House Plans: BEL CANTO

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All houses should have a downstairs bedroom suite for those who would like to remain in residence when older.

This house is designed to add such a suite at a future date. The connection to this future additon is a greenhouse/ laundry (which is also the rear entrance to the house). Connection to the future addition is made by removing (and reusing) the west window and replacing it with an interior door.

Plans are available for a detached garage.


  • Warm and sunny in winter, cool and shady in summer
  • Low utility bills
  • Passive solar with autoclaved, aerated cement walls and garden orientation
  • Radiant floors, on-demand hot water heater and hookup for solar water heating panels
  • Two stories and 2456 heated square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
    2 1/2 baths, all toilets alcoved
  • Lots of storage and minimum of hallways
  • Great working kitchen open to dining room
  • Living room with high efficiency fireplace insert, masonry chimney with Tuscan detailing, window seats and built-in bookcases
  • Entry with powder room, coat closet and baluster stairway
  • Multiple arched doorways
    Master bathroom/dressing room with walk-in closet; toilet alcove; large garden tub under double south
    windows; separate shower; double sinks with linen closet or shelves
  • Closets are positioned to provide soundproofing between bedrooms

South elevation

North elevation

East elevation

West elevation

First floor plan

Second floor plan

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