In designing this home plan for Georgia, I imagined warm breezes, the smell of freshly cut grass and the relaxation of late summer afternoons. And so, the family area extends to the outdoors on each side. A pergola-covered outdoor dining area lies off the kitchen and a covered terrace with an outdoor stone fireplace lies off the living room.

Georgia Front Elevation

The master suite is spacious and elegant, with its own access to the terrace. The master bath provides for every comfort including a generous dressing room. The laundry room is conveniently located on the first floor, along with a big pantry, mudroom and powder room. A private study completes the first floor, set in a quiet corner for times when needed.

Georgia First Floor

The second floor is large enough for three large bedrooms, each with ample closet space, a loft and a compartmentalized bath.

Georgia Second Floor

With a bit of Southern charm, this is a true dream home in which to raise a family.

Next home design….Idaho.

The Finer Points of Connecticut

I hope you are enjoying this series of posts… a dream house for every state in the US!

When I was younger, from about twelve years old, my hobby was to spend hours looking at books of home plans and dreaming of which one would be mine when I grew up. Then I began drawing my own, dozens, then hundreds of plans. This series is a collection of my favorites, and this particular one, Connecticut, is one of my favorites of the favorites!

Connecticut Front Elevation

With a bit of European flair, the front view is full of fairytale charm. With a stucco finish on the exterior walls (commonly referred to as EIFS these days), windows with diamond panes, and a hip roof, all this home needs is a colorful cottage garden to make it worthy of a scene in a romantic film.

Connecticut First Floor

The floor plan is ideal for a family with children of any age, young to adult with their own children in tow. This is a true gathering place for the extended family where everyone comes together for important events and holidays. Yet, it is quite comfortable on regular days, too, with areas for all of the modern family’s needs.

The living, dining and kitchen are connected, yet each is defined as it’s own space with columns. A separate study near the entry foyer has double french doors so that it can be open to expand the living room, if desired. Off the kitchen is a generous mudroom for all the sneakers, jackets and sports equipment. A large pantry is next to the mudroom along with a door to the back yard for easy access to the grill or wood pile. If a garage is required, a detached one can easily be added off of the mudroom wing, as well, as long as the property has the room for it.

On the other side of the first floor is a private master suite with a large dressing room and pretty, light-filled bathroom. There is also a set of french doors leading out to a private patio area at the back of the house. If desired, the suite is large enough to add a fireplace, too. How lovely would that be?!

Connecticut Second Floor

A beautiful open stair, with a window at the landing overlooking the backyard, leads up to the spacious second floor. A loft greets one at the top, which can evolve from play room to game room to media room to library as the family grows and hobbies change. Three large bedrooms also have large closets, big enough to accommodate whatever life brings (or most of it). One smaller bedroom is still roomy enough for a set of fun bunk beds. And a compartmentalized bath makes it possible for more than one person to occupy it at a time.

As in most of my plans, the basement is a bonus space for a family/play room, hobby room, wine cellar, storage, mechanical, etc.

In my portfolio, this plan holds the longest record as my own personal dream home. If you could design your own dream home, what would it look like? What are all of the elements you would want to include? What are your visions of favorite life moments you would have there? These are the things I think of when designing a home. Truth be told, it’s my mental happy place!

Next week….picturesque Michigan.

The Great Importance of Curb Appeal!

The Kind of Design Consultation You Really Need

Are you in need of a bit of advice for your next home renovation project?

Do you need a professional opinion on setting a budget
before you settle on the size of your project?

Are you in need of help to determine all the options
and figure out the best solution?

Would you like the option of planning your project
in small steps without obligation?

I’ve got a solution!

Finding the above needs more commonly requested these days, I am now offering Information-Intensive Design Consultations!

Here’s the deal…

In your initial Two Hour In-Home Design Consultation, here is what you can expect:

  • An assessment of the existing conditions
  • Determination of your needs
  • Brainstorming the options for solutions based on your preferences, including draft sketches
  • Discussion of cost parameters for each option
  • An overview of what to expect during the course of your project
  • List of referrals for qualified craftsmen and/or
  • A do-it-yourself shopping list

Design Consultation Fee = $195

Of course, extended design services are available as needed.

Let’s get started!  I’m excited to work with you on your next project!

It’s Not Just About Looks

Wait a minute, did I just say that? Of course it about looks! But, it’s also about feeling. Have you ever noticed that spaces evoke feelings? Usually it’s the smallest, indiscreet details that create the mood of a space.

For example, have you ever noticed what a difference window and door trim makes in a room? How about crown moulding? Trim details such as these can make or break a renovation.

How about shadows and lines, textures and shapes, balance of color and placement of decor? When assembled well, all of these factors blend together to create a harmonic space in which people love to be.

When I was in design school one of the required courses was freehand drawing. We had to draw such things as pinecones and kitchen utensils and feet. What the heck did that have to do with architecture? I thought the professor was a little tapped, to be honest. But, towards the end of the course, I realized that I was noticing more and more design details, important details that really affected the sense of a space.

Then came the “wax on wax off” aha moment. The smallest elements really count! Pay attention to them! They deserve to be noticed.

P.S. I also learned that I can draw a mean ice cream scoop. 😉

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