15 Secrets of Great Design
Does your floor plan match your lifestyle? We take four life stages — from a young family to empty nesters who love to entertain — and share 15 approaches to creating the perfect plan.
Ask any home designer or architect about designing a custom home, and they’ll all tell you that your lifestyle (both now and in the future) is one of the most important considerations for your final plan. In fact, when you sit down to work with your design professional, one of the first things they’ll probably do is ask you to explain the way you live — and how you want to live in your future home.
To assess your needs, conduct a self-evaluation of your current lifestyle. “Decide what your priorities are so that you know what you’re looking for in your home,” says Shirlee Gouwens, a home owner in Munster, Indiana, who’s planning a home with Pine-Ridge Timberframe in London, Ontario. “However, try to give your architect a free hand; bow to his expertise because it may open up some new possibilities you haven’t considered.”
Located in Big Sky, Montana, this full timber-frame home mixes the warmth of wood with a modern floor plan.
The Weekend Retreaters
The Empty Nesters Who Entertain
Seniors Who Want Private Spaces