Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,945 sf
Daylight Basement
1,800 sf
Unfinished Basement
145 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
The Heartland evolved from our popular Islander homes with the kitchen on the side of the house near a porch. The addition of craftsman styling is evident with the gable roof ends with knee braces, and shingle siding accents adorning features such as the numerous window boxes. The main north entry has moved to the center of the house distancing bedroom 2 from the master suite. The foyer with angled walls centers on the large south window of the living area and the daylight cooling chimney above which brings light into the center of the home.
First Floor
Our clients desired a more spacious first floor with the square footage of a possible third bedroom added to the wheelchair-friendly living areas. The entire main living areas are on the sunny south. The main stone-covered thermal mass wall gathering the winter heat from both the great room and master bedroom is also backdrop to the homes hearth which could be a wood or pellet stove, or wood or gas fireplace.
The kitchen in the sunny southeast corner leads to the side screened porch through French doors. Outside, there is room for dining and a cozy sitting area around a fireplace. The kitchen is near the garage and laundry/family entry, or service side of the house which also hosts a large pantry and half bath.
Bedroom 2 with its French doors is ideally situated for a study. A small desk nook just north of the kitchen is near the stairs to the daylight basement which are closed off for thermal and acoustical isolation when desired.
Daylight Basement
Additional sunny bedrooms for the kids and their family home for the holidays can be found in the daylight basement that has its own kitchenette and living area with French doors to the yard. With land that slopes to the south, all of the south rooms can have plenty of light. The possibilities for this area are endless. On the north there is plenty of room for mechanical and storage (or a root cellar) tucked under the area that connects the house to the garage.
The extra large garage is attached on the northeast and would function well with the doors on the east or north too. The south side near the house has space for a workshop or yard equipment. Pull down attic stairs access the large attic space above between the roof trusses.
Construction Info
Both the basement and first floor ceilings are 9' high. The roof is designed to be constructed with simple, gable trusses with flat ceilings. Thermal mass is designed into the wall behind the hearth and can be covered with stone, stucco, or tile. Tile floors over some thermal mass are also recommended for increasing comfort in other south-facing rooms.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Change the half bath to a 3/4 bath and connect it to bedroom 2. There are several options for adding a small closet
  • Add a front porch across the north side, but note that this will block light to bedroom 2 and the master bath
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included for Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • First Floor Plan with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Thanks to Dick and Julie for sending the exterior photos of their home.
Thanks to Gary and Lisa for the photos of their home and for the following comment.
"As I write this, our thermostat is set on 68, but it is 75 degrees in the house. The high today was 42, and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. The sun set almost 4 hours ago and now it's 25 outside. Inside, I'm comfortable in yoga pants and a tank top. I'm barefooted, because the tile floor is still toasty warm from the sun. It doesn't matter how cold it gets during the day, if the sun is out, the furnace doesn't come on. On sunny days, it's always summer in here! We're using a zoned geothermal heat pump, and that, combined with the passive solar, make this a very comfortable house. It's bright and open and sunny and warm. Even on cloudy days it's quite nice, with the big windows and the serious insulation. This house just feels good." (Sun Plans comment: In many locations, mini-split heat pumps can provide auxiliary heat in a simpler, less expensive system.)