Designed around wonderful views to the north and land that slopes down on the north, the Brunswick South is as much nature-inspired as it is sun-inspired. Both the special view and topography are designed around along with the elements of passive solar. With windows on both sides of the home, daylight is very
balanced and cross breezes can flow easily. The clean lines of the exterior are also echoed inside which decreases construction costs and increases the homes simple elegance.
A small southern porch with skylights allows the home owner to bask in winter sun while still providing a welcoming entry that protects from rain. The expansive cool north balcony is a summer eve dream. The large living area bridges these exterior living areas north and south. The kitchen features a huge dining island and large walk-in pantry. The laundry window is aligned to provide another view for the kitchen area.
The master suite with a sitting area and the second bedroom with its own bath are on the private side of the home. The laundry and kitchen are on the work side of the home near the garage. The open stairwell near the entry creates a dramatic entry area and a quick pathway to the lower daylight basement.
With a large entertainment room (or media room) and two more bedrooms, the walkout basement doubles the living area. The possibilities are endless for multi-generational homes, home offices, exercise spaces, etc. A large mechanical/storage space on the north could also house a kitchen and bathroom.
The attached garage on the southeast corner also receives solar gain. It buffers the studio/office space on the north with the wonderful north light that artist love. The garage could later be finished for a sunny living area if a garage was built elsewhere or placed in the basement. In cold climates, the east garage doors on gable end walls will have less snow build up in front of them since they are out of the snow slide roof areas.
Stick-framed walls and truss-framed roof keep the house very economical to build. Insulation can be thick in both. Thermal mass is located on a few interior feature walls of stone veneer and the extra mass of the lower level also helps moderate temperature swings on extra hot days.
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
- Reverse the plan on the north/south axis to put the studio on the west end for sunset views
- Reverse the plan on the east/west axis to make the north side the south. This is one of few Sun Plans that can handle this type of change. Front windows would be reduced somewhat and back ones increased to
- maximize solar gain.
- Remove the wall between the studio and garage if three vehicles need to be stored.
- Remove the garage wing and move the garage to the basement or detached location. Then place a huge window over the kitchen sink.
- For more privacy and more heat, replace the two sided gas fireplace with a masonry wood stove hearth
- Build a one story home and use the stairwell for a study
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Construction Prints, etc.For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD files:
Custom Energy Specs (describe how to adapt the home to your location by adapting the
insulation values, windows, thermal mass, overhang lengths, and sometimes
framing to accommodate necessary insulation)