By Tordis Lovise. Home Plan. Published at Saturday, April 21st, 2018 - 03:53:20 AM.
Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, homebuilders saw the open living plan as a way to efficiently design a home using less square footage. Ranch and split-level homes became very popular. Today, architecture and interior design still take their cues from economic considerations, but they also are influenced by cultural norms and a desire for convenience (multitasking, anyone?). We have blurred gender roles; both parents simultaneously share cooking and child-care responsibilities. And we live in a tech- and media-driven world in which catching up on the day’s news during dinner is not only acceptable, but expected.
Many home plans today dispense with a formal dining room in favor of a designated dining space within the great room, as shown here, also in Plan 497-46. That actually makes it easier to seat 10 or 12 people. You can add leaves to the table without running into walls. And there should be room for all-important serving tables.
Classic Ranch with Sleek Lines. Maybe you don't want to go fully modern. Simple but striking, design 497-55 shows how adding a metal roof gives a contemporary twist to a ranch style. The bright and breezy interior keeps it simple with the kitchen along one wall. For additional privacy, the master suite opens directly into the bathroom.
Construction Cost. NOT including soft costs: $169,000 for 1550 Sq ft + 400 Sq ft garage, or about $87/ sq. ft. Land and soft costs ran about: $100,000. Architectural design and survey: $12,000; architect charge to make changes: $5500.
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