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Remodeling Time

Similar to the rise in new house building, remodeling is quickly growing as well.  More and more people are a choosing to remodel their homes instead of buying or building new ones. Many times upgrading or remodeling a space is a more cost effective option. The NAHB contributed several factors to this $6 billion rise in the remodeling market.

While Baby Boomers are heading towards retirement, their needs range from building a brand new accessible home to making their current home fit all of their new needs. Millennials, on the other hand, are entering the housing market with a range of expectations. A great deal of Millennials are buying older homes at a cheap price and using the rest of the budget to upgrade and remodel the home to their custom wants and needs.  Additionally, Multi-Family buildings (apartment complexes) are requesting upgrades as well. Noticing the increase in design in newer complexes influences established complexes to remodel their spaces to compete in the renting market.

Even during new construction, some home builders require a house that can be easily remodeled or extended for future growth.  Archival Designs features a plethora of expandable house plans that have the simplicity and flexibility to easily be remodeled in the future!

The Tilly– Being a Ranch Style House Plan has its advantages when it comes to versatility.  Including an unfurnished bonus space makes expanding accessible without having to build an actual add on, which will cut down on remodeling cost. .

The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

The Marymount – Featuring both an unfurnished 2nd floor bonus area and basement, expanding this house will have endless possibilities.  The possibilities do not stop there; having an open floor plan will also make remodeling more of a design upgrade than an actual building project. The open floor layout’s adaptability will allow you to simply change the purpose of most rooms.

The Marymount is 2,531 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.
The Marymount is 2,531 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.

The Pepperwood– Slightly larger than the previous house plans, The Pepperwood also includes unfinished bonus rooms, a walkout basement, and an open floor plan. This floor plan also foresees a multi-generational family’s needs by featuring a future in-law suite. Possessing these future plans with a layout already incorporated in the design will make the expanding process very easy.

The Pepperwood is 2,878 with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
The Pepperwood is 2,878 with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

Your new expandable house plan could be one click away! Visit Archival Designs today!

 

Building for 55+

Just like Millennials, Baby Boomers are a strong force in the housing market. The 55+ age group leads the market in buying and building new houses due to a strong need for downsizing as couples become empty nesters. According to the NAHB, Baby boomers are looking for homes that accommodate their specific needs.  Most Baby Boomers want to move into a smaller home that is less than 3,000 sq. ft., and features most of the amenities on the main floor. Archival Designs features a vast selection of Ranch house plans in countless architectural styles to fit your needs!

The Laurel-At 1,999 sq. ft. the Laurel house is a prime example of utilizing every square inch of a house in a functional and inventive way. . This house plan design allows ample space for entertainment and leisure, while providing optional expandable spaces for visiting family and friends.

Laurel Front Rendering
The Laurel-1,999 sq. ft. traditional ranch house plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Da Diva– This cottage house plan is perfect for the Baby Boomer generation. Being easy to maintain at 2,404 sq. ft., this stunning home offers 3 spacious bedrooms, and 2 1/2 bathrooms with a large kitchen and great room.

Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

Old Wesley– This traditional house plan features stunning vaulted ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, and 3 bedrooms with 2 1/2 bathrooms. This simple floor plan will be a quick and cost effective build for all families.

Old Wesley- 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.
Old Wesley- 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

For more empty nester designs, browse our retirement house plan collection.

The American Kitchen!

I am sure everyone will agree when I say that the kitchen is the heart of the house! It is the main place of gathering and an area people gravitate towards.  With house requirements evolving with the family dynamic so are kitchens. According to NAHB, the American kitchen has some fun and functional trends that should make any home owner excited!

 

Open Floor Plans: Many of homeowners are requesting an open space for their kitchens. Long gone are the days of a closed off and hidden kitchen. An open kitchen will encourage interaction among guest at your next dinner party! The Aspen Creek House Plan is a great example of an open floor plan, it features an open kitchen design directly connected to the family room and the keeping room.

Aspen Creek House Plan - Country House Plans -  Cottage House Plans
The Aspen Creek House Plan: This house is 3,584 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with designated areas for outdoor living.

Indoor/Outdoor Relation: Nowadays, homeowners enjoy an appointed area for outdoor entertaining.  Trending is the idea of bringing the kitchen and eating areas outdoor. By incorporating spaces traditionally found inside the home in the exterior, families can enjoy nature while winding down after a long day. The Devall House proves to be ideal to American homeowner with its over sized grilling porch.

Devall House Plan - House Plan - Ranch - First Floor Plan
The Devall House Plan: 2,385 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Its simple floor layout is also ideal for quick building!

Islands: The kitchen island is a must have on every home buyers list. Having multi-layered and multi-purposed kitchen islands are all the rage in kitchen design.  Our Fairhope house plan includes a wonderful and huge multi-purposed kitchen island. This island boast a modern stove range, abundant storage, and roomy breakfast bar sitting area!

Fairhope House Plan - 2600 sq ft Cottage Contemporary Country House
The Fairhope House Plan: 2,666 Sq. Ft. and 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms are all included in this beautiful open floor plan layout!

 

 

Sweet, Stylish Dreams

Archival Designs‘ Luxury Castle, Corrineaux Estate Master Bedroom

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What’s the secret to a gorgeous bedroom? The right blend of style and serenity that creates a pretty, but restful space, which is what these bedrooms do perfectly.

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Mixed, Matched, Perfect

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Solid neutrals mixed with patterned accents and shapely antique nightstands make the perfect case for how wonderful mixing and matching can be. Beige bedding and a neutral headboard are purchases you buy once and love forever, and they can easily be mixed with like-it-now accessories, accents, and colors.

What We Love: This bedroom captures global and glamorous in a real-life setting. Simple window treatments and gray walls mix with gold accents and international-inspired patterns for an overall look that’s stylish but laid-back.

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Bedroom Editing

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Hand-glazed woven raffia wallpaper wraps this bedroom in texture, while white wainscoting crisply contrasts the nubby texture of the upper walls. The wool blanket adds color, but the gray-based blue stripes almost read as neutrals.

What we love: A fearless sense of editing. Devoid of splashy colors and assumed staples, such as a bed skirt, this bedroom does minimalism in a soft, traditional way.

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Pretty in Pink

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Pink is the name of the game in this bedroom. The wall behind the bed is a metallic blush shade, while the other walls, headboard, and drapery panels bear only the slightest resemblance to pink. A lotus-pattern bedspread and limed oak desk bring structure to the airy space.

What we love: Shades of pink paired with polished accents carry a sophisticated, not saccharine, tone. Clean-lined furniture and graphic prints add substance to a sweet color scheme.

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Natural Beauty

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Decked out with natural textures and accented with splashes of bold, leafy green, this bedroom looks warm and inviting. The upholstered bed frame features a playful ikat pattern, which looks right on trend when paired with the statement-making sunburst mirror above.

What we love: The interplay of various woven textures gives this bedroom a rustic and refined character. Whether it’s the burlap curtains or the sisal area rug, every inch of the room is drenched with personality.

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