Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
6 house plans that rethink single-family living
Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers.
6. Spring Creek
Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD
First floor: 2,215 sf
Second floor: 570 sf
Total living area: 2,785 sf
Width: 57 feet, 11 inches
Depth: 88 feet, 11 inches
The contrast of native stone and a unique rustic brick-arch detail create a welcoming entry point to this four-bedroom home designed for a 70-foot-wide golf course lot. Many homes direct the access from the garage to a secondary entry point, rarely allowing the homeowner to appreciate the main foyer. However, this design allows the owners to enjoy the experience of either entering through the double front doors or first stopping by the “drop zone” before traveling into the formal entry.
A. Covered porch is ideal for outdoor dining with easy access from kitchen
B. Expansive windows wrapping the living room provide a great view and plenty of natural light
C. Spacious kitchen has a large walk-in pantry, island workspace, and a dining bar that overlooks the side courtyard. Note the triple windows with the seat below.
D. The large laundry room has convenient access from both the hall and the master bath
E. Resource center and “drop zone,” a conveniently located place to keep household activities organized. Along with a desk and computer space, there are file drawers, cubbies for mail, and a place to drop keys and cell phones.
F. A combination brick-and-stone arch centered with the double front doors creates a dramatic entry point.
G. Secluded first-floor guest room can accommodate an elderly parent. It’s also perfect for a private home office or study
H. Split three-car garage reduces the visual impact of garage doors. Note that the doors from both garages allow the homeowner to enjoy the experience of entering through the home’s foyer on a daily basis.
I. Homework center at second-floor loft provides a place for a computer, along with ample work surface and storage
J. Covered balcony offers view to courtyard below
K. Angled staircase with mid-point landing and display shelves