Home Plan Detail

Great Light & Views 2

By: Debra Coleman
Passive Solar Designs


Square Footage

Total living area: 2332'
Basement: 3639'
Main Level:2332'
Lower Level:1307'
Footprint: 62' 0" W x 43' 4" D


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


Levels: 1
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 3
Modifiable to:
Crawlspace, Pier, Slab
Lot type(s): Sloping
Climate(s): Mixed-Humid


  • Passive Solar
  • High Ceilings
  • SIPS Adaptable
  • Large Decks
  • Abundant Windows
  • Versatile Design
  • Den


Other changes to the original design include moving the fireplace from its position between the living room and dining room to a wall in the living room; adding a coat closet to the foyer space; extending the covered side porch off the front patio all the way to the rear of the house, and the covered porch on the other side now has an open deck extending from it; the angled window bays off the breakfast nook, the master bedroom, and bedroom 2 are now squared off bays; and the layout of the master suite has been altered. It can be a passive solar house if it faces south.

There's a covered porch where the front door is positioned that wraps around the left corner before continuing along the entire left side of the house. The door has an "eyebrow" window above it and windows on either side. As you step into the house you enter an open space with the living room on the left and the dining room on the right. These spaces – along with the kitchen and the den – feature a dramatic ceiling that vaults from 9' at the front wall to a height of 13' in the living room and 12' in the others. All of the rooms along the front of the house are lined with 6'–tall windows for light and views.

The living room has a glass door in one corner that opens to the covered porch, and a fireplace flanked by built–in shelves on the far wall. A coat closet is located between the living and dining rooms. A wall with an open space on one side and a 42"–high wall on the other separates the kitchen from the dining area. The low wall allows someone in the kitchen to see who's in the foyer, and for dishes to be passed from the dining room. The kitchen sinks sit beneath a trio of 4'–tall windows looking out to the front, and there's a long center island with a raised bar at one end in the middle of the room. There's also a pantry in this area, and a built–in desk. A sunny breakfast nook with a vaulted ceiling is situated next to the kitchen.

Just beyond the nook, and open to it, is the den, which has a door at the far end that opens to another covered side deck that runs along the side before wrapping around the rear of the house along the master suite. If you don't wish to construct the lower level of the house, you could expand the kitchen, nook, and the den. And if you added windows to the side wall of the den space it could become a sunroom.

The rear half of the house is dedicated to the master suite and two additional bedrooms. The ceilings in this portion of the house are set at a comfortable 9'. A door next to the desk off the kitchen opens to the master bedroom. At the far end of the room a pair of windows provide natural light and views, and a door next to them opens to the covered rear deck. The bath has a large soaking tub beneath a window, a separate shower, two vanities, and a private toilet. A spacious walk–in closet is located across from the bath.

A small vestibule off the living room provides access to bedrooms 2 and 3 and the full bath they share. There's a linen closet in the vestibule, and a set of pull–down stairs in the ceiling for attic access. Both bedrooms have rear views, and bedroom 3 enjoys side views to and through the covered porch as well. At the other end of the house, off the den, there's a powder room and a large laundry room with direct access to the covered porch. Pull–down stairs in the ceiling provide access to attic storage.

If you choose to construct the lower level, it's designed to have two additional bedrooms (one of which has a lovely sitting area), an entertainment room, a mechanical room, and – if your property slopes properly – a 3–car garage.

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