Residential Building – Online Edition
It’s hard to overstate how important windows are to the look and feel of a house. “The size and shape of windows and doors can make or break the design of an intended aesthetic,” builder Stephen B. Quick IV said in this month’s Q+A. Because the categories are so important, Residential Building has designated the August online edition as their Window and Door Issue.
Here are some stories you’ll find this month:
- Architect Ed Binkley shows how to maximize light with glass walls
- A Texas house inspired by Austin’s Hill Country
- Electronic faucets are everywhere; are they here to stay?
Craftsman Old World Charm Blends with Modern Details
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Windows, porches, skylights and vaulted ceilings define the atmosphere
- Room for expansion
- Lower level suite offers many possibilities
This Craftsman home design exudes Old World charm but it’s intended for the modern homeowner. Luxury and utility go hand in hand throughout this nearly 2900 sq. ft. angled floor plan. The square footage doesn’t include the 550 sq. ft. bonus room. This two story hillside walkout features four bedrooms, four baths, great room with fireplace and cathedral ceiling, and well-appointed master suite. For those who prefer an open home plan, this home provides a single dining area as the kitchen and dining space flow together.
A Family-Friendly Craftsman Home Plan
Family living couldn’t be easier with the mud room and utility room located just off the attached garage. Storage can be accessed in every area of the home, via walk-in closets, pantry and e-space. Invite guests to stay in the lower level that features two bedrooms and two baths plus a rec room. These rooms would make a great in-law suite.
Luxurious and Fun Outdoor Living with this House Design
Outdoor living is easy with this single living space Craftsman home plan. A relaxing screen porch with cathedral ceiling is located off the dining room, and a covered porch with skylights can be accessed from the great room. The rear view allows enjoyment of scenery from multiple directions. The back of the home beckons people outside with patio space just outside the rec room.
Convenient, luxurious living awaits in The Butler Ridge
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Outdoor Living and Luxurious Extras with Craftsman Appeal
Home Design Quick Facts:
- An angled layout expands rear views
- Huge island kitchen with walk-in pantry
- Unique master suite with sitting area
This luxurious Craftsman home plan is both family-friendly and perfect for entertaining, with a rustic exterior that is at home in the mountains or the suburbs. At just over a modest 2500 sq. ft., this angled floor plan is completely open through the great room, kitchen, and dining room, with abundant windows and doors bringing in rear views. The secondary bedrooms each have porch access and share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, while the splendid master suite features a massive walk-in closet and a circular, windowed sitting room.
Indoor and Outdoor Entertaining
For homeowners who love to entertain, the island kitchen is the heart of this design. An extended peninsula provides room for guests to pull up a chair, and allows conversation to flow freely throughout the great room and dining room. The single dining room is topped with a cathedral ceiling and has a casual feel, but is large enough for formal meals. An angled covered porch extends across the entire rear of the plan, ending in a cozy screened porch with skylights, a fireplace, and outdoor kitchen. The curved patio extends living even further and welcomes the addition of a pool or spa.
Ultimate Utility Spaces Make Life Easy
Separate mud and utility rooms help keep things organized. The mudroom has its own outdoor access and is the first stop from the two-car garage. It’s the perfect place to drop bags, keys, and muddy shoes. The utility room is its own space with cabinets and countertops, providing storage and keeping hallways clear. With garage storage areas, handy linen closets and a roomy pantry, keeping everything in its place is easy.
Relaxing, inviting, and practical, The Keaton is home. See this house design now.
Recent Census Bureau data points to a 35% increase in U.S. housing starts in the first quarter of this year versus the same time last year. Don Gardner has anticipated this trend with some of its newest home designs, especially its small, country and craftsman home plans. These new home plans feature extra storage, bonus rooms and large open spaces for family living and entertaining. Many of the homes also offer screened porches, patios, decks and other outdoor living amenities.