Entry-level Homes Making a Comeback.

In recent years, the tiny-home trend has taken that philosophy to the extreme. But it hasn’t quite caught on with mainstream America. The overwhelming majority of home buyers still prefer to own an abode with ample space in which to live, relax and entertain.

Cedar Crest House Plan - Archival Designs Luxury Home Plans
Cedar Crest House – Narrow 41-foot wide home plan boasts a 14×20 family room.

The median size of homes built in 2015 was bigger than ever, and the portion of those homes with four or more bedrooms grew to 47 percent. But so far in 2016, the median home size appears to have reached a plateau, leveling off after several years of gradual growth.

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Affordable Home Upgrades That Impress

1. Enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Spruce up your front entry with a new layer of mulch, and thoughtfully planted shrubs.  Add a pop of color to your landscape design with easy care Black-Eyed Susan or Dianthus flowers.

Amboise House Plan - Front Entry
Grand entry of the Amboise house plan featuring lush landscaping.

2. Spice up your front door.

A new front door can  change the look of your foyer dramatically.  Update your existing door with paint and trim, or install a brand new design that includes glass and wood stain.

Hazletine House Plan | Archival Designs
Foyer – Stained wood and glass double front door in the Hazletine house plan.

3. Upgrade your kitchen’s appliances.

The look of new appliances and fixtures in your kitchen will instantly modernize your kitchen and allow for more functionality.  No paint or back splash needed!

Baltimore House Plan | Archival Designs
Beautiful stainless steel appliances and a front panel extra large refrigerator make the Baltimore‘s kitchen are a chef’s dream.

4. Accessorize your bathroom.

A new  vanity or fixture could do just the trick!  Give you bathroom a different vibe by replacing the cabinet hardware.  Accessorize with a new light fixture, shelves, and paintings to complete the look.

Luxor House Plan | Archival Designs
The Luxor house master bathroom features floating shelves with unique pieces of art and modern cabinet hardware.

5. Transform a forgotten room.

Take advantage of every square inch of your home by transforming an unused bedroom into a multipurpose room.  Depending on your family’s need you can transform a dull space into a playroom, craft area, or media room.

Wexford House Plan | Archival Designs
In the Wexford house plan, a forgotten bedroom was reclaimed as an art studio.

6. Enjoy the outdoors.

Enjoy your patio or deck by creating intimate sitting areas perfect for reading, dining, and enjoying a warm summer day.  Choose comfortable furniture as you would for the interior of your home, and accessorize with outdoor rugs, pillow, and lighting.

Big Canoe House | Archival Designs
The outdoor living area in the Big Canoe house plan will be sure to impress your family and friends. Intimate seating areas allow for long chats and delicious meals.

7. Spring clean (any time of year)!

Borrow a few staging tips from your favorite home decorating TV show.  De-cluttering and moving your existing accessories around will give your home the face lift you desire.

Savannah House Plan | Archival Designs
The Savannah House plan features minimal accessories allowing the furniture to be the star of the show.

Kitchen & Bath Trends 2016

Kitchen Trends 2016

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  • Clean lines and bright whites prevail in traditional, contemporary, or transitional designs.
  • Turn your pantry into more than just food storage.  When possible, add a window, small sink, and ample storage for appliances.   Built-in floor toceiling shelves will maximize storage space and organization.
  • Incorporate energy-efficient task & accent lighting under cabinets and around circulation paths.
  • Age in place by moving more storage down, rather than keeping all cabinetry up high.
  • Over-sized kitchen island with cook top, outlets, drawers, recycling pullouts, and ample seating.
  • Warm color wood, or plank-style porcelain tile performs beautifully in the high traffic kitchen.

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