Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,788 sf
Daylight Basement
1,788 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
French Quarter
The French Quarter was inspired by the traditional narrow lot homes in New Orleans, but the design has a modern twist and can be built in cold climates. With the east facing front, the side faces south so the house would function best with a generous yard to the south or at least a low profile house that does not block the sun. The southwest sunroom will be a delightful space in the evenings and it flows nicely out onto the west, backyard deck.
First Floor
A quaint foyer immediately opens into the spacious great room with full southern views and slightly vaulted ceilings. The central masonry wood stove and its generous hearth add warmth and character to this fairly simple, easy to build plan. Bedroom 2 is close enough to the entry for a home office. Around the corner are the elegant spiral stairs leading down to the full basement. The central laundry is close to the kitchen as well. A cozy built-in breakfast nook is where most meals will be eaten. The kitchen has visual privacy yet is still connected to the great room. The sun room beyond can be a quite away room or a master bedroom study in the back, more private area of the house.
Daylight Basement
The full daylight basement is designed with flexibility and it is easily accessed from the center of the home. The west end is designed to be used as an apartment or in-law suite. The west door allows for easy moving of furniture. The east end has a private bedroom and large work area or entertainment room. The north bedrooms have window wells to meet codes. The large southeast room could be easily subdivided.
Attached Garage
The optional two-car garage has a small work area at one end. It can be placed to the north of the house and connected to the side entry with a covered walkway. It can also be located just about anywhere else convenient (but not on the south since it would block solar gain) such as to the rear for narrow lots.
Construction Info
The French Quarter is designed to be constructed with a trussed roof, 6" exterior walls, and an ICF (insulated concrete form) foundation. The first floor has 9' ceilings with the south rooms vaulted to the center. The basement ceilings are 8' to reduce required excavation, but they could be constructed with 9' ceiling. The north rooms could be vaulted too, but the flat ceiling allows for some attic storage above the north rooms. Thermal mass is located in tile floors and the basement floor mass. The central open stairs and return air circulation from the mechanical system will help distribute the air warmed by the sun.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Add a concrete slab foundation or reduce south glass in very hot climates
  • Lengthen the house 2' and add a set of conventionally framed U-shaped stairs
  • If no basement, replace the stairs with a nice mudroom
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Garage Plans