Solar Scoop

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Specifications

Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 1600
  Main Level 984
  Upper Level 616
Lower level living area  
Footprint    
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.
47 W x 41 D

Rooms

Above-ground bedrooms 2
Above-ground bathrooms 2.5
Master suite Upper
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0

Attributes

Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 1
House height    
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.
23' 0"
Ceiling heights    
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.
  Main level 8.5
  Upper level 7.5
Vaulted ceilings    
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
DR, MBR
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Upper Level Floor Plans For Solar Scoop
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The exterior is a combination of wood clapboards and MDO plywood siding, but you can of course select any materials you'd like. The exterior angles and details change with every step if you were to walk around the house, and all of them – in our opinion – are as beautiful as they are unique.

The front entry is covered by a beautiful rounded balcony off the master bedroom. The airlock foyer has a large coat closet and a powder room to either side, and it looks into the living room through a glazed wall, and has a door (that isn't shown on the plan) that separates it from the rest of the house. A short hallway leads past two steps down to the sunken living room on your way to the stairs and the rest of the living areas. The living room has windows at each corner, and a centrally located fireplace.

The open kitchen area includes a large island with a pair of sinks, and a special spot for a desk. The dining area is surrounded by glazed windows and doors, and the cathedral ceiling rises all the way to the roofline, where "waves" of windows also bathe the upper level in natural light. Also located on this level are a den with a large closet, and a laundry/mechanical room.

The upper floor is just as unique as the lower level. Particularly in the master bath area, which is broken up into two bathroom areas – one for the master suite and another for a second bedroom – separated by a tub room. Pocket doors make each area private. It is from the bath area that the private balcony over the front door is accessed. The ceiling in the master bedroom rises to 12'6", one entire wall is devoted to closet space, and glazed doors lead out to a private deck. A second bedroom includes a closet that accesses a large storage area, and doors that lead out to another private deck.

Passive Solar & Construction Info
A solar scoop on the southeast/southwest corner gathers in the sun, providing enough annual solar gain in cold climates to require less than two cords of hardwood for auxiliary heating. The aperture is insulated at night with pull down shades, or it can be glazed with high performance, Low E, triple glass. The walls are double framed with two layers of 2x4s, providing a full 10" space for insulation. The floor is foam insulated exposed slab on grade, and is finished with heat absorbent tile. Additional heating comes from the radiant hydronic floor and backup wood stove. The plans also include an electric baseboard heat option (which may not be appropriate for all regions due to high electric costs).

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    Brief Description

    This truly unique contemporary house is modest in size, super–insulated, and designed as a passive solar home. Architecturally, this visually stunning design uses a massing concept of two recognizable styles: a classic Greek Revival style with clapboarding; and a banded graphic wrap–around package that includes a pop–out round master bedroom deck. The two formats are placed as rectangles 20 degrees to one another.

    Select One Plan Set Option

       

    5 Set Package:

    Printed on Bond paper; may be modified, but not duplicated

    Mylar:

    Printed on Mylar; may be modified right on the plans, which can then be duplicated locally. Includes extra copy printed on Bond paper

    PDF:

    Highly Recommended
    By far the most popular option! Instant, cost-free delivery via email; can be emailed to builder(s) and others; comes with license to modify & duplicate

    CAD:

    For use by design professionals to make substantial changes; may be printed locally after modifications are made; cost-free delivery via email
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    Select Optional Add-ons

       

    If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

    This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

    $50 each
       

    Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

    We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

    Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

    $50
    SKU: TM-389
    Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

    Ted Montgomery – Architect


    To learn about this architect or firm, and/or to view all of their other plans, just click on the name above.

    Plan ID #

    TM-389

    Click on any item below to see full explanation

    • What is bond paper?

      Bond paper

      Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
    • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

      5-Set Construction or Bid Set

      If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
    • What is mylar?

      Mylar

      Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
    • Plans printed on Mylar

      Plans printed on Mylar

      If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
    • What are PDF electronic files?

      PDF electronic files

      The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
    • Plans in PDF format

      Plans in PDF format

      THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
    • What are CAD files?

      CAD files

      The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
    • Plans in CAD format

      Plans in CAD format

      Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.
    Bedrooms

    We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.

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