Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,542 sf
Floor 2
929 sf
2,471 sf
Unfinished Basement
280 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Fox Sparrow
The one and one half story Fox Sparrow has an inviting wrap-around front porch perfect for bird watching or sunset viewing. The large front door with plenty of glass opens into a two story foyer that features the wrap around stairs. Upon entering the sun-filled living areas, the eye is drawn to the large built-in dining bay window. With 180 degrees views, it will be hard to pull away from the table since nature is so nearby. However, a porch on each end of the house will provide outdoor living spaces for both sunrises and sunsets even if the home is reversed to have the master bedroom on the west.
First Floor
A kitchen and a bedroom flank the central sunny living area that has flex space on the side near the kitchen. It can house a separate dining table or desks for homework or office work in the middle of the family space as shown. Of course, the large breakfast bar also can accommodate many activities.
Two first floor bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, provide plenty of options for living arrangements. One bedroom is sunny and warm while the other is shady and cool.
The family entry can house pet and/or boots and coats opens into the same pleasant entry foyer. The laundry is nearby to quickly dump dirty outside clothes. From above, the kids can also easily dump clothes through the laundry chute and since it is connected to the master bedroom closet, access for the parents will be easy as well.
Second Floor
The top of the U-shaped stairs open into a large playroom or study. Each bedroom has its own vanity and toilet that opens into a shared tub in a variation of the Jack and Jill bath concept. With the large bay window continuing up to the second floor, bedroom 3 will have a very special nook for a princess, artist or musician. Bedroom 4 has two window nooks -- one on the west and the other on the north. The large walk-in attic can house a huge amount of storage as well as future rooms.
Storm Cellar Basement
In the center of the home is a staircase to quickly go below to a lower, safer area. One area could become a designated safe room built of concrete on all surfaces while the remaining space can house mechanical equipment and seasonal storage.
Attached Garage
The two car garage is large enough for a bank of cabinets while not overpowering the welcoming front of the home. The side door is located to easily enter the mudroom of the home.
Construction Info
A conventionally framed home keeps construction costs in check with 6" walls and stick-framed rafters. Ceilings are 9' high on the first floor and sloped in the second floor which adds a lot of character. One and a half story homes are typically not well-suited to the otherwise economical roof trusses of one story homes, but they have smaller footprints and roof area which offset construction costs. With south glass area at just 7%, the home does not need additional thermal mass for interior comfort.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Increase south glass with longer windows and build on a concrete slab for thermal mass in moderate to cold climates
  • Add a full daylight basement if land slopes to the south
  • Move garage doors to the east or west
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace/Basement Combo Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans including Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans