the home to accommodate growing families by adding a single storey addition on the back.

Regardless of the reasons, salt boxes have historical charm and are distinctly Eastern seaboard in style. ย The floor plan below is right on the money when evoking historical melancholy, don’t you think?

Glen Mawr First Floor

Source: Woodhouse – The Timber Frame Company


What I love:

  • The master bedroom has its own “wing”
  • Open casual kitchen-dining room
  • Separate den ie: office
  • An attic space for storage
  • The cool “study area” on the second floor
Glen Mawr Second Floor

Source: Woodhouse – The Timber Frame Company

What I’d change:

  • The angle of the kitchen island seems off – I would straighten that facing the dining area.
  • Add a fireplace in the living room

I could see this home situated in the rolling hills of the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia (keeping to my Canadian roots :)) overlooking the Bay of Fundy!



8 responses to “The Salt Box – Friday Floor Plan”

  1. I love the look of these homes! but these days I’m completely hooked on one storey houses… ;)

  2. One of my favourite styles of homes… we lived in a little saltbox before this home, it was very hard to leave. :) Thanks for sharing.

    PS, 100% agree, that island is strange.

  3. I have never been a fan of salt box homes (from the East Coast and there are quite a few there) because of how flat the facade in the front is.

    But I do admit there are things about this floor plan I like. I like the master on the main floor and kids above. Of course that could just be because my kids are getting older… and louder. ;)

    • Donna says:

      I tend to agree with the flat front not being that appealing Janet. But I find a certain charm in some of the salt box homes, especially those with vibrant coloured exteriors. And, yes I can relate to the kiddies being on the second floor – although mine are not home anymore it wasn’t all that long ago, I was looking for quiet corners to escape their noise levels ;).

  4. Wynn Anne says:

    Yup, the island bugged me as well. It appears that the living room has dividers half way along the wall. Am I mis-reading that?

    • Donna says:

      I think they relate to the fact that this is a timber frame home Wynn Anne. They could be supporting structure at the ceiling level. Not sure, I’ve never seen them in a floor plan before.

  5. Lisa Goulet says:

    Exactly Donna that island would have to be straightened. Otherwise, it’s a great floor plan!

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