Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,032 sf
Floor 2
1,044 sf
3,076 sf
Daylight Basement
1,062 sf
Unfinished Basement
1,062 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Longleaf Atrium 2
The Longleaf Atrium 2 is approximately 400 s.f. smaller than the original design, yet is still has two bedrooms downstairs and up to three upstairs. Its high atrium allows light to penetrate into the center of the home. The southeast side has a three season porch that could become a year-round sun room if the cozy sun room in the southern corner was used as a study. The addition of a partial basement allows for more storage, mechanical equipment or entertainment spaces.
First Floor
The great room takes full advantage of the atrium with its high, vaulted ceilings that are connected to the atrium above. From here the great room flows into the dining area and the kitchen, allowing for an open, friendly atmosphere throughout the house. The dining area is also vaulted, giving the room a pleasant, spacious feel. Large south windows allow for light to penetrate into the kitchen area. The family entry near the laundry and half bath makes for easy access to the carport and backyard.
The large front bedroom near the entrance is convenient for use by those who work from home or by less mobile family members since it has its own private bath. This sitting area on the northwest provides a bright spot for sunset viewing.
Second Floor
The bright stairs lead up to a large second floor with two bedrooms and a shared bath. An entertainment room can also be a fifth bedroom since the window is designed for bedroom emergency egress. A door to the space above the carport and garage allows for walk-in attic access. The southeast balcony provides a small outdoor space for sunrise viewing without creating too much shade on the sun room windows below.
Partial Basement Plan
Three large spaces allow for a variety of uses such as exercise, storage, craft area, movie room, etc. With direct outdoor access in addition to the interior staircase, it will be easy to move heavy items in and out. The partial below grade space can also house a storm shelter or root cellar.
Carport and Garage
The single vehicle garage is separated from the house by a two vehicle carport. Proximity to both the front and back yards make the carport a perfect covered party space. The extra large attic storage above could be accessed by pull down stairs in addition to the second floor door.
Construction Info
The great room, dining, and part of the kitchen have vaulted ceilings that transition up to the atrium. The remaining first floor ceilings are 9'. With the south side of the house on a concrete slab, there is plenty of thermal mass for storing the sun's heat in winter. The north half is basement with 8' ceilings although higher ceilings are possible. The floors that receive direct sun can be covered in stone or tile, or stained concrete. Wood floors can be used elsewhere. Walls are drawn as 6" thick and can easily have high R-value with the addition of exterior insulation. With Adapt-A-SunPlan services, the wall thickness can be increased to accommodate more insulation in the stud cavities.
Modification Ideas
Since changes may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should be done with professional assistance.
  • Orient the house with the long back side to true south and remove the back porch
  • Remove the carport and add a detached garage
  • If land slope to the southwest, add a walkout basement with full windows for an in-laws suite
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Basement / Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
After they move in and get the home decorated and landscaped, clients often send photos as well as comments about their house. Check out photos of other atrium styles homes with the corner sun room and the original Longleaf Atrium.  Many Sun Plans designs have a similar feel inside the home.