Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,656 sf
Floor 2
68 sf
1,724 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Mesa Light
The clean, angular roof lines of the Mesa Light create a modern, two-bedroom, two-bath home design with fun loft. Sunlight streams down through the central clerestory to the master bedroom, living area, dining and kitchen as well as the tiny loft above. The large, central hearth provides comfort and helps absorb the sun's heat. The first floor is similar to the Maple Nut design.
First Floor

From the central airlock foyer, there is a view through the French doors to the bright, southern windows. To the right is the second bedroom which can also be a study. To the left is the guest bath and door to the laundry which also serves as a mud/pet room or family entry when entering from the garage or side entry. This large family entry can house a variety of equipment such as sorting bins, freezer, dog crate, heat pump water heater, etc.

Next on the right/west side is the central kitchen with large island that opens to the dining and living spaces. On the north is a large, built in pantry with easy to access shelves. The changing sky will be reflected in the kitchen light throughout the day. Watch the sunset as dinner is prepared.

To the left are the narrow stairs leading to the attic, the loft just big enough for a study or yoga space, and the optional catwalk. Below the stairs is space for a hutch, bench, desk or piano. Friends and family can gather on the nearby hearth.

The master suite is easily accessed off of the main living area and will be basked in southern light mid-day from both the lower and clerestory windows. Morning light filters in through the high east window and the glass door that leads to the private master patio. The closet buffers the sleeping area from the bathroom. The master bathroom features two large vanities with plenty of room for linen, and a large toilet area with walk-in shower. Direct access to the laundry is convenient for clothes handling and for a quick bathroom trip from outside.

The front porch is perfectly situated for both summer sunrises and sunsets. The west porch is ideal for evening cookouts while the east porch is for morning drinks or yoga. Both side porches shade east and west windows from early and late sun.


The central loft and optional catwalk allow for the clerestory windows to be opened manually. (If the catwalk was eliminated, electric controls for the windows could be used.) Small, assembled furniture can fit up the artistic, narrow stairs. Through the loft, the attic area is accessed.

Optional 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. The garage can be detached from the home or attached with a covered walk or enclosed vestibule.

Construction Info

The modern design has low sloped shed roof lines created with stick-framed rafter construction which allows the ceiling to be vaulted where the attic or loft is present. The north rooms below those utilitarian spaces have 8' ceilings. Exterior walls are designed to be at least 6" thick, but they could be easily substituted with thicker systems.  The concrete slab foundation provides thermal mass to help minimize winter overheating and reduce interior temperature swings year-round. Metal roof and siding create fire-resistance, but other materials can be used.

Modification Ideas

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

  • Add a master bath soaking tub in a large bay window
  • To reduce construction costs, eliminate the clerestory and build with prefabricated roof trusses that allow for pulldown stairs
  • Make a full-size staircase to allow loft s.f. to be appraised
  • Add a third bedroom to the northwest corner
  • Increase the roof slope and enlarge the stairs for a larger loft
  • Add a south second floor for two more bedrooms plus bath
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 with Loft
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Opt. Garage Plan
Comments and Photos
The exterior 3D images illustrate possible exterior materials and colors. These are easy to change during construction or with the CAD Files.