Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,975 sf
Daylight Basement
1,940 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Brunswick South 2
Designed around wonderful views to the south and the north, the Brunswick South 2 is as much nature-inspired as it is sun-inspired. Daylight is very balanced and cross breezes can flow easily. Simple craftsman accents adorn the simple lines of the exterior in this easy to build home reversed in plan from the original Brunswick South. An extra garage space replaces the studio. The sun will brighten the west-facing guest suite added above the garage in the evenings.
First Floor
A quaint front porch frames the craftsman south-facing entry door. The north porch stretches across the back and has a roof with clear panels to keep out the rain, but let in the sun. The extra large living area spans from the south to the north. The kitchen features a huge dining island and adjacent pantry. The light from the dining area on the south spills over into the kitchen.
The master suite with a sitting area has a large bathroom with a soaking tub on the sunny south side. A nearby smaller bedroom accesses this same bathroom making it perfect for a snoring spouse or a new baby. Located near the front door, it also works well as a home office. The second bathroom is on the other side conveniently located by the family entry, kitchen and back deck.
Vaulted ceilings of the central living allow light to bounce all around the central living area. The open stairwell is also in this open space. Near the entry, it creates a dramatic entry area and a quick pathway to the lower daylight basement.
Daylight Basement
With a large entertainment room and two more bedrooms, the house expands to at least a four bedroom home to accommodate a growing or multi-generational family. A large mechanical/storage space on the north could also house a root cellar or storm shelter.
Attached Garage
The attached three car garage on the west also receives solar gain with its quaint greenhouse on the south. Above the garage is a studio apartment accessed by its own exterior stairs.
Construction Info
Both floors have nine foot ceilings except where they are vaulted in the center of the first floor. The attic-style truss area for the garage apartment can be used for storage until the apartment or home office is finished out. Stud-framed walls and a truss-framed roof keep the house economical to build. Both are easily adapted for thicker insulation. Thermal mass is located on a few interior feature walls of stone veneer and the extra mass of the lower level also helps moderate temperature swings on extra hot days.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Turn the north garage stall into a third bedroom for the first floor
  • Reverse / flip the plan on the north/south axis to put the studio on the west end for sunset views
  • Enclose the back porch to become a sun room for house sites where the back of the house faces south
  • Detach the garage and place a window over the kitchen sink.
  • For more privacy and more heat, replace the two sided gas fireplace with a masonry wood stove hearth
  • Build a one story home and use the stairwell for a study nook or private bath for Bedroom 2
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • First Floor Plan with Attached Garage
  • Garage Apartment
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
Sometimes it takes clients years to build their homes after getting plans as life is full of many unexpected surprises.  Then after they finally move in, decorate the interior and install landscaping, they may send photos as well as comments about their house. Check back later, but also be sure to check out photos of Brunswick South.