Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,682 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Maple Nut

The Maple Nut embodies simple contemporary lines, practical living and creativity in a compact floor plan with two bedrooms and two baths on the main floor. The full stair case leads to a small second floor for extra storage, a future bedroom and bath, or a quiet meditation or exercise area. Outdoor living areas are on the north-facing front of the home and the east-facing side leaving the south side unobstructed for southern sun and great views.

"My house is all-electric, and I am on the TVA Green Energy program - My last month bill was -$ 63.00."
Wow, that's a $63 credit!  While not every month is negative energy use, it is nice to see a minus sign in the electric bill.

First Floor

The front foyer is centered on the fireplace flanked by south-facing windows. The large open entertaining space in the center of the home is surrounded by an open kitchen, spacious dining and large living area with flex-space for a desk nook, pantry or alternate hearth location. The sloped ceilings of these spaces adds a dramatic effect.

The master suite (also with slightly vaulted ceilings) is easily accessed off of the main living area and will be basked in southern light. Its bathroom with both a tub and curbless shower is creatively and practically arranged to allow for use by the family foyer as well. The laundry area in the family foyer is convenient for both the master and second bedroom.

From the foyer, the visitor can easily access bedroom 2 which is practical for home office use or AirBnB rental. The study nook between the two small closets has an expansive east view and north windows for balanced light. Close proximity to the kitchen makes it easy for the cook to go back and forth between office work and house work. Being on opposite corners of the house from the master bedroom creates privacy for both bedrooms.

The spacious kitchen has views to the east and to the south over the dining area. The main work area of the kitchen has the main appliances in an L shape for ease of meal prep. The huge central island serves as a secondary work area and as well as a place for informal meals. Views to the living area keep the cook in the action. Two areas are available for pantry storage.

Upstairs a storage area runs the entire length of the north side of the home. One side can house a large bedroom and closet while the smaller side can house a large bathroom. An optional door on the west side of that space could lead down to a balcony or an exterior set of stairs.

The front porch softens the north side and makes the home a relaxing place for summer sunsets. The east porch is perfectly situated for summer cookouts.

Detached Garage

The two-vehicle garage has the same clean roof lines as the main house. The surface is large enough to mount the solar panels for electricity for the main house.  Windows on the south side allow the garage to be used as a greenhouse during cold months.

Construction Info

The modern design has a low sloped shed roof line created with economical trusses. Vaulted ceilings with partial scissor trusses rise up to the north to the open attic-style trusses on the upper north end. The north rooms on the first floor have 9' tall ceilings. Exterior walls are designed to be thicker, energy-saving, staggered stud construction, but they could be easily substituted with other systems. The concrete slab foundation provides thermal mass to help minimize winter overheating and interior temperature swings year-round.

Modification Ideas

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

  • If land slopes to the south, add a sunny, walkout basement full of possibilities. Stairs can be located near the front entry.
  • Attach the garage to the side of the house. Connect it with a short, covered area that could be a balcony from the upstairs.
Construction Prints, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plan
  • Custom Energy Specs
Comments and Photos

Ronnie built his home to exceed most of the Sun Plans minimum recommendations - now, that is unusual! He used more insulation under the slab, in the walls and in the roof since he was doing most of the work himself and labor was free.  He heavily researched the energy and structural details further. If he had the house tested (which he did not), the home would surely meet or exceed the extreme Passivhaus standard. On an annual basis, the home is Zero Net Energy. A photo shows his small array of PV panels that are pole mounted near a shed away from the house.  This is about half as many PV panels as most homes this size would have due to the low energy load of his home.

He asked us to be sure to point out how the kitchen sink corner windows open up to the east and north to allow cross ventilation and for a view of the driveway and front yard.

"I think it is one of your more excellent touches to your plan ( just one of many that I love about this house)." - Ronnie

The photo of the unique truss that Sun Plans designed to house the upper north bonus room is very cool!

"I have done most of the work myself and just enjoying the project."  - Ronnie

Thanks, Ronnie for the comments and photos!