Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,680 sf
Floor 2
740 sf
2,420 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Fairy Tale
The Fairy Tale was spun out of another design that required an angled orientation to southeast and southwest due to the lot configuration and views. The large wrap around porch starts with the entry on the northeast, becomes a screened porch on the eastern corner, and ends with a sunroom on the southeast side connected to the house with the numerous French doors. Views west can also be seen from the south wrapping deck and north porch. The garage is detached and located to the northwest of this delightful home full of surprises inside.
First Floor
The entire southeast half is one open room with the side open to the second floor above. The corner kitchen sink with window boxes on two sides allow for a large view south. The first floor houses a small guest room or study in addition to the other main living spaces. The master bath is practically designed to also be shared by guests.
Second Floor
The central stairs provide a fun and easy access upstairs. A peak through the reading nook is followed by a view overlooking the southeastern vista, then dining room below, but visual interest doesn't stop there. The central atrium brings lights in from up and lets out hot summer air to increase the passive cooling season. Each bedroom has a window that looks out into the atrium and around the corners are numerous sleeping or study nooks.
Detached Garage
The two-vehicle garage is suggested to be located to the northwest of the house. It can be attached in the half bath location or many other places.
Construction Info
The main house exterior walls beginning with the crawlspace are ICF (insulated concrete forms) and the crawlspace floor is also designed to be the raised insulated forms. The first floor ceilings are 9' while part of the living is vaulted to aid in air flow. Upstairs and porch ceilings are vaulted SIP panels to take maximum advantage of space beneath the roof. The sunroom, porches, and patios are poured concrete over fill. The abundance of concrete and panels makes this one of our strongest, highest mass homes which can resist both strong winds and high temperature swings.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Simplify the home by taking off the sunroom
  • Change the foundation to a slab or basement
  • Add another bedroom upstairs over the great room
  • Reverse the plan so that the entry faces northwest
  • Orient the long side due south & reduce west glass
Construction Drawings

For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Garage Plans
Comments and Photos
Thanks to Jan and David for allowing Sun Plans to visit their home on the Gulf Coast. With the high mass of the ICF walls and floors, they've used the air conditioning very little. This house was so fun to visit - sort of like being in a, well, fairy tale... their creative attention to color and detail is hard to beat. A large porch was more desirable for them than a sunroom with the mild coastal weather.
Sean Kirk, with Mississippi Concrete Core Construction, Bay St. Louis, MS was the builder. The home owners enjoyed working with him.