Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,542 sf
Floor 2
336 sf
1,878 sf
Daylight Basement
1,356 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Fox Sparrow 2
With charm and plenty of room to expand, the one and one-half story Fox Sparrow 2 is ideal for the growing family or empty nesters when the kids return for the holidays. The large bay window acts like a crystal capturing light from the east, west and south. The quaint loft overlooks the living areas and has the nooks and crannies found in turn of the century bungalows. The daylight basement full of light can be its own apartment for rental, in-laws or teenagers. The right-sized front porch wraps around the north and west. It adds character to the cozy home and creates shady places to sit and enjoy nature.
First Floor
The glass front door opens into the two-story foyer flanked by the open wrap around stairs. Immediately beyond is the sunny living area with the built-in dining bay window with expansive views. A porch on each end provides outdoor living spaces for both sunrises and sunsets.
A kitchen and a bedroom flank the central sunny living area that has flex space between the kitchen and living areas. The flex space can house a dining table, desk or extra living room furniture. The kitchen will be extra sunny with the large bank of south windows including a southeast corner window.
Two first floor bedrooms on opposite ends of the home with their own bathrooms, provide plenty of options for living arrangements. One has a walk-in shower while the other has a tub/shower combination. With one bathroom open to the living area, there is no need for a half bath.
The family can drop their dirty items in the centrally located laundry upon entry while leaving coats in the main foyer. Near the stairs, the laundry can be easily accessed from all levels.
Second Floor
The top of the U-shaped stairs open into a quaint loft for a study or craft area. Several closets tucked under the eaves provide ample storage. The huge walk-in attic on the east can be later finished into a large bedroom suite. The space over the garage could be a bonus room for spaces that don't need to be frequently heated or cooled such as a game area or visitor quarters.
Daylight Basement
The central staircase opens in the middle of the sunny daylight basement. Two bright bedrooms (one with a large bay window) flank the den. Nearby is a kitchenette and large bathroom as well spaces for laundry, storage and mechanical equipment.
Attached Garage
The three-vehicle garage has its doors tucked on the side away from the front door. Use of the third bay can be for a tractor, watercraft, or a large workshop.
Construction Info
The home is conventionally framed with 6" walls and stick-framed rafters. Ceilings are 9' high on the first floor and basement. The upper loft area has sloped ceilings which add character. The home does not need additional thermal mass for interior comfort. Wall insulation can vary significantly by adding extra exterior insulation on the stud walls and extra interior insulation on the basement walls.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Remove the loft and frame the roof with trusses for cost savings
  • Glass in the southeast porch for a sunroom or dining room
  • Build just the first floor for a small, two bedroom home
  • Detach or remove the garage for more light into the bedroom
  • Add exterior stairs on the north to access a separate apartment above the garage
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Basement Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans including Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans