One Plan, Six Ways

There’s no rea­son to feel boxed into a tim­ber home de­sign. Floor plans are more flex­i­ble than you think.

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Have you ever sought out that per­fect tim­ber home de­sign - one that has ab­so­lutely

ev­ery­thing you are look­ing for — only to come up empty handed? Maybe you find a floor plan that you love, but the ex­te­rior just doesn’t ex­cite you. Or, you find an ex­te­rior style that fits in with the area where you plan to build, but the floor plan doesn’t pro­vide what you need or want. Search­ing for a sin­gle de-

sign that meets all your cri­te­ria, in­side and out, can feel frus­trat­ing, but don’t let it de­rail you. Pro­fes­sional de­sign­ers can mix and match floor plans and ex­te­rior styles with amaz­ing re­sults.

To prove our point, we are go­ing to take a look at a very pop­u­lar floor plan by MossCreek, a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized de­sign firm, and see how many styles we can cre­ate with only small tweaks to the ac­tual lay­out.

The orig­i­nal de­sign is the 2,792square-foot De­coy II, a plan that fea­tures a highly sought af­ter main-level mas­ter bed­room, two up­stairs be­d­rooms and three-and-half baths. The house has an open de­sign that al­lows the kitchen, din­ing and great room to be vis­i­ble to each other. The en­try is po­si­tioned in the cen­ter of the house along a con­nect­ing gallery with a rear wall of win­dows. When visi­tors ar­rive through the front door, they are greeted by a framed view of the out­door liv­ing porch and vista beyond.

The ex­te­rior is a clas­sic, ruggedly re­fined ex­te­rior. A care­ful blend of ma­te­ri­als, nat­u­ral com­po­nents and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails cre­ates a quilt of tex­tures and col­ors. It is a dra­matic de­sign per­fectly suited for any rus­tic en­vi­ron­ment.

What if you love this floor plan lay­out, but you aren’t build­ing in a wood­land set­ting? What if your de­sired lo­ca­tion is by the beach or in the sub­urbs; per­haps a con­tem­po­rary neigh­bor­hood, the in­ter­coastal Caroli­nas or in an area with a mod­ern West Coast/Mi­ami vibe? Let’s ex­per­i­ment and see if we can cre­ate ex­te­rior themes for each of these set­tings, with lit­tle to no al­ter­ation the floor plan.

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