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Barrel-Race6,983771570
YesterdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,141391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,940300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,2217862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,12818910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,031441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk467640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker338100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana411200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,7971033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,246200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,525440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,915270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,56927100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,3641504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,110341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,124100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,706483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,736100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,198213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,600520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,805300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,327320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,510100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,093300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,23030530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,509110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9013130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,651144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,620100
9/29/2012

sherman19,939221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,081380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,38635530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,560110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,2657190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,27823770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,243110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,039110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,744100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,523630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,760223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,228500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,21711150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,955810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,795310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,099320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,398200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,222480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,79534310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,018200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2574140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,100200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,00920282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,18418291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,013562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,874392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill20,995100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,748100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,693650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,357200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2579130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,807100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,654200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,68620210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,077780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,12821660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,327601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,52222460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,813200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,694110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build8,975100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,843800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,88031740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,783200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0545110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,449300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,304430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,044900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,50312230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,83864850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,900100
9/2/2010

Commons10,112200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,509300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,060311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,783100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,347400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,3902100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,132140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,85522100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,822343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,561100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,753330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,2632360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,010100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,74420270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,842130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,448100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,43421910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,843130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,71332950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,82719980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,498130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,008200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,056400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,470201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,913110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,195140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,249390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,164293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,943200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,531150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,916100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0165390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,58713200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,909970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,32511310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,7844100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,392130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,440600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8171130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,150321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,137100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,329201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7031016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,533200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...10,993800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,215891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,909614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,145100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9377900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,779552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,595220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,342100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home29,982385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,4981100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,240200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,020200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,278110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,365100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,183110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,834120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,801200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,440261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,70921590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,058220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,382610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,28710840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,894360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,206340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,300200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,156100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,631110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,083110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,148110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,76639880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,386111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,284211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,614120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0114100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,914100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1411130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,566100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,161100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,941301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,016260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,379100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,796136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,706311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,492120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,0789160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,567200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,547260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,5916320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,249334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,754460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,390100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...15,991670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,261110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH15,9621090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,521350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,133470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,573120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5443100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,604120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,201150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,680110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,017111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,679430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,50614350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,68314880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,845100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,252100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,65219380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,720320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,318240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6298100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,225400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges13,98811130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,10713520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,283600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,906360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,374600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,633100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,838110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4514140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,681200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,597100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8287140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead18,97812930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,794110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6129290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,510100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,040510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,544100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,403420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,698100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,312731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,194590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,892200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,925100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,707400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,157200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,220271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,151200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,26644830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,023100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,639100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,669100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,432900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,253300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,769310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,96820270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,168310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0305150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,355281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8328230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,512100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,272830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,365100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,809110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,346330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe11,9831430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4605210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,289100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,30617510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,50217570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,896310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,251410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,652260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,928100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,920100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,188230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,722700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,313480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,412100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,525240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,30527560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,483210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,505100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,2758220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,565260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,736300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,227330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,096481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,801730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,269250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,869100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3656180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,741100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,836200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,7745250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,4581750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,307200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,27622260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4233400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,696462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,726100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5256330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,124200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,728270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream10,977100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,67514250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,925220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,88811260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,225310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,424200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,483200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,449100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,446600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,532410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,306240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,890490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,332540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,851100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,641300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,750140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0286110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,169200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,018110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,102300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,936330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,947100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,559200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,333370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,645120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,850600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,84418150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,4944140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,736471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1587110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam11,982200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,050100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,039241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,926200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,607120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome11,9964140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,480110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,655220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,931100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,938100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,734100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse12,983300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,081100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,332310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,446200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,759100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,728100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,256100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,652200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,875250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,368300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,6871020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,60411640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade11,965110
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Posted by Aaron in Valley Center, KS on 1/10/2011

I am in the design phase of our new home. I have reviewed numerous floor plans, and can't seem to find any that are quite right. At this point I am leaning towards designing my own. I am currently thinking I want a simple design that is low maintenance and affordable to build. My concept is a two-story home with a full basement with approx. 1,300 sq ft per floor totaling 3,900 sq ft of living space once the basement is finished. The home will be styled like a Federal/Adam/Colonial or whatever you want to call it. It will be a symmetrical all-brick home. Literally a rectangular box stacked on a rectangular box stacked on a foundation. The roof will be a gable roof with ridge vents, no valleys, dormers, nothing. I am thinking that this type of design will ultimately save money, and leaves a good potential for less problems. We will see. Here in Sedgwick County, Kansas an architect/engineer is not required to design/approve plans. The home just needs to meet the building code. I will post some preliminary designs soon. If anyone actually reads this, feedback is appreciated.

Posted by Mary in PA on 1/10/2011

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Hi Aaron, I agree with you that a basic 'rectangle' with simple roof design (i.e. gable) can be an affordable (and do-able) design for an owner-builder. I personally think it can also be a very classic look, rather than the multi-gabled houses I tend so see in many builder developments. If your site allows for it, you might also consider orientation of the basic 'rectangle' to take advantage of passive solar. The design phase can be very fun, and sometimes frustrating. Good luck with it!
Regards,
Mary

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Mary,
Thanks for the words of encouragement and advice.
Posted by Frank in Elkridge, MD on 1/11/2011

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Aaron, like you, we are looking over plans for our house and we also feel a rectangular Colonial-style house would be less problematic for the trades. We are looking at a two-story house with 3,000 sf without counting the basement. We'll have a rough-in for the bathroom in the basement with a projected time to finish it within five years. Our concept will include a master suite on the main level and another master on the second level with two other smaller bedrooms. The idea is to plan for our parents to use the lower-level main bedroom and later on when we get sick of the upper level, we can move downstairs. 

We are also thinking of the resale value of having a master suite on the second level if a young family wants to be near the kids' bedroom. 

We don't believe in having the garage as part of the house. The garage will be to the side of the house connected to our game room.

Here is what we are thinking of doing:
Main floor: Master suite, large kitchen, study, dining room, game room - as you walk in the house you enter the foyer, and it's open to the second floor - study to the left - dining room to the right, connected to the game room. As you walk through the house, you see the kitchen - to the right is the stairway and the half bath and the game room - to the left is the main-level master suite behind the kitchen. We will insulate and/or soundproof this wall.
Second floor: Master suite, two smaller bedrooms - small laundry room and a bathroom for the two bedroom. Total bedrooms for the house, four each.

As you walk in from the garage, you enter the mud room and another laundry room.

Just an idea.

Frank
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Frank,
Sounds great! I too am leaning towards a detached garage. We are on the same page on pretty much everything except living with my mother-in-law... just kidding. It is exciting to know that someone else has a similar plan in mind. Thanks for the post!





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