Picture windows have been growing in appeal for the past decade, as these large glass windows offer consumers four sought-after benefits: beauty, natural light, unimpeded views, and winter heating. The two home plans which accomplish all the aforementioned benefits with unwavering style are the Nottingham 30-965 and the Juniper 30-964, both are popular with light loving enthusiasts.
Oversized picture windows have been found on every level and room of a home from dining rooms to bathrooms. For years, the mainstay of windows in many residential homes has been the double hung and single hung varieties due to their affordability. Unfortunately, the multiple panes can block the views outside of homes, allow less light to enter and allow for the entry of moisture into the home since they can be opened.
Custom home plan designer Rick McAlexander, president of Associated Designs, Inc., has noticed an uptick of customers looking for house plans that incorporate larger window designs that are the epitome of grandeur -- such as can be found with picture windows. These beautiful fixed windows fit into different home styles whether people are looking for the simple, rustic styles of Ranch houses to the fancier, modernized Cape Cod homes. People are no longer limited to just picking the typical windows every other house has nowadays. The growing design technology for house plans has now allowed consumers to truly customize their homes without restrictions when it comes to window styles.
Unlike the historic homes that focused on smaller apertures with small paned windows, designers are now focused on creating homes that appeal to a person's unique design preferences --- and that means changing up the style of windows so that they offer more functionality and beauty to a home. In addition, picture windows are versatile when paired with other types of windows. By combining casement or double hung windows with picture windows, there can be an increase in the ventilation and the aesthetic appeal of the house.
Consumers are becoming very creative with how they want the exterior of the home to look, as they are seeking designs that incorporate all of their desires. Yet it is also the benefits that are truly drawing consumers to these types of windows. Picture windows allow for more natural light to filter unimpeded into the rooms. It instantly brightens up the interior, making small rooms feel bigger because they offer larger views of the scenery outside, at the same token, picture windows are matching the grand feel of vaulted large rooms without looking out of place.
Also, homes with darker interiors are shied away from for a number of reasons. With the lessening of natural light, people have to look for other means to brighten the space with artificial lighting. They are seeing an increase in their energy consumption, leading to higher electricity bills to light up the home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over $19 billion was saved in 2008 with people adopting more energy-efficient practices in their homes, including relying on more natural lighting. Another benefit that picture windows give toward energy savings is the heat gain for homes located in the Northern states. Sunlight streaming through a picture window can warm up a room, lowering how often a furnace and other heating methods must be used. This warming method translates to additional reduction to energy use and the lowering of home expenses.
Lastly, people are leaning more toward natural lighting to avoid a host of seasonal disorders, most often called the “winter blues”, as the days grow shorter and people are experiencing less natural light in the home. People may suffer from a host of different problems from mood swings to appetite changes. Living in a home with few lighting options can only increase such seasonal disorders, as people seeking home construction may be able to lessen such affects with getting oversized windows in their homes to allow in as much light as possible.
Associated Designs brings more creative designs to consumers who are interested in bigger and brighter natural light options for windows in their house plans. Combined with the benefits that picture windows lend to a home and the durable construction of these windows that prevents moisture from entering, they are the ideal window solution to home construction projects across the country no matter the style of the house. It is just a matter of informing consumers about the variety of house plans that are available where picture windows would make an ideal addition.
With quality window companies such as Milgard, Andersen, and Pella offering durable and beautiful picture windows, consumers can gain a greater understanding of what is available in home plans that will take advantage of such window options as they can select pre-designed plans or seek out customized house plans.
More homeowners want large spaces with ample natural light. They will look toward available design companies that can offer the right plans that spur their imaginations when it comes to home construction projects. As a trusted home design company that relies upon the opinions of their clients, Associated Designs aims to please their homeowners by offering valuable information and designs bases on consumer needs. The Nottingham 30-965 and Brookville 30-928 home plans feature big oversized picture windows for the natural light lover.
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Kitchen and bathrooms are some of the last places that get a modern update despite how often we use these two rooms in our daily lives. Yet having an updated kitchen and bathroom can vastly improve the functionality of these spaces, increase the home's value if you plan to put the house on the market in the next few years, and create beautiful rooms that match the decor style of the home. So remove the outdated elements of these two rooms and bring them into the current century. It doesn't take much to change the look. Focus on these specific areas in the kitchen and bathroom to make boring rooms look extraordinary.
Upgrade Cabinets and Handles
Cabinets go through tons of abuse from adults, kids and pets. They can become dinged, scratched or loose on their hinges. Modernize your kitchen and bathroom quickly by changing the look of these cabinets. Repaint or stain the front of cabinets in bright or bold colors. You may also want to replace the door fronts or handles with something more stylish. If you simply don't like the look of the bathroom vanity, you can get a new stock one or get a customized cabinet that will be a better fit to your preferences.
Counters and Floors
Counters and floors are some of the few things that rarely get replaced for long periods of time. So their look can quickly fall out of the current home style trends. Some people like to match the look of the counters with the flooring to give a more uniform appearance. Also, incorporating backsplashes can instantly transform the spaces and give a unique design theme.
Replace Old Appliances
When old cabinets in the kitchen isn't the problem, it might be time to modernize the appliances. Having modern appliances not only improves the look of your home, they can also work more efficiently and save you money. Stainless steel appliances are still the current design rage as they add a modern and industrial eye-popping beauty to your kitchen.
Modernize Sinks and Faucets
With the variety of sinks and faucets available, you can find one that fits perfectly in your bathroom and kitchen that can modernize the space. From pedestal sinks to faucets with sensors that automatically turn on the water, the marvels of technology can be placed into your home to make the spaces more comfortable to live in.
Bring In the Light
Light instantly brightens the room and highlights the aspects of the space that you want to show off. Consider changing the lighting fixtures or adding additional lighting to these two rooms. With a brightened kitchen and bathroom, you can also use the spaces better as they can become enjoyable places in your home.
Entering, you pass through a covered porch accented by tapered columns. Once inside, a coat closet is located behind the door. To the right and you can see most of the main floor. The large living room in the front flows into a dining area rimmed by a raised eating bar that bounds the kitchen.
Light spills into the living room through a wide front window. More flows into the dining area through sliding glass doors on the right that open to a covered patio. The kitchen has long counters on two sides, and the sink is centered creating a u-shape. A desk fits into an alcove across the room, next to the walk-in pantry.
A full-size utility room and small powder room are also located on the ground floor. They flank a short hallway that links the interior to the two-car garage.
The bedrooms, and an unfinished bonus room are upstairs. The owners' suite at the rear has a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a dual vanity. Up front, both secondary bedrooms have cozy windowed alcoves with views of the street. These could be window seats, used as display areas, or fitted with desks.
Brick veneer covers the Alton’s entry columns, counterpoint to the gently arched porch opening. Brick veneer wainscoting also underscores the lap siding of this contemporary ranch-style house plan ideal for a narrow building lot. A rambling family open space fills most of the right side. The entry hallway leads directly into the kitchen. A flush eating bar rims the large work island, while cupboards, counters and appliances wrap around two walls. A deep walk-in pantry is across the room.
Natural light spills into the gathering spaces through a generous array of windows. The one in front of the kitchen sink makes cleanup more pleasurable.
Light flows into the dining area and great room through matching trios of glass, an atrium door, and several smaller windows. The atrium door opens onto a partially covered patio. Nestled into a corner across the room, is a gas fireplace.
An arched opening along the left wall of the great room leads past a storage closet to a two-section bathroom flanked by two bedrooms. The rear bedroom has a direct bathroom entry, and a roomy walk-in closet. Two additional storage closets are outside the bathroom.
Access to the owners’ suite is through an arched opening on the left of the entry hall. Double doors next to it open into a room that could be a den, or home office. Suite features include an extra-large walk-in closet, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower, double vanity and private toilet.
Entering via the two-car garage, you pass by a powder room, utility room, and coat closet, before feeding into the main entry hallway.
Tiny homes are a growing trend for young adults who are trying to save up their money while trying to advance in their careers. If you haven't heard the news yet and are scratching your head about tiny homes, these small buildings are 200 square feet or less in size. They can cost around $20,000 or less as they have the very basic necessities of living. Most of these tiny homes have kitchenettes, bathrooms, and loft areas that provides a bed. The simplistic design also allows the homes to be placed on wheels as they can be parked like RVs at designated camping spots or occupy a lot that someone owns.
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What Makes Tiny Homes So Appealing?
Tiny homes offer simplistic living. This arrangement appeals to people who don't require much in their lives at the present time as they enjoy spending more time out-and-about and only need a place to rest their heads or cook meals. People who are concerned with their carbon footprint may find tiny homes appealing because it uses less materials and resources. So they are using up less natural resources. Since tiny homes have wheels, they can be moved about as people enjoy road adventures.
Another factor to consider is that tiny homes cost less than a traditional home. Many people own their homes outright, eliminating the need for a mortgage as they have less debt to carry for years. In addition, tiny homes require less maintenance and lower utility bills, saving more money for the homeowner.
The Downsides of Owning Tiny Homes
Tiny homes aren't for everybody. You have to feel comfortable coming home to a tiny space that is about the size of an outdoor shed or small garage. Since the space is so tiny, it doesn't leave room for you to entertain guests or host parties. Also, you don't have much storage space, keeping the possessions you own to a bare minimum.
Another downside is that you may own the tiny home, but you may not have a place to park it unless you also buy property somewhere. So you have to consider paying property taxes every year. If you don't want to own the land, you have to find an acceptable place to park, and oftentimes engage in communal living arrangements with other people.
Lastly, if you decide to get married and have children, a tiny home will never provide the right amount of space for your growing family. You also eliminate the ability to have elderly parents move in with you if they can no longer live in their own homes. Due to these factors, people may continue to save up their funds to purchase a bigger home as they can later downsize to a small house or cottage.
The weather is gorgeous outside. Yet you are stuck inside looking out a small window because you simply don't have the outdoor area where you can sit back and relax. Now is the time to invest in an indoor/outdoor living space when constructing your new home or second vacation home. Indoor/outdoor living spaces are a growing trend for homeowners across the country as they provide the outdoor relaxation and majestic scenic views combined with all the indoor amenities to make the space comfortable.
Types of Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces
There are a variety of indoor/outdoor living spaces to select from that will fit into the style of your home, your personality and how you want to use the space. You will also have to select the type of space based on the square footage that you have available.
Glass Living Spaces
One of the unique advantages of indoor/outdoor living spaces is that you can already use an indoor living area and create it with a more outdoor feeling. Enclosed porches and sunrooms are getting makeovers to provide a sheltered area that is perfect for outdoor living. Glass walls and windows bring in plenty of sunshine while keeping the weather outside. A great thing about these enclosed spaces is that you can have more comfortable furniture installed along with colorful rugs and throw pillows.
Partially Enclosed Spaces
If you want a more outdoorsy space, then you can eliminate the glass walls to bring in a little more fresh air. Partially-enclosed spaces will normally have roofs for a little bit of protection. The space may be connected to the home or sit separately in large courtyards or backyards. Gazebos and outdoor rooms are filled with colorful furniture, rugs and even beds for the ultimate relaxation as you have a small outdoor oasis.
Outdoor Kitchens Are a Growing Trend
Another amenity to an indoor/outdoor living space is an outdoor kitchen. It is more than just a barbecue pit. These outside kitchens have refrigerators, pizza ovens, sinks, counters, islands and dining spaces to provide seating for the guests. The barbecue pit also gets a makeover as you can cook all types of meals on the larger surface without having to use your indoor kitchen. Eat in style during the warm weather as the whole family can sit outside and enjoy the special time together.
Indoor/Outdoor Spaces Are Customizable For Your Needs
The best thing about outdoor spaces are that you can customize them so that they are the relaxing areas that you desire. With fountains, outdoor lights, speakers and other items, you can make the ultimate outdoor oasis that you will use every single day. Let your imagination run loose until you have the space that is perfect for you.
This Craftsman garage design offers storage for up to two cars plus an additional car in the attached carport. Both garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. At the back main floor of the garage is the entry and a kitchenette with stairs leading to the second floor recreation room. This space could also be used as an guest apartment or suite for older children returning from college looking to live at home for awhile. A full bathroom and stacking washer and drier are on the second level along with the window rich observatory loft.
Nobody expects everyone to like the same decor themes. Yet it does make it tough for couples to decide what type of furnishings and decorations to have in their home. You like the traditional decor with classic furniture, rich colors and 18th-century Old World architecture while your spouse lives for the modern designs with clean lines and simple neutral colors. It's okay that your personalities don't match. You can combine both styles in the same decor theme while having a beautiful home.
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Combine Modern Furnishings With Traditional Artwork
You can easily combine modern and traditional styles by pairing artwork with furnishings. Choose classical and Old World paintings with the modern lines of couches and chairs. The bold colors of the paintings will look well with the softer tones of the furniture. You can also switch it around and select traditional furniture with modern artwork.
Mix And Match Furniture
There is no reason why you can't mix and match traditional and modern furniture so long as one style doesn't dominate the other. You can have modern couches with a few traditional accent chairs or a antique English coffee table to bring the furnishings together. Also, many modern pieces of furniture will have modern twists to their designs as you can have both decor styles in the same piece of furniture.
Look At Other Elements Of The Room To Combine Both Designs
You can find numerous ways to combine traditional design styles or modern design styles to the room besides incorporating them into the furniture or artwork. Look at the floor. You can find beautiful modern or traditional area rugs. Place modern furniture on traditional rugs with traditional paintings on the wall to create a unique decor theme. You can also select modern vases, traditional bookcases, wall sconces and knick knacks that capture both you and your spouses design personality.
Don't Forget To Use Paint Colors To Your Advantage
You may win out over your spouse as you are able to have the traditional style furnishings that your crave. Yet that doesn't mean your spouse can't also have his modern look in the room. Look toward painting the walls and trim with muted and neutral modern colors. The wall colors can complement the furniture as you can take the rich colors from the upholstery and use muted versions of the colors for the walls, ceiling and trim in the room. You can also create modern designs along the wall using paint stencils to create interesting striped lines and borders.
Associated Designs, a national home design firm located in Eugene, Oregon, has seen the desire to move several generations under one roof with requests for unique house plans to fit more family members. The talented designers are intrigued with the multigenerational concept, and have used their more than 46 years of combined home design experience to keep a watchful eye on trending ideas in the home designers’ arena. As a result of this expertise in home plan needs, the ranch-style Kinglsey 30-184 was designed perfectly formulated for multi-family living.
With the main house linked by a covered walkway to a small cottage at rear, the Kingsley, is actually two houses in one. The cottage is ideal for older children, not quite ready to fly the nest, or aged parents who enjoy their privacy but also appreciate sharing time with the family. Its kitchenette is adequate for breakfast and lunch preparation, but not designed for complex meals.
Inside the main house, the skylit kitchen is large with a panoramic view of both gathering spaces, plus scenes framed by windows in three directions.
Outfitted with stools, one stretch of the kitchen counter serves as an eating and conversation bar. A vaulted ceiling expands the volume of the living room, and in the dining room, French doors open onto a partially covered patio.
Laundry appliances, deep sink, and a roomy pantry are mere steps from the kitchen, housed in a combination utility/mud room that's also accessible from the patio.
Storage space is abundant in the bedroom wing. Three closets nestle into spaces in the hallway, and the owners' suite has two roomy walk-in closets as well. In the second bedroom a closet fills one whole wall.
The Kingsley's owners' bath is fully outfitted with a double vanity, shower and private water closet. Space that could have been used to create another bedroom has been devoted to a private den. Connected to the owners' suite by a hallway, this room could also serve as a small home office.
With this home plan, you get two houses in one. The Kingsley is perfectly designed for everyone to reside together, in peace and harmony.
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Outside, sunbeams dance across the glass as the panes catch the light. Choosing a wide lot with a vista to the rear would maximize the view.
Nowhere is the interior illumination more impressive than in the vaulted hexagonal great room at the core of the home, where two banks of glass fill most of the three rear walls.
In the center section, two sets of French doors open onto a large deck that wraps across the entire back. In the walls to the left and right, the lower window sections are about the same height as the doors, but underscored by stone veneer wainscoting. Wide transom windows crown all of the rear windows and doors.
Entering through the arched entry, you cross a transverse hallway and have a moment to appreciate family treasures in an art niche before entering into the great room. The hallway to the left leads to the utility room and owners’ suite. Heading right takes you past an opening to the kitchen, and on to secondary bedrooms, basement stairs, and a two-car garage.
A pony wall provides both openness and separation between the kitchen and the rest of the great room. Cooks at the range can keep an eye on the entire space, as can people on the clean-up crew. The sink and dishwasher are lined up along a peninsular counter rimmed by an eating bar. Features in the owners’ suite include a walk-in shower, soaking tub, dual vanity and access to the deck. Bedrooms two and three share a bathroom.