Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
HOUSE PLANS
HOUSE PLAN SPECS
Floor 1
1,956 sf
Entry Faces
South
South Glass
8%
Complexity
simple
Jersey Scape 4
The Jersey Scape 4 features an extra bedroom, extra-large closets and a larger master bath compared to previous Jersey Scape designs. The large country kitchen that opens to the southeast morning porch or sunroom is still a key feature as is the open living area featuring a hearth. It is a comfy one-story design perfect for the growing family or empty nester than needs both a guest room and his/hers studies or craft rooms. Board and batten siding adds vertical lines while the stone base blends the home into the land.
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 or enclosed for a sunroom - perfect for dining or a morning room to bask in the sun.

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 kitchen. The family foyer is large enough for coats hooks, a bench and storage cubbies. It is flexible to adapt to changing family needs. The nook can accommodate an expanded pantry, coffee bar, small desk or place for phones and purses.

The long north wall in the living room can house shelves with built in desks, a TV or china cabinet. The huge kitchen island serves both for kitchen workspace and eating. Moving the stove top there with a cool range hood surrounded by suspended LED fixtures would add a decorative feature to the kitchen.

The living area, master bedroom and bedroom four 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 larger than average bath two allows for convenient sharing.

Attached Carport

The carport instead of a garage reduces costs to build. The two-vehicle space has plenty of room for yard tools and recycle/ trash can storage. The carport is versatile and can function as a protected work area or party space even in inclement weather.

Construction Info

The living room, kitchen, and dining have vaulted scissor-truss ceilings to make the rooms feel larger. Economical truss-framed ceilings 8 feet high over the other spaces allow for more room for attic storage for the main house and the carport. The carport instead of a garage reduces costs to build. This home is designed with 6 inch; exterior walls, but thicker walls could be easily substituted. Thermal mass is designed to be in the concrete slab floor to be left exposed or tile-covered in south rooms.

Modification Ideas

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

  • Enclose the corner porch to house the dining area then incorporate and expand the existing kitchen.
  • Make the carport a garage or add a small enclosed storage area
  • Add a basement with stairs down from a southeast sunroom
  • Modify master bath for the tub to have a north or west view
  • Wrap a southeast patio area from the front stoop around to a side door on the large porch - perfect for outdoor cooking!
Construction Drawings, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with carport
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Framing Plan
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
  • Custom Energy Specs
Comments and Photos
Joseph and Anna were generous to share photos of their home. The spacious living area is sunny year round. They ended up subbing construction themselves which was enjoyable for them based on the simplicity of the design along with both their skills and availability to subcontractors.