By Fernande Jeannette. Home Plan. Published at Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 - 14:26:36 PM.
modern-open-floor-plan. Sleek and urban open floor plan. What Started This Trend. Decades ago, homes were built with the notion that every room has a distinct function. You cook in a kitchen, so it was a separate room — often with a door. Dining rooms were formal. Living rooms were for entertaining or relaxing, and were set apart from the kitchen.
Turn on any home-design TV show and you’ll repeatedly hear the words “open concept.” Tearing down walls to create open floor plans for the living, dining and kitchen area is what open-concept design is all about. For some, separate rooms still hold their charm. But many homeowners today are taking a sledgehammer to their traditional floor plans so they can enjoy cooking, eating and movie watching all in one space.
Once tenants move in, they pay minimal rent and utilities (e.g. $300 a month rent for a 300-square-foot home and an estimated electric bill of less than $35 per month). After three years, tenants are offered a contract to rent to own their homes within four years. This lengthy process is designed to help residents become disciplined about bill paying and the responsibilities of home ownership.
He decided to build a spec house (for sale) in Santa Paula, California because land there at the time was extremely cheap. His infill lot cost $40,000. He purchased Plan 48-516, shown here, which is 28 feet wide.
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