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Whether working with your existing plans or Ready Homes presenting preliminary elevations, floor plans and general specifications, an evaluation of the building site is completed to help determine design options.
Once specifications are finalized and building contracts approved, we secure permits and arrange for construction to begin. Step by step through the construction process, we are always available for consultation and advice.
Originally developed in New England in response to harsh winters and the need for simple construction techniques, Cape Cod houses can be found anywhere residents want clean, symmetrical lines. Often featuring wood shingles or clapboard siding, Cape Cod homes utilize double-hung windows with shutters, with little roof overhang and a minimum of exterior ornamentation. The symmetrical design is mirrored in the interior, which often features a center hall layout. When present, the second floor is usually a half-story under the roof gable; dormer windows provide light and effective air circulation.
One of the most venerable and recognized of American house styles, Cape Cod home plans have adapted to the needs of a modern family, providing generous space behind a modest façade.
• Steep roofline, side-gabled roof
• One or one-and-a-half stories, with rooms under the roof lit by dormer windows
• Simple rectangular shapes and symmetry predominate
The modern Ranch style evolved in the post-WWII era, when land was plentiful and demand was high. On large suburban lots there was no need to conserve space by building up, so Ranch home plans expanded outwards on a single story, causing them to be known as Ramblers in some regions. The classic Ranch floor plan features a combined living and dining area and a separate kitchen, with a hallway leading to the bedrooms on the other side of the home. Ranch designs may be rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped in plan.
The asymmetrical Ranch house plan is generally built with a low-pitched side gable or hipped roof and a large attached garage. The entry may be protected by a small portico or recessed porch. Large picture windows are common. Ranch style homes have few decorative elements, save for shutters and porch roof supports. No-nonsense siding or brick typically clad the exterior. Though typically a single story, Ranch home variations include the split-level and split-foyer designs, which share most other characteristics of Ranch style.
Now mobile homebuyers could move to the suburbs into bigger homes on bigger lots. The style takes its cues from Spanish Colonial and Prairie and Craftsman homes, and is characterized by its one-story, pitched-roof construction, built-in garage, wood or brick exterior walls, sliding and picture windows, and sliding doors leading to patios.
• Wide, rambling shallow footprint with attached garage
• One story with a low-pitched roof
• Picture windows and sliding patio doors are common
• Facade characterized by lack of decoration
The Split Level house plan is a variation on Ranch style, designed to maximize smaller lots.
A relative of the Ranch home, the Split Level house plan features three levels of living space on a floor plan that makes economical use of the building lot. Split Level and similar Split Foyer house plans are particularly well-suited for sloping lots. In a Split Level or Split Foyer floor plan, the front door opens to a landing or a floor containing the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
A half-flight of stairs leads up to the bedrooms, while another half-flight leads down to the basement, which may contain a rec room and additional bedrooms in addition to the utility room and garage. The relaxed and informal Split Level house plan caters well to growing families, since the multiple levels allow family members to carry on different activities in different areas of the house without disturbing one another.
The exterior of a Split Level design generally resembles a Ranch home, with a low gable or hipped roof, large picture windows, and minimal decorative details, but some Split Level home designs may reflect Colonial or Tudor influences.
Two-story homes offer many advantages: they’re a cost-effective way to maximize your lot, provide privacy to bedrooms, and create an impressive exterior. You can choose from a wide variety of styles and sizes, from simple farmhouse designs to opulent mansions. Planning to stay a long time? Consider designs with the master suite on the main level, a great layout for aging in place. Or, go with the traditional master up arrangement if you prefer being within easy reach of children’s rooms. For the best of both worlds, more plans now offer dual master suites — one on each level — which gives you flexibility, as well as a comfortable suite for in-laws or guests.
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