Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
HOUSE PLANS
HOUSE PLAN SPECS
Floor 1
1,999 sf
Entry Faces
West
South Glass
11%
Complexity
simple
Sunset Bungalow
PLAN PRICING
$60
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:
Sunset Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$20)
Total Price:
$60
 

$200
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:
Sunset Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$50)
Total Price:
$200
 

$1,240
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:
Sunset Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files Paper Both (+$200)
Total Price:
$1,240
 

$1,660
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:
Sunset Bungalow
Plan Format:
DWG & PDF Files
Total Price:
$1,660
 

$200
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:
Sunset Bungalow
Plan Format:
PDF Files
Total Price:
$200
 

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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 Sunset Bungalow can blend in with a Craftsman neighborhood with narrow lots or the middle of the woods in the country. Its bay window, front porch, and side deck allow for sunset views. This three bedroom, two bath home will be easy to build and it is also wheelchair accessible for the later or injured years. The front is designed to face west (or east if reversed) leaving the side of the house for south passive solar windows. Home Power featured this design in its magazine.
First Floor
The open kitchen, dining, and great room allow the cook to take part in conversation and sunset viewing. The large pantry will hold any mess and is just a few steps away from the outside doors when you bring in groceries. The hall to the back is full of shelves, desk/mail nook and bright sky tubes above. The master suite is private and its bath is full of south and east light. The large closets connect right to the laundry room. The laundry in back opens to the garden and outdoor clothes drying. Bedroom 2 with its suggested fold out bed will make a great guest room or study as well as a child's bedroom. The safe room (or wine cellar) as well as mechanical closet are conveniently located in the middle of the house. The sunroom allows you to view the sunrise and sunset most of the year. Its location is also convenient for a breakfast room and it buffers the kitchen from direct sun, yet allows for sunny views outside through the pass-through counter top.
Carport or Garage
The house includes a 2 vehicle carport which doubles as a covered workshop. This is a healthier alternative than an enclosed garage, yet garage doors could be added. The shop space could also be turned into a third garage space if needed. The pull down attic stairs are in the middle of the carport between the cars or you can construct a narrow set of permanent stairs which would arrive at the highest point in the attic.
Construction Info
The dining, great room, and kitchen all have vaulted ceilings. The other rooms could too instead of the 8' ceilings. The entire roof is designed to be constructed with trusses. There are several sky tubes throughout to bring light into the middle of the house. The Sunset Bungalow with its long south wall allows for an abundance of solar gain in winter, yet the overhang will keep out the direct sun in summer. It would be good for all climate types. The slab on grade construction covered with tile floors is the most economical way to add thermal mass to the house which helps control interior temperatures and comfort. Since the sunroom is not tucked within the main house, its temperatures will swing a little more in the seasonal extremes, but the glass on east and west will allow for great views year-round and cross ventilation in summer just like a screened porch.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Raise the exterior walls to 9 or 10 feet and adjust the overhang and south glass too
  • Add a bedroom where the shop is now
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab On Grade Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
  • Roof Framing Plan
Comments and Photos
According to the Home Power magazine, "The Sunset Bungalow can make its home in a traditional neighborhood with narrow lots or in the middle of the woods. Several sun tubes (aka tubular skylights) throughout bring light into the middle of the house. The long south wall allows for an abundance of solar gain in winter, yet the overhang will keep out the direct sun in summer. The slab-on-grade construction, resulting in a concrete floor that can be covered with tile, offers an economical way to add thermal mass to the structure. Since the sun room is not tucked within the main house, its temperatures will swing a little more in the seasonal extremes but the glass on the east and west will allow for great views year-round and cross-ventilation in summer, just like a screened porch."

Mark Bighley, Bighley Construction, chose the Sunset Bungalow (in reverse) to build as a spec home then sent us the lovely photos showing casing their attention to detail. See the first group of photos shown. They have built several Sun Plans homes.
 
The small, custom designed windows and other colorful craftsman touches by Rachael Bighley illustrate that this builder also goes above and beyond the minimum in the delightful finishing details. They included a sun railing on the front porch.

This home saves energy by requiring less artificial light during the day and less heating and air conditioning all year long. Forty percent of the Sunset Bungalow's heat is estimated to be supplied by the sun  for moderate climates. This home was ENERGY STAR certified by a H.E.R.S.(home energy rated services) Rater. 
Features by Sun Plans and Mark Bighley Construction. These were appropriate for their climate at the time the home was built. Different recommendations may apply for various locations and with today's building codes.
• 10 percent glass on the long, south wall
• Bright sky tubes that lighten interior spaces
• Selective north, east, and west windows to add balanced light and increase passive cooling
• Below-slab insulation underneath concrete slab on grade construction
• Colored, polished concrete floors to absorb sun's heat
• Glass in South windows .59 SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) - using 59% of available sun's heat
• Glass in North, East, West windows .33 SHGC (higher reflectivity keeps out unwanted sun)
• Sprayed foam insulation in ceiling and walls
• Blower door tested low air infiltration
• Energy Recovery Ventilator
• 3 ton 14 SEER Air conditioner
• 94 AFUE fuel-fired air distribution
• Programmable Thermostat
• Energy Star appliances, lights, fans
• Pre-plumbed for active solar

While saving energy was the goal, this home became "green" in other ways as well:
 
• Carport instead of garage to minimize dangerous air pollutants from vehicles, paint, or gasoline
• No VOCs: paints, sealants and solvents that contained no volatile organic compounds
• Metal roof designed to collect rainwater for use
• Vegetation cleared from the land was recycled for use in the final landscaping
• Ground cover, native grasses and flower seeds minimized the need for irrigation

Mark and Rachel had a hard time parting with the home. It sold just 2 weeks after being placed on the market. The home that they constructed is shown in the first group of photos with the golden colored exterior.
The other Sunset Bungalow pictured is a home built by James and Paula.  It had a shingle roof and solar panels along with many wood beams inside. They allowed Sun Plans to visit and take photos. James is a builder with above average attention to detail as seen in the craftsman woodwork. They used a type of concrete block for the exterior walls and added solar panels. The home has a large below grade cistern as well so that they can truly live unconnected.  The western sunset views are phenominal!

The sunroom was designed to be isolated from the main house, but Paula wrote: "For now, we've made the decision to not install the window between the kitchen and the sun room. We've not felt much difference at all in great room and sun room temps. Jim will trim it out so we can put the window in later, if need be. We just really like the openness. It is a beautiful design and there aren't enough words to say how happy we are with it. Everyone just loves it."

Later she said: "I just wanted to update you on the solar aspects of the house. I know you were a little concerned about the overheating in the fall. As you may know, we've had an exceptionally dry, warm fall and yes, we are getting a lot of heat through the south windows, but we've found that the insulated draperies do an excellent job of blocking the direct sun and heat. If we want to leave the draperies open, we just open a couple of windows to get a cross draft and it cools the house down very nicely. With the wooden blinds in the sun room, it's shaded enough where it doesn't get too hot.

It also doesn't seem to get too cold at night, just a little chilly in the morning, but the warmth from the great room area pretty much takes care of it. The house is holding the temperature in the evenings and it's such a pleasure to walk in at 10 p.m. at night from the very cold outside and the house just feels so good, like a warm blanket! So, during the day, it gets up to about 76-78 with no windows open and at night, gets down to 68 or so. Very comfortable!

My nephew has been so anxious to have a fire in the stove, but we haven't needed it at all. I don't think we will, unless we start getting some cloudy days. Of course, we haven't turned the heater on at all! APS recently went to net metering and our bills have been in the low $40s per month. I'm sure they'll go up a bit in the winter, but considering we don't have gas, that's not a bad monthly utility bill!...Thanks!"
- Paula