Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,340 sf
Floor 2
536 sf
1,876 sf
Daylight Basement
1,340 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Smiling Tree
With steep-roof cottage charm, this one and one-half story Smiling Tree has a lot packed into a very small footprint. The front, flex room can serve equally well as an office, extra bedroom or even a large dining room. The quaint loft adds vertical interest both inside and out. A small west-facing front porch makes the home inviting and creates a place for sunset viewing. The south deck is a sunny spot year-round.
First Floor

The glass front door opens into the quaint foyer flanked by the window surrounding dining nook as well as the coat closet, and desk for storing phones. The front room can be entered without having to pass through the family areas.

Extra light filters down through the loft above the kitchen adding a sparkle to the view from the front door, the back living area, and even the back, north entry of the home. The living room in the southeast corner has no wasted space since traffic flow does not pass through it. The outside door is from near the kitchen and dining to reach an outdoor cookout area.

The kitchen in the middle works well for being close to the dining area and living room, but it is also close to the north door for ease of bringing in groceries. It will be extra sunny with the south windows and light from dormer above. The large central island is a dream for keeping the cook and family or visitors close by as well as convenient staging area for goods from the nearby walk-in pantry.

The master bedroom and spacious bathroom are tucked into the private, cool northeast side of the home. The closet helps buffer the living room noise.

The central stairs lead up to the second floor or down to the basement. They are easily accessed from the nearby laundry as well. The central half bath is near the kitchen and back door and it can be shared with the front room too.

Second Floor

The top of the stairs opens into the small central loft ideal for a kid's study. It overlooks the kitchen making it easy to help with homework during dinner prep. A south dormer brings in light. In the center are also a linen closet and small bathroom with shower. A bedroom on each end gives privacy for each.

Daylight Basement

The central staircase opens into the middle of the below grade basement. Bedrooms can be added where the window wells are located. The options for the basement's use are endless!

Optional, Detached Garage

The two-vehicle garage is designed to be placed to the north side of the home. It can be attached or detached to the house.

Construction Info

The above grade walls are framed with 8 inch double-stud walls and attic-style trusses with the center section open. Ceilings are 8' high on the first floor and basement. The upper floor has sloped ceilings on the edges with 8' height in the center. Wall insulation can vary significantly by adding extra exterior insulation on the stud walls and extra interior insulation on the basement interior walls. The home does not need additional thermal mass for comfort since the south glass is less than 7% of floor area.

Modification Ideas

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

  • Frame the roof with rafters instead of trusses to be able to add a wider south dormer for larger second floor spaces.
  • Remove the front room to reduce the first floor size to 1140 s.f.
  • If the land slopes to the south, add daylight basement spaces.
  • To have a free-standing dining table, reduce the kitchen island.
  • Use the second floor as attic storage and finish later.
  • Build just the first floor for a small, two-bedroom home
  • Expand the south deck and wrap it around to the front porch
Construction Drawings, etc.

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

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Basement Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Detached Garage Plan
Comments and Photos
The color image shown is just one example of a color scheme.  The exact colors and even the various types of siding that can be used are endless. The roof slopes and shapes can even be changed for a completely different look. The CAD files allow for a local design professional to do that if desired.