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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!

 

Barrier Free Homes

In the past, home builders in colder regions, only offered basement or crawl foundation options to home owners due to climate necessities. According to  NAHB, a Michigan company Sable Homes has discovered a method that will allow home builders to use slab as a foundation in cold environments.

Freedom Foundation Technology a custom shaped foam that will create a barrier to protect the concrete slab against frost damage. This innovation can save a home builders up to $15,000 on cost over homes that utilize basements or crawlspaces.

Archival Designs offers house plan designs with all three foundation options, giving you the option of utilizing Freedom foundation if your cold climate requires it. Having versatile house plans will make it easy to build your dream home, if Freedom Foundation Technology is not available in your area.

Tres Le Fleur– This Ranch Style House comes in 4 foundation options: Slab, Crawlspace, Basement, and Walkout Basement. Using the Freedom Foundation Technology slab can be easily accessible. The Tres Le Fleur’s open floor layout, is not only the perfect option for mature or disabled clients, but for anyone that enjoys all of their amenities on a single floor.

Tres Le Fleur- 2,499 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.
Tres Le Fleur- 2,499 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.

Presente– Like the Tres Le Fleur, this is a cozy Ranch Style home with all of its amenities on a single floor. It is another great choice for anyone that likes the easy maintenance of a ranch house. Similar to its big sister, this house plan  comes with 3 foundation options: Slab, Crawlspace, and Walkout Basement.

The Presente - 2,344 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
The Presente – 2,344 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

The Pontarion II– This beautiful house is one of Archival Designs’ top-selling Castle House Plans.  Much larger than the first 2 counter parts, the Ponatrion II is just as adaptable when it comes to foundation options. With foundation options such as Slab, Crawlspace, and Walkout basement, this castle plan can still be accessible with the help of the Freedom Foundation Technology!

The Pontarion II- 4,041 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms.
The Pontarion II- 4,041 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms.

Learn more about Freedom Foundation Technology and ask your builder if it’s the right option for you!

How Many Subcontractors Are Needed?

When building a new home, you will come to realize that there are many different counterparts to make your dream come true. Starting off, you will need to find a reliable Builder, also known as a Contractor, to oversee and provide materials and labor to perform the job. A great deal of builders will delegate certain jobs to other companies, or subcontractors. This process may make you wonder how many subcontractors are actually needed during construction

The type and quantity of subcontractors your builder will need to employ depends on several different factors. One major factor is availability. As the housing market improves a shortage of subcontractors may become apparent. A proficient builder will set a timeline for subcontractors to ensure the appropriate companies are hired during the correct phase of construction. Your builder’s specialty is another factor. For example, if your builder’s specialty is masonry or foundation work, they will not need to hire an outside company to do the job. This is a great advantage and will keep the cost to build down, since there will be one less counterpart to pay.

On average, more than 2/3 of the builders in the United States will generally subcontract about 75% of the construction job of a new home. According to the NAHB, that 75% is close to 22 subcontractors for a job.

On average, Builders will use 22 subcontractors for a job.
On average, Builders will use 22 subcontractors for a job.

There is an array of jobs needed to complete a new home, some jobs are  more likely to be subcontracted out than others. For instance, 94% of builders will subcontract out foundation work while only 75% will subcontract out putting on interior doors.

Many builders will subcontract out different kinds of jobs

Building houses that have simple floor plans and that are under 3000 sq. ft. are less likely to call for an abundance of subcontractors, and will result in a faster building time.

The Tilly house plan features a lakefront “boxy” floor plan that boasts a striking curb appeal without intricate details.  This 2,355 sq. ft. home will be a cinch to build. The Tilly’s versatile architectural style allows you to the use of a variety of material combinations to fit your personal taste.

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.

If you’re building on a lakefront lot, or in the mountains, the Da Diva house plan is the perfect plan for you!  This affordable house features a spacious chef’s kitchen, luxurious master suite, and a bonus room above the garage for future expansion.

Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

This is the Da Diva house plan under construction. 8/15/2015

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