Home Plan Detail

Master with 180 View

By: Debra Coleman
Passive Solar Designs


Square Footage

Total living area: 2755'
Basement: 3869'
Main Level:1931'
Upper Level:824'
Footprint: 56' 0" W x 41' 4" D


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.0
Master suite location: Upper Floor


Levels: 2
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 2
Modifiable to:
Crawlspace, Pier, Slab
Lot type(s): Sloping
Climate(s): Mixed-Humid


  • Passive Solar
  • Open Feel
  • 2/3 Story Sunroom
  • Skylight
  • Roof Deck
  • Adaptable to SIPs


This is an elegant home with a creative and unique use of interior space. From the entry you see straight through to the sunroom bay window. This sunroom is located on all levels and has a 270–degree view. At the very top of it is a roof deck with a 360–degree view! It can be a passive solar house if it faces north.

First Floor
The foyer off the covered porch, the path to the great room, and the great room itself are vaulted, rising to a dramatic 16'. Double French doors lead to either a covered porch, or to a unique triangular deck that mimics the breakfast nook/sunroom. Almost the entire rear and side of this house is ringed by decks and covered porches, making this a great home for those who love to be outdoors and close to nature.

The kitchen is centrally located between the great room and the dining room, and it features a large central island with a sink, a breakfast bar, and a pantry. The homeowners anticipated needing a bedroom on the main level someday, using it first as a project room, but this room could easily be a guestroom, an office, or a second bedroom.

The laundry room can be accessed from either the front deck, the garage, or the extended foyer, and a library sits between it and the great room. A central staircase leads up to the master suite, and down to the walkout basement.

Second Floor
The master bedroom has a skylight over the bed for a beautiful view of the starlit sky. The sitting room can double as a nursery, and the projecting sitting area has a 270–degree view. The balcony next to it has a spiral staircase that leads to a roof deck above it – the perfect spot for a glass of wine at sunset!

The master bath and closet are full of surprises. The bath includes both a large tub and a large shower, and a private toilet, and the large walk–in closet area includes two storage areas under the eaves.

Daylight Basement
Guests or children will love the daylight basement. The sitting room between the bedroom and full bath has room for computer(s) and a TV, and it leads to a lovely greenhouse. The large exercise room could serve many other functions, and it leads to a patio with an optional hot tub. On second thought, it may not just be guests and kids who love this lower level!

The two–car garage has its doors tucked away on the back side. Its long side with windows helps define the front entry. The front bay can be a workbench nook or an out of the way place for garbage and recycling cans.

Modification Ideas
Move the garage doors to the north or east side for small lots. Reverse the stairs and add another upstairs bedroom over the library and part of the great room.

Floor Plans