Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
HOUSE PLANS
HOUSE PLAN SPECS
Floor 1
1,953 sf
Daylight Basement
1,953 sf
Entry Faces
East
South Glass
10%
Complexity
average
Prince Charming 2
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.
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Plan Name:
Prince Charming 2
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$20)
Total Price:
$80
 

$260
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.
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Plan Name:
Prince Charming 2
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$50)
Total Price:
$260
 

$1,560
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:
Prince Charming 2
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$200)
Total Price:
$1,560
 

$2,050
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:
Prince Charming 2
Plan Format:
DWG & PDF Files
Total Price:
$2,050
 

$260
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:
Prince Charming 2
Plan Format:
PDF Files
Total Price:
$260
 

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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 Prince Charming 2 with its stucco exterior and timber accents was adapted to fit a mountain hillside with stunning views to the west. Watch the sun set from the kitchen and dining areas as well as from the expansive west deck. Watch the sun rise from the east porch off the master bedroom. The centrally located living area with its timber beams and large hearth overlook the southern sky and hills. Like most sun-inspired homes, this home is also nature-inspired with views of the hills and trees in many directions.
First Floor
The large welcoming foyer serves both guests and family as they enter from the garage to minimize wasted space. The nearby half bath services guests on one side and the family on the other as they enter from the back laundry/mudroom. Also near the entry are the open stairs to the daylight basement. Finely finished stair treads near the gallery entry will add interest along the approach to the living area. There will be no dark hallway through which to pass. A sky tube above adds a burst of daylight into the middle of the home. A nearby desk is perfect for storing purses and phones. Just around the corner is the hearth which is ideally located in the center of the home.
The daylight cooling chimney allows hot air to exit in summer and daylight to enter to brighten the center of the living area year-round.
The master bedroom on the western end of the house has expansive south views and access to the east porch. Its proximity to the other bedrooms is ideal for those with small children or empty nesters who each desire a study or craft room.
Both the dining and laundry spaces open onto the long back porch. The nearby large deck is an outdoor space of its own perfect for grilling, hot tub soaking, or gazing into a fire pit.
Daylight Basement
The stairs to the basement open directly into the large central room with endless uses. Direct access to the western patio allows for these rooms to also have sunset views and afternoon light. The eastern end of the basement is tucked deep into the earth with room for storage, mechanical or a root cellar.
Garage
With two 9' wide doors and extra-large storage areas on the north and south ends, the garage is adaptable for various hobbies and outdoor toys. The back door to the deck makes it easy to store outdoor cooking grilles and furniture. The step-less entry into the home makes for easy access for those of any age.
Construction Info
The first floor walls are 6" stud walls with exterior insulation. The 9' high basement walls are poured concrete with the insulation on the interior. The roof is to be constructed with engineered trusses with flat 9' high ceilings over the bedrooms (with attic storage above) and vaulted ceilings with decorative timber trusses over the living, dining and kitchen. Open the doors between the first floor and daylight basement to aid passive cooling. To maintain first floor comfort in winter, flooring should be tile or concrete and some walls should have 4" brick or stone to absorb the sun's heat.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • For cost savings, removed the basement and build on a slab
  • Change out the entry desk area for wood storage
  • Screen the west or east porch or glass in part for a sunroom
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • First Floor Plan with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos

Although Herb and Angie (Prince Charming 2) live in an area with lots of sunshine, it's also very cold. They are in Climate Zone 6B of International Energy Conservation Code - IECC.  (Zone 2 is Florida and Zone 8 is the cold parts of Alaska.) As they were finishing out the trim of the home, Herb wrote about the performance. Even though they were only visiting the house occasionally during construction, the home still performed remarkable well on its own.

Sun Plans asked them about comfort especially in summer since they have no air conditioning. "I also wanted to share with you some performance information about the house.  So far, the summer and winter performance has greatly exceeded my expectations.  Angie and I spent a long Labor Day weekend at the house, as well as a three week stay early in the summer beginning on Memorial Day.

"During both of these stays there was not one day where we were uncomfortable in the home.  Early in the summer, the outdoor temp was typically swinging between a low in the morning of 50 F, to a high of 75 in the late afternoon. During this time the indoor temperature swung from a worst case low of 68 in the morning to about 72 in the afternoon.  As we moved more into June, things crept up slightly, but the 4 degree indoor swing remained constant. This was also observed over Labor Day weekend, and mid July when friends stayed there.  Even on the warmest days, which peak in the high 80s several times a year, the indoor temp rarely gets above 75.

"Wintertime performance was even more impressive.  I have to admit I was really worried about my LP gas bill over the winter.  I did do some special programming in the automation system I installed where I automatically would start the ceiling fans about an hour before sunset (peak temp in the house), as well as start the furnace fan to move the warmer air throughout the house.  This recirc mode shuts down about an hour after sunset.  I also kept the thermostat set at 55 F while we were not there.  Worst case outdoor temperatures in January are -5 F in the morning and teens in the afternoon, but typically run about 10 F to mid to high 30s, and the sun shines a lot.  The times we have been able to observe temps in the house mid-winter showed that on sunny days the house would routinely get to the low 70s by late afternoon, and if the outdoor temp got down to single digits, the furnace would kick on around 3 or 4 am.  If we are burning a fire in the evening, the furnace would typically not run at all. Throughout the entire winter, our LP gas cost averaged $30/month, which is well below what I expected.

"As we told the builder this week, we love our home.  We get many compliments, sometimes from people we don't even know who are just passing by."

"About what do your electrical bills run annually or monthly? (no a/c right?)  Correct, no A/C.  Our minimum electrical bill is about $30/mo. We have an electric dryer, but we love to dry stuff outside if we can (which is often).  I do use the automation system to control some lights while we are not there -  the house is all LED."

"12 kw-h per day x 30 days = 360 kw-h per month is very good for a house this size with almost 2000 s.f. on the main floor and an equally sized unfinished (but semi-conditioned) daylight basement. At $0.11/ Kw-h that is an electric bill of $40/month. The use is higher during higher occupancy times.

Herb says: "After having been involved in or with the construction industry for 40 years, and never having built my own home, picking a contractor was challenging.  But, I believe I picked the right one." He chose Oakley Construction Inc., who builds high-performance custom homes. Jeannie Champion with Oakley says: "I just really do love that house... such a uniquely designed home with such a comfortable ambience about it."

Herb enjoyed working with Oakley on the details. "The beam straps are the result of a collaborative effort between me and Sam, the PM for Oakley.  His passion is blacksmithing, and he suggested doing something different than the normal T shaped strap.  So, we sent pictures back and forth and ended up with what you see.  These are not forged, however, they are plasma cut from 3/8 inch plate steel and painted a saddle brown.  Sam has all his beam ties cut by a local metal shop, and the neat thing is that this (or any) shape is not an upcharge."

"Thanks very much for your design and helping make this an enjoyable process! You have been great to work with.  I am happy that you are pleased with what you see so far.  This started with your vision, and I am trying to stay true to that while staying true to the vision Angie and I have.  We see ourselves enjoying many years in it." - Herb and Angie

Thank you Herb and Angie for the photos of your gorgeous mountain home.