Thoughtful Design: The Coffee Bar

Thoughtful Design: The Coffee Bar

One of life’s little luxuries is the morning’s first cup of coffee. Perhaps it’s the aroma that wakes you up, or just being able to grab a cup and cozy back into bed for a while, carving out a small space in your owner’s suite for a coffee bar is an amenity you’ll appreciate daily. You can design with a water supply line or a sink, depending on the coffee maker; and, even include a mini frig/freezer for creamer, ice, etc.

Coffee Bar in vanityThere are many configurations and areas to place your coffee bar, such as:

  • Right in your bedroom (as in the Locklear – plan #42074)
  • A cabinet tucked away on your vanity (as in the Locklear Manor – plan #42316)
  • In the walk-way leading into your bedroom (as in the Kauffman – plan #50012)

 

Or, maybe if you enjoy grabbing a cup on your way out the door in the morning, the coffee bar could be in the garage as in this homeowner’s requested design! 

Search plans with built-in coffee bars – on the plan search page, select “Coffee Bar” under the “Other Amenities and Features” drop down along the left search navigation. And, if you see a different plan you like, let one of our design specialists help you customize the plan with your coffee bar!  

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Accessorizing the Room

Accessorizing the Room

Atlas Homewares Drawer Pulls

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Accessories are the exclamation point of any room, especially when they produce a custom look. But creating a personalized look without the large price tag is always difficult. Atlas Homewares is trying to help by creating a line of customizable interchangeable hardware that can be installed on cabinetry or furniture. These modern geometry-inspired handles were designed with versatility in mind. Each piece allows you to mix and match the round or square bases with the rectangular or arc handles. You can even mix finishes. The end result is a fully customized look at a fraction of the cost.

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Options for Independent Living

Options for Independent Living

Live-in Caretaker

Design Basics 56564 Bauer CreekForbes reports that women have a 1 in 7 chance of celebrating their 95th birthday (sorry guys, you only have a 1 in 14 chance of blowing out 95 candles). Today’s longer lifespans, scattered families, and the desire for independence coupled with the fear and high cost of nursing homes has made live-in caretakers a viable option. Similarly, accident victims and wounded veterans may need around-the-clock aides, which, not surprisingly, are often parents moving in. Home plans like Scholz Designs® Bauer Creek plan 56564 are more than dual master suite homes, they really “live” independently for the caretakers with separate garages, entrances, and living spaces, plus direct connections from one side to the other.

Unrelated Adults

Design Basics House Plan 50039The median age of widowhood is 59.4 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). After a lifetime together, it’s no surprise that many of these “suddenly single” widows (and widowers) desire homeownership AND companionship. They’ve told us they’re looking for separate owner’s suites with shared living spaces. Take Design Basics’ Tucker Terrace plan 50039. The owner’s suite and suite #3 achieve maximum separation for desired privacy, meaning neither individual needs to be annoyed by the other’s loud TV programming. The common entertaining space + sunroom + rear covered porch provide plenty of opportunities for togetherness. While more modest, suite #2 could accommodate a third companion.

Related Adults

Design Basics 50037 ToulouseParticularly due to the aging baby boomer generation, there is a growing number of households with siblings or sometimes cousins moving in together. In addition to the desire to be with family, we often hear this is out of economic necessity, such as a suddenly single widow or even older related couples wanting to split housing costs. Not surprisingly, these are two of the driving forces behind the surging popularity of plans with dual owner’s suites on the main floor such as Design Basics Toulouse plan 50037. Each of that design’s first floor bedrooms is generously sized for a couple. An important consideration for older homeowners, the Toulouse features a zero-threshold front entry, ensuring this home can welcome visitors of all abilities. Similarly, interior passage doors are at least 36″ wide, easily accommodating a walker or wheelchair. And the over-sized flex/hobby space off the garage entry has another welcome amenity – a shower stall; originally en-visioned for pet care, but equally adept as a wheelchair wash-off station.

Design Basics 24297 GarlandSpecial Needs

We recently spoke with a woman with a special needs teenage daughter that will likely be living with her mom for many years to come. This homebuyer wanted a home with an owner’s suite, a separate adjacent suite (so she could hear her daughter), a third bedroom for frequent guests, and a room for her home office – all in less than 1800 square feet. Our search narrowed to the Garland plan 24297, where bedroom #4 was a perfect fit for her and her daughter’s needs, and bedroom #2 being re-purposed as the home office she wanted.

Search more plans with multiple owner’s suites to find the one that fits your lifestyle.

Multiple Owner’s Suites

Multiple Owner’s Suites

For the past few weeks, we have been focusing on homes designed with two owner’s suites and the possible living situations that might warrant dual-suites.  This week we’re going to focus on multiple owner’s suites and why you might consider this design concept. Not only for special living situations, but also for long-term or even resale value.

Take for instance a recent request for a home with not just two suites, but a trio of owner’s suites! Three widowed ladies were looking for a living arrangement that provided companionship and independent living, yet still enjoy the advantages of home ownership. Their request – design a plan with three owner’s suites! Each having their own space, yet being able to gather together for meals, entertaining, and conversation – this was their ideal home design.

Another scenario for multiple owner’s suites is simply wanting family members to have their own space. Wouldn’t it be great if the kids had their own bathrooms? No more arguing on who’s taking too much time in the bathroom. And, a separate powder room for guests means you never have to be embarrassed about a possible mess in the kids’ bathroom when an unexpected visitor stops by! It could also be convenient for frequent overnight guests to have their own suite to feel more at home.

Design Basics’ gorgeous new (Serena plan #42282, above) offers something rarely seen in a moderate-size home – all four bedrooms function as suites!  The main floor illustrates the growing popularity of what can be dual-owners’ suites, each with two sinks, oversize shower and private toilet area.  Some people will build the home as a 2-bedroom ranch and finish additional living space in the basement.

As originally designed, the two second-floor bedrooms serve as suites, offering big windows, walk-in closets, and adjoining baths. Perfectly designed for multi-generational households, bedrooms 3 and 4 are separated by a family lounge area, perfect for cuddling up with the kids/grandkids and for an additional entertaining/homework space when the kiddos get older!

Design Basics Tucker Terrace House Plan 50039 fe

The Tucker Terrace (plan #50039, above) is another unique design for a multiple suite plan, offering three bedroom suites in a 2,709 sq. ft. ranch style home.  The owner’s suite is in close proximity to the second bedroom suite, suitable for a child’s room or aging relative. The third bedroom suite is located off the garage on the opposite side of the home, providing privacy and independence for a live-in relative or college student.

Our designers and plan alterations specialists are ready to work with you to configure your unique bedroom suite combination. View our plans here.

Dual-Owner’s Suites: Boomerang Child, Teen Suite

Dual-Owner’s Suites: Boomerang Child, Teen Suite

Many parents of college students feel that even with student loan repayment, their children should learn the economic realities of housing and rent. If enrolled locally, the bedroom suite can be a less expensive option over dorm life. Or, a recent graduate could move back home, softening the blow of post-graduation costs. A 2010 CNN survey conducted by Twentysomething Inc., found that 85% of college seniors planned to move back home with their parents after graduation! For those parents that have gotten used to being empty-nesters, a dual-suite option may help with the living adjustment.

The Wetherby Mills (plan #42278, above) offers a split dual-suite option that would give a college student or recent grad some privacy and feel of having their own space. Placed strategically on the second level at the top of the stairs, the suite is separated from the owner’s suite and secondary bedrooms by an open flex space that could be used as a family lounge.

For an even more independent living feel, the Centennial A (plan #55285) features an owner’s suite on the main level and an additional suite on the second level. With two additional bedrooms on the second level, one could be converted into an office/study for completing homework or a game room/lounge for entertaining guests.

We offer numerous dual-suite arrangements, and can make custom changes to fit your family’s needs. Search all dual-owner’s suite plans on our website.

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