By Luisella Alfonsina. Home Plan. Published at Thursday, April 26th, 2018 - 07:50:16 AM.
Front Yard Living. Elaborate outdoor rooms are showing up on the backside of the house. What about the front side? Binkley pushes front living areas in his latest commissions. His inspiration is Orlando’s very walkable Lake Eola neighborhood, where some homeowners have moved their living room, complete with sofas and reading lamps, onto the front porch. Plan 901-120. On homes without porches, Binkley may use pavers, bricks, and stones to inexpensively carve out social plots near the front door. They are a great place to watch pedestrians, drink an adult beverage, or read the newspaper.
Homes currently under construction include Plan 915-7, a cozy 310-square foot cottage with an appealing front stoop and a front bump-out with several antique-style paned windows; Plan 915-10, a cute 356-square-foot, shingled bungalow with a neighborly front porch, an open feeling and lots of light; Plan 890-2, a 320-square-foot modern-style cottage with an inviting front porch, an L-shaped kitchenette and clerestory windows for added light; and Plan 915-3, a charming, classic American clapboard cottage with a welcoming front porch, plenty of tall windows and a fireplace.
Entertaining is a breeze with an open-flow kitchen and living area. You can chat with your guests while you cook. Kitchen islands or tables that are typically used as room demarcations become a focal point for food and drinks. A large “great room” is great for keeping an eye on your little ones, too. You can efficiently cook dinner or accomplish other household tasks while interacting with your kids. Placing a desk and computer against a wall or the back of the sofa makes the room even more multifunctional.
Natural Wood Beams. Using wood beams to decorate a high ceiling is a given in luxury housing. But it’s become common in upscale production homes, too, particularly when the roof of the great room gets above 12 feet. Dark wood beams not only provide a pleasing contrast to the smooth white walls but serve as a focal point, as in Plan 935-6.
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