Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
HOUSE PLANS
HOUSE PLAN SPECS
Floor 1
1,920 sf
Floor 2
829 sf
Total
2,749 sf
Daylight Basement
1,305 sf
Unfinished Basement
615 sf
Entry Faces
East
South Glass
7%
Complexity
average
Brighton Bungalow
PLAN PRICING
$80
Study Plans
11x17 set of drawings to better study the design of the house. 6-9 pages depending upon the size of the home. Excludes construction information and custom energy specs. Choose PAPER or PDF. After the order is placed, send a list of your ideas for customization and Sun Plans can tell you if the ideas are practical ones.
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Plan Name:
Brighton Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$20)
Total Price:
$80
 

$280
Review Sets
11x17 mini set of Construction Prints marked "not for construction". 10-16 pages depending upon the size of the home. Includes Study Plan also. Excludes Custom Energy Specs. Cost deductible from orders of Construction Prints or CAD files. Choose PAPER or PDF. After the order is placed, ask for an opinion of construction cost from the architect.
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Plan Name:
Brighton Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$50)
Total Price:
$280
 

$1,650
Construction Prints
24x36 construction drawings. 10-16 pages depending upon the size of the home. Includes Custom Energy Specs. Choose 6 PAPER sets or PDF.
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Plan Name:
Brighton Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$200)
Total Price:
$1,650
 

$2,170
CAD Files
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Files for having changes made by a local architect, design professional or engineer. Includes CAD Files, PDF Files, Custom Energy Specs and a Copyright Release. Electronic delivery.
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Plan Name:
Brighton Bungalow
Plan Format:
DWG & PDF Files
Total Price:
$2,170
 

$280
Mirror Reverse
Must be ordered with Construction Prints or CAD Files. Reverse the house along the north-south axis (i.e., if the front faced east, it will be reversed to face west). This is a service performed on the drawings. Drawings will be true right-reading, mirror reverse drawings.
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Plan Name:
Brighton Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files
Total Price:
$280
 

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Study Plans
See larger, clearer, and more drawings than what are shown on the individual house plan pages.
The price is deductible from future orders of Construction Prints or CAD Files of any Sun Plan even if a completely different house plan is later purchased. Study Plans can be ordered from the Pricing tab for each house plan.

Study Plans include:

  • A mini set of design-oriented drawings set up for 11"x17".
  • A choice between a Paper version sent by US Priority Mail or the PDF version sent via email.
  • Unlimited printing with PDF's for sharing with family members.
  • 6 to 9 pages of drawings depending upon the complexity of the home.
  • Schematic site plan, floor plans (with room sizes and furniture), daylight basements if applicable, exterior elevations, a schematic section of the house to help visualize the interior, kitchen elevations and garage plans.

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Review Sets
Review Sets provide information to help decide whether the design will meet the budget. They are mainly for those who crave technical details, have construction experience or have a builder on board. 
The price is deductible from future orders of Construction Prints or CAD Files of any Sun Plan even if a completely different house plan is later purchased.
Review Sets can be ordered from the Pricing tab for each house plan.. 
Review Sets include:
  • A mini set of construction drawings set up for 11"x17"
  • Choice of PAPER sent by US Priority Mail or PDF version sent via email. (Select PDF to print extra copies or share electronically with other building professionals.)
  • 10 to 16 pages of drawings depending upon the complexity of the home.(See each house plan description for the drawings that come with each design.)
  • Dimensions and construction notes.
  • A copy of the Study Plan.
  • An "Opinion of Probable Construction Cost" from Sun Plans if requested. Sun Plans evaluates the design and compares it to similar home designs for which other clients have provided construction costs.   A range of construction cost is provided. (This is based on national information. Sun Plans does not have statistics by state, region or country.)
Review Sets may vary slightly from later orders of Construction Prints and CAD Files since drawings are continuously being updated to meet newer construction and in-house standards,
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Construction Prints
Large Construction Prints with clear, concise information make it easy for builders to follow yet they are flexible enough to adapt locally based on the price and availability of materials and subcontractors, various construction methods and home owner preferences. Together, every builder and home owner will change some aspects of the design before or during construction. If mutually agreeable (and approved by the building inspector and local engineer), these "field changes" can often be made with red notes on the Construction Prints. (For complex changes, please see CAD Files or Adapt-A-SunPlan Services.)
Construction Prints include:
  • Six sets of Construction Prints on 24"x36" paper shipped via UPS ground or PDF computer files sent by email
  • 10 to 16 pages of drawings depending upon the size and complexity of the home. (See individual house plan descriptions for specific drawings for each design.)
    • Schematic site plan (cover sheet showing how to orient the house for passive solar gain)
    • Foundation Plan (either slab-on-grade, crawlspace, below grade or daylight basement)
    • First and second floor plans (many construction notes, window sizes, etc.)
    • Exterior elevations (all four sides shown in hatched detail)
    • Schematic Building section (cut-away through the home showing basic configuration)
    • Kitchen elevations (all sides of the kitchen)
    • Typical wall detail (showing the various building materials recommended)
    • Schematic electrical (showing lights, switches and outlets)
    • Schematic framing plans (showing floor framing, roof framing and beams)
  • Garage or Carport
  • Custom Energy Specs. (Read more.)
  • One hour of technical support with the architect by email or phone
Miscellaneous Details
  • Order Construction Prints through the Pricing tab on any house plan.
  • After an order is placed, reply to the email received to advise of the requested information Sun Plans will need to prepare the Custom Energy Specs.
  • Allow 5 business days for updating the design to the Sun Plans in-house checklist and preparation of the the Custom Energy Specs. (Shipping then takes another 3-7 days.)
  • With PDF's, unlimited copies of the Construction Prints can be printed locally so long as they are used for building one home. PDF's are handy for sending to builders, mortgage companies, appraisers, home energy raters, and others who may be assisting with the planning and construction of the home such as the builder's subcontractors. Some building inspection departments require PDF.
Rick is in the lighting business and reviews construction prints in his work.
They are wonderful!  If you saw most of the drawings and specifications I see, you would wonder how anything got built properly...It is just nice to see a true professional who does the job correctly and takes pride in her work.  In my 34 years of working with Architects you are hands down the best I have had the privilege to work with. - Rick
A client sent a set of Construction Prints (designed for stick construction) to a SIP company to have them converted to SIPs. This is what they told the home owners:
I also wanted to take this opportunity to confirm your selection of Sun Plans Inc.  We receive many sets of drawings each day that are interested in comparing SIPs.  The drawings submitted by Sun Plans Inc. were high quality and very easy for us to work from. - Steve, SIPS of the South
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CAD Files
CAD files are the most flexible type of construction drawings since they can be modified and sent electronically. While the house design is intended to save the home owner energy, the CAD files are designed to save the energy of design professionals by making adaptations proceed faster should it be desired to have someone other than Sun Plans make the changes. The PDF files that are a part of the order allow for printing unlimited Construction Prints even if no changes are made. CAD files are intended to be used by professionals experienced in residential design.
CAD Files Include:
  • CAD files of the Construction Drawings (see below for options)
  • PDF file of the Construction Prints (see Construction Prints)
  • PDF file of Custom Energy Specs
  • PDF file of Copyright Release to allow the house to be modified and changed to build one house
  • One hour of technical support by email or phone. This can include review by the Sun Plans' architect on proposed changes prior to preparing Custom Energy Specs. If the customer sends a list of proposed changes immediately after placing the order, the architect can review them for energy implications and try to address them in the Custom Energy Specs.
CAD File Details
  •  Order CAD files through the Pricing tab on any house plan.
  • After an order is placed, reply to the email received to advise of the requested information Sun Plans will need to prepare the Custom Energy Specs.
  • Allow 5 business days for to allow for updating the design to the Sun Plans in-house checklist and preparation of the the Custom Energy Specs.
  • With the CAD files, many changes can be made to the design.
  • With PDF's (part of the CAD file order), unlimited copies of the Construction Prints can be printed locally so long as they are used for building one home. PDF's are handy for sending to builders, mortgage companies, appraisers, home energy raters, and others who may be assisting with the planning and construction of the home such as the builder's subcontractors. Some building inspection departments require PDF.
  • If consulting on changes is desired before the order is placed, then Adapt-A-SunPlan Consulting and Review Service is the process to take.
Examples of how the CAD files are used include: 
  • The design professional may expand the house a couple of feet, change the exterior materials, move a bathroom, or rearrange interior walls and doors.
  • The structural engineer may want to add engineering information such as rebar sizes and specific connections suitable for the local codes, soils, winds, snow or seismic activity.
  • The builder may find it easier to perform take offs and layouts with this electronic version of construction prints.
  • Home Energy Raters or HVAC subs creating duct work layouts can increase the speed and accuracy of their services.
Info for the Design Professional
  • The CAD Files are designed to be used by an experienced residential design professional
  • The standard method of preparing the CAD files is in AutoCAD 2000 DWG file type, with the files split into separate files. Approximately 95% of CAD file orders are prepared in this format. (Sun Plans can export to any version of AutoCAD between version 12 and 2013, but 2000 seems to be the most common one that most design professionals can use including those with older versions of the software.)
  • Can't use any of these CAD File types, but still want the local design professional to copy and redraw the design with changes?  The Copyright Release that comes only with CAD Files allow for this. (Please see Copyright.)
  • Special requests for all-in-one CAD files, DXF or AEC (DataCAD) files can be honored if advised within one business day of the order.
  • Split CAD Files are divided into separate files - cover sheet, foundation, first floor, second floor, elevations, section, kitchen, wall detail, and detached garage as applicable.  More than one of the printed sheet may be in each file. For instance, the fp1elect and fp1framing will also be in the fp1 file, but these are recommended to be printed separately as shown in the PDF files that come with the CAD Files.
  • More questions? Have the design professional contact us.

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Mirror Reverse
Similar to the Mirror Reverse feature for each house plan, mirror reversing Construction Prints and CAD Files flips the house plan on the north-south axis. However, the Mirror Reverse custom service also reverses the text and numbers so that they are no longer backwards. The drawings will be "right reading". It takes some time to check for overlapping text and numbers, but it is a worthwhile service considering the errors that can be made by the builders and their subs if they otherwise tried to reverse the home during construction.
In rectangular plans designed with one long wall designed to face south, the south and north sides will still face the same compass direction, but the east and west walls are reversed. In angled plans designed to sit at a 45 degree angle to south, the mirror line is from the northern-most corner to the southern-most corner which is a diagonal line across the house. What was the northwest wall would then become the northeast wall, and what was the southwest wall would then become the southeast wall.
Instances of when reversing might help include when the home owners want the entry on the east rather than the west. Or maybe a bedroom on the west is desired instead of the east-facing bedroom if light is not wanted from the sunrise. There are hundreds of reasons for mirror reversing a house along the north-south axis. Sometimes the architect suggests it during the Review and Consulting phase of any custom services based on the home owners' site or other particulars.
A local design professional can also do the reversing with the CAD Files.
Mirror Reverse is a not available for the lower-priced Study Plans and Review Sets.
The Brighton Bungalow home is a spacious home with a delightful, modest appeal. The quaint southeast porch and angled entry makes this home suitable for drive approaches from the east to the south since the southern side is designed to also be an inviting side as well. The central staircase and nearby hearth are the primary interior design features.
First Floor
Diagonal views are predominant beginning at the angled entrance. From the northeast breakfast nook to the southwest living area, cooks have a variety of views and places to interact with the family. The master bedroom located on the private northwest corner has access to the southwest porch and hot tub easily reached from the main living area. What a place from which to watch the sunset after a long day. The courtyard on the east side would make a great herb or flower garden. The versatile laundry room has easy access to the master closet, kitchen, and laundry chute from the second floor. A study nook provides more than just a place to study it could also be used to plan meals and sort mail. The dining area is flexible enough to accommodate large family gatherings.
Second Floor
The upper bedrooms, bath, and loft have a delightful character with the sloped ceilings and overlooks to the first floor. With ample storage and up to 3 bedrooms, this level is for a growing family or overnight guests. Window seats in the bedrooms make for a great place to read, relax and enjoy the views.
Daylight Basement
From the central stairs, reaching the daylight basement is easy, but the exterior door creates another option that is perfect for a home office. The southeast bedroom and full bath along with the kitchenette and living area makes the area useable for long-term guests or just a get-a-way while exercising or entertaining.
Garage
The deep two-vehicle garage has space for a small third vehicle or/ workshop area on the west near the double doors. The attic can be accessed by the pull down attic stairs to the large storage area between the attic trusses above.
Construction Info
Exterior walls are designed to be constructed with ICF's and many brands could be used. Their thermal mass will help keep the house comfortable year-round. The main roof is designed with a stick-framed roof. This maximizes the use of space beneath the roof, unlike homes with large unused attics, and keeps ductwork within conditioned space. The higher vaulted ceiling of the living room make the modest sized space feel larger and aid in natural cooling during the warmer months. The basement and first floor have 9' ceilings. The garage and connecting wing have manufactured truss roofs.
Modification Ideas
Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Make a third bedroom upstairs by enclosing the west walk-in storage area
  • Construct the main house with SIP's for the walls and roof
  • Reverse the house to face west for land that slopes to the east
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans including Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations 
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
Comments and Photos


Thanks Mark & Valerie for sending photos and comments of the Mirror Reverse version of the Brighton Bungalow!

As do most Sun Plans' customers of our pre-designed plans, they adapted the home for their land and personal preferences. The reversed plan places the entry porch on the southwest corner. The open staircase and nearby hearth moved to the end of the living area are the primary interior design features tweaked to their liking.

They started the process of prepping the land and designing the house about 4 years prior to construction.  Mark explains the process:

"While researching ideas for the for style for our house, I found your website and one of your plans, the Brighton Bungalow, struck a cord with my wife and I. We've always loved the timeless simplicity of the craftsman style, the coziness of bedrooms tucked into the roof, and the character of the porches.... but found we'd need to alter it...and redesigning the floor plan to fit our family's casual lifestyle. Our house ended up a hair over 2500sq.ft., not including the basement where I have a finished office. Unfortunately, due to downsizing and the grade of our lot, we couldn't use the double front stairs of your design which were so charming."

And they explained some of the particular construction details that they used. (The plans originally called for ICF first floor walls too.) "The house uses 6" core Nudura ICF for the basement, 6-1/2" SIPs for the main floor, and injected, dense-pack cellulose along with some blow-in cellulose for the roof and garage.

"The main sub-floor is a stepped down for the entire south half of the house, supporting 2" of gypcrete surfaced with tile for thermal mass. 98% Trane natural gas furnace and Rheem High efficiency hot water. All lighting is either T5 or CFL

"The home received a Energy Star 5+ with a HERS score of 50 (an excellent score)! We had to do extensive research on LoE glass coatings and had numerous discussions with engineers at both Cardinal IG and Pella to get a window with glazing units that have both a low-U-factor and a high SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient).

"Standard low-E coatings for SHGC in Energy Star guidelines for northern climates are unfortunately now no different than those for every other climate - a shortfall in the Energy Star rating system. We were able to special order windows with a coating used by Pella's commercial division which yielded the desired results."

The Energy Star rating of 50 is on a scale of 100 so you can see that they are saving approximately 50% compared to a standard code-built home in their area.  Base on typical energy analysis performed on Sun Plans' homes over the years, approximately 50% of that savings is due to passive solar gain and the other 50% is due to attention to air sealing, above average insulation, and proper mechanical design of the heating and cooling system.