Sun Tunnel Floor Plans

If you love natural light in your home, but don't have the desire for a large skylight, or your home plan doesn't work well with a skylight, a sun tunnel is a great choice. Sun tunnels, also known as sun tubes or light pipes, allow sunlight to stream into areas that normally aren't reached by the home's windows. Here's how these devices work, and how you can build a home that includes sun tunnels.

What Is a Sun Tunnel Light?

A sun tunnel is a type of skylight that channels light from the roof through a reflective tube and into the room below. The reflective tube ensures that as much light as possible makes it into the home, and the design doesn't take much space on the roof or ceiling. This is a great option to gain some light in walk-in closets, large pantries or dark hallways and other areas without much window space. Sun tunnels can be rigid or flexible in nature. Rigid tunnels transmit more light into the home and work well on roofs that don't have obstructions. If you have an obstruction in the path of the light, a flexible sun tunnel can move around it, but will produce slightly less light.

Sun Tunnel House Plans From Donald A. Gardner Architects

Donald A. Gardner Architects has numerous existing house plans with built-in sun tunnels. In these plans, the sun tunnel is often located within a walk-in closet or hallway. The Clearlake (House Plan 1272), one of our popular designs, is a perfect example. This ranch-style home features sun tunnels in the expansive walk-in closets in the master suite. Another example is The Marley (Plan 1285), where sun tunnels are utilized in the area surrounding the pantry and also the interior secondary bathroom.

In addition to these existing plans with sun tunnels, Donald A. Gardner Architects offers modification services. Add a sun tunnel to your favorite floor plans and gain additional light to the hallway, closet or other area of the home. Whether you find a floor plan here that meets your needs or have us modify a plan to fit well, you will benefit from buying directly from the architect. Contact us today to learn more about our home plans and modification services!

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House Plan The Macon
House Plan The Macon
  • 1779Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design features a front-entry garage and a narrow footprint to accommodate a smaller lot. A trio of gables are accented with vertical boards and columns highlight the front porch. The garage offers entry to the home through a mud room with a pantry and a drop zone for bags, coats and shoes. The utility room is adjacent with a window above a utility sink and built-in cabinetry on either side. The kitchen is open to the great room and features an island with bar seating. The great room has a vaulted ceiling that frames the fireplace and the rear porch with skylights is the perfect place to relax when the weather is nice. A dramatic tray ceiling tops the dining room. The master suite is elegant with a vaulted ceiling and the master bathroom enjoys a freestanding bathtub. A double-sink vanity and walk-in shower complete this space. Two additional bedrooms are available, along with a full bathroom, and a bonus room provides optional square footage for a recreational room or future expansion.

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House Plan The Ridley
House Plan The Ridley
  • 2796Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This sprawling ranch is wrapped in stone with board-and-batten accents and the efficient roof is topped with a unique clerestory dormer. Modern and open, the great room and dining room are combined and clerestory windows to the front and rear flood this space with natural light. The kitchen overlooks the living spaces and a wet bar and pantry are nearby. The garage enters the home through a hallway framed in floor-to-ceiling windows. The bedroom/study serves as an office or guest room with an en-suite bath and a walk-in closet. The master suite is private with sliding doors that open to a rear patio. Homeowners will love the adjacent utility room that can be accessed from the master closet, as well as the hallway. Two additional bedrooms share a luxury Jack-and-Jill bathroom and a half bath is convenient for guests.

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House Plan The Goldmoss
House Plan The Goldmoss
  • 2053Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Multiple gables highlight the roofline of this one-story design. A welcoming front porch provides entry to an efficient floor plan with the dining room flowing into the island kitchen and great room. Double doors access a rear porch with outdoor storage. A private hallway leads to the master suite with skylights adorning the tray ceiling and sun tunnels bringing natural light to the closets. To the opposite side of the home, two bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual sink vanity. The garage enters the home via a mud room and a drop zone designates space for coats, bags and shoes. The pantry is convenient for dropping groceries on the way to the kitchen and the utility room has a laundry sink and built-in cabinetry. A bonus room provides abundant storage or additional living square footage to meet the needs of the homeowner.

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House Plan The Alice
House Plan The Alice
  • 2522Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This neighborhood-friendly design features a modern farmhouse exterior and a narrow footprint. The gourmet kitchen is designed around a cook-top island, features an adjacent pantry, enjoys double ovens, and has a window over the sink. The master suite is downstairs with a bedroom/study and two additional bedrooms are upstairs with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. An optional rec room and bathroom provide additional living space and a bonus room with walk-in closet makes a perfect guest suite.

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House Plan The Oxley
House Plan The Oxley
  • 2110Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This modest cottage is instantly charming with a stone-and-shake exterior and welcoming front porch. Multiple gables and dormers add dimension to this narrow design. The living spaces are cozy and create a continuous flow between the open great room, island kitchen and dining room. The spacious master suite is downstairs with the utility room while two additional bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs.

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House Plan The Liam
House Plan The Liam
  • 3625Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This Urban Farmhouse exterior mixes vertical and horizontal siding and is highlighted with metal roof accents and an exposed stone chimney. This house plan features multiple gables that create instant curb-appeal and a front entry garage works well for narrower lots. The gourmet kitchen features a large island and a bar with prep-sink that services the great room. A breakfast nook is available for casual meals while a separate dining room with buffet niche is great for entertaining. This floor plan meets every need with a powder room for guests, a walk-in pantry, spacious utility room, and a mud room with storage and bench seating. The master bedroom is topped with a tray ceiling and opens into a spa-quality bathroom and a walk-in closet with ample space for two wardrobes. The study completes the first floor and enjoys French doors and built-in shelves. Upstairs, three large bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. One of the bedrooms has a private full bathroom while the other two bedrooms share a bath with a double-sink vanity. The bonus room could function as a guest suite or storage area and has its own closet. The second-floor media room makes the perfect space for games, movies or hobbies.

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House Plan The Ethan
House Plan The Ethan
  • 2880Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

Prominent gables with decorative brackets meet arched windows and an angled garage in this elaborate hillside walkout design. A large kitchen island overlooks the great room while the dining room extends to the rear for exceptional views. The screened porch enjoys a fireplace and skylights top the rear porch. The master suite and a study are upstairs, and two bedrooms and a rec room are on the basement level.

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House Plan The Ella
House Plan The Ella
  • 2820Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 1.5Stories

This urban farmhouse creates an eye-catching composition with a combination of vertical and horizontal siding and an arched portico with large double doors and a Palladian window above to bring natural light to the foyer. An open floor plan seamlessly blends the great room, dining room, and island kitchen. Luxury features include a spacious utility room, three garage bays, and a screened porch with a fireplace and grill. A full bathroom accompanies each bedroom including the bedroom/study.

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House Plan The Celeste
House Plan The Celeste
  • 2453Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This European inspired design is instantly appealing with cupula-topped gables, vertical board accents, and a stylish eyebrow arch over the front porch. The living spaces are completely open and a screened porch to the rear offers premium outdoor living with a fireplace and kitchen. The master suite is comfortable for two, with dual walk-in closets and a double sink vanity. Sun tunnels bring natural light to windowless rooms, including the mud room, pantry, and bedroom closet.

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House Plan The Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2268Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This efficient one-story home plan features a mix of stone, shake, and siding, with multiple gable peaks and a clerestory window above the front porch. A cathedral ceiling draws the eye through the foyer and great room to the porch, displaying rear views. The kitchen is U-shaped with an angled counter facing the great room and dining room. Built-in shelving and a walk-in pantry provide additional storage space. The utility room has counter space with a sink and outdoor access to a covered porch. The master suite is surrounded by windows and steps out to the screened porch. Secondary bedrooms flank a handy pocket office, and each have a walk-in closet and share a convenient Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

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House Plan The Lindstrom
House Plan The Lindstrom
  • 2169Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This storybook cottage design charms onlookers with striking roof lines and a mixed exterior of stucco, stone and cedar shakes. The foyer welcomes an open floor plan with a column accented dining room and a dream, island kitchen overlooking the great room. Outdoor living is abundant with screened and open rear porches and a patio. The master suite enjoys excellent views from an arched wall of windows while the master bathroom is a spa-like retreat. Notable features include an oversized utility room, pantry, mud room, and multiple storage closets throughout. Two additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a flexible bedroom/study round out this thoughtful floor plan.

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House Plan The Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2277Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman exterior has a hint of rustic influence with stone-and-shake cladding and a prominent shed dormer. A courtyard entry garage provides a personal door and extra storage. Columns keep the living areas open, defining the foyer, dining room, and great room. The kitchen features counter seating serving both the breakfast room and great room while the screened porch invites sunshine and warmth with three skylights. A mud room with coat closet and bench seat awaits at the garage entrance, followed by a walk-in pantry. The utility room has additional storage, a sink and a view to the rear. A study/bedroom with full bathroom, two secondary bedrooms, and spacious master suite and flexible bonus room complete the plan.




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