Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,736 sf
Floor 2
316 sf
2,052 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Bay Leaf
The Bay Leaf is a modernized version of the easy-to-build Bay View, but with a fun loft that overlooks the main living area. The loft creates an additional flex space in addition to the four bedrooms. The north front entry stoop allows for even more light into the master bath. The north loft windows allow additional light to filter down through the balcony to the living area and kitchen. The south side is graced with many south windows. With the front-facing garage doors, the house can fit on narrower pieces of land.

First Floor

From the front door, there is the small ships ladder up to the loft and a view through to the sunny southern side. The loft overlooks the central great room, kitchen and dining area.

The split bedroom concept creates privacy between the master bedroom and the other bedrooms. The north bedroom is ideally located for a home office or home school room.

The master suite has its own foyer and it is easy to add a door completely close off the suite. The bathroom with the soaking tub and large walk in shower is full of light. The large master bath and closet illustrate that even simple homes need not sacrifice luxury.

The kitchen is in the center of the home close to the laundry and bedrooms. It gets a lot of indirect light across the dining without getting direct sun so it will stay cooler.


A spacious room with a large closet overlooks the living area. Fill it full of modular furniture assembled in place. While some appraisers may not allow the space to appraise as finished area with the ships ladder access, it is still very usable space. A long open balcony rail allows for good views to below and the north windows bring in a lot of light. The mechanical and attic storage areas are also accessed from the loft as is a small library area open to the front entry foyer.


The attached garage creates an L-shaped home that makes the entry more inviting and creates shade on the front in the summer afternoons. This also shelters the front door from strong winter winds. With the garage doors on the end, there will be little snow slide in the driveway.

Construction Info

The first-floor rooms have sloped ceilings except for the ones under the loft. Exterior 6" walls are easily adaptable to thicker walls if desired and can have various levels of insulation both inside the wall and on the exterior. Stick-framed rafters allow for vaulted ceilings, but SIP panels could easily be used for the roof. Thermal mass is economically located in the insulated concrete slab floor of the south rooms. The floors can be stained concrete or covered in stone, tile or brick pavers.

Modification Ideas

Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.

  • Build a detached porch in the south yard about 16 feet out
  • Remove the loft to simplify construction
  • Add a wood stove or fireplace on the living room wall
  • Eliminate the center wall in the master bath for one large room
  • Add a full-size set of stairs in the living room by increasing the house width by about 4 feet.
  • Move the garage doors to the east wall

Construction Drawings, etc.

For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD Files:

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Concrete Slab On Grade Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plan