Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,051 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Morning Glory
The north-facing Morning Glory combines floor plan elements of the popular 3 BR, 2 BA Islander series in a simpler, less expensive to build home. With the bedrooms all on the right, the other side of the home is freed up for windows, sun and views to the east (or the west if the home is reversed.) The dining, living room and two bedrooms have southern sunlight. The house lines are simple, but the porch is inviting with its craftsman touches and cozy seating area for fantastic summer sunset viewing. The south patio is a warm place for winter days while the eastern patio is perfect for greeting the morning sun.

Floor Plan

From the north foyer, there is a view all the way through to the sunny south side of the great room with its abundance of windows, vaulted ceilings and larger hearth with daylight streaming from above. The living area flows in the dining space with even more light with the additional east windows uncovered by a porch. Around the corner is the kitchen with its expansive breakfast bar. The cook is visually connected to the living area.

The large kitchen receives bright morning light as the sun rises. It features a large breakfast bar as well as an island. The west wall has space for ovens and a built-in pantry. And right around the corner is a huge walk-in pantry.

The craft room is also near the center of the action. Its location allows it to adapt to changing hobbies and family priorities whether they are related to pets, schooling, crafts or storage. The walls around it do not have to go all the way to the ceiling to allow light from the living area to bounce into the space.

Either bedroom 2 or 3 can also be flex spaces as family members come and go. The shared bathroom can also be used for guests.

The master bedroom is on the more private end for maximum acoustical privacy from the kitchen and living area. The master bath is separated from the bedroom by the master closet which also helps minimize sound disturbances from the sleeping area. The master bath features a large shower and room for a soaking tub with some slight modifications.

Attached Garage

The attached, oversized two-car garage has extra room on the south end for a workshop or large storage area. The doors on the front allow the home to fit on most subdivision lots.

Construction Info

Nine foot high ceiling are throughout the home, but the kitchen, dining, living room and craft room are vaulted with trusses. The stud framed walls are 6 inches thick, but can vary in thickness and R-value to accommodate insulation appropriate to the climate where the home will be constructed.  The truss framed roof allows for an economical type of roof/ceiling insulation such as thick, loose fill cellulose with jacked up truss ends. Stone, tile or brick pavers as well as polished or stamped concrete add character to the home while absorbing the sun's rays striking the floors in winter.

Modification Ideas

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

  • Slide the shower down and put the toilet in corner
  • Add south French doors between the dining/living area out to a southern patio
  • Turn the craft room into a fourth bedroom by moving the north wall down to allow space for window into the porch

Construction Prints, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab On Grade Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plan