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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.

31st Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, Sahalie 30-768, Vacation Home Plan

Crisp lines and window grids provide a fresh clean look to the Sahalie. This is an update of the Prairie home, one of few indigenous American architectural styles. Originating in Chicago, the style was popular in early 20th century suburbs through the entire USA and is again rising in popularity.

The wide covered porch that wraps around across the front and to the left is punctuated by four sets of slender posts arranged on squarish framed-out bases. These support a low pitched hipped roof with wide eaves, typical of the Prairie home.

Entering, you step into a bright and large gathering area that contains the living room, dining room and kitchen. Sun light, slightly muted from the porch overhang, washes in through the gridded glass in its sidelights and the front door. Still more spills in through the tall, similarly shaped doors and windows on two walls of the dining area and a shorter window in the kitchen. Families that thrive on light and openness will love this space.

A sizable work island rimmed by a raised eating bar gives partial separation between the kitchen and the rest of the room. Standing at the kitchen sink, you can stare out the window in front of you, or track activities outside. A generously-sized utility room is nearby, as-is direct-access to a rear-facing two-car garage—handy for unloading groceries securely and from the weather.

The owners' suite is at the rear. It boasts a double vanity, completely private toilet, and a sizable walkin closet. Both of the Sahalie’s secondary rooms are up front, where they share another bathroom that also offers a dual vanity. These rooms each have broad closets that fill about two-thirds of just one wall.

 

26th Mar, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Alder Creek 10-589, Hexagonal House Plan, Vacation Home Plan

Alder Creek 10-589

This ranch house plan features a hexagonal great room at its heart. Ideal for taking in whatever view your lot has to offer; the great room has windows on three sides with a sliding glass door in the center that opens into a vaulted covered patio. The owners' suite takes up one side of the house along with its generous sized walk-in closet. The side to the left of the great room features a second bedroom, utility room and your kitchen and bath.

 

24th Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Hexagonal House Plan, Panoramic View, Sloped Lot House Plans, Home Plans

Guests are wowed by Hillview, inside and out

Walking through the European style Hillview can simply take your breath away. It’s gorgeous inside and out.

Columns and a high arch frame the front porch, which is centered in front of a rising hexagonal roof with many side gables. A stone veneer colonnade spans the rear. Lower column sections bound an extensive covered terrace around the basement level that wraps across three walls of the hexagonal area. On the main floor, column tops link railings that edge a similarly wide deck.

On the main floor, arched clerestory windows crown wide multipaned windows that fill nearly all of two rear walls. A home entertainment centre and a stone veneer fireplace cover most of the third.

One side of the unusually large two-section kitchen is totally open to the great room. An eating bar rims the sink’s peninsular counter, which looks into the dining area. Another eating bar rims the central work island, which also houses a pull-up mixer and a built-in ice maker. Appliances, including a large freezer, are built in.

Double doors open into a richly windowed two-story entry leading into the hexagonal great room. The circular staircase directly ahead of the entry curves up to a vaulted loft that covers half of the great room and overlooks the other half. Hidden storage lines two loft walls.

Surfaces and cabinets wraparound two sides of the spacious butler’s kitchen, which also has a second sink and oven. A bedroom, bathroom and utility room fill out the space behind the kitchen, while the sumptuous owners’ suite uses up a lot of the right wing.

A workout room and a third bedroom extend off the big hexagonal room about the Hillview’s basement level.

17th Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Elk Lake 30-849, Vacation House Plan

Elk Lake a comfortable house for all seasons

Three handsome columns attract eyes to the Elk Lake’s front exterior. This ranch house plan is suitable to the needs of a midsized household, or empty-nesters trying to downsize from a larger home. The plan could possibly be modified for wheelchair accessibility.

Within The entry, a row of coat hooks covers the wall above a bench, handy for removing and stashing grubby footgear. Another wall is filled by a roomy coat closet. From there, you can walk into the kitchen, or proceed through it to the vaulted great room.

A small, conveniently located bathroom sits at the juncture of the kitchen, the bedroom wing, and a pass-through mudroom/laundry room that links with the backyard and two-car garage.

Appliances, cabinets and counters line two sides of the kitchen.A walk-in pantry fills one rear corner, and more storage space is tucked beneath the work island. Standing at the kitchen sink, you face into the vaulted great room across a raised eating bar.

Windows wrap-around three sides of the nook, making a naturally vibrant setting for beginning the day, sharing meals, or helping with homework. Potted plants will succeed in this shiny place too. More light washes into the kitchen through skylights.

When outside temperatures are comfortable, opening the double doors within the great room nearly doubles the available living area. Meals are easy to move out onto the vaulted patio. On cool days and nights, warmth radiates out from the corner woodstove.

Two more bedrooms, another bathroom and a large study are across the hall.

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