The Islander is a simple, but very functional home with the front designed to face north. It works best for sites with views to the west (east if reversed) or south. The exterior is brick, but with the hip roofs on the east and west, all walls will be protected.
The east side of the home houses the bedrooms and the master suite will receive the morning sun as well as light from the south throughout the day. It is close to the other bedrooms yet separated with baths and closets for acoustical privacy. French doors from the dining area open to a covered porch on the west. The kitchen also has a great view to the west. The large island in the middle can house a separate range top. The large peninsula area can serve equally well for a quick meal as well as additional counter space. The large pantry eliminates the need for an abundance of cabinets. The front foyer is designed to be open with both a peak to the stairs that lead down and a view through to the sunny south side of the house.
The house comes with the basement, but with our custom services we can create a new foundation plan.
The garage is attached and can be entered from any of the three sides. It is separated from the main house by a mudroom with laundry and a half bath.
The roof is designed to be constructed with trusses which allows for a very open first floor. The entire kitchen, dining, and great room are designed to be open with vaulted ceilings, but they could also have the 9' ceilings like the rest of the home. The home is a sun-tempered home that requires no additional interior mass to maintain interior comfort. With the south glass increased and thermal mass added in the walls or floors, it could also become a full passive solar home.
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
Read more about the drawings available for various Sun Plans.
For this plan, the following are included:
Daylight Basement Foundation Plan
First Floor Plan (including garage)
Exterior Elevations (all four sides in detail)
Building Section - typical
Wall Detail -typical
Custom Energy Specs that describe any recommended adaptations for your climate – insulation values, glass type for the various windows, overhang lengths.