6 house plans that rethink single-family living

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Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers.

June 03, 2012

Each month, when I ask our design team to address a specific theme, I invariably receive a wide variety of ideas and plans. Frankly, such diversity is exactly what I’m looking for. 

This month, I simply asked the team to consider the general theme of “single-family detached designs.” The submissions are interesting. Sure, there’s the usual range of square footage, garage placement, and exterior styling. There’s even an example of a flexible live/work option that’s garnering more and more interest. But the common elements like computer/resource centers, kitchens with islands and large pantries, flexible in-law and guest suites, spacious and functional laundry rooms, and outdoor living spaces all indicate how important these details are in today’s single-family market.

Perhaps it’s some of the items missing from the plans that resonate most. Gone are dedicated home theaters, overwhelmingly tall ceilings, and small utility rooms with only enough space for a washer and dryer.

Finally, you’ll notice that there is a wide range of thoughts on the value of formal living and dining areas. It appears that in certain markets and among some individual clients, the debate regarding the importance of these rooms continues.

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1. 2011 Idea Show House by Arteva Homes


Dominick Tringali Architects




Builder: Arteva Homes


Total living area: 3,967 sf

4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths

This magnificent home represents the collective efforts of some of the brightest and best in home design and construction — along with 50 of the top current trendsetters in green technology, sustainable living, and future design ideas.

A. Mudroom features lockers, a bench, and closets for organization and storage space on the first floor

B. Computer center is located off the kitchen, creating a convenient space for kids’ homework and parents’ office work on the main floor

C. Covered loggia provides sheltered, extended outdoor living space for year-round enjoyment

D. Unique, inviting outdoor courtyard is warmed by a pizza oven and fireplace

E. Four-car garage adds storage space for outdoor items and makes on-the-go lifestyles easier and more efficient

F. Large, private owner’s suite inspires relaxation and renewal

G. Convenient second-floor laundry room

H. Extra bonus space is flexible and ready for any use


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