Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,596 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Jersey Scape 2
The Jersey Scape 2 features a large country kitchen that opens to a spacious side porch. For land that requires the front of the home to face south, it is hard to find a more compact three-bedroom, two bath home that lives so large and is suitable for both empty nesters and those with small children.  The charming exterior adds style and character to an easy to build home.
First Floor

The stone hearth is the focus after entering through the sunny foyer.  The open floor plan places the large island in the middle of the kitchen and the dining on the sunny south side. This allows the kitchen to catch the bright southern sun, but without the direct rays. The dining opens directly to the porch (which could be screened) making for easy outdoor dining.  

Connecting with the laundry, the porch could also be multipurpose to allow for outdoor cloth drying when necessary or an outdoor room for pets.  The large laundry room also connects to the main house near the garage, but the family does not have to pass through it coming and going. The family foyer is large enough for coats hooks, a bench and storage cubbies.

The connecting area between the laundry and kitchen is flex space to adapt to changing family needs. The extra cabinet area can be a coffee bar, communication center for computer and electronics or a desk nook. The pantry can be a coat or broom closet. The large north wall of shelves or cabinets in the living room can also be used to house a variety of items for the kitchen or living area.

The living area and master bedroom are sunny year-round while the two north bedrooms are great places for cool sleeping, indirect light for computer use or artist endeavors with the soft north light.  The placement of the master bath allows for a variety of ways for it to be shared or made private.

Attached Garage

The extra wide, two-vehicle garage has space for a small work area, many yard toys or recycle and trash can storage. The attic can be accessed by the pull-down attic stairs to the large storage area between the attic trusses above. A door can easily be added to the west side as can a ramp up into the house.

Construction Info

The living room, kitchen, and dining have vaulted scissor-truss ceilings to make the rooms feel larger. Economical truss-framed ceilings 8'; high over the other spaces allow for more room for attic storage for the main house and the garage. With the abundance of south windows, the master bedroom ceiling will feel higher. The home is designed with 6"; exterior walls, but thicker walls could be easily substituted. Thermal mass is designed to be primarily in the stone around the hearth and some tile covered floors that are over the crawlspace foundation.

Modification Ideas

Since these may affect energy performance and structural, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance:

  • For flat lots, build on a concrete slab for more thermal mass
  • Close in the corner southeast porch to become a sunroom. 
  • Add bedrooms and expand the house through the hallway
  • Detach the garage to allow for back north deck or porch
  • Add a spacious and sunny master bath/closet wing on the southwest corner
Construction Drawings, etc.

For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD files:

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Framing Plan
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
  • Custom Energy Specs
Comments and Photos
The designs shares a lot of similarities to other Sun Plans homes such as the Katrina Cottages.