Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,847 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
French Quarter 3
The French Quarter 3 has the flexibility expected to be found in a home full of lively people with continuously changing hobbies and interests. A simple to build, one story home leaves more room for creativity with interior finishes and color to add character to every room. With the center front and back door, it is a modified version of the New Orleans shotgun style that fits on narrow lots with the front facing west. Relax on the west front porch to enjoy the sunset or neighbors strolling by.
First Floor
A quaint foyer immediately opens into the spacious great room with full southern views and slightly vaulted ceilings. The dining area has the most flexibility since it can be in the small sunny kitchen nook, in the southeast sunroom with windows on two walls or in the east end of the great room.
The central, spacious kitchen has visual privacy yet is still connected to the great room and near the north entry from the parking area. The south light from the breakfast nook windows keep it sunny, but not too hot.
The bright sunroom off the master bedroom can also be a private study or craft room. The huge porch across the east side of the home further extends living spaces into the outdoors. It is located on the private end of the house near the master bedroom.
Bedroom 2 on the other end is perfect for an aging parent or near the entry for a home office. The optional third bedroom in the corner of the great room can be used as a sitting area for the parent, a caregiver's room, a craft room or a small study.
Carport or Garage
Although a one vehicle carport is attached, 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 such as to the rear for narrow lots.
Construction Info
The French Quarter 3 is designed to be constructed with an economical truss-framed roof, 6" exterior walls, and slab on grade foundation. The house has 9' ceilings with the south rooms vaulted to the center. The north rooms could be vaulted too, but the flat ceiling allows for attic storage above the north rooms. Thermal mass is located in tile or stained concrete floors.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • If land slopes to the south and east, add a sunny, walkout basement for an in-law suite with stairs from the large great room
  • Modify the master bath to add a small soaking tub
  • Make optional bedroom three much longer by reducing the size of the extra-large great room to 16' as well.
  • To further simplify construction, remove the master bedroom nook and the breakfast bay
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with Carport
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Optional Garage Plan
Comments and Photos
Thanks to Greg and Reba for sending a photo near the end of construction. After they move in and get the home decorated and landscaped, clients often send photos as well as comments about their house. Meanwhile, check out photos of other sun-inspired designs with the living areas all on the south. There are many, but the Equinox series is one of the original design series where quite a few clients sent photos.  Many Sun Plans designs have a similar feel inside the home.