Full of Craftsman-style charm the Azalea house plan is very welcoming. Upon entering the home, you step into a foyer with an extra tall, 10' ceiling. On the right is a vaulted den which could also be used as a study or home office. From there you walk-into a bright and open vaulted living room with a fireplace tucked into the corner. The bedroom wing is on the left side of the house and the owners' suite at the rear of the home. Up the set of stairs is a bonus room.
As homeowners, we adapt to all sorts of changes. A college student returns and needs a place to stay; your job is now based out of the home and you need a designated office space. As the family changes, so do lifestyle preferences, space considerations, storage needs and so on. Soon enough, we start to see that it’s not just us who need to adapt. Our homes should adapt to us too. Each stage of our lives requires us to adapt, and so must our living space.
A house, therefore, isn’t just a box with a set number of rooms that never changes; it’s an opportunity.
A growing trend among homeowners revolves around this idea of adaptability and flexibility; dens, offices, basements, bonus rooms and the like are flex spaces whose function can change with demand. But the ultimate goal behind these adaptable home designs is to allow families to age in place without having to periodically pack up their bags, load a moving van, and relocate to a new home.
Adaptable homes or floor plans are homes that feature flexible rooms such as bonus spaces and basements that can serve multiple purposes as your needs change.
“A home needs flexibility,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. “Any homeowner can buy a house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a family room. But to truly live in the home and be comfortable with it for years and years, it needs to adapt to the homeowner as their needs change. Life is rarely ever as simple as a box.”
For example, a den can be an office, a media room or a study. A bonus room can be made into a children’s playroom that transitions into a bedroom for returning college students. And as the kids move out, secondary bedrooms can serve as guest bedrooms or hobby rooms. The options are endless.
“This is what we call ‘aging in place,’ the idea that homes can be lived in longer if they could be modified and adjusted as the years go by,” said McAlexander.
The “aging in place” concept has gained prominence in the home design industry, as evidenced by Associated Designs most recent Home from the Heart Surveys. Ninety-six percent of homeowners want the option of a forever-home, and the ability to adjust the living space of that home. This trend coincides with the 95% of 2016 survey respondents who desire a single-level home, since single-level homes can be lived in longer than two-story homes.
Associated Designs’ Manor Heart home design 10-590 showcases the adaptable home concept. A single-level home with a den, a bonus room above the garage, two secondary bedrooms, extra storage, and a vaulted great room, the home is the right blend of spaces for all potential homeowners.
“There’s a little something for everyone in this home design,” said McAlexander. “The bonus room in particular has so many possibilities – from recreation room, to guest house, to home office. It can be whatever you want it to be.”
From a young family in need of a playroom, to a middle-aged couple with kids away at college, to the empty nester in need of a relaxing study and a fun hobby space, the home flexes and bends with the needs of the family. And at 2,200 square feet, it fits nicely into the national averages of what future homebuyers are looking for.
Change happens, and when it does, we make room, we adjust and we reconfigure our plans so that the change becomes an opportunity for bigger and better things. Adaptable floor plans that allow us to age with the home, to be creative with our living space, means we don’t live in a box. Like us, the home adapts – and we build a forever home.
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What makes up a dream home? Is it the view? The square footage? The walk-in shower or Craftsman-style kitchen? Does such a house that combines all of your dreams even exist?
Knowing the answers to these questions is what Associated Designs’ Home from the Heart survey is all about. This year’s survey once again asked readers, like you, to share what features and design elements you want in your dream home. The results of the survey allow Associated Designs to create a collection of home designs that feature all of those wants and desires.
The 2016 Home from the Heart survey focused on every element of the home – from the size to the style to special features to the number of rooms. Using the most voted on features, Associated Designs has created the Westheart 10-630 home plan that highlights the must-have design essentials from the survey. Featuring 3,135 square feet of living space in a single floor layout, the home includes all the popular features including a walk-in shower, covered front porch, great room, utility room located close to the garage, and plenty of windows for natural light and scenic views.
Unlike last year when the Craftsman house was the sought-after exterior home style, this year’s survey revealed that both the ranch and Craftsman homes were neck and neck in terms of popularity. This coincides with the continued trend toward larger, single-floor homes on rural lots with open floor plans.
Survey respondents voiced their preferences for 3 bedrooms, but as in 2015, kitchen nooks and dens remained similarly popular. Media rooms, however, lost momentum replaced by a desire for a guest suite, which climbed 10% in popularity. The Westheart home plan showcases just such a guest suite. It also keeps the owners’ suite separate from the other bedrooms for added privacy, and a luxurious owners’ bath with walk-in shower. In fact, one of the biggest trends in the survey continues to be the desire for walk-in showers in the owners’ suite, which climbed to 81%.
The Westheart design also features a great room with a gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings, providing both artistic elegance and warm strength to the home. Vaulted ceilings, much like gas fireplaces, are still a must-have for homeowners.
The 2016 Home from the Heart survey is all about what you want and desire. It gives you a say in what pieces go together to make the home of your dreams. Associated Designs Westheart home design makes that dream a reality.
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It's been awhile since I have posted the progress of the new house and to say I'm excited about it is an understatement though it feels rather surreal to me at times.
Here is the entry or Porte corchere (carport). It's stately and solid looking.
The underside is stunning. I LOVE IT!
Early on I touched on superstitions. The discovery of a nesting robin in essentially our great room door way had me doing a bit more research for the meaning. A nest with eggs indicates a blest household, or the creation of happy household promises. I have to say, I like this a lot.
The roof is felted. As soon as a few vents and our wood stove chiminey are in place, the metal roofing can go on.
Looking in from the back porch.
The before photo of my future kitchen! Looking forward to cooking and entertaining here. We have some fun things planned here. Shaker style hickory cabinets, a Thermador cook top, a red painted island with copper vegetable sink, and a 5 drawer Kitchen Aid refrigerator. I love the light we found to hang over the island! This will be the kitchen of my dreams!
Coming soon, I'll show you some of the selections we've made for the house!