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.

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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.”

pho­tog­ra­pher ROGER WADE PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MOSSCREEK

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

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