Second Floor 948 s.f.
Total 2227 s.f.
Daylight Basement 999 s.f.
Porches 184 s.f.
Garage 576 s.f.
10% South Glass
The Moorhaus Cottage 4 features the charm of a one and a half story home with its upper floor nooks and crannies. The dormers bring in light and add to the craftsman exterior details. The small, but welcoming east-facing front porch makes the garage doors less prominent. With full south windows on all three floors, south views and sunlight are had in most rooms. The central hearth wall adds character throughout the home.
The entry foyer has space for an abundance of coats and boots as well as foyer tables. Since it is near by the family entry from the garage, the space serves both guests and family. Rounding the corner to main living area, is a desk nook for leaving keys and computers. The large thermal mass wall cover in stone, tile, brick or stucco with optional wood stove creates the focal point of the living area that is balanced with an expansive view to the south and the creative staircase on the north. The open loft above brings in extra light from above.
The kitchen features a pantry and breakfast bar. A nearby door opens to a screened porch off the dining making it convenient for outdoor dining and connection to the nearby deck.
The master bedroom shares the same expansive south view. The master bath opens to the laundry for a very convenient transportation of clothes.
The reading nook and study area in center of the second floor overlooks the great room. A bedroom on the south is near the bathroom (with its quaint scale) which in turn is near the cooler north room that can be an optional bedroom too. Add walls around the office and the upstairs will have three bedrooms.
Increase the number of bedrooms for a growing family further by using the spaces in the sunny, daylight basement. Or use the space for hobbies, exercise or an in-laws suite. The north wing houses the mechanical systems and root cellar, safe room, or storage.
The garage has space for two vehicles. Entering into the house is delightful since there is no passage through a mudroom, yet the laundry is nearby. The attic area above it is easily accessed by a full size door from the second floor north room.
Year-round comfort is aided by the south thermal mass wall that divides living from sleeping area on all 3 floors. The 9’ high ceilings on the first floor and basement ceilings make the rooms feel larger. Upstairs ceilings are sloped for character and efficient use of space within the steep roof pitch. The walls are drawn at 6” and can be easily adapted to have a high level of insulation or to be thicker as is sometimes recommended in the Custom Energy Specs that are prepared based on the specific climate of each set of house plans.
Since adaptations may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance
- Make the master bedroom closet larger simply by extending the bump out
- Replace the daylight basement with a slab foundation to save on construction costs
- For drives that approach from the west, reverse the house so that the kitchen and screened porch are on the west and the master bedroom on the east for sunny wake ups
Read more about the drawings available for various Sun Plans.
For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD Files:
Daylight Basement Foundation Plan
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)