Simple Single Story Passive Solar Home
|Total Above-ground living area||1879|
|Lower level living area||1879|
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.
|67 W x 39 D|
|Number of stalls||2|
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
This simple and inexpensive to construct one story home has 3'–wide doorways throughout for easy wheelchair access. The plans call for 8' ceilings on the main level, but they can vault to 12' down the centerline if you use scissors trusses (instead of standard trusses) to construct the roof. The house features great views to the rear, optional balconies or decks along the rear wall, and a 36'x8' covered porch along one side. It can be a passive solar house if it faces north.
The plans for the original house call for brick veneer siding, but you can of course use anything you wish on the outside. From the covered front porch you enter a foyer space with a coat nook on one side. The right side of the house is devoted to the living areas, which are all open to each other. The far wall along the living and dining areas is fill with windows providing abundant natural light and views. If you choose to build the optional balcony or deck shown in the floor plans, one of the windows can be replaced by a glass door. A pair of French doors off the dining area open to the side porch.
The kitchen is separated from the dining area by a peninsula counter with a raised edge for casual eating or serving. It has room for a central island (if proper space for wheelchair turning is not necessary), sinks beneath a pair of windows that – if operable – can allow things to be passed directly to and from the porch, and a deep walk–in pantry. A door off the kitchen opens to a laundry room with space for a freezer, a half bath, a storage closet, and a two–car garage with pull–down stairs accessing attic storage.
The other side of the house is devoted to the bedrooms, which are accessed by a short hallway. Bedroom 2 – which could be used as a study or home office – has a view to the front, while Bedroom 3 looks out to the rear, and both share a full bath. The master bedroom has four windows (or three with a glass door if you choose to build an optional balcony or deck) that look out to the rear, and another window facing the side. You pass a walk–in closet and pull–down stairs in the ceiling for attic access on the way to the bath, which features a whirlpool or soaking tub, a separate shower, and both a toilet and a bidet.
Stairs off the kitchen lead to an unfinished lower level, but if you don't need the stairs you could have a long storage closet instead.
The garage is semi–attached, and can be entered from 3 different directions. It is separated from the main house by a mudroom in the laundry area.
You have the option of using scissor trusses if you want to vault the ceiling on the main floor, which otherwise has an 8' ceiling.
Front Elevation For Simple Single Story
Rear Elevation For Simple Single Story
Side 1 Elevation For Simple Single Story
Side 2 Elevation For Simple Single Story
This is a very economical house to build – the shape is a perfect rectangle; it has a very simple crossing roof; and thanks to its efficient use of space, there's room for up to 3 bedrooms in just 1,879 sf of living space. However, as you'll see from the photos and the floor plan, this simple house has details that make it as attractive as it is functional. If you use scissors trusses to support the roof, the ceiling vaults to 12' down the centerline; and the house provides great views to the rear.