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]
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]
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]
27. August 2015 15:45
It seems that now more than ever, we’re looking for ways to focus on the thing we value most. So is it any wonder that between the hustle and bustle of work, school, activities, etc., we’re looking forward to some downtime at home? A natural outcome of this is an emphasis on discovering “special places” in the home that add comfort, convenience, and points of personal refuge. [More]
6. June 2013 10:40
It's our current poll. It's a simple question. Do you prefer open floor plans?
Here's an example of a popular open format floor plan. It has lots of the natural light, ease of mingling with others and feeling like we’re all connected.
Sound travels in open layouts and I don’t want everyone to see my home isn’t always neat and orderly.
Each format appeals to different people. Each has great amenities. Each has drawbacks. Which do you prefer? Take the poll now!
6. May 2013 07:48
Rear foyer with openhooks and cubbies
According to a 2011 study by Recon Analytics, people who have an attached garage go in and out of their home using the door between the home and the garage 92% of the time, rather than using the main entry door. Yet, many new homes focus lots of attention of the front entry foyer and treat the entry from the garage almost as an afterthought!
The rear foyer entry from the garage deserves no less design attention than a front foyer. It serves as a vital transition space, a place to remove and store coats, backpacks and computer bags, shed shoes, and keep clutter out of the kitchen. Unless there is simply no other option, you probably don't want the washer and dryer in your rear foyer either (who wants to trek past the dirty laundry-and be reminded of all that work-every time you arrive home?)
Ask your builder or remodeling contractor about incorporating a rear foyer in your new home or remodeling project!
Organized Rear Foyers
Home plans with Drop Zones
1. April 2013 08:28
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Design Basics' "Hester" is a popular 3-bedroom family plan. It's also possible to build this home with a second master suite, shown as the "Sadie" plan. (Yes, the dual owner's-suite version does utilize storage space from the original design's garage, but if doing this conversion as a remodel, the contractor will build that closet floor accordingly.)
#29344 - Hester
Whether new construction or remodeling, dual owner's suites and independent in-law suites are increasingly in demand. It might amaze you to find out just how many committed, happy couples choose not to share the same bedroom. It could be conflicting schedules, medical conditions or simply snoring, but the need for getting a good night's sleep is paramount to a good life.
Plan now to stay in your dream home!
9. April 2012 12:26
The popularity of homes with two master suites is growing rapidly. Buyer profiles vary from households with aging parents or adult children sharing the home with you. We recently spoke with an individual looking for a home with three master suites for three widows/widowers who wanted companionship and the advantages of home ownership!
Especially in homes designed for a basement foundation, or homes which can have additional bedrooms upstairs, expect to be seeing more dual-master suite homes coming to the market!
Example dual owner's suite home plans:
29354 the Welker29353 the Sadie
28. March 2012 08:33
Every week we are asked about cool new design trends or about new features we are including on our home plans. Today and in future posts I will explore some of the new design trends and features we see and are working into our new home plans.
One of the things we are often asked about is separate vanities in the owners / master suite bath. Dual vanities or vanities separated by a stack of drawers or cubbies are very common. The thing we hear is "I want my own space - separate and distinct. An interesting design concept is to plan the two sink areas back to back. This provides a great sense of separation and can foster additional creativity in the bathroom's overall design.
Here's a couple of examples and a floor plans which incorporates the back-to-back vanities.
Contemporary bathroom design by phoenix interior designer Ownby Design
Example home plan -- 50031
20. February 2012 16:48
Ups and Downs
If you're building a new home with either a basement, second floor or both, where do you want the stairs to be situated? Stairs located in the center of the home may minimize hallways upstairs but many times center stairs are an assumption at the design phase. When center stairs run along the entry, they may squeeze the traffic pattern and make the space appear and feel tight. Stairs right at the entry may interrupt movement through the home when the entry door is open.
Many of today's buyers prefer an open, inviting entry view which does not include the staircase, locating those stairs instead to one side of the home, often near the garage. Attending the public grand opening of a new model home in Minneapolis, the most common visitor comments complimented the rear staircase location!
Example Floor Plans
Moss Bluff - Design 43013
Flacco - Design 29352
Winston Court - 9206