Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
HOUSE PLANS
HOUSE PLAN SPECS
Floor 1
1,800 sf
Entry Faces
North
South Glass
10%
Complexity
simple
Morning Glory 3
The north-facing Morning Glory 3 has a bright sunset side porch and a north-facing entry with a garage on the northwest. The design has less heated and cooled space compared to the original Morning Glory so therefore lower operating costs as well. The new side porch allows for outdoor covered dining and shades the west side of the home from the hot afternoon sun. With the master bedroom on the east, the sun will brighten the main sleeping room. The dining, living room and two bedrooms all have southern views and direct winter sun while the kitchen receives indirect southern sunlight keeping it cooler. The house lines are simple, but the front porch is inviting with a cozy seating area.
The photos from Bob and Linda of their home with the bright western porch show how the Morning Glory 3, which is based on a reversed Morning Glory, features evening glory!: They shared: "We're impressed with how the house maintains a steady indoor temperature with very little added heat..."
Floor Plan
From the spacious north foyer large enough to be a gallery, there is a view all the way through the house. Around the corner, the dining area has a sunroom-like feel with windows on two sides. The wood stove hearth is at the center of the primary living area.

Tucker further around the corner and a bit out of sight is the large kitchen with its breakfast bar and island. It has separate ovens, the sink under large windows, and plenty of counter space for two cooks. The large working pantry expands the kitchen work area even further with a full counter on one side and a row of floor to ceiling shelves on the other.

The master bedroom is on the 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 private toilet nook.

The additional two bedrooms centrally located allow for maximum flexibility with endless uses in the convenient central location. Bathroom 2 can also be used for guests.
Attached Garage
The attached two-car garage has extra room on the south end for storage. The doors on the east side allow the home to fit on small lots and away from strong northwest winter winds.
Construction Info
Eight-foot high ceilings make for an economical build, but the kitchen, dining, and living room ceilings are vaulted with scissor trusses that peak close to 12 feet in the middle. The stud framed walls are 6 inches thick but can vary in thickness and R-value to accommodate various types of insulation appropriate to the climate where the home will be constructed. The truss framed roof allows for an economical type of vented roof with ceiling insulation such as thick, loose fill cellulose with jacked up truss ends. Stone, tile or brick pavers as well as polished concrete in the southern rooms add character and thermal mass by soaking up 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.
  • To add stairs for a basement, reduce the pantry size or widen the entry area
  • Reduce the pantry size and add a study nook or seating area near the wood stove, or a half bath
  • Add space for a soaking tub and yoga nook with a quaint sun room type of space on the east side of the master bedroom
  • Detach the garage and move it to the west with a breezeway between it and the house
  • Reduce south glass for warmer climates. Thermal mass can then also be reduced
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
Comments and Photos
The 3D images are intended to show the general form of the exterior. Colors and materials are easy to change.  Interior design materials and colors for all Sun Plans designs are chosen by the home owner.
"We are happily building our Morning Glory 3 house and now we are in a pickle.
We have told the contractors that we want flush mounted LEDs for the hall, pantry, bathrooms, and the Kitchen. So we saw they had put in Halo can lights. The pressure is that the electrical inspection is tomorrow."
Even though the Sun Plans designs specify surface mounted LED ceiling lights, the above situation is a common occurrence. Luckily Bob and Linda caught this in time and based on the advice from Sun Plans had the lights changed out to prevent all of the ceiling/insulation penetrations that they would have otherwise had and fortunately this was noticed just in time. 
Bob and Linda provided some construction photos as well as images right after they moved in.  The pecan color stained wood siding and green roof show how different a home can look with changes in exterior materials either during the adaptation process or with the builder during construction. 
They also opened up the kitchen and dining a bit more by shortening the peninsula, and making it open below. Their movable island allows for flexibility in the kitchen.
Although the home was planned to have polished concrete floors, some of the concrete was damaged during construction so was covered with tile instead.
"...brought us a variety of weather conditions with temperatures ranging from lows in the upper 20's to highs in the upper 80's. We're impressed with how the house maintains a steady indoor temperature with very little added heat...We especially appreciate how light all the rooms are with the large windows. The north bedroom is the exception, as it seems rather dark with the window under the porch roof. We like the concrete floor, which doesn't seem at all cold in bare feet...It is a great house." Satisfied clients, Bob and Linda
Their comment about how the north bedroom seems a bit dark highlights how porches in general can negatively affect a space and must be carefully considered in the design stage.  On the south side, they negatively block winter solar gain, on the east and west sides they block east and west sun which can be especially helpful in the summer when there is more sunlight hours on the sides of the home, and on the north porches block what little light the north sides receives throughout the year. Designing outdoor spaces including porches can take as much thought as designing interior spaces.