Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,931 sf
Floor 2
811 sf
2,742 sf
Daylight Basement
1,108 sf
Unfinished Basement
680 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Sea View
The Sea View is one of the more elegant passive solar homes and its creative use of space makes it unique. The entry on the north provides a clear view through to the sunroom bay window on the south. This sun room is located on all levels of the home and allows for 270-degree views and a panoramic 360-degree view from the roof deck at the top!
"Many thanks for your lovely plans. The house has been a joy to live in and has received many compliments." They built a reversed version of Sea View with the garage on the northeast.
First Floor
The main living areas are on the south. The central staircase allows for quick access to the daylight basement and the second floor suite and provides some interesting peeks of the great room and the loft nook accessed by a ladder. The practical side of our client demanded a downstairs bedroom, but until needed, that room can become a project room or office. The shutters between the downstairs bedroom and the dining area allow for easy control of the sunlight from the southern view. The dining space can be elegant for dinner parties or serve as an overflow area for the project room.
Second Floor
The balcony and spiral stairs from the upstairs master suite to the roof deck allow for scenic viewpoints, and the skylight over the bed provides a beautiful vista of the starlit sky. The master bath and closet are full of surprises. The sun room in the suite serves as a sitting area or meditation space.
Daylight Basement
Guests or children will love the daylight basement with 2 bedrooms on the sunny south side, shared sitting area (which can also be for TVs or computers), and the sunroom/greenhouse. Direct access from the hot tub to the bathroom keeps dripping water out of the bedrooms and makes winter use more pleasant. In the basement there is plenty of extra space for heating and solar storage tanks as well as exercise equipment.
The two-car garage has its doors tucked away on the back side. Its long east side with windows helps define the front entry. The front bay can be a workbench nook or out of the way place for garbage and recycling cans.
Construction Info
The great room and upstairs have vaulted ceilings. The rest of the first floor and the daylight basement have 9' ceilings. With its simple shape, this house is well suited to be constructed with SIPs (structurally insulated panels). The thermal mass is designed to be primarily in the stucco covered masonry columns located throughout the house.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Move the garage doors to the north or east side for small lots
  • Reverse the stairs and add another upstairs bedroom on the west
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • Floor Plans including Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations 
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Section
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
Sandra shared gorgeous photos of her Sea Breeze.  They reversed the design (see "flip")and made numerous other changes to fit their lot and lifestyle. "Many thanks for your lovely plans.  The house has been a joy to live in and has received many compliments.  My heating bills in winter are very low."