Outlander: Fraser’s Ridge floor plan

Published November 20, 2013 by Kat

I am hip-deep in the Outlander series and loving it. It probably isn’t fair, in the heat of the moment (in the middle of the sixth book) to say that this is the series I’ve been looking for my entire life… but right now I feel like I’ve been waiting to read these books. They’re long, dreamy, funny, touching, romantic and endlessly interesting. I did think that the third book was a weak link and almost gave up. I’m so glad I didn’t. Four and five and six have been one beautiful ever-shifting tromp through the Colonial wilderness, and I love it.

I have started a Pinboard here.

I’m also a lover of floor plans, so of course I’ve been thinking about the floor plan of the big house at Fraser’s Ridge. I’ve come up with a symmetrical, Colonial floor plan that encompasses all of the spaces mentioned in the books and none that aren’t. Here it is:



Since I finished these plans about 400 pages ago, I have been paying attention to descriptions of movement within the house, and found nothing to contradict my plan.

Having said that, I feel that there are missing spaces–spaces that a big house of the time would have had. Maybe not a house deep in the smoky mountains, though. Maybe they are spaces for River Run, not Fraser’s Ridge. A root cellar, a lean-to, a scullery, and a work room for a loom and spinning wheel for example.



4 comments on “Outlander: Fraser’s Ridge floor plan

  • Nice! Is the 2nd floor the same square footage as the ground/first floor, or smaller? It looks like you’ve made it smaller, at 711 sq ft, as opposed to the 1027 of the first floor. I’m recreating this floor plan in The Sims 3, I hope you don’t mind!

    • It’s smaller. The kitchen along the back of the house has a sloping roof, so that space isn’t mirrored on the top floor.

      Since I wrote this article I’ve read more about traditional Saltbox floor plans. The fireplaces would have all been on walls that were shared with the central entryway/staircase, so the house would have only one chimneystack… if you want real accuracy, you can Google that 😉

  • Thanks for replying so quickly! I’m in the middle of building it right now 🙂 . I’ll do some research on the Saltbox houses of the period. I love recreating houses I see on tv in my game. I’ve also recreated the house my husband and I live in now, the house I grew up in, and the house hubby and I were going to build at one time, but unfortunately aren’t able to now.

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