Small Houses, Big Living

Less house, more home.   If you’re concerned building a small house means sacrificing modern amenities, think again!

So, why build small?  Here are a few things to consider:

  • Maximize functionality in every square inch.  Building a home is an investment, and it’s not secret consumers want to get the most bang for their buck.  Smaller home plans are thoughtfully designed providing quality spaces that flow seamlessly, and allow comfortable living for homeowners.
  • Purposeful spaces with quality materials.  By building less square feet, the total construction budget can be invested into higher quality materials in spaces that will actually be used.  Long gone are the days of living or dining rooms only used during special occasions.
  • Save time and live simply.  A smaller house means less cleaning, maintaining, and clutter.  By allowing the quantify of time devoted to maintaining the home to decrease, families can experience a newfound sense of freedom to enjoy each other.

Here are a few of our favorite homes under 2,500 sq. ft., boasting countless features:

Cumberland Cottage – 1,727 sq. ft.

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At-a-glance: 3 Bedroom | 2.5 Baths | 2-Car Garage

The Cumberland Cottage house plan features a spacious open-layout creating the sought after family triangle.  A large centrally located kitchen island allows for easy entertaining between the keeping room and social room.  Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams draw the eye towards the large windows that perfectly frame views at the rear of the home.  The mud room and separate laundry room make perfect additions and aid with organization in the home.

Tilly House Plan – 2,355 sq. ft.

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At-a-glance: 4 Bedrooms | 3n5 Baths | 2-Car Garage

The Tilly House plan boasts an oversized kitchen located on the front side of the house.  The dining room and great room feature large French doors that maximize views at the rear of the property.  The hidden gem of this home is the expandable unfinished area on the send floor idea for older children, in-laws, or family entertainment areas.

Rustic Lake House – 1,870 sq. ft.

At-a-glance: 3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2-Car Garage
At-a-glance: 3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2-Car Garage

The Rustic Lake house combines modern amenities, with the architectural style ideal for a mountain or lakefront property.  Enjoy a large and luxurious master suite, a mudroom, and oversized kitchen angled for full views of the outdoors.  The open railing staircase off the foyer creates the illusion of a larger than life entry.  Vaulted ceilings with exposed trusses accentuate the rustic design of the exterior.

Old Wesley House – 2,365 sq. ft.

At-a-glance: 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2-Car Carport
At-a-glance: 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2-Car Carport

The Old Wesley house plan is the epitome of warmth and character.  The generously sized master suite boasts tray ceilings, his/hers walk-in closet, and a stunning master bath. Oversized secondary bedrooms provide ample space for furnishings.  The sizeable island faces the grand room’s fireplace and rear of the property.

Homes under 2,500 sq. ft. feature the ideal blend of amenities and function for “newlyweds, single professionals, empty nesters, retirees, and Millennials.”¹

Small house plans are exceptional investments, and as an added bonus promise to be easier to sell than their larger counter parts.    Are you ready to invest in your future?


New Homes: What Do Consumers Want?

With so many house plan designs available today, there is no doubt your perfect home is waiting for you.  But, what does perfect mean?  What do you want out of your new house?

Housing preferences consistently evolve as the needs of homeowners change and technology advances.  Many times, age can play a significant role in what buyers want to see in a potential new home.   The NAHB recently released their latest study¹ and HousingEconomics shared an independent survey² revealing what consumers are most likely to request this year.

Family Triangle with Central Island

Open-layout great rooms are at the top of the list for consumers.   Large family areas with uninterrupted views from the kitchen, to the living room, to the dining area allow for easy entertaining and pay homage to more contemporary design.  Elegant and continuous woodwork on the ceiling ties the spaces together and brings back a touch of traditional design.  Central islands serve as a multi-functional space for cooking, eating, and entertaining.

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Savannah House – European/French Design  – Family Triangle Design. Exclusive at Archival Designs

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Unwind in Your Master Bathroom Retreat

“Part of taking care of yourself is learning how to take time out to relax, recharge, & rejuvenate.  Tranquility all starts within you.” -Christine St.Vil

One of the greatest feelings in the world is letting go of the daily responsibilities life throws our way, and embracing the wonderful serenity a luxurious bath offers.  Long gone are the days where function was more important than aesthetics.   Nowadays,  the two have become equally as significant and deliver a functional space that offers physical and mental tranquility.

If you’re ready to enjoy your very own spa-like bathroom check out these brilliant design ideas:

Contemporary  Accents

The owners of this contemporary home tastefully paired rich brown woodwork with slate tiles, and sparkling geometric glass accents to create a bathroom as beautiful as any luxury  high-end spa.

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Luxor House Plan – Luxury Master Bathroom Retreat

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The Da Diva House: From Paper to Reality

Are you ready to embark on the journey to build your dream home? In 2015, our client located in the Southeastern United States jumped in  head first and made his dream home a reality.

There are many things that make the Da Diva House by Archival Designs truly special.  It’s welcoming curb-appeal paired with its thoughtful use of space is perfect for both growing families, and empty-nesters looking to downsize.

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Take a look at the stunning completed Da Diva house by Archival Designs  featuring a neutral brick exterior and warm trim details.
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Da Diva House by Archival Designs – Artist 3D Rendering

The Da Diva house by Archival Designs features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 2,400 sq. ft. It’s one-story design is ideal for growing families or empty-nesters.

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