Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,630 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Raising Hopes
Raising Hopes is designed for a bright future for durability in any location prone to rising water. However, lowering the foundation makes for a very affordable, three-bedroom, two-bath home for any location. With the center front and back doors, passive cooling is easy through the middle of the house. Relax on the west front porch to enjoy sunsets and on the east deck to watch sunrises.
First Floor

The inviting front porch opens into a large, spacious great room with southern views. Vaulted ceilings add character without energy compromise. The large, central kitchen features a large island and is open to the dining and living area. It and the bedrooms are conveniently close to the central laundry.

The front bedroom can also be used as a study or in-laws room. Its cozy nook is perfect for a yoga mat or exercise machine. The private back master bedroom is on the quietest, coolest corner of the home. With its bathroom connected directly to the back deck, it is ideally located for coming and going from a hot tub or messy outdoor work without traipsing through the house.

The third bedroom on the southeast is a flex room that will feel like a sunroom with many windows on two sides. How perfect for a morning room, craft room or winter room for plants!

Carport / Ground Level Parking

This large covered area can be used for parking and boat storage. It is also big enough to accommodate family reunions, shrimp boils and dancing music jambs. In non-flood zones, the area can be enclosed for a garage, storage, greenhouse and/or a workshop. A lift can be added to transfer groceries up to the first floor.

Construction Info

Rising Hopes is designed to be constructed with an economical truss-framed roof, 6 inch thick exterior walls, and a raised insulated concrete slab foundation for an extra strong foundation as required in many ocean front communities. The house has 9 foot high ceilings with the south rooms vaulted to the center. The north rooms could be vaulted too, but the flat ceiling allows for attic storage above. Thermal mass for comfort year-round is located in floor tile or stained concrete floors.

Modification Ideas

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

  • Change the foundation to concrete slab for cost savings and add a garage to the north.
  • To further simplify construction, push in the cantilevered kitchen and slightly reduce the island size.
  • If land slopes to the south, add a sunny, walkout basement by enclosing the stairs.
  • For narrow lots, center the steps and park under from the west.
  • Add a central hearth in place of the desk.
  • Add coat closet and built in pantry on the north kitchen wall
Construction Prints, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Pier Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
The color images shows the home raised in a southern, coastal climate, but the home can be built in any climate with local adaptions. For instance, a slab foundation could be created and the walls could be made thicker to adapt Raising Hopes to cold climates when additional insulation is added to the roof and foundation - relatively simple things to do in terms of construction.