House Plans: FIREFLY

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South elevation

North elevation

East elevation

West elevation

Floor plan


This house is designed to include a home business if desired. The west bedroom can be used as an office, studio or study. It is located with a guest bathroom near the main entrance to keep the rest of the house private. The house has a large attic which could be modified with dormers and a staircase to make a second floor.

Firefly is a larger version of our own home. It is the "original vine-covered cottage". Firefly is structurally simple and easy to build, but has many amenities.


  • Warm and sunny in winter, cool and shady in summer
  • Low utility bills
  • Passive solar with autoclaved, aerated cement walls (exterior stuccoed and interior plastered), and decorative lintels over windows and doors that double as weather protecting drip-caps; gable ends finished with cedar shingles and board-and-batten
  • Garden orientation; pergola on west for summer shade; outdoor shower and kitchen; glass covered arbor with benches on south
  • Radiant floors; on-demand hot water heater and solar water heating panels
  • One story: 1920 heated square feet
  • 3 bedrooms; one may be used as an office, studio or study
  • 2 baths with alcoved toilets
    Lots of storage and minimum of hallways
  • Large eat-in country kitchen separated from dining room with pocket door
  • Dining room with patio doors to garden
  • Living room with high efficiency woodburning fireplace insert placed convenient to firewood, and surrounded by window seats
  • Entry porch with vine trellises for summer shade
  • Airlock entry with stained glass windows, closet, shelves and hanging pegs
  • Five designated casement windows and three door transoms for custom stained glass
  • Multiple arched doorways for long "Netherlandish" interior views
  • Master bathroom/dressing room with walk-in closet; toilet alcove; large garden tub under window; separate shower; double sinks
  • Closets are positioned to provide soundproofing between rooms

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