By Tordis Lovise. Home Plan. Published at Monday, April 23rd, 2018 - 17:42:18 PM.
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.
Imagine if you could walk the best model homes throughout the country, hunting for the latest design ideas for your new home? The next best thing -- for those of us who don’t have a six-figure travel budget -- may be to take a virtual tour through winning projects in industry design competitions. Even better is to take that guided tour from one of the country’s leading architects. Ed Binkley, a Tampa-based principal with BSB Design, recently mined the galleries for the latest trends. Here’s what he found.
Ensure architectural features won’t cost you more in the future: There is nothing like getting excited about architectural features that look beautiful on a 2D floor plan and feel even nicer when standing inside of the finished home. Details like expansive floor to ceiling windows, skylights and other architectural features could have an impact on heating and cooling your home when your energy bill arrives. While it may not be a concern now, think of green cost savings on your architectural features of your floor plan for future living too.
Social Kitchen, There's room for three people to sit at the built-in table in plan 48-685, a great space-saving feature that means you don't have to devote more space to a dining room. A fireplace adds a cozy focal point in the living room, which steps out to the patio via sliding doors. Bedroom 1 also steps outside, so you can greet the day first thing. Vaulted ceilings in both bedrooms and the living room add a feeling of volume.
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