Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
HOUSE PLANS
HOUSE PLAN SPECS
Floor 1
1,400 sf
Daylight Basement
1,400 sf
Entry Faces
North
South Glass
8%
Complexity
simple
Bright Farm
The Bright Farm home design with its north front porch wrapped around a simple shaped home combines the best of farm house design, economical construction and the free heat of passive solar. The porch is large enough to create two outdoor living areas yet small enough that it does not block light into the front master bedroom and southern living areas.
First Floor
The guest entry foyer is private yet inviting with the "L" shaped stair case to one side and French doors to the study, mediation or music room to the other side. A nearby three quarter bath allows the northwest room to also be used for guests. Past the welcoming entry, one enters the bright south side with its high ceilings and decorative beams.The high ceilings allow for tall country cabinets and windows which make the spaces brighter.

The side family entry is near the kitchen and laundry as well as not too far from the three quarter bath. There is ample room for storage cubbies, coats and boots. The laundry room with its large sink can be accessed from both the side entry and the center of the home not too far from the stairs. The nearby kitchen is centrally located and features a big island and large bank of south windows above the sink for a very bright cooking space. The walk-in pantry to the north of the kitchen takes advantage of some extra space above the stairs. The wet bar is creatively integrated into the back of the kitchen cabinets, but convenient to the main living area. The southwest deck is perfect for grilling and can be accessed from both the side porch and back French doors in the middle of the dining area.

The nearby kitchen is centrally located and features a big island and large bank of south windows above the sink for a very bright cooking space. The walk-in pantry to the north of the kitchen takes advantage of some extra space above the stairs. The wet bar is creatively integrated into the back of the kitchen cabinets, but convenient to the main living area. The southwest deck is perfect for grilling and can be accessed from both the side porch and back French doors in the middle of the dining area.

With no traffic circulation through the living area, there is more room for furniture. Windows on two sides of the living area reduce glare and make the room feel larger. The nearby master bedroom is accessed from the middle of the house. Its closet and bathroom placement help create acoustical privacy. The master bath is right-sized for the desired private toilet, walk-in shower, large sink area and a small soaking tub looking out through one of the large front windows. East-facing windows in the master bedroom allow for views to the east and light from morning sun to brighten the room.
Basement
The full daylight basement has up to three bedrooms, a central game room and a corner workshop, storm shelter or root cellar. A large bathroom and mechanical room that can also be a laundry room are conveniently placed in the middle. French doors in the center open out onto a sunny south patio.
Detached Garage
The two-vehicle detached garage with a workshop and/or greenhouse space is recommended to be placed to the west of the main house. A covered walkway can connect the garage to the side porch where the family entry is located.
Construction Info
The first floor has 10' high ceilings like older farm houses, but with raised energy heel roof trusses for energy-efficiency. The basement has 9' ceilings throughout. The foundation is poured in place concrete with interior insulation. The first-floor walls are 6" framed with exterior insulation, but can easily be thicker framed walls. The south glass of both floors averages 8 percent with the extra thermal mass of the basement tempering the first floor. Air circulates easily between the floors.
Modification Ideas
Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Screen in part of the front or side porch
  • Expand the house 4' to create a full-size bedroom 2.
  • Add a second floor with two bedrooms and bath especially if the basement cannot be constructed.
  • Change foundation to a slab on grade or crawlspace.
Construction Prints, etc.
For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Foundation Plan
  • First Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Detached Garage Plan