Home Plan Detail

Simple Solar Craftsman

By: Robert Hartford
Hartford Designs


Square Footage

Total living area: 2736'
Basement: 0'
Main Level:1511'
Upper Level:1225'
Footprint: 32' 0" W x 51' 5" D


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Master suite location: Upper Floor


Levels: 2
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 2
Foundation: Crawlspace
Lot type(s):
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  • Passive Solar
  • Screened Porch
  • Detached Garage
  • Office
  • Breezeway
  • Upper Garage Studio
  • Wide Entry Porch
  • Receiving Area


Like all of Mr. Hartford's designs, this house was originally designed as an energy–efficient, passive solar home. You can of course build this house facing in whatever direction suits your needs, but if you're interested in building it as a passive solar home, please read the section below titled Passive Solar Info for specific information on orientation.

The 8'–deep covered front porch spans the entire front of the house. As you step into the foyer, there's a short hallway on your right that accesses both a powder room and a sunny office/study with views to the front and side. Just across from the powder room there's a custom built phone and mail station with a drop–down writing table. Straight ahead from the foyer is a receiving area with an open Craftsman–style staircase jutting into it. Both the foyer and the receiving areas feature large windows for sunlight and views.

Just ahead is the dining room, which is distinguished by an octagonal coffered ceiling. This room features a large double–sided fireplace, a bumped–out wall with a trio of windows, and (like the rest of the rooms on this level) a lofty 9' ceiling. Openings on either side of the free–standing fireplace lead to the great room at the rear of the house. This room enjoys views in three directions, and the original homeowners requested a built–in media center in the corner.

Next to the dining room, and open to it, is the kitchen. It features a center island, a pair of windows over the sinks for light and views, a walk–in pantry, and a lovely Craftsman–style built–in breakfast nook. One door in the kitchen opens to a screened porch that would be ideal for outdoor dining in warmer months, and another opens to a laundry/mudroom. A door in the screened porch opens to a large deck area, while a door in the laundry area opens to a breezeway leading to a 2–car garage. An exterior stairway covered by a long roof overhang on the back of the garage leads up to a private studio / bonus space. This area might also become an efficiency apartment in the future.

All four bedrooms are located on the upper level. The master bedroom has a door at one end that opens to a pair of extra large walk–in closets, and a door at the other end that opens to the master bath. This room has both a soaking tub and a large shower, and two separated vanity areas. There are two small side–by–side bedrooms that could be converted to one large bedroom by omitting the wall between them, and a larger bedroom at the rear of the house.

Passive Solar Info
To maximize its passive solar design, the front of this house should face East (or West, if the house is reversed).

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