Home Plan Detail

Casa Soleada

By: Laura and Alex Sanchez
Laura and Alex Sanchez


Square Footage

Total living area: 2181'
Basement: 0'
Main Level: 2181'
Footprint: 70' 0" W x 46' 0" D


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Master suite location: Main Floor


Levels: 1
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 2
Foundation: Slab
Lot type(s):
Modifiable to:
Climate(s): Mixed-Dry


  • Adobe Style
  • Passive Solar
  • Detached Garage
  • Kiva Fireplace
  • Clerestory
  • Radiant Floors


With 200 square feet of south–facing glass, Casa Soleada lives up to its name: Sunny House. Designed to be a passive solar house, the plans for this southwestern Pueblo–style home are available for two different wall systems: 10" adobe block, or 2x6 stud walls. Please place your order by phone, specifying which set of plans you wish to purchase.

In moderate climates the house's solar glazing provides about half the heat required, with a radiant floor system for backup. Tiled floors in the living room, dining room and gallery store heat for comfortably steady warming.

During hot weather, porches and overhangs provide shading from the sun. Lots of operable windows allow natural cooling and ventilation. The gracious yet informal house fits three spacious bedrooms, a bonus room and 2.5 baths in only 2181 square feet. The gathering areas flow freely into each other, as well as the three porches and a patio.

The entry opens onto a gallery that forms the spine of the house. Off the gallery, two steps lead down into the living room. A clerestory provides natural light and high ceilings in the dining room and the retreat, which can be used for work, rest or play. The double doors on two walls of the retreat open it up for a party or close it off for quiet repose. The large eat–in kitchen opens onto a portal on one side and a utility/laundry room on the other.

At one end of the house, the owner's suite includes separate areas for sitting and sleeping, a large walk–in closet and a bath with separate shower and spa. Bookshelves and a window seat take up one wall. The second and third bedrooms are at the other end of the gallery, along with a second full bath. The floor plan shows a separate powder room off the gallery, but the space can be finished as a large storage closet, if desired.

The house can fit a variety of lots. The front view shows the long, heavily glazed south side facing the street. But look carefully at the entry porch. The house can be adapted to face west simply by switching the porch's walk–in opening and window seat opening. And if your lot faces east, simply order a mirrored plan. The detached garage and adobe patio walls can be adjusted to fit the requirements of the lot.

Floor Plans