A Study of Home: Special Places to Use However you Choose

by Michele Weaver 2. October 2015 11:30
As our series on ‘Study of Home: Special Places’ comes to a close with this week’s post, I am a bit surprised! Through helping my parents build their house years ago I knew there were a lot of decisions to make, like bedroom/bathroom placement, open floor plan, etc., but at the time I never really thought about the “why”? [More]

A Study of Home: Special Places to Get Away

by Michele Weaver 25. September 2015 16:03
In contrast to last week’s “Special Places to Gather,” we also need places to Get Away. Our hectic lifestyles are refreshed by ‘get-away’ rooms such as dens, sitting rooms, and sunrooms, which allow us to take “mini-vacations,” or escape for brief retreats without leaving home. [More]

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Design Trends | Destressing | Master Bedroom Design

A Study of Home: Special Places to Gather

by Michele Weaver 18. September 2015 14:56
Special places to gather are what makes a house a home; otherwise, families are essentially just cohabitating, which makes their home a place for eating and sleeping. Gathering places don’t have to be elaborate or defined – even if it’s just at the breakfast bar for a quick meal – being together is what makes you feel connected. [More]

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Design Trends | Flexible Living Options | Patio | Porch

A Study of Home: Special Places to Play

by Michele Weaver 14. September 2015 13:26
What does the term ‘play’ mean to you? Oftentimes when designing a home for a family we automatically think of a playroom for the children. But, a room for ‘play’ can take on a different meaning – think a hobby room for sewing, scrapbooking, or jewelry making, or a fitness center. [More]

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Design Trends | Flexible Living Options

A Study of Home: Special Places to Work

by Michele Weaver 4. September 2015 16:54
Last week we introduced the concept of creating special places in your home. Places that suit your needs, lifestyle, and family dynamic; such as places to gather, get away, and work. Let’s take a closer look at special places to work. [More]

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Design Trends | Office Design

What do you call 'home'?

by Michele Weaver 13. August 2015 10:32
No matter your answer, each of us longs to come home to a place where we know we belong. A place where we comfortably fit into the fabric of our surroundings – where we can truly be ourselves. What is it about a house that makes you call it home? [More]

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Design Trends | General | HER HOME | Plannng | Woman-Centric Matters

The Nostalgic Touch Inside and Out

by Michele Weaver 31. July 2015 16:50
What is it we find so deeply alluring about homes of the past? Is it the beauty of their intricately crafted details? Is it their sheer presence that speaks of the fullness of their character? Is it their striking stature, yet the warmth of their nature that invites us inside? Is it the nostalgic feelings they stir in our memories that inevitably remind us of the homes we grew up in?  It's all these things and more. Homes distinguished by the rich architectural traditions of countless classic, romantic, and revival eras; known for their eclectic decor and their use of a variety of finishes and textures.  Today's updated version of this styling embraces a mix of such elements, yet downplays the elaborate detailing to make everything work together.  Home Design Elements Take for instance, homes from the early 1900's embraced high ceilings and narrow halls to create a dramatic effect. As consumer preferences changed and the demand for homes increased, designs became more compact and streamlined to maximize usable space and keep costs down.  The need to break out of the cookie cutter rut, ceiling height and vaulted/sloped ceilings have made a comeback, providing unique visual appeal and the feel of a more open floor plan.Also, for a short time, fireplaces were replaced or minimalized by incorporating large entertainment centers. With streamlined technology and the desire to add a more cozy, inviting atmosphere, fireplaces have again become the focal point of many homes--designed and adorned as if it were the main reason for the room itself. Exterior Facade On the exteriors of homes you would find steep gabled roofs, corner towers, balconies, and scalloped shingles as well as brick detail applied in patterns. Since much of this exterior detail has been omitted over the years because of its expense, builders and designers are using more of a vignette (and toned-down) approach with window trim, decorative ironwork, and roofing details. Other detailing on the exterior can also add a special old-fashioned touch.  Interior Design Aside from the architectural design, many homeowners find colors with muddy, time-worn hues, such as mulberry, bottle green, tobacco brown, and dull red, diffuse an essence of affluence. The colors as applied today are toned-down and lightened to coincide with simplified interiors. Furniture styles and upholstery also has a touch of nostalgia, yet blend well with modern pieces to bring a fresh updated look to furnishings.  If you're waxing nostalgic and would love to build a traditional-style home, browse our collection of Traditional plan styles to find the home that is uniquely yours.  Click here to search for Design Basics Traditional plan selections.

Young Family:

by Joe St Jean 26. February 2015 17:01
In response to the unparalleled economic events of the past seven years and in an effort to mitigate damaging financial impact on our families, we have all made difficult choices. Many of us have chosen to once again support our [More]

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Style... the first impression

by Joe St Jean 24. December 2014 08:06
  Style... the first impression: We all try to avoid being superficial and making snap decisions...but the impact of a home's first impression - its style and curb appeal - will simply make or break the deal. Our head will tell us to look beyond the surface, but our heart inevitably rules... If the initial reaction was negative, it's simply too difficult to look inside objectively. Maybe it's a fond childhood memory we're chasing, a photograph that captured our heart or simply a dream, but style triggers a reaction that's an innate part of our being, a piece of who we are and how we want to be perceived.   Today style has no limits, choices are endless, and final decisions more challenging than ever.   Face the fact - curb appeal and the style of our home is important...very important! But we need to understand that we must learn to look inside. The livability of the floor plan is truly most important, it's where and how we live.   Let's try a simple, unscientific "Visual Therapy Exercise" designed to modify our style expectations. We have compiled several examples of style and curb appeal options available for the same floor plan in an effort to show that your personal style can always be achieved and that it's okay to focus on creating the perfect plan for your family's new home... Enjoy!   Example 1: OTB 101L ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   OTB 101L Elevation A   OTB 101L Elevation B OTB 101L Elevation C   Example 2: OTB 110Y ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   OTB 110Y Elevation A   OTB 110Y Elevation B OTB 110Y Elevation C   OTB 110Y Elevation D OTB 110Y Elevation E   Example 3: OTB 2007062 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   OTB-2007062 Elevation A   OTB-2007062 Elevation B OTB-2007062 Elevation C   OTB-2007062 Elevation D OTB-2007062 Elevation E -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Hopefully this visual exercise has confirmed that achieving your personal style and dream exterior is possible with just about any floor plan. Now let's focus on floor plans, how your family lives, expectations for your future and how thoughtful planning today can provide hidden assets in your new home that may help manage life's challenges and simply add value for everyday living and perhaps even future equity.  Joe St. Jean  Architect  Scholz Designs Texas LLC. is a division of Design Basics LLC. 830 N Summit St. Toledo, Ohio 43604 800-766-8755    www.scholzdesign.com

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5 Modern Ways to Reduce Wasted Space in Your Floor Plan

by Greg Dodge 23. June 2014 07:34
Share   // Tweet Pin It     Part IV in our series - Avoiding Common Regrets When Building Your New Home. 5 Modern Ways to Reduce Wasted Space in Your Floor Plan   Building a home is exciting. You get to create your perfect space - a place where your family will make lots of wonderful memories. However, this can also be a stressful time, too. You don’t want to make decisions you will soon regret, and need to make sure the home comes together perfectly.  All the little design details in a home can be changed, but the floor plan will remain constant without some major renovation. So, before you get too worried about what paint color to choose and which light fixtures to buy, let’s focus on the layout of the house. Whether you are building a 2,500 square foot home or one that’s over 12,000 square feet, you need to figure out the best use of space. Not every square foot is created equal. Your floor plan can and should be created to make the most out of every single square foot. Many home designs can lead to a lot of wasted space, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take control of the floor plan and use every inch effectively to create a house plan with no wasted space.   Knock Down the Walls   Some home designs have multiple small rooms. If it is not imperative to your lifestyle, knock down a few walls and open up the area. Open floor plans are the way many modern home designs are leaning and are on the ‘must-have’ list for many homeowners.   Knocking down some walls can increase the size of high-traffic areas, so you use the space more effectively. If your family spends a lot of time in the family room, knock out the wall separating the family room and kitchen. It will open up the space and make the main room appear larger. If the house plans show two rooms where you only need one, take down the divider to make one room larger and ensure there's no wasted space.   Ditch the Dining Room   Every older home has a dining room. It was part of the lifestyle of the time. Husbands were home from work at 5:00. Wives had the house clean and supper on the table. The children gathered ‘round and dinner was served in the dining room.   Modern families are more likely to have each parent working, kids with after-school activities and extra-curricular events and no one getting home until 7:00 pm. Even then, family members are trickling in at different times. The days of eating in the dining room every night have come to an end for many families. This large room is only being used two or three times a year for holiday dinners, which isn't the best use of space.   If the floor plan of your home includes a dining room and your family lifestyle has no need for a formal place to eat your meals, Why not take this opportunity to rethink the entire room and dining experience. You can omit it completely or you can repurpose the space.   This room can be turned into an office, a playroom, a craft room or just about anything else you would actually use on a regular basis. The key to not wasting space is creating spaces that you will actually use.   Ideas for Putting Square Footage Where it Counts   In most modern families, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen and family room, so you should expand the available space. The kitchen is a natural gathering place, so feel free to add some square footage. Extend the wall in the kitchen a few feet, even if it makes the guest bathroom a little smaller. Widen the family room, even if it cuts into the entryway.   Most square footage should be used in the main living areas of the home. It is okay if your rear-entry foyer is just big enough for a bench and some lockers for coats and shoes. It is okay if your bathrooms don’t have enough space to host a fashion show. Cutting square footage from secondary spaces makes the high traffic areas more open and enjoyable.   Consider your Needs Picture Courtesy Mother Nature Network Every family’s needs are a little bit different, and certain requirements can result in specific changes. If you have young children running around, you may want to add a little width to your hallways. If you have teenagers you may want to add an additional room for watching TV and playing video games. If you are the king and queen of entertaining, you can add space to the family room or a guest bedroom.   The key to each room in your home is purpose. If a room serves no real purpose, it is a waste of space. If you think you will use a room, but aren’t sure what for, it may languish untouched for years. In order for space to be well-used, it must have a function.   Think Outside the Box   Many floor plans are strikingly similar. If there is something you’d like to change about the traditional layout, change it. Don’t be scared to step away from the norm. Just because a floor plan has a certain number of rooms or distribution of space does not mean it is set in stone. Feel free to personalize it and make adjustments. After all, it is your home and want a no wasted space house plan.   If your lifestyle doesn’t need a certain room, take it out. If you require more space to make an area more livable, add it. The biggest key to not wasting space is to cater your floor plan to the needs of your family. If a space has a purpose, keep it or increase it. If it doesn’t, kiss it goodbye and use the square footage elsewhere.

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