Category Archives: House Designs

New Trends in Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

Creating outdoor rooms remains a popular design trend with home owners across the country. It’s a simple, budget-friendly way to increase your home’s square footage and to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you have a large patio or a small porch, your outdoor room can easily reflect your style and become a treasured gathering spot in your home.  Archival Designs offers a large collection of home plans  across all architectural styles that offer on outdoor living you will adore.

Aspen Creek | Ranch Floor Plans | Archival Designs
Aspen Creek House Plan | Archival Designs

Many home owners quickly become frustrated when the beautiful furniture and fabrics they select do not survive the outdoor elements. Fortunately, manufacturers are now creating more durable outdoor furnishings to help your decorating dollars go even further.

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Small Homes, Big Value

Not all homebuyers are looking for a house with a massive floor plan – and a massive price tag. In fact, a wide variety of lifestyle changes are motivating many home owners to downsize to something more manageable. And, many first-time buyers are seeking something other than the traditional “starter” home.

Merveille Vivante | Ranch Floor Plans | Cottage Floor Plans
1,421 SQ FT | Ranch | 3 Beds | 2 Baths

Their reasons may vary, but their goals remain consistent: find a home that fits well, maximizes space and offers value. Home builders recognize the home-efficiency needs of today’s buyers, which is why an increasing number of them are finding innovative ways to deliver big value in a small(er) package.

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Age-in-Place: Building your ‘forever’ home

Building a new home is an investment, and like any other investment its one we want to enjoy for years.  According to the NAHB, over the past five years there has been an increased desire to incorporate design elements that will serve owner’s lifestyles now and many years down the road.  Incorporate these simple features into your new ‘forever’ home:

Curb-less Showers

There are many advantages to incorporating a curb-less shower into your new home plan — the main being functionality for everyone from grandchildren to grandparents.   Removing the curb it allows for easy wheelchair access and reduces the risk of tripping for someone with mobility limitations.   Another great benefit is the added ease of cleaning.  Eliminating the curb makes it easier to clean in comparison to the elbow-brushing that would be required in small corners or alcoves.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan | Ranch Floor Plans | Craftsman Floor Plans
Curb-less Shower | Tres Le Fleur

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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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