Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,067 sf
Floor 2
860 sf
1,927 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Eco Soleil
The Eco Soleil was originally designed for a deep in-fill lot in a historic neighborhood, but it could work equally well on any south-facing site where width is restricted by lot size or steep grades. Four bedrooms are included in less than 2000 square feet. The entire front of the house is sunny and inviting with a trellis that adds charm to the front porch and allows the sun to stream through to the dining area and living room.
First Floor
The central, open staircase adds appeal to the front entry and the two story foyer adds ceiling height variety. Circular traffic flow around the stairs makes the compact floor plan seem spacious.
The back entry of the house is close to the kitchen for ease of access from parking and garage which makes it convenient for carrying in groceries. The first floor bedroom can serve as the master bedroom, craft room, study or a bedroom for anyone having trouble climbing stairs. Indoor dogs would love the space as their living area! For any use, this northeast room will be brightened by the early morning sun. A TV in the east living room will receive little direct sun and glare in the afternoon.
The dining room and kitchen will be brightened by evening sunsets. The kitchen is conveniently located in the middle of the home between the dining and laundry.
Second Floor
The three additional bedrooms upstairs can accommodate a large family or small family that needs specialty rooms such as for crafts, exercise or studies. Two front ones will receive sun year-round while the north one would be cooler and perfect for an art studio with the north light. Its small balcony makes a perfect escape for receiving inspiration from north views.
Attached Garage
A side entry, two-car garage in back of the home makes the home work very well on narrow lots! The transition space to the house can be used to store recycle bins, garbage cans, gardening tools, etc. and the pull down attic stairs access additional storage space.
Construction Info
Both floors boast nine foot ceilings to make the relatively small rooms seem larger. The roofs of the main house and garage are designed to be framed with manufactured trusses which allows for extra thick insulation. Six inch thick exterior walls allow for a variety of insulation levels with the many types of insulation available for in the cavities and on the exterior of the wall. Custom Energy Specs with Construction Prints list several options for the particular climate where the house is to be built. The concrete slab on the south side provides adequate thermal mass to keep temperatures stable year-round. The floors can be polished concrete or covered in stone, brick or tile. The crawlspace on the north side makes plumbing easily accessible.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Make a five bedroom, two bath home by turning the upstairs master bath into another small bedroom
  • Move the garage doors to the east side
  • Build the home on a full concrete slab to reduce costs
  • Add a west screened porch off of the dining room
  • Attach the garage with just a covered walkway to keep garage fumes away from the house
  • Trade the desk nook for access to a small storm cellar
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Combination Slab/Crawlspace Foundation
  • Floor Plans including Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans