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Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 2624
  Main Level 2201
  Upper Level 423
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.
44 W x 58 D


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


Stories 2
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 10
  Upper 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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Main Level Floor Plans For Great Side Views

Main Level Floor Plans For Great Side Views

Upper Level Floor Plans For Great Side Views

Upper Level Floor Plans For Great Side Views

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Floor Plans 1 For Great Side Views

Lower Level Floor Plans For Great Side Views

Lower Level Floor Plans For Great Side Views
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This unique home actually has a working fountain in the middle of the house, set beneath clerestory windows that protrude from the roof. If your property dictates that you build a house with a side view, this house features 6'–tall windows with transoms above them lining one entire side of the house, along with a pair of glass doors that open to a wide and deep deck. The house itself is only 58'–deep without the garage, which is a separate structure (connected via a breezeway) that can be located wherever it works best. It can be a passive solar house if it faces south.

As you step into the house off the covered front porch, you enter a narrow foyer with coat hooks on the left and double doors on the right that then widens to reveal a sunny atrium with a fountain or an indoor garden. The double doors you passed open to a room that can be used as a study or a guest bedroom. If used it as a study or office, you could move the laundry into the space behind the closet and enlarge the master bath area. There's a bumped–out bay filled with windows looking out to and through the front porch, and another window next to a small closet for additional light.

There are up and down stairs just off the atrium, but if you don't need a lower level (which is actually a very small area with a mechanical room and some storage spaces) you could replace the stairway headed down with a deep coat closet, and remove the hooks in the entryway. The center of the atrium space soars to a height of 27' in the middle. Three sides of the clerestory are filled with windows that can be opened automatically or with a long pole, so sunlight pours into the middle of the house while hot air is sucked out on hot days and nights. The original homeowners actually installed an indoor fountain with a 16" wall around it in the middle of the atrium space!

As you pass through the atrium you enter the living spaces of the house. The far wall of the great room and dining space (which are open to each other) is lined with windows and glass doors. Each window and door is 3'–wide and 6'–tall, and all are topped by 2'–tall transom windows, all of which provides a truly spectacular side view. One of the glass doors opens to a 42'–long deck that wraps around the corner and continues along most of the rear of the house. The ceiling at this side wall starts at 10' – the height of all the ceilings on the main level that are not vaulted – and rises to 18' at the edge of the atrium space. There's a gas fireplace in one corner of the great room that can also be enjoyed by family members and guests in both the dining area and the kitchen.

A long counter with angled sections at each end is all that separates the kitchen from the living areas. The center section has a range on top – and an oven below it – so that the person doing the cooking gets to enjoy the activities in the living areas, and the entire counter has a raised outer edge for casual dining and/or serving. In the corner of the kitchen, there are two 4'–tall windows flanking the sinks, and the ceiling vaults up all the way to the roof, where two skylights are located.

Another unique feature of the kitchen is that it includes an extended area with pantry cabinets, another oven, and a vegetable sink below a window. At the end of this space there's a door that opens to a mudroom that also functions as an airlock family entryway. One door in this space opens to the area at the front of the house, while another opens to a two–car garage. The garage has lots of windows for light, and pull–down stairs that provide access to attic storage.

Just off the kitchen and next to the dining area is a lovely morning room with a 10' ceiling and views in two directions. And on the opposite side of the house, next to the great room, is a sunroom with a vaulted ceiling. Six–foot tall windows look out to and through the side and rear decks, and a glass door provides access to these decks.

The remainder of the main level is devoted to the master suite at the rear of the house. Double doors off the atrium space open to the bedroom, which features an angled wall that gives the room an interesting look and feel, a lofty 10' ceiling, and windows and a glass door that look and open out to a wide portion of the rear deck, where the homeowners installed a hot tub. You pass a large walk–in closet on the way to a bath area with a double shower in the corner, two sinks next to a tall window, and a small laundry room.

The first landing on the way to the second floor has a plant shelf with a skylight above it. The upper level has a large and unusually shaped loft area. A 42"–high wall zigzags around, providing views into a portion of the atrium and the living spaces below, and another low wall looks down to the kitchen. At the end of this walkway there is a door that opens to an attic storage area. There's space in the loft to accommodate a bed and furniture for guests, and this space also has a built–in seat beneath a trio of windows. A door in this area of the loft opens to eave storage.

Other doors in the loft space open to bedroom 3 and a small bathroom. The bedroom has a pair of windows for views to the rear, and a door off the closet that opens to a huge eave storage area that wraps around the side of the house. A narrow door in an angled portion of the bedroom provides access to a plant shelf overlooking the sunroom below.

Modification Ideas
Move the laundry to the airlock entry and then enlarge the master bath. Make Bath 2 a half bath and expand the laundry.

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Brief Description

This house has a covered porch in front, and a deep wrap around deck that runs nearly the entire length of the rear and one side. This side of the house has side–by–side windows that wrap around a sunny morning room, along the dining and living room, and completely around a sunroom. And all of these rooms except the morning room have vaulted ceilings. A clerestory atrium allows sunlight to fill the middle of the house as well – it rises to 27 feet in the center, and operable windows allow heat to escape on hot days.

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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).

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Debra Coleman – Passive Solar 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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    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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    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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