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Amenities vs. Square Footage: What do buyers prefer?

As first-time Millennials prepare to invest in their first home we see the average size of new homes decreased in 2016  and a willingness to choose amenities over square footage.  According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the typical square footage of new home in 2016 was 2,634 square feet.

Granite Peak House Plan Archival Designs
Granite Peak House Plan | Archival Designs | 2,640 sq. ft.

So what amenities are important to the new wave of home buyers?  Recent studies show that features like a separate laundry room, patios, and a full bathroom on the main level are at the tops of the wish list.

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

What are some features you want to incorporate into your new Archival Designs’ home?

Top Customer Pick: Open Floor Plans

Home owners looking to build a new house continue to be drawn to the feelings of spaciousness, easy flow and welcoming togetherness evoked by an open floor plan.

Presente House | Open Floor Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: 2,344 SF | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths

Pioneered in the early 20th century, open floor plans remain popular today, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders. The survey found that 70 percent of buyers want a kitchen-family room area that is either completely or partially open, with 32 percent wanting it completely open.

And owners of existing homes are choosing to open things up, too. Remodelers reported that 40 percent of their projects involve opening existing homes’ main floors by removing interior walls entirely or by using countertops, cut-throughs or archways, rather than full walls, to define separate areas in a more open way.

Rockin Horse Farm | Open Floor Plans | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: 2,414 SF | 3 Beds | 3 Baths

Main floors with few or no interior walls between areas for cooking, eating, relaxing and entertaining allow cooks to chat with family members or guests, provide easy flow for entertaining and enable parents to keep an eye on children from different areas.

Open floor plans not only maximize space and flow, they optimize natural light. Windows serve more than their immediate area, illuminating the entire space.  Architectural styles that are the most popular are Ranch open floor plans and Craftsman floor plans. These styles are usually smaller and appeal to empty-nesters and millennials.

Merveille Vivante | Open Floor Plans | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: 1,421 SF | 3 Beds | 2 Baths

With the increasing focus on accessible design, open floor plans meet another of today’s needs— with fewer doorways, they are easier to navigate in a wheelchair or with a stroller.

To find a builder in your area visit nahb.org.

Affordable Home Upgrades That Impress

1. Enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Spruce up your front entry of your castle house plan with a new layer of mulch, and thoughtfully planted shrubs.  Add a pop of color to your landscape design with easy care Black-Eyed Susan or Dianthus flowers.

Amboise House Plan - Front Entry
Grand entry of the Amboise house plan featuring lush landscaping.

2. Spice up your front door.

A new front door in your luxury floor plan can  change the look of your foyer dramatically.  Update your existing door with paint and trim, or install a brand new design that includes glass and wood stain.

Hazletine House Plan | Archival Designs
Foyer – Stained wood and glass double front door in the Hazletine house plan.

3. Upgrade your kitchen’s appliances.

The look of new appliances and fixtures in your kitchen will instantly modernize your kitchen and allow for more functionality.  No paint or back splash needed!

Baltimore House Plan | Archival Designs
Beautiful stainless steel appliances and a front panel extra large refrigerator make the Baltimore‘s kitchen are a chef’s dream.

4. Accessorize your bathroom.

A new  vanity or fixture could do just the trick!  Give your contemporary style bathroom a different vibe by replacing the cabinet hardware.  Accessorize with a new light fixture, shelves, and paintings to complete the look.

Luxor House Plan | Archival Designs
The Luxor house master bathroom features floating shelves with unique pieces of art and modern cabinet hardware.

5. Transform a forgotten room.

Take advantage of every square inch of your home by transforming an unused bedroom into a multipurpose room.  Depending on your family’s need you can transform a dull space into a playroom, craft area, or media room.

Wexford House Plan | Archival Designs
In the Wexford house plan, a forgotten bedroom was reclaimed as an art studio.

6. Enjoy the outdoors.

Enjoy your rustic house plan‘s patio or deck by creating intimate sitting areas perfect for reading, dining, and enjoying a warm summer day.  Choose comfortable furniture as you would for the interior of your home, and accessorize with outdoor rugs, pillow, and lighting.

Big Canoe House | Archival Designs
The outdoor living area in the Big Canoe house plan will be sure to impress your family and friends. Intimate seating areas allow for long chats and delicious meals.

7. Spring clean (any time of year)!

Borrow a few staging tips from your favorite home decorating TV show.  De-cluttering and moving your existing accessories around will give your home the face lift you desire.

Savannah House Plan | Archival Designs
The Savannah House plan features minimal accessories allowing the furniture to be the star of the show.

Kitchen & Bath Trends 2016

Kitchen Trends 2016

Featured home: Tres Le Fleur by Archival DesignsFeatured Home: Tres Le Fleur by Archival Designs
  • Clean lines and bright whites prevail in traditional, contemporary, or transitional designs.
  • Turn your pantry into more than just food storage.  When possible, add a window, small sink, and ample storage for appliances.   Built-in floor toceiling shelves will maximize storage space and organization.
  • Incorporate energy-efficient task & accent lighting under cabinets and around circulation paths.
  • Age in place by moving more storage down, rather than keeping all cabinetry up high.
  • Over-sized kitchen island with cook top, outlets, drawers, recycling pullouts, and ample seating.
  • Warm color wood, or plank-style porcelain tile performs beautifully in the high traffic kitchen.

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New Homes: What Do Consumers Want?

With so many house plan designs available today, there is no doubt your perfect home is waiting for you.  But, what does perfect mean?  What do you want out of your new house?

Housing preferences consistently evolve as the needs of homeowners change and technology advances.  Many times, age can play a significant role in what buyers want to see in a potential new home.   The NAHB recently released their latest study¹ and HousingEconomics shared an independent survey² revealing what consumers are most likely to request this year.

Family Triangle with Central Island

Open-layout great rooms are at the top of the list for consumers.   Large family areas with uninterrupted views from the kitchen, to the living room, to the dining area allow for easy entertaining and pay homage to more contemporary design.  Elegant and continuous woodwork on the ceiling ties the spaces together and brings back a touch of traditional design.  Central islands serve as a multi-functional space for cooking, eating, and entertaining.

Savannah house plan european style french country architectural
Savannah House – European/French Design  – Family Triangle Design. Exclusive at Archival Designs

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