Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,392 sf
Floor 2
909 sf
2,301 sf
Daylight Basement
1,392 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Fox Trail
The Fox Trail is a simple yet elegant traditional home with a floor plan for modern living. A cool north-facing front porch welcomes summer evening visits. When entering the home through the custom front door the visitor sees a two story foyer graced with the staircase and ample wall space for art work and furniture to display collectables. Further into the home is the fireplace wall and an expanse of southern windows across the back of the home that opens to southern outdoor living.
First Floor
The first floor has all that is needed for retirement living. The kitchen is tucked out of view, yet the cook can interact with those in open dining and living area. The spacious master suite occupies the entire private side of the home with its spacious closet and large bath. The laundry is located on the more public side the house and can be easily reached from the kitchen and garage yet it is tucked away out of site. The nearby half bath can be used for guest and the family coming in and out.
Second Floor
The central part of the second floor has a loft like character that overlooks the two story foyer. Each side has a spacious bedroom with quaint north dormers and large south dormer with window seats. This balances natural light, lets in winter solar gain and extends the seasons where natural cooling can be used. The large central bathroom and each bedroom have southern views. The many eaves tucker under the roof allows for an abundance of storage under the insulated roof. The bonus room above the garage can be finished.
Daylight Basement
The sunny lower level is easily accessed from the stairs in the middle of the house. Since there are few fixed walls, the owner can use their imagination for how to use the space. The possibilities are endless with one half full of windows for living areas and the other side for movie theaters or storage.
Attached Garage
The two-vehicle garage is set back from the front of the house to be less imposing. It has windows across the front and side entry garage doors with a quaint dormer above to match the main house. The back door leads to the patio making it convenient to store cookout equipment in the garage.
Construction Info
While the foyer room is vaulted, the other first floor rooms and the entire lower level have 9' ceilings. Upstairs the rooms are predominantly vaulted. The thermal mass in the house is in the concrete slab in the lower level and in tile floors throughout the first floor. First floor exterior walls are 6" and can accommodate various types of insulation inside and out if needed. Thicker walls could be constructed. Lower level exterior walls below grade are 12" thick to allow for ICF, but could be precast or poured in place with interior insulation.
Modification Ideas
Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Build on a slab foundation to reduce s.f. and add thermal mass
  • Reverse the plan for a sunny morning bedroom
  • Enclose the two story foyer to add another bedroom or study
  • Add an exterior set of stairs up to a south balcony off the garage bonus room to create a home office or apartment
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans including Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations 
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans