Our general manager Arend asked everyone on staff the following question: "If you were to build, and live in, any of our house plans, which
plan would you choose?
Why?" And here are the responses, as a way to help spark your own list of criteria for the house plans that speak to you. Also note how some include the modifications they would add, which reinforces the point that each stock plan is really a way to jumpstart a customized design.
Plan 892-13, shown at the top of the post and in layout below, attracted Aurora. Here's what she said:
"I can’t help but love the rugged, Craftsman-y
look that’s so popular right now. There’s a reason that it finds such wide
appeal – it comes off as warm, down-to-earth, yet simultaneously a bit elegant. The island in the kitchen, unlike most islands, which put all three or four seats in a row, puts
two seats at a right angle to two more seats, thereby making it easy to carry
on a conversation with your snacking companions.
The dining room is big and open, it would be used constantly. This is really just a larger version
of the open dining room that we have now, which makes it easy to jump up and
grab a condiment or bring over a platter of
great room’s openness appeals to me, while the fireplace adds coziness. I’d want to add a
tub in the master suite and perhaps shift the walk-in closet away from the
bathroom (I always worry about moisture affecting clothing in such
configurations). Otherwise, the outdoor access is a nice touch, as well as the
easy proximity to the laundry room.
additional bedrooms would suit our purposes quite well: one as my home office,
and the other for guests.
bonus room would hold a ping-pong table for my husband!"
Matt chose Plan 140-149. "
loved this plan for years!
The sprawling Modern Rancher with high ceilings and
immense covered outdoor space would be a great plan for entertaining, and for
housing guests. I love the office off the master suite, and the huge open
kitchen/dining/living area. When I first started noticing this plan, I
envisioned something like it for my wife and our two daughters. There is a
great separation of living space that would work well for older kids. I also love
this plan because I worked closely with a customer on her plan modifications.
The original batch of photos that were uploaded came from this build, and the
customer kept in touch, telling me all about her homebuilding experience.
Having conversations after the build is something we rarely get to do,
and it gave me more of a real-life understanding about this great plan when I
chatted with her numerous times.
If I were
to build this house today I would also have to make substantial modifications,
adding two additional bedrooms on the master suite side, and a huge garage /
workshop area. As many customers who like this plan also suggest, I would want
to turn the large screened porch into a second living room area."
Plan 120-162 caught Dan's eye.
"There are a few core features I’m looking for in an ideal
house: open floor plan, mud room, walk-in closet, guest suite, and
outdoor space. And I prefer the asymmetrical and sometimes quirky styling
of European and
Victorian plans. Plan 120-163
brought it all together with a
particularly appealing design that blurs the distinction between indoor and
outdoor spaces. Two sets of family spaces – family room downstairs and
den upstairs – add flexibility for play, entertaining and home office options."
Courtney singled out Plan 888-10
. "I would pick this one because I love the farmhouse style so much.
I feel like this plan has a classic look to it - in 20 years I would still love it. It has many outdoor living options with two porches in the front and two in the back which is key in Texas! The open-living area on the first floor
is a plus. I think the square footage of the home is the perfect size, not too big, not too small. Also, I have seen homes designed by the architect of this house n person and they are just beautiful!"
Jason was drawn to Plan 51-141 for the way it promotes "an active social life,
and comfortable functionality. With an office I'd also be able to meet my
professional obligations, and finally have a place to put all the books I have
gathered over the years.
I really like the
pictures of the house, especially the screened in porch with the pool, I would
enjoy that space (although I'd definitely go the extra mile and have an over
the top landscape scheme). For improved outdoor living, I would also add an
outdoor kitchen area. Health in mind and
body is important, the exercise room &
meditation room encourages physical
& spiritual well being. A cooks kitchen
(appointed with commercial grade appliances of course), and a huge open great
room/dining area means I could entertain a large group of friends & family. Upstairs, a huge
open rec room area, with a place for billiards (although I'm more of a ping
pong table and/or air hockey guy), a complete wet bar, and a theater room all
combine to provide a variety of fun things to enjoy...Some key things I'd
add in addition to the outdoor kitchen: complete fiber optics throughout the
structure; folding glass walls at the back of the
main floor great room/dining area; smart glass windows throughout, and radiant heating."
Geoff opted for Modern Plan 498-6.
the modern look, open floor plan and connection to the outdoors with lots of
windows and outdoor entertaining spaces (deck and patio). Some things I
would change would be:
heated square footage to somewhere around 2,500 sq. ft. by not finishing as
much of the downstairs space in lieu of a nice
sized semi-finished artist
might expand out the main level at north side and reconfigure master suite
switching locations of Master Bedroom and Bath to take advantage of view.
eliminate main level office space and possibly back up kitchen wall to edge of
pantry for more common living space. OR I would make part of that space closet
space for washer dryer to move it up from downstairs (don't really need a
turn upstairs bedroom into office/music studio space but keep closet and
bathroom for additional bedroom potential for future resale appeal. Guests
could stay in downstairs bedroom for more privacy.
back wall out a couple feet for a little more common living space.
the right piece of property I could really see myself calling this home."
Jimmie went for Plan HWEPL76975.
"I really like the wood/shingle exterior. The layout of the floor plan is good. I do not ever want to have a
separate living area again. The nice open space of the kitchen/family
room fits the bill with the covered lanai off of the back. Also the
master suite separated from the other bedrooms."
Plan HWEPL77017 spoke to Shannon.
" I love that it is 1 story and has so much room
to entertain, both inside and outside.
I also like the 4 car garage for all of our extra stuff to be stored."
And finally, Arend selected Plan 888-15.
"I absolutely love the farmhouse modern style and 888-15 is just
that! The attraction continues with the numerous transitions to the
outdoors from every room on the main level. The large open living area
family to be in one place, but not bumping into each other. Having two kids, I also like that the ancillary bedrooms are upstairs (away
from exterior access) and the master bedroom and laundry are both on the main
level. An added bonus is the upstairs office/loft area that
overlooks the Great Room."