SIPs Passive Solar Home
|Total Above-ground living area||2625|
|Lower level living area||1700|
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.
|62 W x 30 D|
|Number of stalls||2|
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, BR2, BR3|
Upon entering the stone floored foyer of this lovely home, you have three separate paths you may follow. One leads upstairs, another leads to the rear of the house, and yet another leads to the dining area and the great room. The great room features a vaulted ceiling that rises to a soaring 24' at the centerline of the house, a large fireplace, a bay window, and a built–in bookcase. A glass door leads to a covered porch with an exposed deck. The well–designed kitchen has a movable island, a peninsula counter for quick meals, and a good–sized pantry. It's next to a sun filled breakfast nook that leads to a screened porch.
The master bedroom suite is located on this lower level. The large walk–in closet provides direct access to the laundry room (which can also be accessed from the foyer), and the bath area includes a private toilet room, and two separate sinks. A rear foyer leads to the optional carport or garage, and is flanked by a half bath and a laundry room that can also function as a mudroom. All of the interior doors on this level are 3' wide to allow access by someone in a wheelchair or a walker.
The entire upstairs is vaulted, rising from 8' at the outer walls to 14'6" at the centerline. The upstairs study nook overlooks the large great room below, and provides access to a large balcony. There are two more bedrooms on this floor that share a full bath, and there's a large walk–in attic storage space off the hallway.
The basement has a large entertainment and exercise area that opens to a large covered patio. There's an optional bedroom on this floor (with a full bath) that would also work well as a home office.
The optional detached garage or carport is designed to house 2 cars and a tractor or a workshop.
Front Elevation For SIPs Solar Home
Rear Elevation For SIPs Solar Home
Side 1 Elevation For SIPs Solar Home
Side 2 Elevation For SIPs Solar Home
This house was designed to be a passive solar home constructed with SIPs panels. However, if you don't care about its passive solar capabilities you can orient it on your land in any way you wish, and if you purchase the plans in CAD format it could easily be converted to stud wall construction. To take advantage of its passive solar capabilities, the front of the house must face south.