Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,120 sf
Floor 2
605 sf
1,725 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
A home with a tiny footprint that steps gently on the earth sums up our Chattahoochee home for nature lovers. It can be nestled among the forest in the mountains as well as landscaping on a small lot. It has the comfortable appeal of a traditional exterior with an innovative and open interior. Decks, porches, and patios wrap this north-facing home for many options for outdoor living areas.
First Floor
From both the front visitor entry and side family entry, there are diagonal views to the large hearth and the large west porch. There are also views through to the kitchen window box. Rounding the corner you find the French doors leading to the south deck. The master bedroom is on the most private corner of the house. Practicality comes in to play as the master bath is designed to have part shared by visitors and a direct access to the wide family entry for coats, boots, backpacks, and purses. The numerous outdoor spaces makes this home a wonderful weekend retreat for large family gatherings or quiet daily living. The hot tub on the southwest corner will surely be a favorite relaxing spot year-round.
Second Floor
As soon as you reach the top of the stairs, you see the delight in the second floor with the westward view and overlook to the hearth and great room. The large loft has two nooks for overnight guests as well as one extra large bedroom and one small quaint bedroom that might also be a study or craft room. The vaulted ceilings add character to the upstairs and the numerous small windows let in light in just the right places.
Detached Garage
The detached garage allows for windows on all sides of the home. The extra large garage can accommodate at least two vehicles, and a workshop, space for small vehicles, or greenhouse.
Construction Info
The first floor ceilings are 8' except where vaulted such as the south side of the master bedroom and kitchen, and the story and a half great room. The walls are 6" like many of our plans, but the custom energy recommendations discuss other energy-efficient options to consider. The roof is designed to be stick-framed and some of collar ties are recommended to be left exposed which with the few exposed beams will make the interior feel slightly rustic. Thermal mass to help retain the solar heat is in the slab on grade floors and there is also some mass in the large stone-faced hearth and entertainment cabinet wall.
Modification Ideas
Since changes may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should be done with professional assistance.
  • Attach the garage to the east where direct access is desired if you don't mind losing the windows to the bathroom
  • Floor in the area above the great room to add another bedroom.
  • Eliminate the south dormer and bedroom for more roof for PV
  • Place the 2nd floor ceiling at 8' creating either attic storage or a long quaint sleeping area above (there's a window at one end)
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan 
  • Slab on Grade Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Detached Garage Plan
Thanks to Tom and Beth for allowing Sun Plans to visit their mountain home in the Chattahoochee Forest and take the photos. The visit was in August and the home without the air conditioning turned on was quite comfortable inside. Note the shade line on the south windows. The home feels much larger than it is with the abundance of windows, open great room, and creative, fun second floor.