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A She Shed?

As a family grows it is important that each member have their own private oasis, or get-a-way spot in the home. Children often have a playroom that grows with them or their personal bedrooms where they can express their creativity. Men have their legendary “Man Cave” where they can enjoy all their favorite pastimes. Where does mom go? Most places where she can relax are fair game to the rest of the family. Let’s face it; Until now, moms usually do not have a hide away space.
A “She Shed” is the answer to her prayers. This sweet retreat is usually detached from the house, and is found in a renovated tool or garden shed. Just like the “Man Cave”, this little bungalow of joy holds all of the hobbies and activities she loves to do. To give mom this space, you don’t necessarily need an old shed. With space on your lot, or a house plan that allows you to expand her oasis can be added. Incorporating all her beloved hobbies and decorating her space will be the fun part.. Typically, homes that have spacious outdoor living are great candidates for the “She Shed”.
The Chesterfield offers plenty of options for her “She Shed”. It can either be attached to the home, or detached. Converting an unused guest room, bonus room, or even an unfinished area will satisfy the “She Shed” need!

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Four Gourmet Kitchens: the Heart of Your Home

With the holidays around the corner, we begin to envision ourselves baking and enjoying warm home-cooked meals with our family and closest friends.

In recent times, kitchens have made the transition from a simple functional room for meal preparation to a cozy space for family to gather and unwind at the end of a long day.

Beautiful, and functional kitchen designs can be found in home plans of styles and sizes.   No matter how small or large your future home will be, you will enjoy Archival Designs‘ featured gourmet kitchen designs and their outstanding functionality.

Presente House Plan

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The Presente House offers a chef-inspired kitchen with large kitchen island, breakfast nook, and floor-to-ceiling pantry in a 2,344 sq. ft. footprint.

The Presente House Plan (2,344 sq. ft.) features a large cooking island ideal for meal preparation while entertaining friends, or helping children with homework. A full window wall in the sink area allows for maximum daylight to flood the space. Wall ovens, and an over-sized refrigerator make this kitchen functional in all settings. Three large cabinets for floor to ceiling pantry space accommodate everyday items, as well as bulk purchases from large membership stores.

Fairhope House Plan

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The Fairhope House Plan features an elegant kitchen with spacious central island in this 2,666 sq. ft. footprint.
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Wall overs and a pocket door into a walk-in pantry add elegance to the Fairhope House Plan kitchen.

The Fairhope house plan is a top-selling luxury design in a smaller size.  The luxurious kitchen upgrades take this 2,666 sq. ft. home to the level of a mansion.  Enjoy an over-sized island ideal for serving during the holidays, or a quiet breakfast area to enjoy with the kids.  Plentiful counter space allows for family cooked meals, while additional space between the island and sink area ensure comfortable working space for more than one.

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Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Archival Designs‘ Luxury Mansion House Plan Monclay.

With winter upon us, here are some ideas to freshen up your kitchen!

Cozy Up

Outfit your banquette or breakfast nook with an ensemble of pillows. These pretty additions will decorate the eating space when it’s not in use and provide an extra layer of comfort when you are gathered around the table.

Display Stylish Artwork

Even though a kitchen is called upon to be highly functional, that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. Display artwork like you would in aliving room or bedroom. Consider vintage food or grocer signs to add collected flair, or a pretty painting for a more elegant vibe.

All Lit Up

Adequate lighting is a must for the functional aspect of a kitchen, but fortunately, this important element can also be highly decorative. With so many styles available, you can make a truly unique statement with light fixtures. In this kitchen, a large oblong lantern fixture crowns the island, while a matching, smaller fixture hangs over the sink.

Update Your Chairs

Give old chairs a boost by re-covering the seats or adding new cushions. Choose a fabric that goes with other elements within the kitchen so your new addition blends seamlessly.

Get Creative with Paint

Kitchens typically don’t have a lot of wall space, thanks to cabinetry, backsplashes, windows, and doorways. Use limited wall space as a chance to display a color you might not otherwise choose for a large wall or whole room. Here, a sable brown colors the space above the windows, which grounds the light kitchen. Also, look to the “fifth wall” of a room — the ceiling — as a place to add color with paint.

Shelf Space

Activate the space in front of a window as bonus storage. Mount shelves in front of the window by either anchoring them to the wall or along the sides of upper cabinets. This handy solution can also block a not-so-great outside view while allowing light to come in from the window.

Kitchen Gallery

Make your kitchen feel more like a living space by incorporating nonkitchen items into your decor. Oversize decorative letters put a signature on this kitchen, as does a collection of personal objects. This display is in a niche out of the kitchen’s main work core to keep it out of the way of splatters and leave space for kitchen essentials to be stored where they are used most often. Look to the top of your cabinets as another place to insert style.

Ceiling Star

Upgrade an existing light fixture by crowning it with a ceiling medallion. These affordable pieces are available at home centers in a variety of styles and sizes. Plus, they can be painted and are easy to install.

Archival Designs‘ Luxury Mansion House Plan Chateaubriand.

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 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!


Study Looks at How Finished Space Is Distributed in New Homes

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Realizing the dearth of information that’s readily available on the topic, NAHB researchers recently surveyed our single-family builder members to get a bead on how finished floor space is distributed in new homes. Below are highlights of the resulting special study, the entirety of which you can find on HousingEconomics.com:

1) Bedroom space accounts for just under 29% of floor space in new homes, irrespective of the overall size of those homes;

2) Bathroom space is allotted 12.3% of total floor area on average, with more space allocated in larger homes, and less in smaller ones;

3) The share of space covered by the laundry room—which is present in the vast majority of homes, irrespective of their size—is 3.7% and varies only to a minor extent with the size of the home;

4) Entry foyers account for 3.4% of the finished area on average;

5) Kitchens get about 11.9% of the space in small homes, versus 11.1% of the space in larger ones;

6) Dining areas account for 7.8% of the space in small homes and 7% of the space in larger ones; and

7) The family room accounts for just over 11% of floor space in small, average, and large size homes, while the living room accounts for nearly 12% of the space in the small home and 7.5% in the large one.

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Today’s photos are those of Archival Designs‘ Luxury Manor Castle, Chateau DeLa Ravinere.

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HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!

First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World, after the painting by Dióscoro Teófilo de la Puebla Tolin

Choose from more than 400 house 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!

Room-by-Room Organization Tips

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In the Bathroom

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Clever & Compact

For bathrooms that are a tight squeeze, consider a flip-down shelf with hiddenstorage behind it. The shelf in this tiny bathroom folds out from the wall to be within reach of the vanity. In the wall niche, a makeup mirror turns the shelf into a full-fledged vanity, creating a bathroom that can now accommodate two. As a bonus, the shelf is topped with quartz, a heat-resistant and easy-to-clean surface.

Be Aggressive

The secret to organizing a bathroom is to be diligent and ruthless about getting rid of what you don’t need. “The bathroom is probably the key place where we rummage through stuff that we hardly or never use to get to the stuff that we use every day,” says Christopher Lowell, author of Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Organization.

In the Kitchen

Swing-Out Storage

A clever option for those cavernous corner shelves, swing-out shelves make storage easy. Rails on the shelves keep items from falling off, and the tiers of shelves accommodate a pantry’s worth of dry goods. Plus, the swing-out function brings every item front and center.

Clear Countertops

Countertops should hold only things you use on a daily basis. Enjoy peace of mind by creating a permanent spot for everything else, including appliances. Place small appliances deep within a corner niche or behind an appliance garage to maximize counter space.

Corral Personal Items


To prevent the room from becoming a dumping ground, try this rule: By dinnertime, the kitchen must be clear of personal items.

In the Living Room

Task-It Baskets

Unlike a kitchen or mudroom, living rooms — designated for relaxing and conversing — often encompass more form than function. But even these livable spaces are required to have a little storage. Utilize large baskets or decorative bins to conceal blankets, toys, or media. If your front door opens directly into the living room, set up a console tablewith baskets tucked beneath for storing outerwear accessories, umbrellas, dog leashes, and more.

In the Bedroom

DIY “Built-In” Storage

Create a bed alcove filled with storage that mimics the look of a built-in. Here’s how:
— Assemble the bookcases according to instructions.
— Arrange the bookcases on the floor with one on top, shelves facing out, and the other two at either end of the top unit, with the shelves facing each other and solid sides facing out.
— Connect the bookcases using metal mending plates on the top corners and back where the pieces meet. Attach the finished unit to the wall using the manufacturer’s brackets that come with the bookcases.
— Mount the sconces by drilling holes in the solid side panels of the bookcases. Thread the wiring through the holes and attach the sconces as directed.

Today’s house plan photos are those of Archival Designs’ Award Winning Luxury House Plan, Cordelia.

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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!

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