Create your own Sun Plan
Select an existing Sun Plan
Adapt an existing Sun Plan
About the Sun Plans we offer
Shop for a Sun Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
About Us
Contact Us
Prairie Dog 3: Ruth & Doug

Previous photo            back to thumbnail list            Next photo

Small footprint. 3+ BR. 1 story w/ sunny basement. 2241 sf including lower level.
Inspired by a similar Prairie Dog design, the clients required a slightly larger plan, but with the same airy feel in the sunny south living areas.  The central, cozy breakfast nook visually connected to the living areas also boasts an expansive view from the eastern to western horizons - capturing passive solar gain all day long!
Ruth and Doug thought that one of the Prairie Dog plans was very close to what they were looking for in a home so they contracted with Sun Plans to adapt the design for them primarily by making it a little larger.  Their builder's attention to detail both in terms of finishes and energy efficiency made the construction process enjoyable since they were comfortable that their best interests were being met.  
Thanks Susan Teare, professional photographer, for giving Sun Plans permission to post the photos on the web site. She really knows how to capture the light!

Here's what Ruth and Doug have told us:
"...We absolutely LOVE the design and the siting! On Dec. 20th the sun fell less than 24 inches from the center "backbone" wall at 11:30 AM. Needless to say the whole room was in bright sun.."

"I had to share with you....the setting sun actually streams through one of the south-facing windows in the living room, right through the arch in the west wall of our kitchen to the extreme northeast corner of our house (the guest bedroom)! This is the first time we noticed it and were very pleased! The light flow in this house is amazing, and on sunny days like today, we definitely enjoy the solar warmth! We love our house and have loaned our copy of The Sun-Inspired House (book) with friends who ask about the design. Thanks!" ~Ruth

They would highly recommend Conner & Buck Design Build Contractors in southern Vermont. (With the Custom Energy Specs that adapts the home to various climates, this home could work well in any North American climate.)