Diamond Award winners have been announced for the Brunswick County Parade of Homes 2014!
This is the final weekend (Oct. 24-26). Don’t miss it!
The Amelia Bay and Jupiter Bay homes by Kent Homes, Inc. each won Diamond Awards in this year’s Brunswick County Parade of Homes! See our previous Blog Post for more information on each of these stunning homes. Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s event!
Choosing the right home plan can be difficult. Even narrowing your search down to just one story or two story home designs is a big decision! Which type is ideal for your lifestyle? There are pros and cons to both one story and two story homes – here are some you should consider before you buy.
One Story Living
A one story home plan is an easy choice for anyone who simply wants the ease or convenience of single story living. With no stairs to traverse, one story homes are ideal for families with young children, those with mobility impairments, and anyone planning to age-in-place. These homes are now available in exceptionally open floor plans and can fit into nearly any style, from Country ranch to Craftsman bungalow.
Two Story Home Plans
A major advantage for two story home designs is that they can pack more living square footage into a smaller footprint. If you need plenty of room for family or hobbies, two story home plans may be the best and most cost-effective option. Secondary bedrooms and recreation space are typically upstairs to preserve privacy and keep clutter away from the living areas downstairs, while the master suite can be upstairs or down depending on your preference.
Choosing a Design
How do you decide between one story and two story home plans? First, consider your lot and location. Does your Homeowners’ Association require one or the other? Is your lot large, small, or oddly-shaped? The answers to these questions may make this decision an easy one.
Cost-to-build is also important. Foundations and roofs are expensive, and a two story home may have less of each when compared to a similarly-sized one story home. In addition, do your research and find out whether a one or two story home will bring in a higher resale value in your market. Ultimately, when it comes to building your dream home, you may want to take on the extra expense to get exactly what you want. Think about the types of home exteriors you are drawn to, and what layouts really feel like home.
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Mixed materials and arches create rich texture in this updated cottage with European influences. This house design features a large, single dining area that is open directly into the great room and kitchen, where a square island and nearby pantry optimize workspace. A side entry garage includes a side door for outside access and an enlarged utility/mud room features adjacent space for pet food and water bowls. Multiple porches are accessed from the dining room, great room, and master suite. Looking for something a little smaller? Check out the Ashton Ridge #1194!
Unique circular study with curved windows and art niches.
European influences are ever present in this luxurious home plan. Arches and several stunning windows create beautiful curb appeal. The vaulted foyer gracefully leads into a formal dining room generous great room. Adjacent to the great room is the chef-friendly kitchen with a large breakfast room nearby. A sprawling screen porch with wet bar accesses the patio, which provides an enormous space to entertain.
The master suite enjoys a bayed sitting area with shelves, a tray ceiling, an elegant bath and dual walk-in closets. Opposite the master suite, two spacious bedrooms each have walk-in closets and share a Jack-and-Jill bath. More photos are on our Flickr Page here!
See these popular plans with European Influences on our website:
Bedroom/Study with window seat and coffered ceiling.
Utility and mud rooms designed to keep things organized.
One dining space with great views.
Functional and Family-Friendly
Gables and mixed materials give inviting character to this Craftsman ranch home plan featuring an efficient, open layout. A U-shaped kitchen keeps appliances close at hand, while providing plenty of work space with a view to the rear through the windowed dining room. The study/bedroom provides flexible space with a charming window seat and coffered ceiling, and each additional bedroom has its own walk-in closet. Functional space includes a pantry, utility room with laundry sink, and mud room with coat closet and built-in shelves. The large master suite includes access to the screened porch, linen storage, two walk-in closets, and huge bathroom with extra counter space.
See more information on the Mayfair Plan #1317 on our website HERE
The Satchwell Plan #967 is a smaller home with a similar exterior and layout. See it here.
The Trinity Plan#1304 has a similar Craftsman exterior and floor plan. See it here.
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