Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,160 sf
Floor 2
465 sf
2,625 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Country Sunshine
The east-facing Country Sunshine will look right at home on a field in the country or a wooded lot in the city with its timeless styling. It is a unique combination of farm house comfort with craftsman elegance. Straight lines echo its simplicity of construction. The split plan has two bedrooms and a bath on the front which is perfect for kids or two studies.The master suite is on the private northwest corner and an optional private fourth bedroom for guests is above the garage. Both the front and back porches are large enough for gathering yet not so large that they block light from the interior.

Floor Plan

A small front foyer leads to an extra wide gallery type of hallway that opens to the spacious, open living area on the south side that houses the kitchen, dining and family room. From the edge of the foyer the eye is led all the way through the back of the home with the French doors to the screened porch, a large fireplace and a window seat that overlooks the back yard.

The large, U-shaped kitchen has a dining island adjacent to the dining area. A large nearby closet can be a pantry or storage.

The master suite also has backyard views and opens to large deck with optional hot tub. Both the bedroom and bath have views to the north. The master closet is almost the size of the bathroom.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 are on the east side of the home so each will receive morning light. Bedroom 3 on the southeast will feel like a sunroom year-round with its south windows. Separated by the foyer, these bedrooms will each have some privacy. Bath 2 is shared by guests as well and is not too from the kitchen.

The laundry is centrally located to all bedrooms and not too far from the optional fourth bedroom above the garage. With its private entry, the bonus room can be used as a rental or game room.

Attached Garage

The attached, oversized two-car garage has extra room on the end to allow for the full stairs to the bonus room above or for a workshop if the bonus room in not needed.

Construction Info

Nine foot high ceilings are throughout the home. The crawlspace is ideal for land that is not flat enough for a slab on grade, but not sloping enough for a basement. No additional thermal mass is needed with the south glass on the lower side, but the brick hearth will add some mass as well as character to the living area. The stud framed walls are 6 inches thick, but can vary in thickness and R-value to accommodate insulation appropriate to the climate where the home will be constructed. The 7/12 truss framed roof allows for an economical type of roof/ceiling insulation such as thick, loose fill cellulose with jacked up truss ends. The bonus room is rafter framed to create a larger room.

Modification Ideas

Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.

  • Decrease master bath vanity size to create room for a soaking tub
  • Add a door to the master closet near the laundry room
  • Add a door from the kitchen to BR3/morning room retreat
  • Add a door from bedroom 2 directly to bath 2
  • Add a south deck off the dining French doors
  • Detach the garage for narrow lots
  • Vault some ceilings for extra height or reduce the ceilings to 8 feet to save on construction costs
  • Build on a slab for cost savings and added thermal mass which then allows for an increase in south windows

Construction Prints, etc.

For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints, CAD Files:

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans with Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical