Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,102 sf
Floor 2
880 sf
2,982 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Water Music 4
The Water Music 4 home is a five bedroom, but simplified version of the previous Water Music designs that have the front of the home facing south. There are more bedrooms in the same square footage, less complex floor framing and fewer exterior bump outs and bays. While there is less north glass to make the home more comfortable in colder climates, there is still an abundance of both north and south windows for views in both directions. The corner east and west windows in this main living area expand the views even further. The large entry foyer/sunroom can also be a morning room. The angular placement of cabinets and furniture makes for an exciting kitchen and great room full of creative decorating possibilities in a non-linear fashion.
First Floor
From the large sunroom foyer, the main living is entered. From te inside, the open archway in the kitchen looks out into the sunroom and on through the windows on the south side. The east family entry is close to the detached carport or garage without blocking the light into the home. The living area opens to a north deck for outdoor living.
Bedroom two is privately located on the opposite of the master suite. Bath two between the mudroom and bedroom two can be used for clean up while working in a garden or a guest bathroom.
The doors to the master bath from the foyer and to the master bedroom from the study nook allow for good air circulation as well as convenience. The north/west facing master suite has corner windows to allow soft lighting for reading and relaxing.
Second Floor
Three bedrooms with high ceilings and a central study loft can accommodate a large family upstairs. Two of the bedrooms have north views and the other one a view to the south. The bath is conveniently located for all to share. A bonus room on the east has endless possibilities for being finished into a teenage game room or a craft room which would be full of morning light.
Carport / Storage
The two-vehicle carport with storage is located to the southeast close to the mudroom. It is located far enough away to not block midday low winter sun. The carport also makes a convenient area for drying clothes and cookouts. It can easily be replaced with a small or large garage.
Construction Info
The house is designed for 6" walls with a variety of types of insulation both in the wall and out to achieve a wide range of R-values. The main roof is rafter framed so the upstairs ceilings will be sloped in various places for ceiling character. The foundation is a combination of unvented crawlspace and slab for the sunroom. Thermal mass stone walls line the sunroom/foyer and the sunroom floor is also stone covered for additional thermal mass.
Modification Ideas
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Convert the east walk in attic to a game room for the kids
  • Add an attached garage to the east and modify the bath/mudroom for entry to the house from the garage
  • Flip the master bedroom suite so that the bathroom is on the north and the bedroom is on the south -- accessed from the sunroom
  • Reverse the design so that the master suite is on the east side to receive morning sun
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace/Slab Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
  • Carport / Storage Plans