Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,472 sf
Floor 2
802 sf
2,274 sf
Daylight Basement
1,472 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Lakeside Sunrise
A northwest facing lot with a gorgeous view to the southeast inspired the Lakeside Sunrise which evolved from the Fairy Tale design. The main entry was moved to another side to create a large, welcoming foyer. The center of the home features a two story atrium and large hearth. The southwest sunroom-like corner brightens the living areas year-round and allows sunset viewing. The craftsman-style exterior overhangs minimize summer overheating. The wrap around porch on the northeast corner is the place to be to watch the lakeside sunrises.
First Floor
Through the timber-framed arch at the end of the foyer, the south-facing kitchen, dining, and living areas are entered. The large south windows, French doors, cozy hearth, and open atrium create spaces that are hard to leave. The guest bath is easy to reach while the master bath is privately tucked away. A mudroom (that could also be the laundry) near the garage entry keeps messy gear outside the house.
Second Floor
The open stairs with light streaming down lead to the best view in the house. It overlooks the dining, has a large view to the south, and a glimpse of the many upstairs nooks. The central atrium also lets out hot summer air to increase the passive cooling season. Bedrooms have a window that opens to the atrium to aid in air circulation and to let in more light.
Daylight Basement
While the full basement has endless possibilities, a small workshop and corner southwest sunroom are shown. Large windows and French doors open to the view side.
The deeper than average two-vehicle garage accommodates a workshop area with a sink. Keeping it lower than the main house allows the front porch gable to dominate the front elevation. The garage doors could be moved to the side.
Construction Info
The main house exterior walls are ICF (insulated concrete forms). The main level floors are ICF too with rigid insulation, integral steel joists, and concrete on top. The basement and first floor ceilings are 9' high except for the central area above the dining. Upstairs ceilings are vaulted SIP panels which take maximum advantage of space beneath the roof. The garage and porches have truss framed roofs. The abundance of concrete and panels makes this a strong, high mass home.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Simplify the home by taking off the sunroom
  • Rotate the long wall to due south and reduce the west glass
  • Modify the main house construction type to either SIPs or stick-framed walls and ceilings
  • Move the laundry to the basement (or second floor), slide down the bath and make a large pantry near the kitchen
  • Turn the laundry near the front into a small office or study
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • Floor Plans with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
After they move in and get the home decorated and landscaped, clients often send photos as well as comments about their house. Check back later, but also be sure to check out photos of other similar designs like the Fairy Tale and Hemlock Heaven. Many Sun Plans designs have a similar feel inside the home.