The initial contract was signed on that rainy Sunday morning and we put some money down to hold the lot. Luckily, our builder seemed quite organized and had a time frame of how things would need to happen. Within the next 30 days, we would need to pick out all of the home’s finishes, both inside and out. Then, an additional 3.5% deposit would need to be given to the builder to get construction started.
The style of our home is one of those narrow lot ranch home plans, as seen to the right, that’s becoming more popular than ever. The final floor plan of our home was based off House Plan #592-031D-0047 from House Plans and More, but that home design’s floor plan was too small for us, but we knew we could modify it and make it larger. We customized it a bit to get the home exactly the way we wanted it to be and that was a simple task since we knew what we wanted. The customizing process works best if you know exactly what type of changes you want to make and explain them carefully.
We started with the floor plan you see here to the left, and then started customizing away. One place we made some changes was the master bath. We removed the huge spa style tub and opted for an oversized shower with bench and an attractive transom window above the shower for added sunlight. The extra space now available in the bathroom from removing the tub became a large linen closet, which I’m really excited about. There are always so many opportunities to clutter up a bathroom and additional storage will definitely help keep things looking just like the builder’s spec home – perfect!
We were actually thrilled to add a formal dining area in addition to the casual breakfast room located off the kitchen. Honestly, we don’t entertain formally very often, so it seems as though this could be wasted space, but we have a large family and the kids are getting married, starting to have children, and when we counted up family members we felt the extra dining space would be welcomed. Another area we customized was the kitchen and the entire great room, breakfast room, and kitchen spaces. We decided to add a vaulted ceiling spanning the entire area for an even more open feel. Since the home isn’t a huge home square footage wise, this really helps open everything up and keep it feeling airy and more spacious. And, with all of those changes, we ended up with a floor plan that looks like the one you see to the right.
Lastly, we really have fallen in love with Craftsman style home designs. We love their simplistic exteriors, the use of stone, and their overall character, which is refreshing after living in Traditional style home designs our entire lives. So, we decided to design the exterior in a Craftsman style that features vertical and horizontal siding, shingle siding in the gables, and stone across the lower portion of the home and the slim columns at the front entry like you see here. Last, we added a decorative window at the top, and the garage door was upgraded to include a carriage style with ornamentation on it. I think we’re well on our way to a home perfect for our extended family and us for many years to come.