Category Archives: Starter Castle House Plans

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!

Design Principals

We have been designing Luxury Homes since 1983. Over these years our theory for designing Luxury Homes has not changed.  Principal Archival Designer, David Marc Loftus, the founder of Archival Designs Inc., was a man of vision.

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David used classical styling principles and features in every home plan he created. He quickly garnered a reputation in the home plan design industry as the designer with the best innate sense for classical architecture’s proportional harmonies.

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The growing luxury home building community agreed that the proportions of a Loftus’ designed home led to a feeling well-being and serenity evident on crossing the threshold. World-renowned, century-old home planner Garlinghouse Company named David Loftus Best New Designer in 1998, and the Archival Designs reputation for outstanding home plans and luxury home plans still stands today.

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The Archival Designs guiding principle is designing classical residences emphasizing symmetry through proportional harmony. Through intensive study of history’s great classic homes, David realized that the principles of proportion were critical to outstanding home designs and luxury home plans that stressed uplifting elegance as well as comfort and relaxation. He strongly believed house design proportions should adhere to the principles in Leonardo da Vinci’s study of human proportions. Thus, a rectangular room’s length should be one and a half times its width, and its ceiling height dimensionally proportional.

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Proportional Harmony Works Is An Essential Element of Every Home Plan We Create . . . No Matter its Size. Elegance, spaciousness, functionality and exquisite proportion in luxury home plans is not exclusive to only the largest and most opulent homes. Archival Designs uses the same classical styling principles in all of its house plans, from 1400 square feet up to its 13,000 luxury home plans and castles.

His timeless designs are still recognized today as top luxury home plans. One of the key factors in creating a quality design that is successful is by generating the most clear and complete program list of the clients wants and needs, which is then used to guide the design process. Using our theories of proportion, space, and scale Archival Designs then creates a design that is timeless, livable and comfortable, adding value and inspiration for years to come.

The more information you give us, at Archival Designs Inc., about your lifestyles, the better floor plans we can design.

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Choose from more than 400 house plan designs that we offer in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and palladian homes, English manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and colonial house plans.  Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 to 14,814 sf, and Newport classic house designs range from 1500 to 5000 sf.  Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world.  Please feel free to search our house designs offered.  Our plans have been built around the globe, from Canada to Dubai, and one could be just for you!

Archival Designs Luxury Castle House Plan Balmoral

Imagine centuries ago in Old Europe when Kings and Queens lived in the unprecedented splendor and security of Castles.

Today wealthy homeowners can still have this level of grandeur in this Royal living space.

An entry foyer meant for Royal guests announces your arrival. Double sweeping staircases open to the Medieval Grand Room,with  a massive fireplace that  anchors this voluminous living space.

The keeping, breakfast and kitchen open to the family room, which shares the hearth for casual eating. The conservatory is a touch of the past where natures energize pleasant conversation.

The master wing boasts amenities like barrel vaults; high closets a morning bar and a secret entry to the library.

Upstairs you will find four family size bedrooms, 4 baths, a study and access to the third floor. This castle house plan can be modified to meet your needs.

The west wing first floor holds the Billiard Room, Entertainment area and Offices, while the second floor offers three complete suites with private baths and walk-in closets.

This luxury castle house plan offers 12 bedrooms, 12 full baths and 4 half baths.  Floors 4-6 are optional in the towers.  Take a look at the full plan at Archival Designs.

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Choose from more than 400 house plan designs that we offer in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and palladian homes, English manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and colonial house plans.  Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 to 14,814 sf, and Newport classic house designs range from 1500 to 5000 sf.  Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world.  Please feel free to search our house designs offered.  Our plans have been built around the globe, from Canada to Dubai, and one could be just for you!