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Brighton Bungalow: Mark & Valerie

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Craftsman inspiration. Comfy porches. 3+ BR. 1.5 story, daylight basement, 2500 sf  (reduced from original plan)
The quaint, angled entry porch welcomes the visitor approaching from the south where they also have a view of the large array of south-facing windows.  The Brighton Bungalow is large on square footage divided between three floors, but compact in shape which creates a delightful, modest appeal. Thanks Mark & Valerie for sending us your photos and comments of the Mirror Reverse version of the Brighton Bungalow!

As do most SunPlans' 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 windows 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 that we have performed on our SunPlans' homes over the years, we estimate that 50% of that savings is due to passive solar gain and the other 50% to attention to sealing, above average insulation, and proper mechanical design of the heating and cooling system.