Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
1,616 sf
Floor 2
1,167 sf
2,783 sf
Daylight Basement
1,363 sf
Unfinished Basement
253 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Squirrel's Nest
The Squirrel's Nest can house a large young family or a multi-generational one with up to 8 bedrooms on three different levels! But since the home is right-sized, it does not have the associated large footprint and wasted space. The inviting farm house style continues throughout the inside of the home from top to bottom, but is especially felt in the large country sun room, dining area bathed in sunlight with the early morning sun. Sunsets can be viewed from the kitchen, dining and the large wrap around front porch. (Can you tell that this house evolved from the Moorhaus Cottages?)
First Floor

Since the front door is nestled in the northwest corner and the front steps are angled, it works for land that faces both west and north. Both the visitor and family enter into the central foyer in the middle of the home so there is no need to travel far to any room. The central staircase extends the same type of efficiency of travel to the second floor and sunny daylight basement.

As with many Sun Plans, the master suite and main living areas are on the first floor. The Squirrel's Nest features a small private study or guest bedroom too. The family entry is large enough for many cubbies for storage for each person in the family. The laundry chute above will help the kids get the dirty clothes down to the laundry room.
Second Floor
Upstairs three sunny bedrooms line the south side with a fourth bedroom that is a bit more private on the northeast. The compartmentalized bath makes it easy to be used by many. The wide central hallway has room for desks and shelves. Peak over the stair rail and there is a view all the way to the lower level.
Daylight Basement
With its own large bath, bedroom and craft room that could be a living area, this lower level can house in-laws as well as serve as a game room. It has its own private sunroom for a quite coffee or tea away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. The north mechanical room has lots of room for storage.
The three car garage is broken up so as to not overwhelm the house. One garage door is close to the front entry. There is ample room inside for extra storage.
Construction Info
The frame of the house is fairly conventional with 6" walls (extra insulation on exterior) and stick-framed rafters. (Exterior wall type is relatively easy to adapt.) Nine foot ceilings are in the first floor and daylight basement while the upper floor has sloped ceilings through out to add farmhouse character. With the basement on the same heating system as the rest of the house, its extra thermal mass will help stabilize temperatures to prevent overheating on sunny winter and fall days.
Modification Ideas
Since adaptations may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Add a shower in the half bath if the study is instead used as a bedroom
  • Build the house on a concrete slab to save costs
  • Remove one car bay or use it as a shopMove the upstairs bath to the corridor area and remove the north bedroom on the upper floor to reduce costs
  • Reversing the home will bath the front porch in morning sun
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Daylight Basement Plan
  • Floor Plans with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
Love how the basement can enlarge this home. Check out the Sunshine for first floor photos.