Category Archives: Architectural Styles

The New American Home 2018

It’s no secret that homeowners looking to build a new home have a few things at the top of their wish list: an open concept, outdoor living, and stunning Contemporary/Tuscan curb appeal.   The New American Home 2018 by Legacy Custom Built Homes offers all of this and more with 6,600 square feet of living space.

Whether you’re in the market to build a home with such abundant square footage, or prefer a more cozy design Archival Designs offers a large portfolio of house floor plans that captures the essence to this trending style by incorporating open floor plans with stunning views to your favorite outdoor areas.

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Rustic Home Plan: Cozy & Unforgettable

Connect with nature by building your very own rustic house plan.

Santo L'Agnello | Rustic House Plan
Santo L’Agnello | Rustic House Plan

The exterior architectural elements that give life to rustic house plan designs are a rich blend of natural materials such as brick, stone, reverse board and batten, cedar siding and wood beams.  This combination of materials bring a superb natural look to the exterior  of the home with a high level of curb appeal.

Sunset Lodge House | Rustic House Plans
Sunset Lodge House | Archival Designs | 2,605 sq. ft.

The interiors of these rustic floor plans talk to your heart.  Many Americans have a love affair with the simple comfort and cozy designs of wood homes . The beauty of the beams in the ceiling of the great room, the stone fireplace, wood accents and brackets thought-out offer a peaceful feeling from a hectic world. The balance of the home can have painted walls and regular hardwood floors and carpet.   These two features, traditional and wood, combine to offer a homeowner the best of both worlds.

Big Canoe | Rustic House Plans
Big Canoe | Rustic House Plans

Bring your archival designs home plan to life by choosing your own exterior materials, colors, and decorating details.

Living In A Mountain Home Makes Life Happier

Living in a mountain house plan is serene. It is peaceful to be nestled among the trees and wildlife of the mountains. The natural beauty that surrounds you can make life seem happier, emotionally and physically.

Big Canoe - Mountain House Plan - Archival Designs
Big Canoe | Mountain House Plan | Archival Designs

Living in a mountain home brings to mind fresh air,  exercise, hiking trails and chopping wood. Views are majestic surrounded by wild flowers and forests of multiple shades of green.  Even your health tends to be better than urban dwellers.

Careers have become more suited to working from home. This eliminates the stress and added expense of commuting. Is it a fact writers live much longer than many other professionals.  Creative writers have been working in private nooks in the middle of nature’s beauty for years.

Lake Burton Lodge | Mountain House Plan | Archival Designs
Lake Burton Lodge | Mountain House Plan | Archival Designs

Mountain home interiors reflect rustic floor plans. This is achieved by adding wood accents throughout the home. It is common with small cottage designs to add wood beams in the family room and entrance foyer of the home. The natural smell of wood and logs in the fireplace add an aroma  complimenting  your mind as a aphrodisiac.

Amicalola Lodge | Mountain House Plan | Archival Designs
Amicalola Lodge | Mountain House Plan | Archival Designs

Now it’s your time to choose to live in a mountain house plan, be happier and live longer.

2017 Trends for Craftsman Floor Plans

Pearson House Plan | Craftsman House Plan | Small Luxury House Plan
Pearson House Plan | Craftsman House Plan | Archival Designs

Craftsman house plans boast all of the most popular trends in 2017 for interior livability with a warm and inviting touch. The most prominent trend in Craftsman floor plans is a spacious kitchen with a large functional island and casual dining. Second on the list is an open floor plan layout featuring a family room directly open to the kitchen that is complimented with big windows for light.

Clarita | Small Luxury House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Clarita House | Archival Designs | 2619 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths

The newest 2017 trends are for white cabinets, flooring, back splashes and clean modern lines.  The rooms often boats reclaimed wood, benches, nooks and cozy small places. The other big trends are under stairs storage, wine bars with glass doors and natural wood beams In the great room or kitchen.

Tilly house archival designs craftsman style architecture
At-a-glance: 4 Bedrooms | 3n5 Baths | 2-Car Garage

The Craftsman historic architectural style has classic proportions. The small craftsman style homes are cozy, often with shingle siding and stone on the exterior.  The following details are typical for a house plan designer to use.

  1. Low – pitches roof lines
  2. Overhanging eaves
  3. Exposed rafters
  4. Front porches beneath the main roof
  5. Hand crafted wood exterior details
Carnegie II House | Craftsman House Plan | Archival Designs
At-A-Glance: 3 beds | 2.5 baths | 3,077 sq. ft.

What are some of your favorite features of the Craftsman architectural style?

Empty Nester House Plans: Affordable and Functional

old wesley empty nester small house plan
Old Wesley | Empty Nester House Plan | Archival Designs

Many times as empty nester’s begin preparing for retirement the need for a scaled down home becomes evident.   Small cottage designs and small luxury house plans are at the top of the list for these downsizing families.

Cumberland cottage house lan archival designs southern architectural style
At-a-glance: 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2-Car Garage

A small functional home plan demands different design elements.  Aging in place is important which makes ranch floor plans most fitting for empty nesters.  It is important for the house plan designer to use creativity to make use of smaller spaces and utilize every square inch available.  Lofts in these floor plans are often an attractive option because of their flexible nature.   In a ranch home, it can be built within the peak of the roof, under the main ridge, and overlook the finished area below. The loft can be utilized as a home office or a playroom for the grandchildren.

Pepperwood Place | Ranch House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Pepperwood Place by Archival Designs |  2830 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths

The key to designing an empty nester house plan is to maximize seamless flow and flexibility from room to room.   For example, focusing on an open “family triangle” keeps the kitchen open to casual dining and into the family room.  The interior design of the home also play a large part in the functionality of smaller spaces.  Kitchen cabinets are installed at taller heights to make use of space and microwaves are built-in to free up valuable counter space.  In older homes, the space over a refrigerator was used for a cabinet close to the wall which was hard to reach and lacked functionality. In today’s home plans, that once unreachable cabinet is being brought to the front of the refrigerator this adds another area for valuable storage. Side by side refrigerators are popular as they make better use of a smaller space.

Clarita | Small Luxury House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Clarita House | Archival Designs | 2619 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths
Fairhope | Open Layout House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Fairlight House | Archival Designs | 2430 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths

The master bedroom is on one side of the ranch house plan while the secondary bedrooms are on the other side. This allows the long hallway to bedrooms to be eliminated and provides home owner’s the privacy they desire from family or guests.  Additional living space can be achieved when a design can blur the lines between inside and out.  A popular moveable glass wall of sliding doors or a screened porch adds to everyday living space.

Indoor & Outdoor Living

Today, builders and developers often market to consumers in need of cost effective homes.  Empty nester house plan are in demand as the 55+ housing market increases each year.

What are some elements you want to incorporate into your Archival Designs retirement home plan?


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