Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,020 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Farm Hill
The Farm Hill combines simplicity with touches of craftsman styling. The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a master suite on the private end separated from the other bedrooms. The open floor plan has the kitchen tucked on the cooler, north side yet still wide open to the sunny south views. The east-facing front porch is large enough for neighbors too for bright morning visits.
The owners added PV panels and are really enjoying the home with the minimal electric bills.
Floor Plan

The cozy, right-sized front porch allows for visiting with the neighbors in the evening while viewing the sunsets. The south patio is a warm place for winter days while the north patio and canopy area is a perfect spot for summer cookouts.

The south windows and French Doors brighten the central, open living areas and two of the bedrooms.  Bedroom three, on the north, has softer light with the east shaded windows and interior windows to the living area. That makes it perfect for a home office, quiet study or a variety of crafts as well as an out of the way area for lively children.

The central kitchen has north view and south views. Both of which can be enjoyed from the large, central island for the casual meal, holiday baking or the central focus for food for parties and pot-luck dinners.

Stone, tile or brick pavers as well as polished or stamped concrete add character to the home while absorbing the sun's rays striking the floors in winter. In high latitudes, the entire south floor will be in light all the way to the kitchen in the late December. A proper orientation to true south and an adjusted overhang length for the latitude prevent the home from receiving too much sun in summer. 

The family entry is bright with the glass door and practical with the nearby shelves and cubbies.  The nearby laundry has easy access from all bedrooms and the backyard for ease of sun-drying clothes and letting out the pets that may be housed in the laundry occasionally. The nearby closet can also be a pet room.

Attached Garage

The attached, oversized two-car garage has extra room on the north for a workshop or storage.

Construction Info

Nine-foot-high ceiling are throughout the home. Slab on grade construction aids with both winter heating and summer cooling.  Thermal mass is in the slab on grade concrete floor that extends the entire length of the house. The stud framed walls are 6”, but can vary in thickness and R-value to accommodate insulation appropriate to the climate where the home will be constructed.  The truss framed roof allows for an economical type of roof/ceiling insulation such as thick, loose fill cellulose that can be thick to the outside wall with jacked up truss ends. Spray foam on the roof decking can also be used.

Modification Ideas

Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.

  • Add a central hearth wood stove at the south end of the island or a fireplace integrated into the entertainment wall
  • Add a door to the master toilet/shower
  • Change the bedroom and bath 2 doors to allow for AirBnB rental from the front of the home.Add stairs to the north end of the garage for access to walk-up attic storage or a small apartment that could be rented
  • Extend the back, garage roof line to create a covered area
  • Detach the garage for narrow lots
  • Vault some ceilings for extra height or reduce the ceilings to 8' to save on construction costs
Construction Prints, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab On Grade Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plan
  • Custom Energy Specs
Comments and Photos
The solar installer made a YouTube video of the home right after construction, but before the owners moved in.  While the video does not show the front of the home, it does show other features of the house.
Thanks Mike and Rhonda for allowing us to visit and take photos!
Changes they made include adding a solid front door (they may change to glass later), adding a small movable island instead of the built in, adding mini-split heat pump units on the walls, and reducing the roof slope to save on costs and still work with the PV panels on the roof.

"We got our second electric bill (November) and, again, it was $0.00.  We kicked back 96 Kw into the grid.

"Our builder was Ray Rice Construction and we are VERY happy with the work they did!! 
"We are really enjoying our home. The electric bills are minimal!" - Mike and Rhonda