The Midnight Sun evolved from the older Harvest Moon Cottage whose very small footprint allows for economical construction and lower environmental impact. It is ideal for small lots. With three levels including the sunny daylight basement, there is a possible 2742 square feet of living area. The north front of the home with its bay stairwell, window boxes, and small porch add just enough charm to keep this otherwise simple-shaped house from looking plain. Two types of siding and curved knee braces add a touch of Victorian detailing.
The Midnight Sun evolved from the older previous Harvest Moon Cottage whose very small footprint allows for economical construction and lower environmental impact. It is ideal for small lots. With three levels including the sunny daylight basement, there is a possible 2742 square feet of living area. The north front of the home with its bay stairwell, window boxes, and small porch add just enough charm to keep this otherwise simple-shaped house from looking plain. Two types of siding and curved knee braces add a touch of Victorian detailing.
Both family and guests use the same airlock foyer. The stained-glass door and windows along with built-in shelves add character to this practical entry to the home. The great room features a hearth. The high glass-front cabinets above the breakfast bar between the dining area and kitchen allow for a slight visual separation without blocking your view of the south window box. The west sunroom porch is designed to have the windows closed in winter, yet open in summer to become a screened porch. West trees keep out the hot afternoon summer sun yet do not block the winter solar gain.
The delightful staircase leads up to the second floor where three sunny bedrooms and two charming baths. The lower end gables above the master bedroom bed space and other closets save on house volume while adding character. Extra eave storage is always welcome.
From the central stairs you access the lower level which will not be a dark space if your land slopes to the south. With the door that isolates it from upstairs, noise from a TV or stereo is minimized. The laundry is beneath the laundry chute from the upper floors. The downstairs bedroom is very private and the south walk-out door would make a nice in-laws apartment.
The two-vehicle garage with optional greenhouse should be located to the northwest. A covered walkway could connect to the side of the front porch.
The first floor and basement have 8' ceilings, but since there is plenty of south glass, the rooms will not feel small. The second floor ceilings are sloped with no attic space. High shelves and exposed rafter ties add character. The foundation is ICF, upper floors are 6" studs, and rafter sizes vary with insulation requirements. Custom Energy Recommendations that come with Blueprints suggest changes to energy-related items such as how much rigid insulation to use in addition to the stud wall and the type of glass to use in your climate. The thermal mass is in the basement floor, stone-covered wood stove hearth, and tile floors over gypsum cement in the upper levels.
Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
- Use structural insulated panels for the walls and roof
- For a larger great room, remove the porch and foyer walls
Read more about the drawings available for various Sun Plans.
Daylight Basement Foundation Plan
Exterior Elevations (all four sides in detail)
Building Section (cut through the house with interior view)
Typical Wall Detail
Schematic Electrical (showing outlets, switches, and lights)
Schematic Framing Plans
Optional Garage Plan