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29th Apr, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Sloped Lot House Plan, Home Plan. Springvale 30-950

Like a gently winding stream, eyes are drawn by a curved path of steps to the Springvale’s distinctly arched entry. Cut into the front side of a hill, this Craftsman-style home provides elevated views of the area around it. Coach lamps emphasize framed-out columns flanking the entry and garage. Other Craftsman attributes include stone veneer wainscot, gable end projections, and shake-textured siding that accents both gable peaks..

Inside, most of the living area is on the main floor. A small loft and unfinished attic space for storage are to the second-level, while the garage is below.

Ceilings are higher through the center of the home, running from the front towards the back. In the foyer and living-room, the ceiling height is ten feet. The playroom is two stories high, and overlooked by the second floor loft.

A wood-burning stove fills one corner of the large living room that's partially open to the kitchen. The kitchen’s raised eating bar offers seating for informal dinners, snacks and homework supervision,  while hiding the inevitable clutter of food preparation and clean up. The eating nook is open to the playroom, next to a deep pantry with a stainless steel table and a second refrigerator.

The luxurious owners’ suite is reached via both an arched opening near the foyer, and a door off of the playroom. Features include a direct-vent gas fireplace and a spacious walk-in closet, along with a private bathroom complete with a heated spa tub. Secondary rooms are at the front.

A bathroom off the Springvale’s left-front bedroom links using a large laundry and hobby room. The dumbwaiter there eliminates the need to carry heavy or bulky objects up from the garage.

28th Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Cottage House Plan, Brookville 30-928

Shake and lap siding blend with cultured stone veneer to make the Brookville a textural treat for your eyes. This country cottage is designed for a building lot that slopes down in the rear.

Family and friends will enjoy hanging out together in the window-bright, wide-open gathering place in the heart of this country home. Sparklink windows frame and crown a gas fireplace that acts as a focal point in the vaulted great room. This lofty space segues seamlessly to the dining room. Only a drop in-ceiling height marks the transition.

Sliding gates in the dining area allow easy access to a wide, partly covered railed deck that covers much of the rear. If eveing bugs are a problem, the covered section could be screened. Kitchen helpers can look out across the raised eating bar to watch fireplace flames, or keep tabs on activities in the dining room and on the deck. Appliances, cabinets and counters wrap-around four sides of the kitchen, and a roomy pantry nestles into one corner.

Another vaulted ceiling increases the impression of spaciousness while in the owners’ suite, the only  ground floor bedroom. Amenities here include a spacious walk-in closet as well as a two-section bathroom with an oversized shower.

You can overlook the vaulted great room while ascending the stairway to the upper level. A bathroom, two more bedrooms, and a huge bonus room are upstairs. One bedroom features a broader closet; the other bedroom is slightly larger overall.

Lighting spills in to the Brookville’s bonus room through a road-facing multipaned window. Ceilings pitch down on the left and right. This room could double as studio or rehearsal space for the family musician or artist, while still leaving a lot of space for storage along the edges.

22nd Apr, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Southwest Hous Plan, Rosabella 11-137

Rounded roof tiles and stucco exterior of the Rosabella house plan can’t help but evoke the sunny climes of Spain and Italy. Gentle arches cap window and door openings, adding to the Mediterranean ambiance. Bold stucco-clad columns frame the lofty entry porch, and keystones add a classic element.

Entry doors open right into a high-ceilinged entry where light washes in through an arched transom. Moving forward brings you to the highly glassed hexagonal great room. The inside is completely present-day, and nowhere is the fact that more visible than in this extensive and expansive house.

Arched transoms crown wide banks of glass that fill most of three walls. All but the windows flanking the fireplace slide open to allow in gentle breezes, or offer use of a patio that spans the whole rear of the home. The poatio effectively enhances the living area, if the weather allows.

A angled pony wall bounds one side of the G-shaped kitchen. Entering the great room, you are able to look over it to see what’s cooking on the range. The sink hides behind a raised eating bar that rims another peninsular counter. While washing up kitchen ware, you can take in the great room plus the patio and the landscape beyond.

The vaulted owners’ suite fills the whole left-wing. Luxurious features include an interestingly shaped  shower, double vanity, walk-in closet and totally private bathroom. Sliding-glass doors in the sleeping area allow direct deck access.

A large utility room, a bathroom, as well as two more rooms are in the right wing, which links with the Rosabella’s two-car garage. A deep walk-in pantry at the back of the utility room adds to the kitchen’s  ample space for storage. Steps for the basement are next to the garage.

21st Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Duplex Plan, Country House Plan, Multi-Family House Plan

Multipaned windows in this modern country plan glow under a row of eye-catching gables that face the road. With the Warrendale you get the proverbial two for the price of one!

This plan could be ideal for two families who would like to be close but independent. Or one-unit might be owner-occupied, while rental income in the other helps pay the mortgage.

Outstanding separation of space is the key to privacy. Each unit has a covered deck which spans most of its front facade. The shared garages and upper bedroom walls are doubly thick, having an extra inch of air space between. Exterior, covered patios on the side and rear effectively out-of-sight and earshot of each other.

Only the upstairs bedrooms are mirror images of each other. The other living spaces are somewhat similar, however not identical. Unit B is a little larger overall, as is its first floor. Unit A has a slightly larger second floor.

In both, the living-room and dining area flow together in one seamless open-space that’s partly available to your kitchen across an eating bar. Views from both kitchen sinks are towards the rear. A’s covered terrace is quietly, accessed via sliding glass doors while in the eating area. B’s covered terrace is at the rear.

Most of the Warrendale’s bedrooms are upstairs. Each unit has two bathrooms, a loft, extra rooms, and an owners’ suite.

14th Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Southwest House Plan, Southwestern Home Plan, Mesilla 30-183

Curved windows, clustered faccent tiles, and raised stucco detailing offer a clean-lined, special appearance towards the Southwest Mesilla house plan. Individuals who enjoy entertaining will recognize the possibilities of this plan, as will families who like lots of room to spread out.

Entering, you step into an extraordinary, high-ceilinged foyer in which the entranceway is crowned by a plant shelf, and another high plant shelf rims the right wall. On the left, columns flank an arched opening that leads in to the vaulted living room and dining room.

Ahead, another columned archway marks the entrance to the bright and spacious vaulted family room. Natural lighting washes in through the richly windowed rear wall, and spills down through two skylights. A fireplace, nestled between a storage cabinet and an entertainment center, adds cheer and warmth on grey days.

The kitchen is large, expanded by a nook that's windowed on two sides. Its large work island houses both a prep sink and a cooktop. The far side also serves as a conversation bar.

Just behind the generously-sized walkin pantry is a spacious utility/hobby room, designed to accommodate a sewing machine and still leave lots of counter space for folding clothes. In one corner there's a half-bath, and across the hall is really a storage closet set into a triangular space. A door conveniently opens to the three-car garage, which has a deep third-car bay.

The Mesilla is elegant owners' room has a huge walk-in closet, plus a two-section bathroom with a double vanity. The second bedroom faces the street. If preferred, the den can serve as a third room, a home office, library or what have you.

7th Apr, 2014
Articles, Blog

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carrington 30-360First step is to develop a list of potential candidates. Check with friends and family, trade organizations such as Lane County Home Builders Association or American Institute of Building Designers, and of coarse contractors you are considering for your project.

An internet search is another way to add to the list of candidates, and it has the added bonus of allowing you to see some of the designers work.

After you've compiled your list, its time to make some phone calls. The call is to introduce yourself,  then describe the project.  Is it a new home, addition or interior remodel. as well as an approximate size or scope of the work you would like to complete. Once you have described the project ask the designer about their experience with this type of project.

Other questions should include, years of experience, familiarity with the building jurisdiction for your project and availability to begin your project. You're objective with the phone calls is to narrow down your prospects to two or three for an in depth interview.  The interview is where you and your potential building designer get to know each other.

 The relationship with your designer is as much about how well you can communicate with each other as it is about any other individual element.  The most technically skilled, creative and professional designer cannot meet your goals if they don't hear them. The short answer: Make a list of potential designers, call them and weed out the ones that don't return your call or have any experience with your type of project, meet with the designer and get to know each other, and make your selection.

7th Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Eastford 30-925, Contemporary House Plan

Multipaned windows, decorative shutters and front gables put a welcoming face to the Eastford. Stone veneer wainscoting and slender posts add to the exterior appeal of this mid-size ranch house plan.

Entering via the covered patio, you step into a vaulted entry leading right to the spacious vaulted great room at the rear. But not before passing a wide opening on the left, and a hallway to the right.

The left opening accesses a room that could be a parlor or den, and links up with the kitchen through a pocket door. The hallway on the right takes you to a wing of private spaces: a bathroom, two bedrooms, and what could be a third bedroom, home office or study.

Side windows let even more light into the dining room and kitchen. A flush eating bar bounds the two spaces. Cabinets, appliances and a wide sink line four sides of the kitchen.

Sun light washes into the great room and dining room through windows that fill most of the rear wall. The dining room windows slide open, offering easy access to a covered patio, which may be screened. A fireplace is located to the right corner of the great room.

Laundry appliances are mere steps away from the bedrooms, in a convenient pass-through utility room/mud room with direct access for the Eastford’s two-car garage. The utility room comes fully furnished with plenty of cabinetry, folding tables, and a deep sink.
 


 

3rd Apr, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Forest Grove 30-954

Forest Grove 30-954

Tapered stone columns line the covered porch of this two story Craftsman house plan. The dining room is at the heart of the large gathering area at the rear of the house. Divided by a set of columns, the generously windowed family room features a fireplace that can be appreciated from the kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms, utility room, and a bonus room.

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