Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,988 sf
Daylight Basement
1,427 sf
Unfinished Basement
540 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Lone Mountain

The Lone Mountain nestles into a hillside that slopes to the east (or west if reversed.) While the visitor's entry on the main floor is accessed by a creative stair case, there is a lower level entry as well which is perfect for a home office or an in-laws apartment. Wonderful east views are from the living and master bedroom while expansive south views are from the living, dining and kitchen as well as south room in the sunny lower level. The front garage below allows the house to fit on narrow lots and the footprint to be kept small. The welcoming north-facing front porch sits high and captures summer breezes.

First Floor
The main entry separates two bedrooms -- one of which can serve as a study. Bedrooms on the north are cooler which frees up the south for the warmer living areas. The master bedroom on the east captures the morning sun and provides sunrise views. Watch the sun come up while getting ready in the spacious master bath with its large soaking tub.
A central fireplace nook makes the living area cozy. The nearby study nook is for those who like to be near the action. The dining table sits in a southern nook between the open kitchen and living area which opens to the eastern porch and deck. On the kitchen side is a large working pantry that opens to the back yard - perfect for bringing in vegetables and storing plenty of food. The nearby laundry leads to a pet room.
Daylight Basement
The central staircase leads down to a sunny lower level that could serve as a suite for a family member (teenager or grandparent). A convenient dumb waiter for bringing groceries up to the main level is easy to access. The daylight basement has at least one bedroom with large closet, a large southeast room that could be used for many activities, a bathroom and a northwest room that can be a home office, bedroom or workshop since it is also near the garage and outdoor storage under the front stairs. The door to the east patio is a wonderful place from which to watch the sun rise or relax on a hot summer day since it is on the cooler side of the home.
Basement Garage
If there is unused space in a basement, why not use it for parking and save on garage costs? An integral basement garage can be very economical to build. The garage door entry to the home is in the center which makes it easy to reach the kitchen with groceries being hoisted in the nearby dumb waiter.
Construction Info
The Lone Mountain is designed for 6 inch exterior walls where it's possible to add more insulation to the exterior as is required by the climate, and a lower level that is partly stud framed and partly insulated concrete walls for the part of the foundation that is earth bermed. The lower level has 9 foot ceilings while the main floor has 10 foot ceilings which add spaciousness to the compact design. Thermal mass is located mainly in tile floors on both levels. Keeping both levels open for air flow allows the thermal mass of the basement to increase the home's comfort.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Add a staircase to the southeast deck to access the patio below
  • Combine the kitchen and working pantry into one huge kitchen
  • Turn the working pantry into a small craft room or study
  • If the land is high on the north, move the garage to the west upper level leaving more basement living area or storage
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan with Garage
  • First Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans