Passive Solar Ranch House
|Total Above-ground living area
|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.
|62 W x 37.5 D
|Number of stalls
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.
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.
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
You can build this house facing in whatever direction suits your needs, but if you’re interested in building it as a passive solar home, please read the section below titled Passive Solar Info for specific information on orientation.
A covered front porch flanked by stone and wood columns opens to a coffered foyer that rises to 10′ in the center. There’s a powder room and a coat closet straight ahead, and a hallway on the left that also has a 10′ ceiling. As you walk down the hall, you pass a stairwell to the lower level and a pass–through opening to the dining and kitchen areas. The stairwell features a unique craftsman–style rail and baluster railing with floor to ceiling 6×6 wood posts – a real focal point of the home. Opposite of the stairwell are twin French–style pocket doors that open to a brightly lit office/study.
The hallway opens up to an open great room with a central fireplace hearth flanked with built–in cabinets, and ample room for furnishings and a media center. The great room has a 9′ ceiling, which is typical for the rest of the main level. There are three sets of windows on the wall at the front of the house, and two openings on the opposite wall that lead to the kitchen and the master suite.
Just before entering the kitchen there are narrow twin French style doors on the left that access a walk–in pantry. The U–shaped kitchen features abundant counter space, and a large center island with a raised eating counter. The kitchen is open to a spacious dining area that looks out onto a rear screened porch through double full light doors. The large screened porch provides additional living and entertaining space. The proximity to the dining room/kitchen makes it an ideal location to dine while taking in the outdoor landscape. From the dining area, a small hall leads to a laundry/utility room with a utility closet, and accesses a three–car garage. If you don’t have a need to house three cars, you could also use one bay for additional storage or as a workshop.
From the great room, a vestibule leads to a closet and a master suite. The master bedroom is generous in size, and has two windows that look out to the rear. Double doors open into two separate walk–in closets, and a small vestibule leads to the master bath. The bath features a large soaking tub that sits under a window, a separate shower, a private toilet room, two vanity sinks, and a linen closet.
After coming downstairs, there’s a bedroom suite immediately to the left. It has a walk–in closet, its own private full bath, and a door that opens out to the front yard. At the end of the hall, there’s a full bath, a room that can be used either as an exercise space or an additional bedroom, and a studio space with a door to the side yard that could also be converted to a fourth bedroom. Some or all of these spaces would also make an ideal in–law unit. The ceilings are set at 8′ except in the studio, which has a 9′ ceiling, and the rooms are all well lit with large windows in daylight–framed walls. The rest of the lower level was left unfinished, with plenty of room for storage or future expansion.
Passive Solar Info
To maximize its passive solar design, the front of this house should face South.
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Passive Solar Ranch House is a gracious one–story home with an optional basement plan that can accommodate 2 to 3 additional bedrooms. This comfortable and attractive home features generous–sized living spaces, a large screened porch off the dining room, and was originally designed to be a passive solar home.