From $9.95



Total: 28,498
Visited Last 30 days: 115
Forum Messages
Total: 20,595
Last 30 days: 5
Forum Evaluations
Total: 24,119
Last 30 days: 9
Journal Entries
Total: 4,963
Last 30 days: 12
Total: 15,027
Last 30 days: 4
Total: 76,338


7th-and-last-Home-bu... Saratoga Springs, UT
138 Visits | 2 Posts | 6 Pix | 0 Videos
The-Last-Rodeo Angel Fire, NM
15,498 Visits | 106 Posts | 133 Pix | 2 Videos
Tanglewood Colorado Springs, CO
105,540 Visits | 886 Posts | 2,345 Pix | 42 Videos
140 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
Bruce Fowlerville, MI
122 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
697-Marlin Austin/McDade, TX
4,627 Visits | 62 Posts | 508 Pix | 0 Videos
Sparky New Harmony, UT
151 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
TheHoskensProject Dome-ville, FL
63,981 Visits | 170 Posts | 512 Pix | 3 Videos
Mutton-Busting Nashville, TN
5,551 Visits | 127 Posts | 210 Pix | 0 Videos
sevenpeacksicf Clio, CA
40,663 Visits | 51 Posts | 326 Pix | 1 Videos
Gardner-Gate Price, UT
953 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Mahalo Logandale , AL
869 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
Vilano-Beach--Water-... Saint Augustine, FL
25,175 Visits | 41 Posts | 119 Pix | 0 Videos
1,812 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
insulation4us Wilmington, DE
1,623 Visits | 1 Posts | 4 Pix | 2 Videos
Insulationstop Latham, NY
1,615 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
Our-Forever-House Omaha, NE
1,788 Visits | 2 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
NorthPoleHome North Pole, AK
36,096 Visits | 35 Posts | 140 Pix | 0 Videos
Homestead-II--Our-Ne... Smithville, MO
1,729 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Larnerd-House Chenango Forks, NY
3,601 Visits | 2 Posts | 2 Pix | 0 Videos
See all journals...

I think this is a great website - it was very helpful to us as we started the process.
Patti from Salisbury, NC

Try one of our new Construction Bargain Strategies for free. Coupon code: CBS. One strategy could save you $1,000 or $10,000 or maybe $50,000 when you build or remodel.

Aaron in Valley Center, KS's Journal Entries

Click here to create your own construction journal.

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

Mary's Forum Posts: 101
Journal Entries: 60
Interview Answers: 15

Private Message

Image from Mary's blog

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!

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

Aaron's Forum Posts: 0
Journal Entries: 2
Interview Answers: 5

Private Message

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

Frank's Forum Posts: 11
Journal Entries: 5
Interview Answers: 59

Private Message

Randomly Selected Image
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.

Posted by Aaron in Valley Center, KS on 1/11/2011

Aaron's Forum Posts: 0
Journal Entries: 2
Interview Answers: 5

Private Message

Randomly Selected Image
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!

Login to Reply

Login to comment...
Copyright 1997-2016 Consensus Group Inc.