Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,901 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Mountain View 2
Mountain simplicity sums up our Mountain View 2. Spacious south views enhance the majority of living areas. The house maintains the same split bedroom concept with central living area as our more elaborate Mountain View design. It trades the central raised area for more square footage which allows the house to be wheelchair friendly. The front of the home faces north and garage doors near the entry allows the house to fit on narrower lots. The side porches allow for increased outdoor living.
First Floor
The central great room has light on both sides. The front nook near the foyer is flexible enough for a small, formal dining space, music alcove, or study area. With the central area open to both the north and south, cooling can be increased with natural ventilation when the windows are open. A few soft, eyebrow arches surround the main living areas and the central hearth brings warmth to the center of the home where it matters the most. The hearth's wall also balances out the main masonry wall separating the living area and master bedroom. The walls can be brick, stone, stucco, or tile-faced.
The kitchen is centrally located yet semiprivate with the surrounding breakfast bar. This allows for a view to the sunny south as well as the great room.
The master bedroom is private from bedrooms 2 and 3 on the other side of the house. The master suite has its own foyer that screens both the bed and bath from view.
The laundry is large enough to also serve as a practical family entry from the garage. The large mechanical area is buffered by the house and garage. Its uses are wide including an extended laundry, pet room, or storage.
The attached garage on the northeast has just enough room for a small workshop area and is slightly larger than our original Mountain View. Doors on both the east and west make coming in from both the front drive and side porch convenient.
Construction Info
The entire first floor has 9' ceilings. The bottom of the south windows can be raised above 18" to avoid the need for tempered glass in most locations. Exterior walls are 6" studs but could easily be SIP panels or ICF if expanded. The roof is designed to be economically framed with roof trusses. The lower sloped, metal roof is durable and wind-friendly, and when combined with cement board siding, makes the home fire resistant. There is enough room in the center for attic storage accessed by pull down stairs near bedrooms 2 & 3. Thermal mass is located in the masonry walls and tile floors in south-facing rooms.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • To dress up the front, add window boxes and some larger wood and stone columns
  • To bring light into the center of the home and to aid in passive cooling, add a daylight cooling chimney as described under FAQ and as seen on other designs
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
Thanks Bill and Julie for sharing photos of your sunny home with the mountain view as well as letting us know it is "working."
"The house is so comfortable - particularly in the winter with the sun streaming in to the big great room -- and the south facing windows provide a dramatic view of the mountains and wild life."