We interviewed a number of industry expert architects and contractors to understand more about the current design features that are trending in the home and building industry. Learn more about this subject and other related questions from the experts here!
As cooking becomes a passion rather than a necessity, more people in a family are likely to congregate in the kitchen to try out their culinary skills. How can everyone share a space enjoyably – and peacefully? It may be time to redesign the “hub” of the home to accommodate all of those foodies. As well as those who just like to enjoy the results!
From the Franklin Stove to the modern electric, gas, or traditional wood-burning type, fireplaces add warmth, comfort, and ambiance to the home. As you search for your dream house plan, think of its décor and your lifestyle. Here are several tips to help you choose the fireplace for your home and family.
Will the open floor plan continue to be in demand? Or will more formal spaces be on the horizon? What about farmhouses and exposed beams? With 2018 looming, residential architects and house designers weigh in on the top trends that may be “must-haves” for new and potential homeowners.
Imagine walking amid waterfalls and lakes in Texas ... hosting a ball in the Grand Salon of a Bel Air mansion … savoring fine wine in a Tuscan villa … or enjoying London on the roof terrace of a Regency townhouse. Dreams can come true. But there are intriguing simple pleasures within your reach.
Have four or more kids at home? Moving Grandma and Grandpa in with the rest of the family? Have a grown child who has decided to boomerang? Consider building a multigenerational or large home, which can give you the versatility you need to live with everyone under one roof.
Features such as high ceilings, an expansive master suite, home office, media room, or separate guest space can easily fit in a mid-sized home plan. Many luxury home features are added during construction, such as upgraded bathrooms, custom kitchens, and upgraded flooring or lighting. With well-designed floor plans and wonderful interior finishes, many of today's luxury homes are in the 3000-3500 square foot range.
Not a tiny house or a McMansion, a five-bedroom house plan is designed to accommodate the lifestyle and needs of a growing family. With styles that range from Colonial, Country, Craftsman, European, and Mediterranean, these plans are trendy and appealing, and offer the ultimate in space and versatility.
The most inconvenient aspect of two-story homes – especially for retirees – is stairs. Climbing staircases simply isn’t possible for many people. The alternative for these seniors: single-story house plans that are less than 2,000 square feet. They give aging homeowners freedom and mobility without limiting the home’s scope and style.
From just a mere cabinet to hide pipes, house the sink, and give needed storage, the bathroom vanity – a simple standalone or a stylish split fixture in master suites – has evolved into a trendy centerpiece of the bathroom. Here’s a look at the split vanity’s various design configurations and benefits.