Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,650 sf
Daylight Basement
1,153 sf
Unfinished Basement
482 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Half Moon
The Half Moon is a smaller version of the Moon Dance plan. The first floor is smaller and wheelchair accessible. The second floor has been eliminated, but there are bedrooms in the daylight basement. A brick home with craftsman accents and cement board siding make the Half Moon low-maintenance. The front is designed to face south, but a north entry (with garage to the northwest) could work very well. Wide front steps up to the sun deck make the south side both an inviting entry and pleasant place to soak up the sun.
First Floor
The main living areas are on the first floor. The front area can function as a large dining area or library room. A two way fireplace separates it from the great room to allow for a window to capture west views. Although the windows on the north, east, and west have been minimized for energy performance, there are enough to allow for views in all directions. Optional skylights in the breakfast and over the master bed allow for more light and star gazing.
Daylight Basement
The basement has a large entertainment room with doors out to the west and south. At least two bedrooms can be added with an optional third in the northeast corner if the slope of your land allows for windows to be included. Garage Option The optional detached or attached garage or carport goes on the north side of the home with quick access into the family entry of the home. It is designed to house 2 vehicles or one with a workshop, but could easily be expanded.
Construction Info
The Half Moon is designed to be constructed with a trussed roof, 6" walls (structural insulated panels could be used for the walls), and an ICF (insulated concrete form) foundation. The first floor has 8' ceilings with at least the great room and library to be vaulted, but the entire first floor could also be vaulted. To add some thermal mass to the home, a few interior brick (or stone) walls have been added.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • The dining area could also be closed off and the area converted into a home office as the breakfast area is large enough to place a table for 6
  • The master bath could be modified from the handicap version with sunken tub to a different layout with more privacy
  • In hot climates add an attached overhang over the basement windows for summer shading
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • First Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail 
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans 
  • Optional Garage Plans
Comments and Photos
This home is so similar to other Sun Plans designs with the the main living areas on the south, be sure to check out other designs - especially ones like the Half Moon 4.