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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:

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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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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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Color Schemes For Your New Home

After countless hours you’ve finally chosen the house of your dreams.  Now the real fun begins!  When it’s time to choose the color scheme for your home, treat it the same way you would the interior.  The right color scheme will help boost it’s curb appeal while expressing your personality and style.

1. Bright and airy.

Paint materials such as stucco, shakes, or siding a light and neutral off-white to create a bright and homelike exterior.  To keep things interesting, add a pop of color to shutters or front door, and select a medium warm tone for the roof.  By adding color to your palette the overall scheme will feel warm and inviting.

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The charming Cumberland Cottage house plan features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in under 2,000 sq. ft.

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