Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,954 sf
Daylight Basement
1,740 sf
Unfinished Basement
900 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Prince Charming
The Prince Charming evolved from the popular Islander designs by Sun Plans with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths on the main floor. Watch the sun go down from the wrap-around western front porch or watch it come up from the wrap-around eastern screened porch or deck. Driveway approaches from either the north or west will provide an inviting view of the home; however, the expansive eastern outdoor living areas are the jewels of this home.
First Floor
The large welcoming foyer provides convenient access from the front porch and the garage. And with the reversed stairs (compared to some Islander plans) access to the basement is also easier from the foyer. These open stairs open up the hall to the living and have a sky tube above for a burst of daylight.
The hearth is still the focus of the living area, but now there is a cozy work desk nook nearby. The daylight cooling chimney allows hot air to exit in summer and daylight to brighten the center of the living area year round.
The master bedroom on the western end of the house has expansive south views and west porch access. Proximity to the other bedrooms is convenient yet the central placement of those extra bedrooms also makes them suitable for studies and hobbies.
Both the dining and laundry spaces open into the screened porch. This illustrates how the space can vary from outdoor dining to a place to hang out clothes -- from a lovely garden-like space to a practical utilitarian porch -- or anywhere in between.
Daylight Basement
The stairs to the basement open directly into the large central room with endless uses. Two smaller side rooms can be bedrooms, or an office and exercise room as shown. Direct access to the eastern patio allows for these rooms to take advantage of the eastern view and light. The western end of the basement still has ample room for storage and mechanical.
With two 9' wide doors and a pair of hinged doors for smaller vehicles, the garage is quite flexible. The overhead doors are furthest from the house door to allow the recycling and garbage cans to be nearest to the kitchen and provide a large area for maneuvering out of the car for the handicapped. There is still room for a small workshop area. The step-less entry into the home makes for an easy, safe access for those of any age.
Construction Info
The roof is to be constructed with engineered trusses with the option of flat 9' high or vaulted ceilings. Open the doors between the first floor and daylight basement to aid passive cooling. To maintain first floor comfort in winter, flooring should be tile and some of the walls should have 4" brick or stone veneer to help absorb the sun's heat.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Glass in the south end of the screened porch for a delightful three season sun room -- perfect for brunch!
  • For land that slopes to the west, reverse the house to put the back screened porch on the west and front porch on the east
  • For narrow lots, remove the garage or move it to the western basement with the overhead doors on the south
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • First Floor Plan with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans