Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,285 sf
Floor 2
817 sf
2,102 sf
Daylight Basement
999 sf
Unfinished Basement
288 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Moorhaus Cottage
The Moorhaus Cottage was inspired by the popular Roseburg Cottage series, but modified to reflect the unique characters of our clients. The practical spouse's concerns for snow shed and messy pets were addressed along with the lively, artistic spouse who required some drama. The delightful staircase leading up to the central reading loft is lined with shelves and openings. The east-facing kitchen, screened porch, and balcony provide eastern views. The knee braces and gable lend a craftsman style to this practical home that could be nestled in the woods or a subdivision with the approach from the northeast or northwest.
First Floor
The spacious entry has space for many coats and boots, or nice entry furniture. The door to the main living area allows the entry to serve as an airlock during hot and cold periods. A stained glass door would welcome you into the main southern living areas where the living and dining areas flow together. The kitchen is tucked in the cool northeast corner. Views to the south across the dining will bring in plenty of light. The nearby northeast deck will be a cool place for summer cookouts. The master bedroom's high west windows bring in both light and ventilation to keep the room comfortable. The two master closets should help with clothes organization. The master bath is designed for a portion to be used by guests - saving on the need to have a separate half bath.
Second Floor
The central reading area overlooks the main living area. A bedroom on the west, study on the east, and away room on the north all share the quaint central bathroom. The small east and west dormers in the north away room each have a window seat. Opposite windows allow for balanced light and breezes. Without direct southern sun, this room would have softer light for reading and computers. The walls can be lined with shelves.
Daylight Basement
The daylight basement is accessed from either the central stairs or from outside near the detached garage. The basement space, which could be a workshop since there are already plenty of bedrooms above, will be a warm place to work all winter with the abundance of south glass. The cool earth on the north will help stabilize temperatures year-round and will be wonderful for a root cellar or mechanical space.
The two-vehicle garage with the extra area on the south end can be greenhouse, shop, or lawn equipment storage. The attic above can be accessed by pull down stairs.
Construction Info
The great room, part of the kitchen, and upstairs have sloped rafter-framed ceilings for character and efficient use of space. The rest of the first floor has 8' flat ceilings. The walls of the basement and first floor are designed to be constructed with ICF (insulated concrete forms) of which there are numerous manufacturers from which to choose. The second floor is designed to have 6" studs. The thermal mass is designed to be in stone-covered walls and tile floors on the south. (Note: The Moorhaus Cottage in The Sun-Inspired House, Oct. 2005, is shown with 6" stud first floor walls. That went to print prior to the client switching to ICF.)
Modification Ideas
Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Build the first floor on a concrete slab to increase mass
  • Reverse the plan for land that slopes to the east
  • Build the main house with 2x6 stud walls or SIPs
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Garage Plans
Comments and Photos
Sometimes it takes clients, like our clients Kitty and Peter, a long time to build the home after they get  the drawings - often years.  After they move in and get the home decorated and landscaped, clients often send photos as well as comments about their house. Look at photos of other Moorhaus Cottage homes as well as the Roseburg Cottages. Many Sun Plans designs have a similar feel inside the home.