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House complete... Moving Friday... Photo tour

posted by: Momto3kiddos on 06.12.2013 at 02:27 am in Building a Home Forum

Hi all! I thought I would post some pics while the house still looks pristine. I doubt it will look polished for very long once we move our stuff in. As long as it has taken me to pack, it will take me all summer to unpack. We built our forever home with the help of my dad, an experienced custom home builder, on the farm my husband grew up on. We designed the floorplans ourselves, then summerfield generously helped us tweak it. The architect basically drew up what we handed him with very few changes. We did several things to improve the energy efficiency of our home since we will be here for the long haul including geothermal hvac, conditioned crawl space, spray foam insulation, radiant barrier, and all can lights are led. We have not persued energy star even though we are compliant due to the training involved, but we may look to do that after we get settled. We did, however, use an energy rater who performed a blower door test and hers certificate. Our hers score is 53... I think that's pretty good for a 5000 sq ft one story home. I am actually looking forward to our first few power bills. :). I doubt I will be online for the next week between moving and waiting for the phone company to install dsl service next week, but I will be happy to answer questions once I am back online. Thanks to all of you who offered feedback on our plans, kitchen layout, insulation questions, flooring challenges, etc. I could not have done this without the help of the fabulous folks on GW!
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Side entrance
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Kitchen... Large lights to be switched with smaller ones soon
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Dining... Paint is martha Stewart plumage, and it is not bright like the pic shows, but more of a deep turqouise. I took all these pics with my ipad, perhaps that's the problem
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Mudroom/side porch door
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Mudroom cubbies and drop counter
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Mudroom bath
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Powder room
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Master bedroom and bath
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One of the girls rooms
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Sons room
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Game room
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Screen porch with ezebreeze enclosure
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Back hall
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Laundry room
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Thanks for being there for me and with me through the process!


front of 5000 sq ft one story home... very similar floor plan to mine including side entry
clipped on: 11.26.2013 at 12:57 am    last updated on: 11.26.2013 at 12:59 am

Floor plan review please - Almost finalized - Yippee!

posted by: Momto3kiddos on 03.27.2012 at 12:39 am in Building a Home Forum

Hello all! I would love your feedback on our plan. I have posted a similar plan last year and with the help of Summerfield found our vision! Thank you Summerfield. We are now working with an architect and almost have our plans finalized. Please don't pay much attention to window placement as this is my re-draw of the plans in Cheif Architect.

The total sq ft is about 5200 all on one floor. The stairs lead up to a walk-up attic. The central rooms will have 12 ft ceilings (foyer, dining, family and kitchen), remainder will be 10 ft.

We are a family of 5 (as if my screen name didn't already give that away) - kids ages 7, 5 & 2. We will be building on a family farm in central NC. We entertain family and friends regularly and aim for our house to be "the place to be" as our kids reach their teen years. My husband does lots of hunting and farming - thus the full bath in the mudroom. The laundry sink in the garage is also to wash veggies and eggs before they can dirty up the house. In the master bath - the L of the vanity will likely be a seated vanity, and the square in the corner is a walk-in shower. I detest cleaning shower doors. :)

I look forward to any feedback you may have. Thanks in advance for looking.

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RE: Please review my plans - help needed with bedroom arrangement (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: SummerfieldDesigns on 11.14.2011 at 11:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

momto ...

thank you :-)

i am attaching a revised plan that addresses your concerns and needs ...

the dining room , as drawn is 16' long ... the "bump-out" is additional

the rectangular things are backless benches ...

due to space constraints , i revised the master dressing area to include a mirrored alcove with drawers below ... added cased openings to each wardrobe ... this way , you don't lose storage space , and the dressing area can have an orderly appearance , as the doors will be normally open ...

the tub was and is 6' long ... the 5' dimension was for the actual oval ...

enlarged the breakfast space and screened porch ... added a french door form the family room to the porch ...

reconfigured the mud room and bath area ...

added a 10' dining table at the dining room ...

please send me a private e-mail , and i can answer your further questions ...

let me know your thoughts ...

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LOVE LOVE LOVE Summerfield every damn time - very similar to my plan... need to contact him when it's our turn to build to see if he can offer assistance.

Need to incorporate office off mudroom in my design

You can reach SummerfieldDesigns at this address:

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RE: (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bevangel on 08.14.2013 at 01:38 am in Building a Home Forum

Where are you building?

I'm in central Texas and I have several neighbors who used UBuildIt. All seem quite happy with it.

One neighbor started his house about 2 months after I started mine. (After considering going the owner-builder route, DH and I decided we "didn't have the time" to GC our own home so we hired a builder. Big mistake!) Nine months later, our neighbor was putting the finishing touches on his 4600 sq ft custom home. Our 3500 sq ft home was still sitting less than half complete and we were trying to decide whether or not we should go ahead and fire our builder or just continue to bend over and let him stick it to us.

After firing him, we then wasted 6 months dickering with our bank over whether it would allow us to take over as GC's or would force us to hire another builder. The bank only finally caved in when I pointed out that under the terms of our one-time close agreement with them, as of a certain date, all we were required to do was start making mortgage payments on the portion of the loan that we had taken down. There was absolutely no requirement that we finish the home. Thereafter, we were free to finish building it, or not, as we saw fit. And they could either let us GC it and take down the rest of the loan money or they could be stuck holding the paper on a half-finished house that, if we should ever decide to walk away from, they would NEVER be able to sell. Ten months after the bank approved me taking over as GC, we finished the house and moved in. A good portion of the ten months was spent fixing issues that our sorry builder had created by not doing things right in the first place! And of course by that point, our original builder had sucked up so much of our available build money that we could no longer afford to hire UBuildIt or OwnerBuilderNetwork to give us guidance. I was stuck figuring it out alone as I went along.

So, if I were going to build again, I would GC from the start and I would hire either UBuildIt or OwnerBuilderNetwork as consultants. There is no way that I would ever hire another builder and give him control over that much money that ultimately, I am responsible for.

Another neighbor just down the street from me is currently building his home with UBuildIt. I was talking to him last week and he says that while it has been a lot of work, a lot of responsibility, and has eaten up all of his "free" time for months, but - in the long run - he is still glad he went that route. Pretty sure he is a first time home-builder but I'll have to ask him to verify.

And in my immediate neighborhood of about 120 homes, there are at least three others that I know of that were owner-builder built. One used UBuildIt, and one used OwnerBuilderNetwork but I'm not sure of the third. I have not heard any of these folks say anything bad about their experience.

Meanwhile, it's sad to say but "builder bashing" is a pretty common topic of conversation at our neighborhood parties. Every home in the neighborhood is custom or semi-custom and it seems like almost everyone has a horror story to tell.

Sorry builders. I KNOW there are wonderful builders out there. My uncle builds custom homes in NC and I know for a fact that his clients love him. Unfortunately in my part of the country, there seems to only two or three builders that everyone consistently says good things about. The rest.... Well, maybe it is because general contractors are totally unregulated in Texas but most of us agree that few of the builders in our area would stay in business 20 minutes in any part of the country where they had to actually show they KNEW how to build before getting a license to GC residential construction.

Texas really is the wild wild west when it comes to the building industry. Maybe that is why companies like UBuildIt and OwnerBuilderNetwork thrive here.


UBuildit or Owner Builder Network
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RE: Mudroom Locker Ideas? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: pps7 on 08.15.2013 at 02:04 pm in Building a Home Forum

3' per person is not overkill. Especially in a cold climate. I don't love the idea of shoe cubbies at eye level.

I like the idea of 2 lockers per side with a closed cabinet in between. The kids can be on one side and the parents on the other. Having some closed storage is nice! Your closet is going to fill up fast! Something like this but with one closed cubby in the middle:

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You can use it for stuff like tennis raquets, baseball gloves, gym bags etc. I would put adjustable shelves. They can even put your camera and charger, flashlight, All kinds of things. Maybe even a pull out feeding station for your pet.

I love, love, love having a huge mudroom. We have 8' of locker space plus a message center, plus office, plus powder room plus 8' of closet. We don't have a pantry so that is why the closet is so big. I won't lie and say it's neat all the time, but it definitely does the job of keeping the mess contained so the rest of the house is nice and tidy.

Closets, extra fridge, bench:
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Message center, powder room:
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Lockers: Since there are just the 3 of us, we have 2 lockers that are 2' with a bigger 4' in the middle.

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I second the comment about buying your baskets first. And some closed storage on top is good too. We keep extra hand soap and paper towels.


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She LOVES her huge mudroom... MUST HAVE for the build

Also, like her pocket office with pocket door

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RE: Mudroom Locker Ideas? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: Momto3kiddos on 08.15.2013 at 09:02 am in Building a Home Forum

Our cubbies/lockers are one of the most favorite features in our new home. Here are two pics... One before we moved in, and one now. I am so pleased with how things turned out, and I like having separation for individuals. Everyone knows where their things belong and where they do not. It is also much easier for my children to reach the hooks on the sides than in the back. Our total depth is 2' but the separated lockers are around 11" deep. If you plan to use baskets underneath or up top, make sure you buy the baskets before giving the carpenter dimensions. I have a friend who cannot find containers to work in her space. We have cloth Target laundry baskets under the bench for each persons shoes. We can fit a ton of shoes in there, and the baskets were super cheap compadre to the container store ones I priced. We have 5 cubbies in 7.5 ft of length. I also really like having the countertop you see to the left. My husbands wallet, our phones, ipad, and mail land here. This is where all of our charging happens, and the drawers hold the usual junk drawer contents... Small tools, note pads, pens, pencils, scissors, etc.
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Love that door style to the garage and simple mudroom cubbies
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RE: One Story 5 bedroom house plans on any websites?? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: TiffanyLA on 04.19.2012 at 04:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

I found this home plan online. My husband and I really like the way it is set up especially in the secondary bedroom area. It does not look like there is that much wasted space. It is missing a few rooms that I would like to have, though: Keeping Room, Formal dining room, a functioning mudroom area, and a pantry. (I also want a storage area on the garage, if at all possible.)

I also want a larger rearranged kitchen with an island, a 3/4 bath instead of 1/2 bath near the garage, a larger laundry room that can house at least 2 washers and 2 dryers and still have space for a folding area and sink, bedroom #4 to connect to the hall of bedroom #5, the hallway closed off to bedroom #4 with a bookcase on that side of the fireplace, a staircase to a bonus room above the garage and a larger Master bedroom. The Master Bathroom and closet look to be the same size that we have now. We really don't need anything bigger. I've also come to the conclusion that with so many bedrooms, I'll have to forego the window over the sink area for the type of house that I want.

Bevangel, any suggestions on how to accomplish this?

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Floor plan 2491 sq ft, 5BR 3.5 bath.... other additions making this plan bigger in further threads
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A suggestion for new home builders

posted by: bevangel on 07.15.2013 at 12:15 pm in Building a Home Forum

If you're planning to build in an area with expansive clay soils and will have a slab foundation, this is for you...

When your slab is poured and set, but BEFORE your builder starts framing, consider having a "foundation level analysis" performed by a reputable engineer.

Three years after moving into our new home, we have problems with our slab shifting. (Yes, before you ask, we provided our builder with a soil engineer's report AND we also had the slab "engineered" and the engineering company came out to approve the placement of rebar, etc., before the concrete was actually poured.) But we're in an area with terribly expansive clay soils that had had more rain that normal in the year before we started building and that has been experiencing an extended drought ever since we moved in. Thus the soils were swollen when our slab was poured and have now shrunk significantly... but not "evenly" all around the house and despite our precautions, we now have foundation issues.

We are definitely going to have to have the entire garage which is "semi-attached" on west side of the house re-leveled because the garage has begun pulling away from the house and the far west side has shifted almost 6 inches from level! The foundation shifting has caused visible damage to the garage framing and there is now a nearly two inch gap where the garage has pulled away from the 2nd floor deck that connects the garage and house and another where the deck has pulled away from the house. The garage floor clearly has cracks running north to south and the spare room over the man cave has horrid sheet rock cracks in the ceiling and in the walls.

To fix the garage problems, three different foundation repair companies have all said that we need to have something like 34 steel piers driven to bedrock placed around the entire perimeter of the garage and along the western edge of the house, PLUS 7 more interior piers driven through the garage floor. Needless to say, we're talking some MAJOR expenses here!!!!

However, our slab at the far east side of the house is also slightly out of level from the center of the house (about 1 inch) but, thus far, we have seen no signs of any structural stresses on that end of the house.

Two of the foundation repair companies have all said that it is quite possible that the slab was not poured quite level to begin with and that the amount of movement at that end of the house is negligible and that therefore there is no need to undertake the additional major expense of shoring up that end of the house.

On the other hand, the slab COULD be moving on that end as well - albeit - more slowly. If we wait to stabilize it until we actually start seeing stress issues in the framing (sheetrock cracks, cracked tiles, etc.) then, in addition to the cost of exterior piers, we might need to have interior piers dug. Plus, depending on how the house twists as it settles further, doors and windows could wind up warped and need to be replaced, plumbing lines could be stressed and break, etc., etc., etc. (The third foundation repair company we talked to has taken the position that we need to do go ahead and stabilize the house now... which would require an additional 50 perimeter piers at $400 bucks each!)

After much thought, we've decided to take a "wait and see" position but needless to say, I'm worried. IF we had had a foundation level analysis done before the framing started, we'd have a base reading to work from. We would know whether the 1 inch out of level shows movement or is due to a slightly unlevel pour in the first place. As it is, we're having to guess whether to undertake expensive stabilization work around the entire perimeter of the house now... work which may be totally unnecessary... or wait and possibly face even more expensive repairs later.

I honestly don't know what a proper foundation level analysis would cost - I'm sure it would not be free - but I had never heard of such a service when we were building and wish now that I'd at least have known that such an option was available to me back then.

Linked is a blog discussion about "foundation level analysis" that goes into more detail. I do not know anything about the company connected to this blog so I am not recommending them...just providing the link for your information.

Here is a link that might be useful: more info on foundation analysis


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RE: 1st Draft Floor plan help - Walk through Laundry to Master Cl (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: Autumn.4 on 07.11.2013 at 12:49 pm in Building a Home Forum

Sorry for the hiatus. Moving and working and kids - well it's a bit inconvenient. Hahaha! Appraisal today. Now the only thing left is the health department to check the drain field and water. I hope we have a closing date soon.

momtoblondie-*LOVE* my doodle. :) She by the way is having the hardest time out of everyone with all of the house showing/packing/routine changing upheaval. ;)

We are not fans of that funny little angle by the front door either. We will be addressing that and the windows when we meet again on Monday. I am still trying to figure out the front laundry closet area with the windows pushed together-it is a struggle. I am also pondering the kitchen layout.

The mudroom however, we like. I asked for a place for lockers, a separate closet, a small 'pocket' office and to be able to close the dog in. This is what we got and I do like it:
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The doorway off to the right by the closet goes outside where we will have a covered porch for grilling and also where we will let the dog in and out.

The doorway by the 1/2 bath leads into the kitchen area.

The square footage - hmmm. It is about 300 sq foot over what we were hoping for. So we need to look at that. Likely the mudroom is a little big because I don't feel like the actual rooms are too large. But we don't have any 'extra' rooms that I feel we could ditch. We are not including the screened porch (to be finished later) and the basement (also to be finished way later) in our sq. footage 'wants'.

It's about 1700 on the main floor and 550 in the upstairs.

I also need to having things figured out - this has been driving me nuts. I wouldn't say you are starting to soon but yes I concur it is overwhelming and sanity breaks are needed (chocolate also helps). We didn't think our house would sell so early. Happy it did so we can start this fall BUT the plans aren't ready and so now I feel rushed which is not what I wanted at this stage. :/ I too like watching every size build. It sometimes causes my eyes (dreams) to be larger than our budget but it is exciting to watch nonetheless!

I can't wait to watch your build progress as well. When are you hoping to list your home? It kind of sneaks up on you so hang on to your hat!

Thank you for your kind words and blessings - right back at you. There are a few kindred police/fire spirits on here. :)


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What about a white roof?

posted by: swampwiz on 06.14.2009 at 10:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

I was wondering if anyone has any comments about a white roof. As I understand it, the benefit of a white roof only comes about if the roof is specially painted, rather than just lighter roofing material.


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RE: Thoughts and Feedback on Floorplan (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: rosie on 07.05.2013 at 08:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

1. Piling on regarding orientation, southern light is one of a home's top assets, depending on the situation and preferences, often in the top one or two.

In summer, the hot sun will strike the east and west walls of a building (if trees don't stop it) and leave the south walls relatively unscathed so that curtains can be left open for sunny daylight to pour in.

In winter, from the time the sun rises until it sets, the sun arches south, pouring welcome light and warmth in through all east-south-west facing windows and heating the walls.

Thus, typically the south wall, if at all possible, and in your situation it would be, should be the longest, and the most important rooms should have southern light. East and west walls shorter, with deciduous trees planted outside them.

If cold winds blow from one particular direction in in cool and cold months, the garage could be used to protect the house and perhaps a patio from those winds. It can also be placed to block an ugly view or noise or provide privacy from a close neighbor.

This stuff is very important, and not just because of utility bills for a long shot. Often when people find certain homes particularly delightful, it's because of plenty of welcome sunlight pouring in from the right directions. Human beings love sunlight. We're drawn to rooms that have it and turn away from those that don't.

2. Also a biggie: That plan was NOT designed for those with the luxury of acreage. It's meant to be built on a tiny tract home lot and is full of protective limitations that are all wrong for homes with plenty of elbow room.

See the no windows on both sides? That's for privacy from neighboring homes only 16-30 feet away (8-15' setbacks), but in your case it means NO sunlight or views in two of your four open and free directions.

See the seldom-used rooms on the front and the active living rooms oriented to the back? The active rooms are hiding in the back of subdivision homes as a way of retreating farther from a too-close and crowded world just out the front door. What need would this serve on your land that could possibly be worth the sacrifice of what might have been? Where are your views, and, of course, your sunshine?

Developers build that type of design singly in detached rows and also tack 5 or 6, or a dozen, of those together as townhome blocks. That's what it is for, and since most people build in subdivisions plan sites are crammed full of them.

Keep looking!. Specifically, look at plans that are right for land-rich people like you. This is so, so, so important.


Importance of placing home with regard to the sun....
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Foundation jogs

posted by: caymaiden on 01.02.2013 at 09:13 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello, all, major lurker here. My husband and I and our two children are planning to build a home on a small piece of land we own. We would like the build to be as cost effective as possible but we'd still like to balance cost and character. I understand that corners and jogs in a home's foundation add to its overall cost per square foot, but very few of the plans posted here or anywhere else are completely square or rectangular, so I wondered, just how many jogs, and what types of jogs, are practical? Would a plan like the one I've linked to below be really expensive? (This is not exactly the house we hope to build, but it is the closest thing I can find online. We don't have a plan drawn up yet, but we are basing our ideas on a house we have seen in a nearby town. The basic room layout is very similar, but the foundation of the house we know is more of a box, I believe, though it does have some jogs.)

Would this be considered a lot of jogs? I know the large covered porch would add to the cost as it will increase the size of the there anything else glaringly obvious that would up the cost of something like this? I should say that we would be building in concrete or ICF, not frame construction, and we live in a flood-prone area so would need to build up either by filling or by using pilings.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Here is a link that might be useful: Floorplan: Hancock

This post was edited by caymaiden on Wed, Jan 2, 13 at 21:20


Interesting floor plan in the link
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Floorplan Feedback Request - Round 2

posted by: dBrad on 11.15.2012 at 10:43 pm in Building a Home Forum

Thank you all for the previous feedback on our main level floor plan. We have incorporated many of your suggestions, and made a few other changes as well. I also started furniture planning so I apologize if this one is more cluttered with all the furniture in there.

We are building a ~3500 sq ft 2-story french country home with a walk-out basement on a front to back and left to right sloped, wooded lot.

The upstairs and basement levels are driven by what we do on this main level, so I'll post those once this level is complete. I think we're about there.

Thanks in advance for your continued feedback!



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RE: Thoughts on how to improve this master bathroom (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: allison0704 on 10.09.2012 at 11:58 pm in Building a Home Forum

Our MBath is 21' x 8'. I believe the cabinet is 12' long. The center section comes out and has a cabinet sitting on top. We do not have a linen closet in the room - extra towels go in bottom drawer (bottom two are very deep) and any extra/all daily used items go in top drawer and the cabinet.

I didn't want sconces - we used three cans in this area, plus a small three light chandelier in entry "hallway" from MBR thru bathroom to closet. I had the cabinet installer cut the bases off all bathroom cabinets and ordered feet. He ordered extra paint and glaze to finish the feet on site. I had the mirrors made to my specs at a local framing shop.


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Small things that get forgotten

posted by: Laura12 on 04.11.2012 at 06:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

I keep hearing that most people find that there are small things that they didn�t think about until after they finished construction that they wish they would have added into their build, and I was curious if all of you would like to help me to compile a list for all of us to consider during planning!

So far I have
- Plugs in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there
- Full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.
- Solar tubes in areas that don�t get natural sunlight
- Prewire security system
- Run wire and prepare roof for future solar
- Central Vac with vac pans

Any others to add?


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critique 3rd round please

posted by: laurensmom21 on 10.02.2012 at 10:30 am in Building a Home Forum

I'm back with round 3 and more confused than ever... I had him move the stairs to the middle. I did this to get more room in the craft room but now I'm not so sure if I like this better or not. He also forgot to put in our stairs to the basement, so the powder room will have to move somewhere else...but where? I wanted to keep a powder room back there so the kids wouldn't have to trek through the whole house to use the bathroom, but maybe I should take it out? I already have 4 bathrooms - plus we will probably put one in the basement in the future.

Then I asked him to put the pantry in the back of the kitchen. I just like the symmetry better this way (having a door on either side of the stove - similar to this pic - but now I'm thinking that maybe it cuts down on my counter space too much. What do you think?

kitchen layout

I also don't like the bridge thing upstairs. I told him to take out the previous loft area to save sqft. but I hate bridges, so I will put it back in.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! I just want this process to be done so I can build. It always feels like I take one step forward and five steps back - ugh. Thanks so much :)

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1st floor C
2nd floor C
here's the previous 1st floor for reference:
1st floor B


love the large craft room/laundry room combined... so many possibilities for future use too
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RE: Floorplan update - Version 2.0 (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: SummerfieldDesigns on 06.26.2012 at 04:29 am in Building a Home Forum

tweaked your plan a bit ...

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i think this is the mudroom that you mentioned ...

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Love the charging stations
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Floorplan update - Version 2.0

posted by: ZGAnderson on 06.20.2012 at 12:01 am in Building a Home Forum

Ok, it's been about a month and I've been working on my plan at least a little bit almost every day. (still fun!)

I've taken the concept from Summerfield and shrunk it down a bit to fit my lot. I'm actually really happy with the result in terms of layout, functionality, simplicity (roofline especially) and square footage.

Coming in now at just over 1700 sqft with a simple roofline and I think if we're conservative with materials and finishes we can build this house for under 200k easy (my uneducated and only lightly researched estimate based on looking at property costs in the area and sale prices of new homes, assuming 10% builder markup).

A few things of note. The secondary bedrooms are on the small side. Aware of this, but as I see it this plan fits my lot and price range and designing a house seems to be a series of compromises. To keep the living areas and bathrooms at usable sizes, the bedrooms had to be a little small.

The 'main' living area in the future will be the basement with home theater, wet bar, seating/table gaming area. So the living area I think is comfortable, but also a little on the small side.

Dining room and kitchen look to me to be larger than average when looking at catalog plans. I think I mentioned before, we love to cook and cook for others, we will use these areas a lot.

Bathrooms both have a privacy wall for the toilet area. These walls will not be load bearing (I expect the joist supporting the roof will run front to back, so these walls will be parallel to those.) If the need arises, we can do away with the privacy feature and remove these walls resulting in a 5' diameter space in either bathroom. Master bath shower, at 6'10" deep, I'm thinking I can go with an open plan here? No door/glass and just an opening? The tile will be the same in both the shower and main bathroom area, so a little splash out shouldn't be a problem I wouldn't think.

The back entry cabinets are cubbies/coat hangers/drawers with power in each upper cubbie. Saw this somewhere on here and loved that idea.

Living area cabinets are for tv/etc. I mulled this over and it will be good to have two separate media areas in the house in the long run.

Kitchen will have a double wall oven at the lower right corner on the plan. Cooktop to the left under a hood/microwave combo. Small prep sink added to the island. Seating counter on the island has been raised for stool height. The area in the mudroom above the freezer will be the 'pantry' cabinets. Also, there's an odd space between the dining room and mudroom that's about 6" wide. Hoping I can fit a pull out pantry there (about 6' tall) and have a narrow cabinet above that for storage of extra cookie sheets etc.

The other odd wall is in the stairs to the basement. The placement of this double wall is in order to have the garage wall be continuous/regular on its side and to have the stairway wall be directly above the matching wall studded out flush to the basement cement wall (hope that makes sense...)

So, again, I submit to your review. I'll try to answer any questions as best I can.


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RE: crosspost:-Going with the 1.5 story - Thoughts on this plan? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kelhuck on 09.27.2012 at 10:00 am in Building a Home Forum

Hi Autumn! I think it's a pretty solid plan.

My main thoughts are:

-Not a fan of the garage sticking out the front of the house, especially when someone is blessed with acreage. I just think it's awkward visually, and for your guests who pull up in the drive and then have to walk around the appendage (if the doors open to the left of the house) or with cars parked right in front of the porch (if the doors open on the side with the front door). Furthermore, some day your children will (probably) have cars of their own- where will they be parked? In front of the house?

- Definitely add windows in the kitchen.

- Do be sure to play around with furniture placement in the living room and breakfast areas to make sure there won't be any awkward places where you have to squeeze past furniture.

Would you be able to move the garage to the side of the house, recessed a little? Perhaps connected with a covered "breezeway"? If so, you could add in a few sq ft where the garage was and rework that area to give you the pocket office and broom closet you desire and add a doggy feeding/bathing/storage area or something.

Pass thru from closet to laundry is a great idea and could look something like this:


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Things I love so far ...

posted by: mjtx2 on 09.28.2012 at 06:43 am in Building a Home Forum

We've been in our new home for two weeks, and these are the "toys" we love so far:

The Tapmaster. Well, that thing is da bomb. It took us a while to get used to it but now we love it. And we're both kicking the toe kick in our master bath sinks all the time, wondering why the water isn't coming on. I can see what's coming next hah. We got the Tapmaster with hot/warm/cold pedals and they work fantastic. Our builder had a dentist and his wife walk through our house to show them his work, and the dentist had never thought of putting the Tapmaster in his home but I think he will now. We were highly enthusiastic ;)

Kohler Karbon faucet. Looks cool and works amazing. Love not having a pull out faucet or a separate spray. Incredibly convenient.

Hide a Hose. I still haven't gotten out the attachments to figure them out, but I love the hoses. The only thing I wish I'd added was the toe kick opening in the kitchen, just to make life easier when sweeping up. Right now I make a pile right in front of the HAH opening, pull it out and suck the pile. Which is about as easy as getting out a dustpan and dumping that in the trash, but neater.

I love our slightly sunken great room (one wide and shallow stair, so two easy steps down)with all the windows. I know a lot of people are against sunken rooms but it looks great.

My office right off the mudroom. Well it's really just a small room, but it is the mail drop and paperwork catcher.

A small additional powder room off the mudroom. Using that one a ton already. Highly convenient when you're running out the door or just working in the kitchen.

The bench under the window in the kitchen. Already a favorite perch for everyone to sit and talk with the cook (me!) and also have great views.

I did use site finished walnut floors and there are a couple of minor scratches already that I can easily address. But they are gorgeous.

So far I am really happy with most of my decisions. The only thing I keep thinking is I should have added one foot in the great room (it's 18' to the step). And maybe another to widen the master bedroom a tad (14'x17'). And that toe kick central vac opening ;)


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