Wrap Around Decks & Porch

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Specifications

Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 2468
  Main Level 1818
  Upper Level 650
Lower level living area  1039
Footprint    
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 44 D

Rooms

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

Attributes

Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 3
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.
30.5
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 9
  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.

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
LR, DR, SUN
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Main Level Floor Plans For Wrap Around Decks & Porch

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First Floor
Porches and decks nearly surround this house, making it a wonderful home for people who love to spend time outdoors. An atrium in the very center of the house provides both natural light and drama. The foyer off the front porch leads directly to the atrium area, which transitions into the living areas of the house. Upon entering this area, you and your guests will experience both the drama of the vaulted ceilings – rising to 20' at the atrium's edge – and the beauty of the outdoors through all the windows on this side of the house.

The kitchen is separated from the dining area by an island with a breakfast bar (also vaulted), and the great room is (visually) separated from the sunroom by the hearth. The dining room provides access to a very large screened porch, and the sunroom provides access to an even larger deck.

The master bedroom suite is conveniently located on this floor, and the laundry room can be accessed directly from the large walk–in closet. There's a second bedroom on this level that could be used as a home office or a study, and a full bath.

Second Floor
The stairs lead up to a small loft area that looks down on the atrium space and the great room. Two additional bedrooms are located on this floor that share a full bath. The homeowners knew that family members would be visiting on a regular basis, so they had the architect create a couple of guest nooks for them. Guest nook 1 could easily be converted into a study area or walk–in closet for bedroom 4. The abundance of walk–in, semi–conditioned eave storage areas will be appreciated by everyone.

Basement
A partial basement is designed with storage, mechanical, and laundry in mind, to free up more of the first floor.

Garage
The detached garage has room for two vehicles and a large workshop, or for three vehicles if you don't need shop space. There's also plenty of room for storage in this 24' deep by 36' wide garage. Pull–down stairs lead to attic storage.

Construction Info
The plans for this house call for ICF (insulated concrete form) exterior walls for the main level, and 2×6 stud walls for the upper level.

Modification Ideas
Add another bedroom upstairs over the great room or the dining area. Build with SIP walls, or 6" studs caulked and insulated. Make the kitchen larger by expanding into the front porch and foyer, and then turn bedroom 2 into a combination foyer/away room.

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Brief Description

This charming house was clearly designed for a family that likes to spend a lot of time outdoors. A clerestory atrium projects from the center, allowing light to flow into the middle of the house, and hot air to escape in the summer. Both the decks and the screened porch that wrap around the house are 12'–deep, so there's plenty of room for furniture and entertaining guests. It can be a passive solar house if it faces northeast.

Select One Plan Set Option

   

5 Set Package:

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

Mylar:

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

PDF:

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

CAD:

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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Select Optional Add-ons

   

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.

$250
   

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).

$50
SKU: DC-006
Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

Debra Coleman – Passive Solar Architect


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Plan ID #

DC-006

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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?

    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.
Bedrooms

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.

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