A north facing lot with views to the south inspired the design of Carolina Lakeside which evolved from similar Sun Plans designs with the delightful central atrium. The welcoming front porch opens into a two story foyer with a large staircase. Immediately through an arched passage way is the main living area that features a fireplace flanked with bookcases on one end and the large kitchen on the other. A spacious laundry and family foyer connect the home to an attached garage and large screened porch for outdoor living.
Since the family has their own side entry to store coats, boots and backpacks, the visitor’s entry can be kept neat. The adjacent kitchen with large southern windows is a cooks dream with a large pantry and a spacious breakfast bar. The master bedroom is on the private, cool northeast corner of the house where rays of sun can enter in the morning. On the front of the home is the study/home office and half bath which are both accessible from the spacious front foyer.
The open stairs lead up to the second floor sitting area with light streaming down from the atrium above. All three rooms upstairs have wonderful south views and will be warmed by the sun. The central atrium also lets out hot air to increase the passive cooling season. Ample walk-in eave storage on the north side is conveniently accessed. Since the space is under the insulation, decorations and photos will not be exposed to hot attic temperatures.
The larger than average two-vehicle garage has plenty of space around the perimeter for storage and mechanical equipment. Near the screened porch and patio, barbeque equipment can be easily reached during cook outs. The garage doors on the side improve the looks of the home, and being on the gable end side they will not experience snow slide.
The main house exterior walls are 12” ICF (insulated concrete forms), but could be stick framed with thinner stud walls. The first floor ceilings are 9’ high except for the higher central foyer. Upstairs ceilings are vaulted SIP panels which take maximum advantage of space beneath the roof. Rafters could easily be used as well. The garage and porches have truss framed roofs. A concrete slab foundation provides the thermal mass to keep the home from overheating in winter when the sun streams in. The floor mass also helps keep the home cooler in summer.
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
- Remove the second floor sitting area so that the atrium is visible to first floor
- Turn the second floor sitting into a fourth bedroom
- Modify the construction type to stick framed construction for walls and roof
- Modify the master bath to include a large tub
Read more about the drawings available for Sun Plans.
For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD:
Typical Wall Detail
Schematic Framing Plans
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)