Passive Solar With Magical Morning Room
|Total Above-ground living area||3167|
|Lower level living area||1492|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|72 W x 36 D|
|Number of stalls||3|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
|LR, DR. FOY, MBR|
This house can be easily modified to include a full in–law unit on the main floor. If this is of interest to you, please read the section near the end of this Description titled In–Law Unit. It can also be a passive solar house if it faces south.
The foyer off the front porch brings you right into the main living spaces of the home. The spacious kitchen – the hub of most homes – enjoys the same views the living and dining areas have, and is separated from the dining area by a counter with a breakfast bar. It features an optional central island, and is next to a room that functions as both a pantry and a laundry room. Next to it is a family entry that leads to the detached garage.
The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling – rising from 9' at the exterior wall to 22' – and double doors leading to both a porch (which also has a vaulted ceiling) and an open deck. The master bath has a large walk–in closet, a private toilet, two sinks, and room for both a tub and a shower. A second bedroom on this floor, and its attached full bath (which also serves as the guest bath), are wheelchair–friendly (indicated by the dotted circles on the floor plans). The morning room across from it is sure to be a popular spot during the day.
The great room and dining area have vaulted ceilings (also to 22') with exposed beams, and the double French doors in the great room lead to the porch and an open deck beyond it.
The approach to the second floor is delightful as you ascend the curving stairs. The central game room overlooks the first floor living area, and it has views at both ends through large dormers. The third bedroom has a sunny morning window nook and a full bath nearby, which can be shared by guests staying in the study or sleeping nook. The ample spaces on the second floor that are tucked into the numerous eaves will make storage a breeze.
The central stairs also lead down to a large entertainment room with its own kitchenette in the daylight basement. There are at least two more bedrooms on this floor that share a full bath, and a possible sixth bedroom could be used as a home office that can be entered through the outside patio. A large storage space and a mechanical room are located on this floor as well.
The extra large garage has room for 3 vehicles and a workshop. It was designed to be detached, and thus can be located where it works best on your property. The attic storage space above it can be accessed by pull–down stairs.
The basement was designed for ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) walls, while the remainder of the house was designed for SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels). If you plan to change the walls to a different type of construction, like 2×4 or 2×6 stud walls, we recommend that you purchase the plans in CAD format.
Use the morning room, bedroom 2, and bath 2 as an in–law suite by simply adding a door between the bedroom and the morning room!
Front Elevation For Magical Morning Room
Rear Elevation For Magical Morning Room
Side 1 Elevation For Magical Morning Room
Side 2 Elevation For Magical Morning Room
The exterior of this elegant home combines shingle and lap board siding with stone veneer and a metal roof. The overall effect is both beautiful and unique. The primary view is to the front, but all the rooms have plenty of windows for light and views. There's a covered porch with a vaulted ceiling next to an open deck, both of which can be accessed from either the great room or the master bedroom.