Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,048 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Mountain View 3
Stone, stucco and wood grace the Mountain View 3. The row of arches front and back create a sense of strength while providing shady places to relax. They are shallow enough to allow in ample daylight. The northeast facing "L" shape captures those approaching from the side where the summer sun rises. The master bathroom and dining with both be washed in light on the early summer mornings.
First Floor
The interior rooms are larger than earlier Mountain View designs yet the width is still narrow. An extra large great room features a large fireplace wall and a beamed ceiling. The numerous arches soften the space while the south array of windows allows daylight in year-round and direct passive solar sun in winter.
The central kitchen, not too far from the garage, dining, breakfast or living areas, places the cook in the center of conversation. With the kitchen half open to the family spaces and half full of cabinets it has the best of both worlds. Need more storage space? The nearby pantry can house extra appliances, food, or the recycling center. Light from the south windows keeps the kitchen bright but not hot.
The master bedroom boasts its own foyer. To the north is the spacious bath with a large tub flanked with built in shelves, a large shower, a separate sitting vanity and a private toilet. The south side of the bedroom wall is aligned with windows to let in plenty of winter sun. The wall across from the bed houses a fireplace, shelves and room for a TV or artwork. The master bedroom is large enough to house a comfy reading chair or exercise equipment. Of course, the bedrooms on the other side of the home can be reading or exercise rooms too.
The large laundry has enough room to allow for the mess to be hidden away. The large closet can be for food or pets. It can also house a half bath. The counter area can be high for folding clothes and crafts or short to allow room for a bench.
And finally, the large mechanical closet will make the heating and air conditioning contractor smile.
The oversized garage on the north has enough room for a small workshop. Double doors on the back wall could accommodate a small vehicle. With the overhead doors on the side near the front door, the home can fit on narrow lots.
Construction Info
The east and west wings have 9' ceilings while the central living and dining have 12' high ceilings with wooden beams. Exterior walls are 6" SIP panels, but could easily be studs with exterior insulation. The roof is economically designed for engineered roof trusses. The low-sloped, tile roof gives a western feel, but other materials are easily substituted. There is enough room in the center for attic storage accessed by pull down stairs. Thermal mass is located in the tile, stone or stained concrete floors in the south-facing rooms.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Turn the dining area into a fourth bedroom or study
  • Change the exterior to have a craftsman style with some shingle siding, knee braces and nice warm colors
  • Detach the garage to allow for windows in the laundry room (then make a garden between the garage and house)
  • Expand the south porch to create a sunroom
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Concrete Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan including Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
  • Schematic Framing Plans