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Plan 497-54

Key Specs

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Plan Description

This house plan would work well as a getaway second home or a peaceful primary residence on any site that has a view to be captured. This plan is a great mix of flexibility, luxury, and efficiency. This home also incorporates many of the popular modern green features such as an open floor plan, proper passive solar design, and a roof deck with a garden\green roof. First level floor plan The floor plan is open without being wide open. Our design team created an entry sequence that includes dual coat closets as well as a bench and cubbies for removing boots and shoes. The desk niche in the main living space is tucked away in the upper living room wall. Double access to the first floor bathroom allows one of the downstairs bedrooms to serve as a guest master suite if desired. This oversized room also doubles as a laundry room. By consolidating functionality and removing the need for an additional half bathroom a considerable amount of money is saved. One of the core design ideas which makes this home so space efficient is the absence of wasted hallway space. The first floor hallway features built in book shelves transforming a transitional space into a mini library. The form of the house allows for 2 different decks on the first floor each with different degrees of privacy. The main deck off the living are provides the indoor outdoor lifestyle that is desirable in a rural home. The private deck off the first floor bedroom is shield from the rest of the house and features a built cove seating. The bedroom closest to the living area could double as a study. Second level floor plan The 2nd floor features 2 different accessible roof decks with a generous master suite in between. The master suite features a walkthrough dressing room with natural light. The design team envisioned to distinct types of roof deck spaces. One area could be used to create a private roof deck garden or an intimate setting for a hot tub while the larger area would be great for entertaining and sunbathing. Roof decks with their higher elevations are great for capturing views or providing privacy for sunbathing if your lot is property is not quite as secluded as you would like. Dining Room/Kitchen The combination kitchen dining room represents one of the most popular and talked about features in housing today. This integrated open space creates easy flow between food preparation, and consumption. Also the white and gray overtones represented in this renderings palette create a wonderful blank canvas from which art, window views, and even meals can be highlighted. With ample pantry space and clever built-ins this combination room can meet the needs of even them most demanding entertainers. Living Room The openness of this living room space creates great flow between the different living and lifestyle activities that go on in ones home. From cooking in the kitchen to play a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit in the living room, this connected space will lead to many great parties (and memories). As with many homes today, gone are the formal separations of rooms buy purpose, instead this plan allows its owner to defined space and how it will be used. One example of a clever way to personalize this open space is the built-in desk in the living room. Roof Deck This design was created as a nice mix between modern luxury and affordability. Windows were used strategically instead of excessively in an effort to avoid some of the high constructions costs associated with typical custom modern homes. Features like roof decks and bi-folding doors can add to the construction costs but really provide the connection to the outdoors that today’s homeowner desires. The roof design of this plan allows for the collection of rainwater to be used for a roof deck garden. The flat roof features a gentle tapering that brings water to a single downspout. A rain water barrel on the roof deck level captures rainwater for usage in the garden. The roof of the 2nd floor suite would be a great place for solar panels and is large enough to accommodate a solar array that could make this house a zero energy house. Passive design was carefully considered and the construction drawings include details for providing passive shading devices that will keep the summer sun out while letting in the winter sun.
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Full Specs & Features

Basic Features

Bedrooms : 3
Baths : 2
Stories: 2
Garages: 0


Depth : 36'
Height : 23' 6"
Width : 68' 6"


Total : 2298 sq/ft
Decks : 1385 sq/ft
Main Floor : 1578 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 720 sq/ft
* Total Square Footage typically only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.


Main Ceiling : 9'
Upper Ceiling Ft : 9'


Primary Pitch : Flat
Roof Framing : Truss/ Stick
Roof Type : Flat

Exterior Wall Framing

Exterior Wall Finish : Fiber Cement Panel Siding
Framing : 2"x6"

Bedroom Features

Main Floor Bedrooms
Split Bedrooms
Upstairs Bedrooms

Kitchen Features

Kitchen Island

Additional Room Features

Den Office Study Computer
Great Room Living Room
Main Floor Laundry
Storage Area


Economical To Build

Energy Efficient Features

Energy Efficient Design

What's included in this plan set

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House plans created for Green Living give our customers design options that meet or exceed existing energy standards, while giving options in the realm of cost, style, and environmental commitment. As an example, all Green Living homes are designed to perform 30% to 50% better than prescriptive building code energy performance. The level of home performance depends on the products that you choose.

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  • LEED for Homes Rating System: Guidelines to meet LEED for Homes certification levels of: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED for Homes is a national, voluntary certification system, developed by national experts and experienced builders, that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes and encourages the adoption of sustainable practices by the homebuilding industry. The LEED for Homes Rating System is part of the suite of nationally recognized LEED Green Building Rating Systems administered by USGBC. Like all LEED Rating Systems, it is the market's leadership system, targeting the top 25% of home building practices in terms of environmental responsibility. LEED provides industry resources and tools on how to "green" any new home. With LEED, homebuilders can differentiate their structures as meeting the highest performance measures, and homebuyers can readily identify high quality green homes. LEED provides national consistency in defining the features of a green home, enables builders anywhere in the country to obtain a green rating on their homes, and assures homebuyers of the quality of their purchases, all based on a recognized national brand. Learn more about the LEED® Rating System here.
  • Window shading details: External window shading devices are an effective method for reducing heat gains through windows during Summer. In fact, external shading devices can reduce heat gains by up to 80% if sized and built properly. With this in mind, the founders of Green Living, formerly Free Green, created this page to assist home builders in constructing effective window shading devices. The information we provide includes a zoning map of the United States, zoning charts for proper sizing of shading devices and a variety of shading device styles and materials to suite different tastes and different home designs.
  • General Notes: Typically one sheet of general notes pertinent to the construction of the home
  • Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
  • Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas. 
  • Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
  • Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
  • Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
  • Wall sections and other construction details: Detailed drawings showing wall connections, from foundation to the roof. wall connections to foundation, window installation, siding installation, stair details, and more.
  • Framing Plans: Drawn to 1/4" scale. The framing layout is intended to be a suggested layout only. Design loads & weather conditions vary by region. As a result the size, spacing & layout of all structural elements in this home design must be approved by a structural engineer and code official based on your specific site location prior to construction.
  • Electrical Plan with electrical symbols legend: In general, each house plan set includes an electrical plan which will show the locations of lights, receptacles, switches, etc. Note: Most Green Living plans have an electrical plan, however some do not. Please contact us to verify.
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Meet the Designer - Green Living

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Our Plans are designed for energy efficiency. The idea is to broaden access to green design. is excited to welcome the Green Living collection of innovative plans by FreeGreen founders David Wax and Ben Uyeda. These designs range from Contemporary to Country and Farmhouse styles. All incorporate green building materials and techniques. David and Ben are experts in the field of green design and also co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. They got their start leading Cornell University's 2005 Solar Decathlon team, which won the second place award. The competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, challenges universities from across the US and beyond to research, design and build an 800 square-foot off-grid solar home. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson School at Cornell University and is an IT consultant for the securities and capital markets. He says: "FreeGreen was able to integrate architecture and engineering software for custom home design, which meant that we could produce green design fast." Ben holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Cornell University School of Architecture. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell, where he developed an original curriculum to teach the principles of sustainable design, and lectures on sustainable design at Northeastern University. His new venture is Home Made Modern: "smart, affordable DIY design ideas for cool people who like modern home furnishings." You can follow Ben's diverse design interests on Pinterest.

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