Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
2,822 sf
Floor 2
185 sf
3,007 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
White Magnolia
The White Magnolia has less square footage and simpler construction than the Steel Magnolia yet has the same comfortable, traditional look. The porch is narrower which reduces construction cost yet still large enough for summer evening chats with a group. Less porch roof area also means more light into the adjacent bedrooms. Its spaciousness is apparent upon entering the home through the front door with the open dining on one side and clear view to the south French doors. The welcoming side entry brings guests into the surprise of the home -- the sunroom/breezeway with the quaint, overlooking loft with dormers north and south to allow sunlight to stream down. When the windows are closed, the space is a sunroom, and with them open, it is transformed into a breezeway (with outdoor kitchen) for hot summer days. This north facing home can be as simple or elegant as the home owner's desire by changing the selection of columns.The first floor square footage listed includes the sunroom/breezeway between the house and the garage. If this space is not needed, then the house s.f. would be 384 s.f. less or 2438 s.f.  Removing its associated loft would reduce the s.f. even more.
First Floor
A large great room with long hearth and bookcase wall is open to the kitchen. The private master suite is on the left with the nearby study (or nursery), while to the right are two more bedrooms with a shared bath. This more public end of the home also features a large craft area near the laundry, kitchen and large pantry. A large bay window houses the family breakfast table while a larger dining area is in the front of the home near the foyer. This space can be used as a study also.
Second Floor Loft
The central loft over the sunroom / breezeway is ideal for exercising since it is located out of the main conditioned area of the house. When the dormer windows are open along with the French doors between the house and breezeway, the house can be passively cooled during the hot season when night temperatures are low. Doors on each side of the loft lead to large attic areas above the garage and main house. The usable area will be determined by the roof truss design, but suggestions include leaving at least the center 8' clear of truss chords.
The two-vehicle garage with garage doors on the north has a storage area on the south large enough for yard equipment, recycling, and storing the garbage cans out of site. Being so close to the south patio, it will be a convenient location to store the barbeque grill too. Add south windows and the space becomes a winter greenhouse.
Construction Info
The gable roof design allows for more solar panels and a simpler roof line. The entire house has 9' ceilings along with 6" thick exterior walls adaptable to various types of insulation both inside the wall and out. The concrete slab adds plenty of economical thermal mass for the home. The south floors can be covered in tile, stone, brick pavers, or stained with some of the elegant methods now available which can make the floors resemble marble and be very easy to clean.
Modification Ideas
Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
  • Remove the breezeway and loft for cost savings
  • Add a partial basement or root cellar under the breezeway
  • Move the garage doors to the side if land
  • Reverse the plan for land that requires a garage on the east
Construction Drawings
For this plan, the following are included with Construction Prints and CAD Files:
  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Slab on Grade Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plans with Attached Garage
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Electrical Plans
  • Schematic Framing Plans
Comments and Photos
This home is similar to the Steel Magnolia for which there are quite a few photos.