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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.


View ideas for creating sunny, bright, low-energy homes in an ad-free, uncluttered setting.

Prairie Dog 3Sun Plans feature bright interiors and energy bills at least 1/3 to 1/2 lower (or more) compared to a new home built to code. The basic concepts of passive solar design are combined with strategies that also keep the home cool in summer and maximize day lighting year-round. With dozens of passive solar house plans and low custom design fees, if there is a reason not to select, adapt or create a sun-inspired home when building a new home, then please let us know!

In this e-newsletter, read about new general features:

  • Open House – tour homes and read home owner comments
  • Favorites – bookmark the house plans that you like best
  • News – access past e-newsletters in one place
  • FAQ – now organized by subject
  • Adapt-A-SunPlan and Create-A-SunPlan introduced
  • Specials & Savings – rewards for past purchases, free book
  • PDF Files – print unlimited copies of the plans
  • Watch a movie clip of the upcoming Sunny Dreams home

And new Select-A-SunPlan features:

  • Sort by every column in the House Plan List
  • See more drawings for each sun-inspired design
  • Download a PDF flier of each house plan
  • Flip each drawing to aid in visualizing a reversed home (of course the south wall stays the side that collect the sun’s free heat)

Already explored the new Sun Plans website?  Hopefully the information below will unveil at least one more feature to make the process of planning a sun-inspired home more efficient and enjoyable.

The links on the upper right are packed with information!

The top of Sun Plans' Web site
Open House

Open House

The Open House section takes some of our best client photos and comments and places them in one easy-to-find spot. Gather ideas for creating your own passive-solar house without leaving your home!

You will find abundant information from the clients regarding their home as well as quality photos that they have provided. Another great feature when touring the Open Houses is that, from each open house, you can be brought directly to the house plan page that inspired the home you’re touring.

Fairy Tale
Click here to view all of the Open Houses for Sun Plans



Read about sun-inspired design, passive solar, green building, costs, and the favorite resources of Sun Plans.



Review the various types of plans for sale – Study Plans, Review Sets, Construction Prints, and CAD Files – as well as information on how to take advantage of the various specials and savings offered including how to obtain a free copy of The Sun-Inspired House.



Review previous Sun Plans’ e-newsletters, subscribe to future ones, and glimpse custom designs we are creating for our clients throughout North America.

Sun Plans Create|Select|Adapt

Custom Design and Custom Changes are now called Create-A-SunPlan and Adapt-A-SunPlan to better separate these two completely different methods of obtaining a Sun Plan. All house plans found on the web site originated from a previous home owner that contracted with us to either adapt an existing or create a new house plan for far less than they would have paid a Realtor to help them purchase a new home.

Sunny DreamsA newly adapted design.Dream Horse

To watch a movie clip if the house on the above left, scroll to the bottom of this Create-A-SunPlan Example page.

Now, by engaging Sun Plans in Create or Adapt projects, you receive Construction PDFs and CAD Files of the final design in addition to the six sets of Construction Prints for no additional charge per our Specials and Savings. That’s at least $500 value! (Unlimited construction prints can be made locally.)

NOTE: The Custom Design and Custom Changes questionnaires that assist with gathering information to adapt or create a sun-inspired home are also in the process of being updated to fit current standards and practices, but if you already have an older questionnaire, it may still be used to gather necessary information to send in for creating or adapting a Sun Plan.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you with sun-inspired services and/or house plans.  Tracy helps with most construction drawings.

There are many choices for Consulting Services from helping with plan selection, starting a custom design, to code-required Manual J calculations if the local heating and air contractor cannot provide them for you. If you can suggest other services that would help you in the planning process and than could be offered as an additional Consulting Service, please let us hear from you!

As always, we continuously modify our services based on the feedback of our past and future home owners.

Enjoy Memorial Day as we give thanks to those who have served us and as we give hope to a reduced need for fighting for our energy independence by conserving energy and utilizing the energy from the sun.

Look for our Summer E-newsletter next where we plan to feature a completed home and perhaps a few new designs.
(Sometimes, with a previous request from the home owner, we do not post their house plan to our website until they have finished construction since although they do not mind if we market and sell the design to others, they want to be the first to build it!)

Sun Plans Inc.
Debra Coleman, Architect, AIA
Author of
The Sun-Inspired House:
house designs warmed and brightened by the sun

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The more user-friendly Sun Plans’ website is in it’s final stages. Thanks to your insightful feedback, we’ve decided to add a few extra features before releasing it in a few weeks. (If you have been hoping for new house plans though, sorry, you will have to wait as we’ve decided to postpone adding plans until after our busy spring season.)

When you email us about our various products and services, Alicia will be able to help   you!

Happy Spring Equinox!
We hope that yours is green in every sense of the word!

Sun Plans Inc.
Debra Coleman, Architect, AIA
Author of
The Sun-Inspired House: house designs warmed and brightened by the sun
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Sun-Inspired Design: the gold lining of green building

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