Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,466 sf
Floor 2
692 sf
2,158 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Green View
The Green View is a farm house cottage with an inviting wrap around porch on all four sides. The house is shown with the back porch enclosed as the sunroom facing south. When you enter the home, you will have a view all the way through to any green areas at the back of the home. This simple, compact plan has little wasted square footage and is full of surprises.
First Floor
The first floor has all you need to carry you through to retirement. The great room has vaulted ceilings and the staircase winds around one side. The kitchen is tucked out of view, yet while cooking you can interact with those in both the great room and dining. The master bedroom and laundry are acoustically isolated from the main living areas. Three rooms across the back share the sunroom. This allows you to close them off to increase cooling during extreme hot and cold periods The abundance of porches surrounding the home allow for you to add space in various rooms to customize the plan to your family.
Second Floor
The central part of the second floor has a loft like character that overlooks the great room. Each side has a bedroom with north and a south dormer as well as east and west windows that not only balance natural light and let in solar gain, but extend the seasons where natural cooling can be used. The sunny bath receives south direct solar gain too. You and the kids will love the eave storage upstairs.
The two-vehicle carport is designed to compliment the home and not distract from the house as a large garage sometimes does. The carport doubles as a party space when the cars are backed out. You will be able to see the sunrises from the east porch by the kitchen. With customization, you can turn it into a garage, greenhouse, or home office. If your land slopes to the north, there will be additional storage under the front of the porch to house the extra yard equipment that is often stored in garages so the carport can remain uncluttered.
Construction Info
While the great room is vaulted, the other first floor rooms have 9' ceilings. Upstairs the rooms are mostly vaulted with some 8' areas. The thermal mass in the house is in the concrete slab on the south half. It would be beautiful in stone or split brick pavers. The north side with most of the plumbing is accessible in the crawlspace or optional basement.
Modification Ideas
Since these may affect energy performance and structural, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Enclose the front porch for solar gain if the front of the house faces south
  • Reverse the plan for a sunny morning bedroom and dining sunset views
  • Turn the side porch by the kitchen into a mud or laundry room
  • Enclose the carport and connecting walkway in cold climates
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Combination Slab and Crawlspace Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section 
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Detached Carport