Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,280 sf
Floor 2
743 sf
2,023 sf
Daylight Basement
1,120 sf
Unfinished Basement
160 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Speak Easy
The Speak Easy has a small footprint with room to expand both upstairs and down. With three floors of south-facing windows, all three levels will be brightened by the sun and the basement will be as bright as the main floor. With living areas on the back west side, the layout is perfect for outdoor dinners. The variety of exterior materials, quaint front, and spacious back deck make for a creative home adaptable to a growing and changing family.
First Floor

From the front airlock foyer, turning right leads to the laundry or garage while the decorative glass door leads straight to the central living area that features a hearth flanked by bookcases, stone wall and open beams surrounding it. Beyond is the open dining with the kitchen tucked around the corner, but still open to the living area. The kitchen has an expansive northwest view with the corner windows and receives indirect light through the dining area. The first-floor master bedroom receives morning light as does its bathroom. The two side-fireplace allows the bedroom and bathtub to share a cozy fire.

Second Floor

The central staircase leads to the second floor with two sunny bedrooms each with a dormer, and a fun, center loft overlooking the fireplace wall and living area. Eave storage is placed both north and south of the bedrooms. The back bedroom can optionally overlook the kitchen with a window to peak below and connect with the kitchen. There is a central bath and laundry chute to below.

Daylight Basement

The U-shaped staircase opens into the middle of the sunny daylight basement with a bright bedroom on end and L-shaped living on the other end which has a flex nook for crafts, exercising home schooling or a media area. A large mechanical room has plenty of room for storage too. Glass doors lead out to a large south-facing patio. 

Attached Garage 

The two-vehicle garage attached to the northeast connects to the front via the airlock entry. It is a family-friendly foyer with plenty of spaces for cubbies, coats, boots, etc. The laundry is nearby to capture the muddy items with its own back door, but out of sight from everyday travel. 

Construction Info 

Nine-foot ceilings on the first floor with the partial open living area make the rooms feel spacious when combined with all the light. The upper floor has a variety of exterior wall heights which vault up to 9-foot ceilings in the middle with a stick-framed rafter roof. The insulated foundation keeps the basement warm. The 8-inch double stud walls on the main floor above can be thickened or made thinner for milder climates. A variety of cavity and exterior insulation make the wall system adaptable to various climates. The thermal mass is primarily in the basement slab floor and tile floors on the main level. With the central staircase connecting all three floors, the home can share the abundance of thermal mass in the basement. 

Modification Ideas 

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

  • Add a west, back porch for covered outdoor living 
  • Combine the dormers into one large south-facing shed dormer 
  • Add a kitchenette to the basement for rental, ADU or in-laws 
  • Remove the basement and add a slab foundation 
  • Lengthen the house in the east-west direction for larger rooms 
Construction Drawings 

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

  • Schematic Site Plan 
  • Daylight Basement Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plans with Attached Garage 
  • Exterior Elevations 
  • Building Section 
  • Kitchen Elevations 
  • Typical Wall Detail 
  • Schematic Framing Plans 
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
Comments and Photos
Look for photos soon as the home owners expect to move in later in 2021. Alan tells us:
"We are having a ball watching the house come together. We also think the views are better than we expected! 

We are happy that we stuck with our inclination to put the living areas on the west side, so we can feature the amazing views to the SW. 

Bert has been great to work with as well. He is a patient, perfectionist craftsman and has lots of good ideas."