Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,512 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Chateau Soleil
The Chateau Soleil echoes detailing found in homes of the French countryside with real shutters and a southern courtyard. The simple shaped, one story home has numerous French doors that open to the sunny garden areas and let in southern light. Interior beamed ceilings and a large hearth add visual warmth inside while the open beamed pergola over the south garden patio adds warmth and coziness outside.
First Floor
From the foyer, the visitor sees through the beamed living area and French doors to the southern courtyard. The living area is defined by the French doors, the hearth and a wall of shelves for the family's collectables and the entertainment equipment. The dining area is nestled between the living and kitchen.
The split floor plan places two bedrooms and the study on one side of the home. They will capture the morning sun. The study on the south shares the garden view and connects to the living areas with French doors. The master bedroom suite on the other side of the home maintains privacy and stays cool on the north. It's not far from the hub of activity in the kitchen and multi-purpose laundry/craft room.
The spacious kitchen has views to the courtyard with two sets of corner windows and is open to the dining and living areas. A larger breakfast bar is convenient for a quick meal. The nearby large pantry close to the garage makes for efficient food storage and buffers the master bedroom from the kitchen.
The spacious master bedroom allows for over-sized furniture and connects to an extra-large walk-in closet. The toilet is private and the large, curb-less shower makes a shower door unnecessary.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 with a shared bath, can be closed off for visual and acoustical privacy. Being near the front door, the area might work well for a bed and breakfast set up. The rooms could also serve as an in-law suite with one bedroom used as a living area.
The front porch makes the home welcoming without the expense of a large front porch. It's a cool spot for summer sunsets.
Attached Garage
The two-vehicle garage is tucked into the northwest corner of the home. It opens into a family foyer that connects to the back yard and is near the laundry/craft room that is large enough for pets, crafts or other hobbies. The mechanical equipment is also in this space.
Construction Info
The Chateau Soleil has 8" staggered stud walls, but could be built with thinner or thicker stud walls. The roof is designed to be constructed with an economical truss-framed roof. The slab on grade foundation saves costs as well as providing thermal mass to reduce interior temperature swings year-round. The house has 10' ceilings throughout and the rooms on the south have decorative beams. The north rooms could have beams as well. The flat ceilings allow for attic storage above the entire home.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • If land slopes to the south, add a large sunny, walkout basement for an in-law suite with stairs located in the family foyer near the garage
  • Add a 3/4 bath connected to the back yard, near the family foyer
  • Modify the master bath to add a small soaking tub
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included for Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans