Daylight Basement 1456 s.f.
Porches 387 s.f.
Attached Carport 384 s.f.
The primary living areas are on the sunny south side. That leaves the cooler north side for the more utilitarian spaces such as baths, laundry, stairs and mechanical spaces. The central study nook is out of the bright sun, but still close to the public living spaces.
The kitchen is ideally placed close to the parking area for bringing in groceries and close to the laundry that has a large counter for working with vegetables straight from the garden. The large pantry is near the kitchen but central enough to be used as other type of storage as well.
The spacious master bedroom, closet and bath allow for plenty of room to maneuver in a wheelchair as do the other spaces and doorways throughout the house. The extra wide straight staircase is designed for a stair lift to be added instead of the more expensive wheelchair.
The south-facing daylight basement (or ground floor) with 9’ ceilings has two sunny bedrooms and a large recreation room large enough for dining and a kitchenette. This level allows for multigenerational living when either the young or old need to spend extensive time in the house. The extra large bathroom is very spacious for wheelchair access. The large storage area with access to the root cellar would be close to a southern garden and nearby sunny patio.
Carports are more visually-friendly than garages and are ideal for homes with enclosed storage areas elsewhere such as in the basement. This large, single-vehicle carport easily accommodates access to and from a wheelchair. Proximity to the kitchen makes it ideal for a covered outdoor space for parties.
The conventionally stick-framed walls are flexible with insulation needs from warm to cold climates, but are easily adaptable to other systems. The economical truss framed roof with raised heels allows for extra thick, economical insulation while the truss-framed floors accommodate duct work and utilities. Both floors have 9’ ceilings. The integral thermal mass of the basement concrete slab tempers the winter heat gain while moderating inside temperatures in summer for both floors since they are open. The exterior is designed for horizontal cement board siding, stone veneer foundation and a metal roof which makes for a low-maintenance home resistant to exterior fires.
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should be undertaken with professional assistance.
- Reduce the square footage by reducing the width of the master bedroom, dining and foyer area.
- Add an elevator to access the lower level
- Reverse the plan and make the corner porch a morning sun room
Read more about the drawings available for various Sun Plans.
Custom Energy Specs (describe how to adapt the home to each location by reviewing the insulation values, windows, thermal mass, overhang lengths, and sometimes framing to accommodate necessary insulation