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1st Nov, 2015

Southwest Home Plan, House Plan, Under Construction, Northrop 30-096

Thank you Mr. L for the purchase of the Northrop 30-096 plan and allowing us the opportunity to follow along with the construction process.

We look forward to watching the progress, and appreciate your participation on the blog.

29th Oct, 2015
Articles, Blog

Upgrading your home’s exterior by adding an outdoor living space can be an expensive endeavor but a proper outdoor living area can enhance your lifestyle and increase the value of your property. Adding an outdoor patio or deck can make an attractive addition to any home and is consistently one of the number one projects for homeowners.

 

In a post-recession period, prudent spending hails supreme. Instead of putting hard earned cash in expensive room additions, the wisest homeowners will quickly invest in cost-effective exterior remodeling projects to boost the appraisal value of their home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Vs. Value report of 2015, an outdoor living space can add value by providing another enjoyable living area to the home at a lower cost per square foot as opposed to adding another interior space or addition. This makes outdoor livings space the most economic choice all while adding a beautiful new area to your house.

This statement could entice even the most zealous indoor enthusiasts. However, there are many considerations to be aware of before constructing an outdoor living space. So before you put your work gloves on, here are three things you need to keep in mind before adding an outdoor living area to increase your bottom line: Budget, Labor and Materials. Fortunately for you, we have put together this handy guide to show you some steps you can take to get the most out of your investment.

Budget

Knowing the costs associated with making your ideal outdoor living space a reality is an important first step. Set a realistic budget that will cover your minimum expenses, then, establish the maximum amount you would be willing to pay for extra additions. To be safe, make a checklist. Will you be hiring a contractor or “DIYing” it? Are you using traditional wood or alternative materials? What enhancements will you include? These questions are great to ask yourself when drafting a budget.

Your initial budget should include the costs for design, materials, labor and any extras you will use to enhance your space. The size, shape, elevation, and built-in accessories added to your outdoor living space such as benches, hot tubs, lighting, or fire pits will greatly affect the total cost of your project. However, do not be afraid to tweak your budget as the need arises. Ultimately, flexibility is important when taking on any home remodeling project.

Overall, the amount you spend on your project will play a big part in determining how much value your outdoor remodeling project will add to your home.  Knowing your needs before you start, calculating the costs and sticking to a budget will save you significant amounts of time, energy, and most importantly, money.

Labor

Selecting the right method to construct your outdoor living space is crucial. Whether you are hiring a remodeling contractor, “DIYing” it yourself or enlisting a deck installation company, the quality of the work needs to be impeccable to enhance the value of the space for years to come.

If you are a seasoned “DIYer”, constructing an outdoor living space without enlisting a professional can be a viable option. But remember, safety is key! Even if you are confident in your construction skills, always wear personal protective gear, familiarize yourself with local building code regulations and the manufacturer’s instructions and know when to ask for professional backup.

On the other hand, if you are not familiar with the nitty-gritty details of construction safety, permitting restrictions and building code compliances, or you simply do not have the bandwidth or expertise, hire a pro to help you out. A professional contractor can manage complex projects that require a fine-tuned level of skill. So before hiring a professional contractor, consult other home remodeling and design platforms like Houzz, Home Advisor or Guild Quality and the manufacturer’s website for experienced builders to find the right contractor to fit the specific needs of your project.  These platforms have an array of project inspirations that contractors post to entice potential leads. However, it is important to spend time reading what past customers have to say about their contracting experience. Often, these review sites act as social networks comprised of former patrons who write reviews to help others make more informed decisions before hiring a contracting professional. Having their input on a similar project you may be considering can save you from making a costly mistake in the future.

Materials

When constructing an outdoor living space, materials matter! Determining the needs of your space and lifestyle is an important first step when choosing materials. Any expert in the decking industry would recommend selecting materials that are designed to withstand the elements and everyday wear and tear if you want to get the most value out of your outdoor living space. As winter approaches it is important to consider what materials you will be using for both your outdoor space and your outdoor furniture. Harsh weather in your area can quickly freeze certain materials and can lead to rust and erosion.

According to industry studies, traditional wood leads the pack when it comes to materials that homeowners select to construct an outdoor living space. For many thrift-minded homeowners, wood is a cost effective material that boasts a high return value. According to Remodeling Magazine's "Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report for 2014", 87.4% of the cost of building a wooden deck may be recouped during resale. However, a wood versus composite decking study conducted by Fiberon, a leading decking manufacturer reveals that homeowners spend on average $450-$850 maintaining a wood deck each year. Wood decks are highly susceptible to rot, deterioration, pests and discoloration, factors which account for its high cost. On the other hand, composite decking recoups 74.3% percent of the cost upon resale.  But unlike wood decking, composite decks require less upkeep and have an annual maintenance cost between $5-15 over the lifetime of the deck.

In order to make a cost-effective decision in this case, it is important to consider which material best fits within your budget and lifestyle. Still, if you are not satisfied with wood or composite, consider materials like aluminum, stone and PVC which are excellent alternatives that fit a wide range of needs and lifestyles.

Conclusion

 

Regardless whether or not you built your outdoor living space to increase your property value, you deserve a space where you can build lasting memories. After all, one of the best ways to measure the true worth of your outdoor living space is assessing the value it adds to your life and sense of wellbeing. So put down the calculator! Have a realtor or licensed appraiser assess the monetary value of your addition while you spend well-deserved time enjoying it with family and friends. And be sure to visit Fiberon to learn more about our decking and fencing materials.

 

26th Oct, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Veracruz 11-118

The Verzruz has gridded windows that fill all of the gently arched openings giving this sun-bright stucco home a breezy Mediterranean-style ambiance. Dramatic stucco columns soar two stories high to support and highlight the grand entry.

The interior is breathtaking. Double doors open into a two-story foyer filled with natural light from the sidelights and transom. Arched openings access the formal rooms: the living room on the right, dining room on the left. Then the double doors straight ahead lead back out into an open courtyard. The arched-opening colonnade that runs along two sides of the inner courtyard provides direct access to most of the ground floor rooms.

Informal gathering spaces are on the left. Decorative columns anchor the four corners of the kitchen's work island. An eating bar runs along one side, while another flush eating bar rims the peninsular counter close to the ovens, prep sink, and roomy corner pantry. The double sink boasts a pass-through garden window with view to the courtyard.

The kitchen is open to the family room, and just a few steps from a large utility room with a powder room at the end. Past, or through, the living room, on the right side of the entry, is a large media room with a gas fireplace, adjoining bathroom, and covered patio.

Bedrooms are upstairs, joined by a lanai overlooking the courtyard. The luxury owners' suite has one large walk-in closet, and a smaller adjacent one. Secondary bedrooms and a bath are on the opposite wing, and has another set of stairs which lead to the family room.

23rd Oct, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Traditional House Plan, Country Home Plan, Small House Pla, Alderbrook 30-913

The Alderbrook features a trio of gables that welcomes you to this traditional house plan. Once inside you are lead down the vaulted entry way past two bedrooms and main bathroom that are on the right.  The entry hall then opens to a vaulted great room that features a cheery fireplace which can also be enjoyed from the kitchen. The owners' suite has sliding glass doors that offer  private access to the rear deck.

22nd Oct, 2015
Articles, Blog

Create a unique look and flexibility to your living spaces with the use of sliding partition walls and doors to your home.

Sliding Wall Partitions, Barn Doors

The use of sliding partition or commonly called barn doors have become very popular. Not only are they ethically pleasing, but increases the flexibility of your living spaces by allowing you to open up a room, or take a large open space and divide it in seconds.

Attached using sliding door hardware, partition walls can be placed just about anywhere that you want to create flexible space. They can also be used to create private areas in your home, or close off an area that isn't regularly accessed.

Sliding doors can be a hip and unique design solution to laundry areas off of kitchens and bathrooms. By hiding the washer and dryer behind the doors, you can block off the look of a laundry in the kitchen or living space, but when you need the elbow room necessary to use the appliances, you can easily open the doors, giving you the space you need.

From the most rustic to an ultra-modern design, sliding partitions can be designed to match any style and space. The most common look uses either solid wood or slatted doors. Areas where more light is needed call for frosted glass or polycarbonate panels which allow for light to come through without loosing privacy.

Turning a living space from open concept to privately separate doesn't’t have to mean giving up one or the other. You can have both. Sliding partition walls are a great way to create exactly the kind of space that you need at the time you need it.

19th Oct, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Parkcrest 30-561

The bright and spacious single-level Parkcrest home with a wealth of formal and informal gathering spaces. It's both traditional and contemporary inside and out.

Brick veneer, multipaned windows and an arched entry give the home an inviting look, while the roof lines, framed columns, and extended window heights are more contemporary. Once inside, formal rooms flank the vaulted entry, which leads directly into the large informal great room, kitchen and nook to the rear of the home.

At the rear of the vaulted great room, tall windows trim a gas fireplace. The kitchen is partially open to this space. Standing at the kitchen sink, you can keep view activities in the great room, nook, and outdoor patio.

In the C-shaped kitchen, a central work island adds to the generous counter and storage space. A wide window bay in the nook fills the rear wall. Sliding glass doors give easy access to the covered portion of the patio.

On the left, a hall passage goes by a powder room, then continues to a hobby room with plenty of storage and space. This area could also be used as an exercise room, office, or another bedroom.

The owners' suite is well-buffered from sound created from the great room. The main bathroom and the owner' suites large walk in closet buffers any sounds from the great room to the owners' suite. The suite's private bathroom offers many amenities: dual vanity, large shower, and a naturally illuminated spa tub situated in an extended alcove.

 

12th Oct, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Small House Plan, Briarton 30-339

Standing in the Briarton's large vaulted great room, you may forget that this is a smaller home. Windows line most of the rear wall, creating a space that is bright and spacious. 

With close to 1,650 square feet of living space, this country style modest size home makes it well-suited to empty nesters and to young families.

The nostalgic front porch makes it easy to imagine lazing away a summer afternoon on a porch swing, or stepping out for a breath of fresh air on rainy or snowy nights. 

Natural light flows into the vaulted entry through a narrow sidelight and half-round window near the top of the door. A coat closet is on the left, and the kitchen is to the right. Counters wrap around four sides of the kitchen, offering plenty of work space for a family of cooks.

A raised eating bar rims the peninsular counter that is along the window-rich vaulted nook. Potted plants would thrive in this bright space, and the morning light helps ease family members gently into each new day.

The laundry room is nearby in a pass through space that links the house to the two car side entry garage. Cabinets and a counter fill the wall opposite the appliances.

Bedrooms are together on the left side of the home. The owners' suite has a deep walk-in closet, a private bathroom with dual vanity, and a large shower. Both of the secondary bedrooms have rectangular window bays that could be finished as window seats.

9th Oct, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, Lakeville 30-998, Vacation Home Plan

The Prairie-style Lakeville is well suited to a broad spectrum of families and localities. Possibilities for this home range from a relaxing vacation retreat, a starter home, to down sizing empty nesters.

The vaulted airlock entry will be appreciated as a transition area when the weather is uncomfortably cold or hot. Moving forward, you walk into a large vaulted living room with a gas stove tucked in the corner. An atrium door, centered in the richly windowed rear wall, opens onto a vaulted and covered deck.

The living room is open on the left to the kitchen and eating area. Natural light flows in through windows in the nook and at the kitchen sink. A step-in pantry fills one corner, while an eating bar, counters and cabinets wrap around the remaining walls of the kitchen.

A full bathroom is close to the kitchen and living room, as well as a secondary bedroom. The owners’ suite, utility room and a den (or possibly a third bedroom) are on the right side.

7th Oct, 2015
Articles, Blog

If you are looking for something unique rather than the traditional floor plan layout for our next home consider a hexagonal house design. This unique design shape has plenty to offer and the exterior styles available in this collection range from Mediterranean all the way to lake side cabin.

Hexagonal House Plan, Home Plan, Eddinger 10-428, View Lot House Plan
Eddinger 10-428

 

Appreciate the Views

One of the biggest elements to love about a hexagonal style home design is the ability to appreciate the view from almost every room in the home. The great room, bedrooms and office space are well windowed and face the view, while those less frequently used spaces such as the hall way, utiltiy room, and storage closets aren't taking up precious real estate within the home.

Uniqueness in Design

The impressive yet traditional curb appeal creates a wonderful surprise awaits upon entering a hexagonal home. Walking through the entry it's easy to see how the outdoors becomes part of the interior living through brightly windowed walls on 3 sides of the room, and high ceilings of the great room.

Wrap-around Porch/Deck

Extended outdoor living is often found with large wrap around covered decks that are accessed from the masters suite, the great room, and dining areas of the home. The deck area becomes extended living space for entertaining, or to just relax outside with a good book.

 

5th Oct, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Feautred House Plan of the Week, Duplex Plan, Bergen 60-026

One notable feature of the Bergen is it's four bedrooms which is unusual in a duplex design.

The mirror-image units in this contemporary duplex plan are also spacious and attractive enough that its owners might wish to live in one of them and rent out the other. Separated entries and double-thick walls between them ensure privacy for two families.

On each unit a slender post accents the covered front porch. Once inside the door, a stairway to the second floor runs up the outside wall. A coat closet is on the opposite wall, just past a hallway that leads to a powder room, a laundry alcove, and the door to the garage. Additional storage space is tucked under the stairway.

Straight ahead is a family gathering area where the living room, dining room and kitchen flow together. Light flows in through two windows on one side, and two wider windows at the rear. The dining room windows slide open to provide easy access to a patio.

Counters and cabinets line all three sides of the efficiently designed kitchen. The refrigerator, stove and sink are laid out in a step-saving triangle, and counter space is ample for two people to work comfortably together.

All four of the bedrooms, including the owners' suite, are upstairs in both units. A linen closet is in the hallway, just outside the bathroom. The owners' suite features its own bathroom and a large walk-in closet.

1st Oct, 2015
Articles, Blog

When looking for your perfect home plan or considering a custom design or remodel don’t forget about planning for your storage needs. If there is one thing people are good at it is collecting clutter and it leaves us wondering, “What to do with it all?” It is time to take the stress out of finding space for your treasures and plan for storage solutions to meet the needs of you and your family.

Oakshire 30-770, Shingle Style House Plan, Home Plan,

“A place for everything and everything in its place”, a good rule to live by: assuming that you have the right amount of storage for your home. The experts at Associated Designs, Inc., home design specialists in Eugene, Oregon, first start by taking a look at the size of home you are looking to build. Rick McAlexander, president, explains that the opportunities for storage vary greatly with the size of home being designed. Keeping the storage areas proportional to the rest of the home is key to functional and tidy living. Showcasing all the necessary areas within a home to consider the Oakshire 30-770 has them all. This design features; an entry closet, linen closets, pantry, mudroom, and plenty of cabinet storage in the large utility room. Along with planning for the actual spaces here are other tips to consider capitalizing on those spaces.

The entry closet gives the homeowner the first bit of storage. Entry closets are great for seasonal outerwear ranging from light jackets to winter scarves and mittens. Adding hooks to the interior side of the door would lend additional storage by keeping your “go to” items up front to just reach in and grab.

Close to the bedroom or bathroom areas, the linen closets help to keep things close to where they are needed. Aside from storing additional bedding and towels, a linen closet is also and an excellent place to keep cleaning supplies and extra bathroom staples close by and out of site from visitors.

Next on the list of necessities is a kitchen pantry. Having a pantry offers the extra storage needed to keep countertops clear and can offer an easier view of staples you like to keep on hand. Increase its functionality by is installing shelving at different heights, adding racks or a hook system to the door along and use of baskets to corral loose staples such as onions and potatoes.

Utilizing the transition between the living area of the home and the garage with a mud room creates a very versatile space. The mud room is a great option for active families who need a “drop zone”. Backpacks and lunch pails can be conveniently stored before or after school. If your children are active in sports this area is a great place to remove and store muddy shoes. Optimize the mud room with a cubby system for individual family member’s belongings will keep items organized. Consider adding a bench, not only for the benefit of having a seat to put on or remove shoes but you can capture additional storage under the seat for larger or odd sized frequently used items.

When it comes to the garage, storage options are numerous. Cars, tools, sports equipment and other odds and ends that don’t fit in the home create a high demand on garage storage. To help the garage live up to its high demands consider some of the following tips.

  • Most people don’t realize how much overhead space a garage can offer. By installing basic pulley storage system, you can keep seasonal items and the family canoe from occupying valuable floor space.
  • Fully utilize wall space. A peg and hook system can double or triple the storage space in the average garage and keep the yard tools well organized.
  • A work bench keeps tools and equipment organized and ready to use when you are want to work your next project.
  • Cabinets, shelving and sports containers can increase storage of skates, boards, helmets, balls and more. Corner containers or closets can help keep things tidy and organized.

When it comes to planning for storage it is important to consider your needs during the design process. Once your plans are picked or finalized there are many additional tricks, tips and specialized products that will help your well-designed home support your lifestyle while keeping your home clutter free.

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28th Sep, 2015
Articles, Blog

We were hired by Gary and Sandy to design a remodel for their utility room. Although this room was nicely appointed and finished, it didn't allow enough room to comfortably iron and meet their storage needs. Also, the area provided for the washer/dryer set which they wanted to replace required the use of "compact" units which limited available choices.

The solution was to extend their utility room which would increase not only the storage space, but added plenty of counter space, as well as increased floor space to comfortably iron and continue to utilize the functions of the room. Adding a small amount of floor space, a mere 66 square feet, significantly increased the functionality of the room.

The before photos:

  

During construction:

 

The finished project. Bumping out this space created a nice area for planting and accessorizing the patio in the back of their home.

 

Interior:

 

28th Sep, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Mediterranean Home Plan, Corsica 30-443

A bright stucco exterior and high, arched windows lend the Mediterranean-style Corsica an actractive sunny appearance. Keystones offer a classic touch, over the garage-door lintels and at the center of all five majestic front arches.

Passing through the arched front porch, you step into an exceptionally bright entry. Natural light flows in through sidelights and a graceful half-circle transom.

The foyer's ceiling soars 13 feet high. A recessed display niche is on the right side, opposite a set of ornamental columns that welcome the living room's wide opening.

Stacked windows fill the great room's rear wall. The top edge of the upper windows forms a gentle arch. Built-in cabinetry on both sides of the gas fireplace can function as a home entertainment center.

The roomy combination kitchen/dining room is open to the great room. Counters, a desk, pantry, sink and appliances line two walls, while a large cook-top work island rimmed by a flush eating bar is at the center. A second pantry is nearby, along the hallway that leads to a bathroom, utility room, and a den with bay window and patio access.

The dining room has access to a partially covered section of the patio, along with another glass door across the way in the master suite. Other luxurious amenities include his-and-hers walk-in closets, twin vanities, walk-in shower, deep soaking tub and totally private toilet.

Two more bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs, along with a storage room.

21st Sep, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week

The mid-size Jamestown exterior is invitingly solid, familiar and comfortable. Living spaces are all on one floor in this contemporary ranch-style home, with a deep bonus room located upstairs.

Eye-catching gables and nostalgic multipaned windows face the street. Tapered columns, with stone veneer bases, highlight the covered porch.

Softly muted light flows into the entry through sidelights and glass in the upper door. One bedroom is to the right, while an opening to the left leads to an alcove to another bedroom and a full bathroom. Linen storage is at one end of the alcove.

Further along from the entry, you pass a coat closet just before reaching the kitchen on the right. Double doors on the left open into what could be a home office, or a fourth bedroom. This room also offers easy rear access to cables linked to components in the great room's media cabinet.

The kitchen's L-shaped eating bar bounds the great room on one side, and the dining room on the other. The great room has a fireplace and the dining room boasts a built-in hutch and buffet.  Long stretches of counters and cabinets rim the kitchen's other two sides, linked by a walk-in pantry tucked into the corner.

A hallway off the dining area leads to the owners' suite, bonus room stairs, plus a convenient pocket bathroom and pass-through utility room linked to the garage. Owners' suite features include a luxurious bathroom, a roomy walk-in closet, and direct patio access.

18th Sep, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Lodge Style House Plan, New Home Plan, Riverbank 30-999

Distinctive posts and beams highlight the Riverbank’s four front gables. This eye-catching two-story lodge-style home plan is designed for construction in a retreat setting and seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor living spaces. 

Indoor family spaces span the front. After entering the foyer, you step into a large dining room, open to the two-story living room on the right. The kitchen to the left is a cooks dream and features dual work islands. A roomy butler's pantry is close by with plenty of room for a freezer and/or second refrigerator. The utility room well appointed and offers plenty of additional storage. It, along with the mud room/bathroom across the hall, is just inside a door onto the rambling covered patio. An exercise room, den and full bathroom complete the right wing.

On the second floor, a spacious and luxurious owners’ suite is on the left side.  The suite features a large spa tub that nestles into a window bay with views onto a vaulted deck. Two more bedrooms, a two-section bathroom and a game room are also upstairs. 

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