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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.

Da Diva House Plan - Archival Designs Luxury House Plans
Take a look at the stunning completed Da Diva house by Archival Designs  featuring a neutral brick exterior and warm trim details.
Da Diva House Archival Designs Cottage Architectural Style
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.

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

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Kitchen Design Elements You Won’t Want to Live Without

Kitchen styles and designs evolve over time, but there are a few things we simply can’t get enough of.   If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, or are planning on designing your own home you’ll enjoying learning more about these kitchen designs you won’t want to live without.

1. Contemporary meets traditional.

We’ve enjoyed the excitement of new design with the comfort of traditional elements for years and this design approach is here to stay.  It’s no surprise 2016 kitchen designs demand innovation, multi-functioning spaces, and beautiful materials while keeping in touch with the warmth of the spaces we enjoyed as children.

For your next project, incorporate warm exotic wood finishes on the floor or ceiling with streamline cabinetry and fixtures.  The use of glass in cabinetry will provide a modern touch that is well complimented by some unique traditional decorations.

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2016 Design Trends from the Best in American Living Awards

A record breaking 117 single-family, multifamily, remodeling, and  community projects were celebrated at the 2015 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) held in Las Vegas during the 2016 International Builders’ Show.  Winners of these honorable awards set the precedence for the design trends home buyers will enjoy over the next few years.

According to Heather McCune, co-chair of the Best in American Living Awards Subcommittee and director of marketing at Bassenian | Lagoni, “BALA continues to be a snapshot and a directional for the way forward in home building and design.  Something in each year’s winners will help you do your next project better – no matter who you are. That’s the power of a program like BALA.”

Ready to see what top trends are up-and-coming for 2016? Let’s jump right in!

Intimate Outdoor Spaces

The days of solely entertaining indoors is a thing of the past.  The idea of creating outdoor living spaces for small gatherings or daily family activities has risen to the top of home buyer’s wishlists.   These spaces will feature cozy fireplaces, intimate seating arrangements, and stunning views.

Big Canoe House | Archival Designs Luxury House Plans
Check out the Rustic style Big Canoe house plan’s warm and inviting outdoor entertainment space featuring multiple intimate gather areas and a cozy stone and shake fireplace.

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Remodeling Time

Similar to the rise in new house building, remodeling is quickly growing as well.  More and more people are a choosing to remodel their homes instead of buying or building new ones. Many times upgrading or remodeling a space is a more cost effective option. The NAHB contributed several factors to this $6 billion rise in the remodeling market.

While Baby Boomers are heading towards retirement, their needs range from building a brand new accessible home to making their current home fit all of their new needs. Millennials, on the other hand, are entering the housing market with a range of expectations. A great deal of Millennials are buying older homes at a cheap price and using the rest of the budget to upgrade and remodel the home to their custom wants and needs.  Additionally, Multi-Family buildings (apartment complexes) are requesting upgrades as well. Noticing the increase in design in newer complexes influences established complexes to remodel their spaces to compete in the renting market.

Even during new construction, some home builders require a house that can be easily remodeled or extended for future growth.  Archival Designs features a plethora of expandable house plans that have the simplicity and flexibility to easily be remodeled in the future!

The Tilly– Being a Ranch Style House Plan has its advantages when it comes to versatility.  Including an unfurnished bonus space makes expanding accessible without having to build an actual add on, which will cut down on remodeling cost. .

The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

The Marymount – Featuring both an unfurnished 2nd floor bonus area and basement, expanding this house will have endless possibilities.  The possibilities do not stop there; having an open floor plan will also make remodeling more of a design upgrade than an actual building project. The open floor layout’s adaptability will allow you to simply change the purpose of most rooms.

The Marymount is 2,531 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.
The Marymount is 2,531 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.

The Pepperwood– Slightly larger than the previous house plans, The Pepperwood also includes unfinished bonus rooms, a walkout basement, and an open floor plan. This floor plan also foresees a multi-generational family’s needs by featuring a future in-law suite. Possessing these future plans with a layout already incorporated in the design will make the expanding process very easy.

The Pepperwood is 2,878 with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
The Pepperwood is 2,878 with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

Your new expandable house plan could be one click away! Visit Archival Designs today!