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How to customize a floor plan | Custom home design

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 06:05 AM

From "The Dugan" to "The Peay"

                 How to transform a floor plan to make it perfect for you

Everybody loves The Dugan. It's one of Stanton Homes most popular plans. And it was designed especially for the family that built it. Over and over again.

Because even when a plan is perfect for one family, it will need something different for another. Which is why the best custom builders design - and re-design - until the home you're building is perfect for you.

Here's how dramatic the changes can be when you have the flexibility to modify a plan, while retaining its integrity (by a design team that draws it up for you to visualize, even before you buy it.) 

The Dugan: Wheelchair accessible MIL design

 How to modify a floor plan - Custom floor plan how to

The original Dugan floor plan was custom designed and hand-crafted as a fully accessible, mother in law suite home.

The home was designed to provide an environment that flowed with open spaces: 

- Open concept kitchen and great room

- Second story overlook

- Two story barrel vault foyer

- Large hardwood master suite with his-and-hers spacious bathroom,

- Front porch

- Rear screen porch. 

An elevator was added to the concept, and the powder room was moved from its initial placement. 

Take a video tour to see the details, inside The Dugan:


The Peay: Six bedroom custom design

The Peay is a modified version of The Dugan, with custom modifications including reversal of the floor plan layout to accomodate the shape of its homeowner's lot.



On the first floor, the design team:

- Expanded the screen porch

- Expanded the great room

- Included a walk in closet instead of a powder room/elevator combination

- Moved the fireplace to an exterior wall surrounded by windows

- Expanded laundry room, adding space around the sink

- Expanded the garage

- Enclosed the master bathroom commode room





Here is the second floor of the Dugan before custom changes:

DuganSecondFloorThe original second floor of the Dugan was designed to be a separate living area for the homeowner's mother, with private Living Room, Bedroom with second Master Bath, and plenty of open space.





On the second floor, the design team:

How to modify a floor plan


- Modified the vaulted ceiling into a two story design, adding upper windows

- Reworked the loft

- Converted the optional bonus room into a sixth bedroom

- Redesigned the bath








Take a video tour to see the details, inside The Peay:


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Unexpected new home floor plan trends | Are homes getting smaller?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 06:04 AM

Unexpected new home floor plan trends

Are homes getting smaller?

New home floor plans are trending down in size, with more than one-third of homeowners reporting a preference for homes under 2,000 sq ft. 

Unexpected new home floor plan trends


Why are we seeing a decline in home size, after a 40% growth trend over the past few decades?

A few reasons include:

 - A changing economic climate

 - A growing concern for increased sustainability and reduced energy costs

 - An evolving preference for single person households

 - An increasing demand for aging in place homes

Predicted new home trends include:

Unexpected new home floor plan trendsIn addition to the downward trend in floor plan size, predicted new home trends include:

 - Larger family rooms, in comparison to the overall home size

 - More attention to green features

 - Additional technological features

 - Increased focus on universal access features

 - Inclusion of outdoor living space, with blended indoor/outdoor areas


New home trend data is courtesy of Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc. In the infographic below, Alan Mascord predicts US homes will look like in 2015.


Alan Mascord


View floor plans in the 1500 to 2500 square feet range:

Single Story Floor Plans 1500 to 2000 Square Feet: There are hundreds of one story plans to choose from, and our in-house design work comes at no extra cost.

Main Floor Master Plans 2000-2500 Square Feet: Main floor master suites are one of our most popular options –  and we spend a lot of time refining designs to make a great plan perfect for you.

Two Story Homes 2000-2500 Square Feet: You’ll get the most value in your square foot cost when you build up,  in comparison to a sprawling one story with the same amount of space.

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes with personal service you won’t find with any other builder in our price range – and a Price Match Guarantee.

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