Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,328 sf
Floor 2
615 sf
1,943 sf
Daylight Basement
802 sf
Unfinished Basement
802 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Mountain Meadow
A large north meadow that rolls up to the mountains inspired windows on the north that capture magnificent views! Adapted from the small footprint Chattahoochee design, the Mountain Meadow trades some of the farm house front porch for living area. With the addition of picture windows, nature is brought into the home from the north side as well as from the sunny south. The northeast front porch along with the numerous other decks, porches, and patios wrap this north-facing home for many outdoor living areas for quiet daily routines or active weekend family gatherings.
First Floor
From both the front visitor entry and side family entry, there are diagonal views to the large hearth and the large west porch with its large timber post and beam design. Rounding the corner, the south kitchen windows and French doors leading to the south deck come into view. The master bedroom on the private corner of the house is full of light. The master bath is designed to be conveniently accessed from the wide family entry.
Second Floor
From the top of the stairs, the westward view and overlook to the hearth and great room below will take your breath away. The large loft has two cozy reading nooks. One extra large bedroom can house many children or guests and one small quaint bedroom can be a single bedroom or with the bright sun, a cheery craft room. The vaulted ceilings add character to the upstairs and the numerous small windows let in light in just the right places.
Basement Plan
Designed for utilitarian spaces for storage and mechanicals, this lower level can also house a safe room or root cellar. Of course it could also be outfitted as a man cave.
The detached garage allows for windows on all sides of the main house. (Attached garages prevent windows in those walls.) The extra large garage can accommodate at least two vehicles, and a workshop, small vehicles or greenhouse on the south end.
Construction Info
Both floors have economical 8' ceilings except where vaulted such as the south side of the master bedroom and kitchen as well as the story and a half great room. The walls are 6" thick and can be constructed with exterior insulation to reduce heat flow even further. The Custom Energy Specs that come with construction orders discuss other energy-efficient options to consider or the climate where the house will be constructed. The roof is stick-framed and some of wood framing is to be left exposed for a slightly rustic character. Although there is some thermal mass in the slab on grade floors and the large stone-faced hearth, it is not needed with this amount of south glass.
Modification Ideas
Since changes may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should be done with professional assistance.
  • Attach the garage to the east and enter through the family entry
  • Floor in the area above the great room to add another bedroom.
  • Raise the second floor walls to 8' and build the roof with simple roof trusses.
  • Expand for a sunny walkout basement for south-sloping land
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab on Grade / Basement Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Sections
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Garage Plans