Sun-Filled Two-Bedroom Cottage 2

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Specifications

Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 2343
  Main Level 2343
Lower level living area  1911
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.
44 W x 66.5 D

Rooms

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

Attributes

Stories 1
Parking garage
Number of stalls 3
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 9
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
ALL
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Lower Level Floor Plans For Sun-Filled Cottage 2
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Sun–Filled Cottage 2 has a floor plan that is nearly identical to the original on the main level, but version 2 has no upper level (it's a one story home), and a fully developed lower level (the original was unfinished). Other changes include widening the garage to accommodate 3 vehicles, and having the garage doors face the front; the addition of a large entry courtyard; the repositioning of the laundry, allowing the conversion of the study to a bedroom with its own full bath; and a small enlargement of the master bedroom and bath, and the addition of a second walk–in closet.

But possibly the most significant change is to the ceilings throughout the house. Because there's no longer an upper floor, all the ceilings on the main level follow the roofline, vaulting from 9' at the outer walls – in four equal pie sections – to 15'6" at the edges of the atrium, and the atrium space itself rises an additional 5'. It can be a passive solar house if it faces northeast (or northwest, if reversed).

As you pass to the left of the garage you enter a large entry courtyard with a covered porch area running along one side. From the covered front porch, a glass door with glass side panels opens to a foyer that widens as you move into the house. Immediately on the left a pair of doors open to a bedroom that could of course also be used as a study, office, or guestroom. Five–foot tall windows line one wall, providing light and views from the front, while an adjoining wall has an identical window with a seat beneath it. A short hall leads past a long closet before reaching a full bath.

As you step into the house, stairs to an optional basement and a coat closet are just to your left; straight ahead there's a built–in desk with cabinets that match those in the kitchen (you could of course have built–in shelving or a bookcase if you prefer); and to the right is an opening to the living spaces of the house. If you look carefully at the floor plans, you'll see faint dotted lines that form two sides of a perfect square in the exact center of the house that includes the hearth and the desk area. This space rises up to and through the roof to clerestory windows that not only allow sunlight to fill the center of the house, but also – since the windows are operable – allow hot air to escape on hot days. To increase the effectiveness, you can install either a ceiling fan in the middle, or an exhaust fan in one of the windows. The clerestory is optional, but we think it's one of the great features of the house.

The kitchen, dining area, and great room are all open to each other, separated only by an angled peninsula counter with a raised bar on the outer edge for casual eating or serving. The kitchen features a pair of skylights in the vaulted ceiling, sinks positioned beneath a pair of corner windows, and a huge working pantry. The far wall of the dining space and the living room are filled with glass, particularly in the dining area, where glass panels and a glass door rise from near the floor to the roofline. That door opens to a large deck that wraps around a screened porch with an optional fireplace.

In the far left corner there's a sunroom with tall windows that not only wrap around the outside, but continue inside, separating this room from the great room. In the far right corner, to the side of the dining space, there's a door to the screened porch, a powder room, a mail and pet nook with a coat closet, a laundry room, and a door that opens to the 3–car garage.

The remainder of the main level is devoted to the master suite. The bedroom features lots of light along with views to the side, and an angled wall that gives a different look and feel to the room. You pass "his" and "hers" closets (guess whose is bigger and has a bit of natural light?) as you enter the master bath. There's a 42"x72" whirlpool (or soaking) tub beneath a pair of windows; a large shower surrounded by glass block walls; two separated vanities; and a private toilet.

The lower level, should you choose to build it, has room for two additional bedrooms that share a full bath, a craft/sewing room, a large open space that can be used for recreation or exercise, and another space large enough for a den with a fireplace and an entertainment center along with a kitchenette. There's also a large room for mechanicals and storage.

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    Brief Description

    Sun–Filled Cottage 2 has a floor plan that is nearly identical to the original on the main level, but version 2 has no upper level (it's a one story home), and a fully developed lower level (the original was unfinished). Other changes include widening the garage to accommodate 3 vehicles, and having the garage doors face the front; the addition of a large entry courtyard; the repositioning of the laundry, allowing the conversion of the study to a bedroom with its own full bath; and a small enlargement of the master bedroom and bath, and the addition of a second walk–in closet.

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    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

       

    Sometimes the house you want will only work on your property if it is built in the reverse of the original design. The plans for this particular design can be reversed by the architect, with right-reading (not mirror-reverse) words and measurements. The fee will only be added to your original order. If you wish to order more reverse copies of the plans later, please call us toll-free at 1-888-388-5735.

    $250
       

    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: DC-004
    Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

    Debra Coleman – Passive Solar Architect


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    Plan ID #

    DC-004

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    • 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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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!
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      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.
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