Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,259 sf
Floor 2
704 sf
1,963 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Peak Magic
The Peak Magic is designed for a site with exceptional south views.The magic of the scenery can be seen from the main living areas and bedrooms. The central winding staircase and large hearth bathed in light create magical spaces inside. The open floor plan is full of surprises in every direction up and down. There are many unique spaces packed into this small footprint one and one-half story design with 4 bedrooms, two and a half baths design for the modern family that values sunshine.
First Floor

The quaint entry immediately opens to the central hearth basked with light from above. A nearby coat closet and cubby hole area keeps messy items organized and out of site. Rounding the corner, a view opens to the open living area with views both south and west. The central north stone wall, adds character, warm and stores the sun's heat as well as creates a place for wood storage. The kitchen is close to the entry, but out of site. It features a corner pantry, large central island and plenty of southern light as well as an east window for morning light and views of approaching visitors. The small north west room has perfect light for a study or a guest who loves the sunrise.

Second Floor

From the central stairs quick access leads to the second-floor bedrooms and attic storage. A north skylight brings light down through the middle of the home. Making it operable would allow hot air to escape to extend the season where air conditioning is not needed. The second floor can expand to the north to allow for another bathroom, play rooms, etc.

Optional Garage

The two-vehicle garage is suggested to be located to the northeast of the house or it an be attached to the house. Its roof could be ideal for solar panel placement with a distance from the house suitable to the latitude of construction. The garage can be easily enlarged to allow for a workshop.

Construction Info

Peak Magic with the center load bearing wall is very suitable to modular construction. The exterior walls 8" double stud, but they could be changed based on the local climate. Stick-framed roof construction maximizes the volume of the home and allows for conditioned attic space. The first-floor ceilings are 9' while the upstairs ceilings are sloped/vaulted. The concrete slab foundation and some stone veneer walls provide thermal mass to minimize temperature swings year-round. Exterior roof lines bridge the gap between modern and traditional while the simple materials keep the home easy to build.

Modification Ideas

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

  • Expand the laundry area to the north for a larger mudroom that leads to the outside or garage.
  • For larger upstairs bedrooms, combine the three bedrooms into two or expand the east and west bedrooms towards the north.
  • Expand the back porch westward to create a large covered outdoor living area
  • Steepen the garage roof if better for PV panels at higher latitudes. This also creates more attic space.
Construction Prints, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Detached Garage Plan
  • Custom Energy Specs/Recommendations 
Comments and Photos
The exterior 3D images illustrate possible exterior materials and colors. These are easy to change during construction or with the CAD Files.