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Wednesday, September 22 marks the autumnal equinox when the sun passes directly over the equator, creating equal lengths of day and night. Now is the time to enjoy the last rays of warmth from the sun! But as daylight hours decrease, the amount of sun entering south windows increases, ensuring that sun-inspired homes stay warm and comfortable through the winter months as is shown in the shade line mid-way down the back, south windows of this Prairie Dog 3.

This Fall Equinox E-newsletter includes:

  • Updates to popular Sun Plans
  • Featured home, the Sunny Dreams
  • Services provided with construction orders
  • Introduction of new house plans
  • Recently asked questions
  • A new Special from Sun Plans!

When Construction Prints or CAD Files are purchased, if they are over a year old, often minor updates are performed to meet the Sun Plans current in-house checklist.  Occasionally, we make even more substantial updates especially if the design is more than five years old. We believe that we are the only house plan company that performs these services. We also try to keep the website up-to-date with the newest photos and comments from our clients, so that you may see what they have to say about their own sun-inspired homes!

Sun Plans continuously strives to provide our clients the most up-to-date house plans and service – in addition to the energy-efficiency and passive solar design.

Thank you to Mark and Valerie, and Ruth and Doug for sending us the photos.

It’s only 16 square feet larger than the subdivision minimum, but the Sunny Dream contains everything that the home owners desire.  With an Energy Star HER’s (Home Energy Rating) of 52, the home is projected to use 52% of the energy of another new home of the same size built to energy code minimums.

This performance is typical for most Sun Plans where the home owners follow our Custom Energy Recommendations AND have field verification by a third party Home Energy Rater, not the builder. This is a requirement for Energy Star home certification.

The passive solar design, along with attention to insulation and HVAC design, provide these savings. Some home owners desire to reduce the purchased energy even further by adding active solar – hot water or photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Click here to view the Sunny Dreams plan.

Sun Plans” Construction Prints and CAD Files come standard with services that are hard to find from other house plan firms selling pre-designed plans. Services include:

  • Custom Energy Specs, prepared by our architect and tailored to your climate.
  • Technical support and consulting from our architect, who knows each plan intimately.
  • For CAD files, consulting with the home owner or their design professional on the energy, structural and design implications of your proposed changes

Want Sun Plans to create or adapt a Sun Plan just for you?  See our web site for more about Create-A-SunPlan or Adapt-A-SunPlan. Our architect strives  to give each client the best service possible to have them in their passive solar dream home.

Click to learn more about Construction Prints and CAD Files.

Mountain View 3

First Floor 2048 s.f.

Porches 206 s.f.

Garage 688 s.f.

Width 62’

10% South Glass
Prince Charming

First Floor 1954 s.f.

Unfinished Basement 1740 s.f.

Porches 880 s.f.

Garage 842 s.f.

Width 74’

10% South Glass
Roseburg Cottage 8

First Floor 1427 s.f.

Second Floor 1034 s.f.

Total 2461 s.f.

Daylight Basement 1427 s.f.

Garage 576 s.f.

Porches & Balcony 268 s.f.

Width 66’

9% South Glass

Sunny Dreams

First Floor 1588 s.f.

Second Floor 1028 s.f.

Total 2616 s.f.

Daylight Basement 1305 s.f.

Garage  816 s.f.

Porches, Decks & Balconies 567 s.f.

Width 64’

9% South Glass

 

Mountain View 3
Mountain_View_3_overview-photoFirst Floor 2048 s.f.

Porches 206 s.f.

Garage 688 s.f.

Width 62’

10% South Glass

 

Prince Charming

Prince_Charming_overview-photoFirst Floor 1954 s.f.

Unfinished Basement 1740 s.f.

Porches 880 s.f.

Garage 842 s.f.

Width 74’

10% South Glass

 

Roseburg Cottage 8

Roseburg_Cottage_8_overview-photoFirst Floor 1427 s.f.

Second Floor 1034 s.f.

Total 2461 s.f.

Daylight Basement 1427 s.f.

Garage 576 s.f.

Porches & Balcony 268 s.f.

Width 66’

9% South Glass

Sunny Dreams

Sunny_Dreams_overview-photoFirst Floor 1588 s.f.

Second Floor 1028 s.f.

Total 2616 s.f.

Daylight Basement 1305 s.f.

Garage  816 s.f.

Porches, Decks & Balconies 567 s.f.

Width 64’

9% South Glass

We frequently receive questions from curious people wanting to learn more before committing to a passive solar house plan. This is perfectly normal!

I would like to learn more about the Brighton Bungalow and would like to review feedback from the owners.
We have an Open House of this plan that gives feedback from the owners as well as some in-depth information on the plan. However, we are not at liberty to give out client email addresses due to Sun Plans” promise to keep client emails, addresses, telephone numbers, etc. private.

My husband and I have a floor plan drawn out already, and were actually wondering how much it would cost to have you guys look at it and revise it before we have the draftsman draw it up?

We would be happy to take a look at what you and your husband have drawn up through our $495 Adapt-A-SunPlan consulting service. You may email us your ideas and drawings or send them through US mail. (The $495 covers a basic review, but if you need more consulting, we can provide it for additional fees.)

Are your plans suitable for my location, without modifications?

Sun Plans’ Custom Energy Specs that come with Construction Prints and CAD Files address the energy-related elements of not only the energy codes for the location, but recommendations which go beyond energy codes. While the amount of insulation recommended may vary, as well as the overhang length sometimes, the changes are usually so minor that they can be performed as “field changes” by the builder instead of detailed changes on the plans. Extra insulation may be recommended to be added to the exterior walls and occasionally rafter sizes may need to be increase to accommodate the additional insulation.

Visit Sun Plans’ FAQ to learn more.

When our plans become more than a year old, they are considered in need of a check-up. This means, that the next time CAD Files or Construction Prints of a plan are ordered, it goes through an in-house check to make sure it is up to our current standards and practices.

Therefore, it is less time consuming for our architect (and faster for you) to purchase newer plans. New plans are 15% off until our next plan update!

New plans are indicated by the “NEW” image next to their name on the house plan list:

New plans

How to take advantage of this Special:
Simply order the plan normally through our Secure Online Store and we will calculate the 15% and credit your order. This way you see the money you”re saving!

This Special applies to Study Plans, Review Sets, Construction Prints and CAD Files.

And remember, that in addition, we will also credit the purchase of other items ordered through Sun Plans per our Specials and Savings.

Note: Sun Plans is not trying to deter customers from ordering older plans which we will gladly update if you wish to purchase CAD Files or Construction Prints!

The Solstice family stands with our architect. Click to learn more about Sun Plans.
Sun Plans is in the process of updating Open Houses, so be on the lookout for new information and pictures of some of your favorite plans!

Enjoy the full moon on this lovely Fall Equinox evening!

We look forward to assisting you and your family with your sun-inspired home design!

 

 

Sun Plans Inc.
Debra Coleman, Architect, AIA and the Sun Plans Team
251-341-0509
www.sunplans.com
Sun-Inspired Design: the gold lining of green building