Sun Plans™ are house plans warmed and brightened by the sun - naturally!
  • Sunny, open and creative
  • Warm in winter, cool in summer
  • Energy- smart homes adaptable for hot and cold climates
  • Complementary to active solar and net-zero energy homes
  • Adaptable to Energy Star, Passive House and other standards
  • Comfortable inside no matter what is going on outside - power outages, excessive heat, extreme cold 
  • The Sun-Inspired House - one of the most comprehensive books about passive solar
A Sun Plan™ is a home design created with the Sun-Inspired Design process. Building a home may be the largest investment a family makes. Let architect Debra Rucker Coleman help protect that investment by right-sizing a home to meet the family's needs in terms of size, spaces, materials, climate, budget and other personal preferences. Resilient Design is one the driving design concepts. Sun Plans helps home owners be conservative - with both money and energy!
 
Choose from one of three paths to get started:
(If you need your house plans sooner that suggested below, please do not hesitate to ask!  We can often accommodate those with a much tighter deadline especially when creating a new design if you  quickly make decisions on the many drawings sent for your review.)

Create your own Sun Plan
Have 6 months or more before you build?
Create a custom Sun Plan!
Select an existing Sun Plan
Need to start building fairly soon?
Select a pre-designed Sun Plan!
Adapt an existing Sun Plan
Have a few months before construction?
Adapt a pre-designed Sun Plan!
A Sun-Inspired House is a sunny, creative, low-energy home that uses the natural heat and light of the sun to both warm and brighten a home.  It incorporates passive systems to maintain interior comfort.  It reflects the practical aspect of saving energy and money as well as the delightful characteristics of bright interiors.

Sun Plans feature bright interiors and energy bills at least 1/3 to 1/2 lower (or all the way to net-zero) compared to a new home built to code.
 
While Create-A-SunPlan results in the lowest construction cost with a right-sized design with little wasted space for the rooms your family and lifestyle require, we realize that not everyone has the luxury of time to work with an architect. In that case, we hope that you find an existing Sun Plan with many of your desirable features. Each Sun Plan on this site evolved from a Create-A-SunPlan that began as a real home for a real family.

With over 20 years of designing low-energy, high-performance, passive solar homes, Architect Debra Rucker Coleman takes pride in the small, service-oriented company and personal involvement. With our uncluttered, ads-free website, we hope that you can relax while viewing our green, solar house plans and services.

Thank you for visiting. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
"I found your website via Google search and it's the only passive solar home plan website that I've found that 1) is well organized, 2) is easily searchable, 3) offers consulting services, and 4) offers both customized designs and off the shelf designs. THANK YOU!" Stephanie