4 Bedrooms and a Soaring Family Room

Picture of Soaring Family Room


Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 3830
  Main 2252
  Upper 1578
Lower level living area  745
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.
56.667 W x 51.417 D


Above-ground bedrooms 4
Above-ground bathrooms 3
Master suite Upper
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0


Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 4
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.
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 10
  Upper 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.


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
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Lower Level Floor Plans For Soaring Family Room

Lower Level Floor Plans For Soaring Family Room
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The front door has an arched transom above and is flanked by side windows. Like the aforementioned family room, the foyer also has a 20’9″ ceiling with a dormer and a window near the top that lets additional light into this space. There are actually three coat closets in the foyer – two smaller ones on either side of the doorway, and a larger one further into the house. An opening on the right leads to the living room, and another on the left (just past the stairs to the upper level) to the formal ding room.

The living room – like most of the rooms on the main level – has a lofty 10′ ceiling. This room is filled with light during the day thanks to bay windows facing the front and a large window facing the side. The dining room is nearly identical to the living room in size and shape, and has the same window bay facing the front. However, this room has a tray ceiling that is 9′ at the edges, and where the side windows were located in the living room the wall juts out to provide space for a built–in cabinet.

As you move from the foyer to the open living spaces of the house you pass an opening on the right that provides access to a full bath and a den that could easily be an additional bedroom, guest room, or in–law unit. After passing beneath a 9’7″ soffit that acts as a bridge on the upper level, the ceiling pops back up as you enter the family room. The far wall has two sliding glass doors topped by large picture windows for light and views, and above them is a dormer with another window. The sliding doors open to a wide covered deck that wraps around in front of the den. Views to and through that deeper portion of the deck in front of the den are provided by two picture windows in the far right corner. The family room also has a large fireplace on one wall that can also be enjoyed by anyone in the kitchen.

The kitchen space is separated from the family room and a sunny breakfast nook by a three–sided peninsula counter with a raised bar on the outer edge. A pair of sinks are located in the center portion, and beneath the counters on either side there’s a dishwasher, a trash compactor, and a wine cooler as well as cabinetry. There’s an island with a vegetable sink on top in the middle of the kitchen, and a very spacious walk–in pantry in one corner. The kitchen has a 9′ ceiling that rises to 10′ in the nook area, which also has bay windows for light and views. A built–in desk is conveniently located between the kitchen and the nook. At the opening on the opposite side of the kitchen there’s a dumbwaiter that accesses both the upper and lower floors. Beyond the opening there’s a vestibule that provides access to the dining room, the stairs to the lower level (should you choose to build it), and to the laundry area.

On the upper level, there are three bedrooms on one side of the house, and the master suite occupies the other side. At the top of the stairs a door on the left opens to bedroom 2, another straight ahead opens to bedroom 3, and at the end of a hall on the right there’s another that opens to bedroom 4. There’s also a pull–down set of stairs in the ceiling above the landing that provides attic access, and the dumbwaiter arrives at the landing as well. All three rooms have at least two windows for light, views and ventilation, and all share a full bath. Like the rest of the upper level, the ceilings are set at 9′.

A “bridge” off the landing looks down on either side to the foyer and the family room before reaching the master suite. The master bedroom has its own private balcony that’s accessed through sliding glass doors. Wide windows in one corner add light and views, and there’s a vent free gas fireplace in another corner. You pass a walk–in closet and a private toilet before entering the main bath area. There’s a large soaking tub beneath a window, and an equally large shower that also gets natural light. And a vanity station is positioned between two sinks.

Because of the slope of their property, the original homeowners were able to include a four–car garage (tandem–style) on the lower level. The rest of this level includes space for a fifth bedroom and bath and a large open room next to it. Both rooms were left unfinished.

Please Note:
Due to licensing agreements, this house cannot be constructed within El Dorado County, California.

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Brief Description

The front of this home gives no indication of the incredible views to the rear. The family room has a soaring 21’9″ ceiling(!), and large stacked windows and glass doors provide views from floor to ceiling. Multi–paned windows are featured in the front and the first portion of each side, with two window bays shaded by unique curved metal awnings, while picture windows are used elsewhere to maximize the views. The original homeowners chose to clad the house in thick stucco in a muted tone, with stone veneer highlights at the front of the house, and concrete shakes on the roof. There are four bedrooms on the upper level, and room for a fifth if you choose to build the basement level.

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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.


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

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$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).

SKU: JS-004
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John Sutton – Architect

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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).
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    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.
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    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!
  • 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.

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.