A She Shed?

As a family grows it is important that each member have their own private oasis, or get-a-way spot in the home. Children often have a playroom that grows with them or their personal bedrooms where they can express their creativity. Men have their legendary “Man Cave” where they can enjoy all their favorite pastimes. Where does mom go? Most places where she can relax are fair game to the rest of the family. Let’s face it; Until now, moms usually do not have a hide away space.
A “She Shed” is the answer to her prayers. This sweet retreat is usually detached from the house, and is found in a renovated tool or garden shed. Just like the “Man Cave”, this little bungalow of joy holds all of the hobbies and activities she loves to do. To give mom this space, you don’t necessarily need an old shed. With space on your lot, or a house plan that allows you to expand her oasis can be added. Incorporating all her beloved hobbies and decorating her space will be the fun part.. Typically, homes that have spacious outdoor living are great candidates for the “She Shed”.
The Chesterfield offers plenty of options for her “She Shed”. It can either be attached to the home, or detached. Converting an unused guest room, bonus room, or even an unfinished area will satisfy the “She Shed” need!

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Great Designs = Buys

Have you ever wondered what makes a certain house desirable?  Think about it. What do you look for when buying a home? According to a study by the National  Association of Home Builders one of the main driving forces is the design and layout of the home!  Now of course there are a ton of other factors, but design is one of the most important factors in choosing a home, especially for people in the market for new homes.

Design is Buy

The top 3 design and layout requirements in 2015 :

The Forever Home :  With everyone still coping with the recent recession, people are looking for homes that they can grow into. Homes that are not too big, but big enough to raise a family. These homes are roughly between 2300 and 2500 square feet.  The multi generation  homes are easier to maintain esthetically and financially. The spaces and rooms can also be changed when need be.  A simple room can be a baby nursery one moment and an art studio in the next The Tres Le Fleur House Plan is the best example of a Forever Home with just 2499sqft. (https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/tres-le-fleur-house-plan)

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Open floor plan:   No walls or limitations. These layouts offer a lot of flexibility for the ever changing family.  Having a free flowing space between the kitchen, dining area, and family/living room allows for everyone to be within distance.  The Fairhope Home Plan has a clear and open space for optimum flexibility and creativity for the homeowner ( https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/fairhope-house-plan).

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Outdoor Living:  Being able to connect indoor and outdoor living is remains to be prominent in choosing a house Having your own personal oasis in your backyard is exciting and cost effective in the long run. Outdoor cooking areas and pools will give the home flexibility and show that the ” party” can continue outside of the home.  The Luxor House is just one illustration of how outdoor living can play into the overall layout of a home (https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/luxor-house-plan)

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9 Tips: How To Hire the Right Builder for Your New Home

You’ve found the house of your dreams, and are ready to embark on the exciting journey of home building.  One of the most difficult decisions homeowners are faced with is choosing the dependable and skilled contractor.

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Here are 9 tips that will help you choose the right contractor for your dream home.

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Four Gourmet Kitchens: the Heart of Your Home

With the holidays around the corner, we begin to envision ourselves baking and enjoying warm home-cooked meals with our family and closest friends.

In recent times, kitchens have made the transition from a simple functional room for meal preparation to a cozy space for family to gather and unwind at the end of a long day.

Beautiful, and functional kitchen designs can be found in home plans of styles and sizes.   No matter how small or large your future home will be, you will enjoy Archival Designs‘ featured gourmet kitchen designs and their outstanding functionality.

Presente House Plan

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The Presente House offers a chef-inspired kitchen with large kitchen island, breakfast nook, and floor-to-ceiling pantry in a 2,344 sq. ft. footprint.

The Presente House Plan (2,344 sq. ft.) features a large cooking island ideal for meal preparation while entertaining friends, or helping children with homework. A full window wall in the sink area allows for maximum daylight to flood the space. Wall ovens, and an over-sized refrigerator make this kitchen functional in all settings. Three large cabinets for floor to ceiling pantry space accommodate everyday items, as well as bulk purchases from large membership stores.

Fairhope House Plan

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The Fairhope House Plan features an elegant kitchen with spacious central island in this 2,666 sq. ft. footprint.
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Wall overs and a pocket door into a walk-in pantry add elegance to the Fairhope House Plan kitchen.

The Fairhope house plan is a top-selling luxury design in a smaller size.  The luxurious kitchen upgrades take this 2,666 sq. ft. home to the level of a mansion.  Enjoy an over-sized island ideal for serving during the holidays, or a quiet breakfast area to enjoy with the kids.  Plentiful counter space allows for family cooked meals, while additional space between the island and sink area ensure comfortable working space for more than one.

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Single-family housing production at its highest

Single-Family starts are up 4.2% and the housing production in October reached its highest level since November 2013.

This rise of single-family starts gives the nation more certainty that the economy is improving and consumer confidence is growing.

This continued recovery will have a ripple effect to empower the overall recovery of the United States.

According to the NAHB, issuance of building permits for single-family dwellings increased 1.4 percent to 640,000 units in the month of October.

For more information, please visit www.nahb.org.

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The Humber House by Archival Designs. Spring 2015 – Newfoundland, Canada

Builder confidence is not only increasing in the United States, but also in Canada.    Archival Designs is seeing an increase in design commissions in North America, one of which is a new 10,000 sq. ft. home to be built Spring 2015 in Newfoundland, Canada.

To learn more about our custom home plan services visit www.ArchivalDesigns.com or call our home plan specialists at 770-831-6363.