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 Astrid
House Plan The Astrid
  • 2784Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

Don't be fooled by the narrow footprint, open living spaces and generous bedrooms await inside. A cathedral ceiling adds visual space to the great room while the dining room gains distinction and style with columns and a tray ceiling. The multi-function kitchen offers ample space for cooking, as well as casual dining at the bar. A walk-in pantry keeps dry goods and small appliances organized and out-of-sight. The master bedroom enjoys dormer windows on each side to bring in natural light. Dual closets, a private master bathroom, and a sitting nook with built-in shelves provide a relaxing retreat for the homeowner. Two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom and a spacious utility room complete the second floor along with a balcony overlooking the great room below.

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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 Oscar
House Plan The Oscar
  • 2370Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

The storybook exterior features a front facing garage that is ideal for narrower lots. The arched garage bays add character to the whimsical exterior. This home enjoys a spacious single dining area while the kitchen is multi-functional with a center cook-top island and bar seating for casual eating and gathering. Two additional bedrooms are found upstairs, and are separated by a loft for privacy.

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House Plan The Havelock
House Plan The Havelock
  • 2974Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Arts-and-Crafts style home plan has so much to offer the modern family with five bedrooms on a sprawling single level. The spacious, open kitchen includes a walk-in pantry, storage closet and central island. A large utility room with an outside access door is conveniently placed down the hall from the secondary bedrooms. A well-appointed master suite includes a secluded sitting room that enjoys rear views, porch access, a master bath with dual vanities and a huge walk-in closet with sitting bench. The screened porch offers the best in year-round outdoor living with a fireplace. A three-car garage with extra storage adds space for a third automobile, workshop, or golf cart.

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House Plan The Leland
House Plan The Leland
  • 2932Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 4.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

At home on a narrow-lot, The Leland is fifty-feet wide and features a front-entry garage. This two-story home makes a lasting first impression with multiple gables that draw the eye upward. A metal accent roof and columned front porch complement this low-maintenance exterior. An open dining space flows nicely into the exceptionally spacious island kitchen. The great room facilitates relaxation with a fireplace and views to the rear, while multiple doors access the skylight-topped porch. Additionally, a mud room, utility room, and various closets create a multi-function work station to keep busy families organized and on-task. The master suite is upstairs with over-sized walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom. Find three additional bedrooms upstairs and a bedroom/study, convenient for guests, on the first floor.

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House Plan The Priestly
House Plan The Priestly
  • 2132Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This charming exterior features a combination of stone, shakes, and vertical siding. Special details include a front porch, dormer, and gables with curved accents. The cathedral topped great room opens to a relaxing screened porch while the kitchen enjoys a nearby pantry and the single dining area is highlighted with columns and a tray ceiling. This open floor plan is great for keeping busy families connected and makes entertaining easy. The master suite gains vertical space with a cathedral ceiling and private porch access is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or letting pets outside. A spacious walk-in closet is suitable for two and the master bath boasts dual vanities, a standing shower, and a luxurious soaking bathtub. Three additional bedrooms are positioned around the utility room, making laundry drop-off and redistribution a breeze. Two additional baths and linen closets are available for children and guests. The garage is located at the rear of the home with two bays and extra storage. A bonus room above the garage offers additional storage or can be finished as a children's play room or an entertainment room for teenagers.

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House Plan The Sawyer
House Plan The Sawyer
  • 1645Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modern farmhouse enjoys the best of both worlds with a classic front porch and stylish curb-appeal. A second sprawling porch to the rear continues outdoor enjoyment. The open floor plan maintains an easy flow for families to relax and enjoy meals together. The master suite is free of distractions and tucked away for privacy while the utility room with laundry sink is nearby for convenience. Two additional rooms are available for children, guests, or a study.

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House Plan The Maxwell
House Plan The Maxwell
  • 2763Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 1.5Stories

This modern farmhouse boasts a narrow footprint and front entry garage to easily fit on smaller lots. The open floor plan is thoughtfully arranged with an angled island kitchen overlooking the great room and a single dining space to the rear. A spacious master suite and bedroom/study with private bathroom are downstairs while two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom and oversized bonus room complete the second floor.

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House Plan The Cline
House Plan The Cline
  • 1986Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This front porch is accented with an arched gable and tapered columns frame each side. Inside, the kitchen is positioned for front views with a window over the sink. A walk-in pantry, bar with sink, spacious utility room with side entry porch, and abundant storage will appeal to the modern homeowner. The dining room and master bedroom open to a grand screened porch with skylights and a fireplace.

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House Plan The Mitchell
House Plan The Mitchell
  • 4186Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This sprawling hillside-walkout has a captivating presence with staggered gables, a cupola-accented roof, and a stone-and-shake exterior. For those that love to entertain, a formal dining room serves every dinner party need and a spacious breakfast nook provides a place for casual meals. The gourmet kitchen offers an island with prep-sink, allowing ample workspace for multiple cooks in the kitchen. A rear screened porch brings endless hours of enjoyment with a fireplace and a skylight-enhanced cathedral ceiling. The master suite boosts an attached sunroom for private relaxation, as well as a luxury bathroom and walk-in closets for two. A pantry, oversized utility room, and e-space bring a multi-functional work-center to the home. A guest suite is on the first floor, along with a study and two additional bedrooms and a rec room reside on the basement level.

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House Plan The Norfolk
House Plan The Norfolk
  • 2653Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This two-story Traditional home plan, with a front entry garage, is the perfect solution for a narrow lot. Gables and dormers create an interesting exterior while the front porch is framed in columns for an inviting entry. Inside, the foyer opens directly into the spacious vaulted great room with fireplace. The open dining room is set apart by columns and a tray ceiling. A kitchen peninsula overlooks the living spaces and an island and pantry are valuable additions. A rear porch expands living outdoors and a study provides a quiet place to work. All of the bedrooms, along with the utility room, are upstairs and a balcony overlooks the great room below.

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House Plan The Trenton
House Plan The Trenton
  • 3478Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This Craftsman design features a stone and shakes exterior adorned with arches, tapered columns, and decorative wooden brackets. Designed for sloping lots, this hillside-walkout enjoys entertainment and leisure spaces on two levels. Each bedroom enjoys a full, private bathroom. Open living spaces, a luxury screened porch, a walk-in pantry, and a spacious utility room reflect a modern lifestyle.




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