Professional Builder's House Review design team shows how small details added to a stairway landing, hallway, foyer, or porch can be the special touch that transforms a house into a home.
When we asked our design team to submit ideas for quaint spaces and special features, I knew we were in for some pleasant surprises. After all, it often is the unique details that really define any home. On the following pages, you'll see solutions for some practical design issues. For instance, although open-concept designs provide a more spacious living area, the available wall space for photos, art, and furniture often become quite limited. You'll see how to find a place for these items in staircases, alcoves, and expanded hallways. As we minimize the overall size of many new homes, front and rear porches can offer additional dining and entertaining areas. Carving out a quaint space for a bookcase, unique alcoves where children can play, homework areas, and family entries are all creative ideas that the team presents to help make a house a home.
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ArchitectDonald F. Evans, AIAThe Evans Group407.650.8770
Friends? foyer ? A foyer space for the back-door friends and family. The foyer is the perfect family drop zone for book bags, sports equipment, and lunch boxes, or for the adults with keys, coats, umbrellas, and dog leashes.
Front and rear porches ? Outdoor spaces that live like interior spaces with indoor-quality furniture and finishes, expanding the livable square footage of the home.
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DesignerLarry W. Garnett, FAIBD254.897.3518
ArchitectRick GarzaRPGA Design Group Inc.817.332.9477Plan sizeFirst floor living: 2,970 sfSecond floor living: 2,210 sfTotal living: 5,180 sfPorch: 1,082 sfGarage: 916 sf
ArchitectTodd Hallett, AIA, CAPSTK Design and Architecture248.446.1960