Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,736 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Bay View
The Bay View combines craftsman simplicity in a four-bedroom design with flexibility for raising a family and aging in place. A small front porch with traditional detailing adds timelessness to the design with tapered columns and shutters along with accents of shingle siding and metal roofing. Numerous windows on the south maximize solar gain in winter and brighten the home year-round. A split bedroom concept places the master bedroom on the sunny, morning side and provides privacy from the other bedrooms. With the front-facing garage doors, the house can fit on narrower lots.

First Floor

From the front entry, there is a view all the way through to the sunny southern side. The central great room is open to the kitchen and southern dining nook as well as the sunny south patio which would be lovely with a lanai overhead to help define the space yet still let in the sun.

The kitchen is centrally located yet semiprivate with the surrounding breakfast bar. The front bedroom near the foyer is flexible enough for a study, game nook, craft room or music alcove.

The master suite has its own foyer that screens both the bed and bath from view yet allows for others in the home (bedroom 4 for example) to use the master bathroom without going through the bedroom. The large master bath and closet illustrate that even simple homes need not sacrifice luxury.

On the other side of the home, two more bedrooms are split by a shared bath. The nearby laundry is also close to the kitchen and garage.


The attached garage on the northwest helps shelter the home from winter storms. With the garage doors on the gable end, there will be little snow slide in the driveway.

Construction Info

The entire first floor has 9' high ceilings except the living, dining and kitchen that have vaulted trusses to make the rooms seem even more spacious. 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. Roof trusses economically allow for extra thick roof insulation. The hip-shaped roof is wind-friendly. There is attic storage above the non-vaulted ceilings. 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.

  • Add a south lanai and use adjustable cloth panels for occasional summer shade
  • Add a wood stove or fireplace on the living room wall
  • Eliminate the center wall in the master bath for one large room
  • Move the master bedroom door to the great room wall to add more privacy
  • Remove some walls around bedroom 4 to convert to a formal dining, homework nook, etc.
  • To bring more light into the center of the home and to further aid in passive cooling, add a daylight cooling chimney as described on the web site under FAQ

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 with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
  • Schematic Framing Plan

Custom Energy Specs (describe how to adapt the home to the building location by adapting the insulation, windows, thermal mass, overhang lengths, etc.)