Great Light & Front Views

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Total Above-ground living area 2333
  Main Level 2217
  Upper Loft 116
Lower level living area  
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.
60 W x 36 D


Above-ground bedrooms 3
Above-ground bathrooms 2
Master suite Main
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0


Stories 1
Parking garage
Number of stalls 2
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 8
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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As you approach the house, what stands out are the dormer above the projecting bay of the nook with its rounded window and the clerestory windows running left to right. As you step onto the front patio, you're facing a three–sided bay with windows on either side, and the front door in the middle with a half–round transom window above it. When you enter the foyer there's an optional fireplace right in front of you that faces the living room to your right. The ceiling in the living room – like those in the dining room, kitchen and sunroom/den – vault steeply from 8' at the front of the house to a lofty 16' at the edge of the clerestory that projects from the roofline. And the outer wall along the entire front of the house is filled with windows. French doors in two corners of the living room open to the covered porch at the side of the house.

A wall separates the kitchen from the dining and living rooms, but the wall drops to 48" in height in one corner, allowing food and other items to be passed between the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has room for a long rounded island with a range on top and a raised bar at one end. There's a built–in desk, plenty of counter and cabinet space, and a walk–in pantry nearby.

The breakfast nook off the kitchen is set into a bumped–out bay with 6–foot–tall windows, above which sits a dormer with a pie–slice transom over a picture window. The nook is also open to a sunroom that could of course be used as a den or library. A door at the end of the room opens to a family entry at the side of the house. This entry can act as an air–lock, and three more doors in this space open to a screened porch, a laundry room, and the main portion of the house. The screened porch has a door at one end that opens to a covered porch in the front corner, and another at the other end that opens to the rear patio. Pull–down stairs in the ceiling provide access to attic storage. The laundry room can also be accessed from the patio.

A hallway running left and right through the middle of the house provides access to the master suite. A recessed door opens to the master bedroom. At the far end of the room there's a sitting area in a bay of windows, and a glazed door that opens to the rear patio. An opening leads to a dressing area placed between the walk–in closet and a pair of separated vanities. A door off the dressing spaces opens directly to the laundry room. An opening between the sinks leads past a private toilet and a linen closet to a pocket door that opens to the bathing area. This space features a double shower across from a soaking tub with a pair of windows and a plant shelf between them. A truly unique and functional master bath!

A short angled hall off the living and dining areas leads to bedrooms 2 and 3 and the full bath they share. Both rooms have views to the rear, and the bathroom doubles as a guest powder room.

If you choose to develop the small upper level, the stair landing provides access to a study loft, a room that can be used as either a guest room with a private balcony or for storage, and a long balcony beneath the clerestory with built–in bookshelves along one side and a railing on the other that looks down to the living spaces below. If you do not develop the upper level, the unused stairwell space can add room to the kitchen, nook, and sunroom.

The plans include drawings for a two–car garage with a large workshop area. Pull–down stairs in the shop area provide access to attic storage. The garage is wide enough to accommodate 3 cars if you don't need a workshop. It can be located on the side, where its narrower side wall matches up with the screened porch, and its overhead doors can face either the front or rear of the house. Or it can be located in the rear, where the side wall matches up with the rear deck or patio. Again the rollup doors can be on either side.

There is another version of this house called Great Light & Views 2. Just click on the architect's name (in red, in the upper left corner of this page) – red links to each of her plans appear below her bio.

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    Brief Description

    This distinctive home features a front patio that wraps around to a covered porch along the right side of the house, and both a covered porch and a screened porch along the entire left side that connects to a deck at the rear of the house. Truly a house for a family that like to spend a lot of time outdoors! All the living spaces of this home have vaulted ceilings and great views to the front, and a clerestory allows even more natural light to fill the house. If your property allows you to orient the front of the house to face south, you can take advantage of its passive solar design.

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    5 Set Package:

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


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


    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


    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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    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.

    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).

    SKU: DC-398
    Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

    Debra Coleman – Passive Solar Architect

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

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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?


      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.

    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.