Cool & unusual house plans

mjtx2January 12, 2012

Okay, I'm frustrated and need help! We've had two shingle style ranch plans drawn up by a great architect but both came in at more $ than we're willing to spend, too much house for the neighborhood, and we're thinking about the fact that we're soon to be empty nesters and why are we building a 3700 square foot house! We think about bringing the square footage in on our current plan but that will change the exterior look of the house so much, from a nice long ranch look to just a house, if you know what I mean.

So it's back to the drawing board. We've been focusing on shingle style but we like other styles, too - California contemporary, western open floor plans, french country. The house will be on a golf course.

I really want an unusual look for the house, something unique and different (without being TOO odd or too contemporary), and I'm having trouble finding it online. I'd like to find something and then take it to my architect and have it drawn up, with our interior plan of course.

Are there websites that show unusual house plans? Houzz is helpful but not really focused on plans. I've been to Jack Arnold's site, too. Any ideas are very much appreciated!

J.

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sanctuarygirl

I found that these guys are a bit different-thinking, in both interior and exterior.(see link below)

Also, the folks at http://houseplans.co/ have great contemporary plans that are not too far out.

houseplans.com has a large variety of plans, from extremely traditional to ultra modern.

That's all I can think of at the moment.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hajek house plans

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 1:54PM
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mjtx2

Thanks so much - those are great!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 8:20PM
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worthy

Those Hajek jumbles homes are not inexpensive to build.

For inspiration, get some issues of Architectural Digest or raid your local library. Choose a style, stick to it and work with your architect. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 10:25PM
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mjtx2

You nailed it - the biggest struggle right now is just picking a style. We like so many! But the one that feels the most "home" to me is shingle style with plain contrasting with interesting wood trim on the inside. But those Jack Arnold designs just call my name, too, and my husband loves them, but the inside (shingle, wood, beams, etc.) might not exactly match the outside.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 10:42PM
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joyce_6333

Have you seen Allison0704's home. Here's a link on the Jack Arnold website. Scroll down to the Alabama Armand.
Beautiful home!

Also, some pictures of her incredible kitchen.

http://www.atticmag.com/2008/11/french-gray-island-kitchen/

Here is a link that might be useful: Alabama Armand on Jack Arnold website

    Bookmark   January 13, 2012 at 12:41PM
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worthy

Allison0704's home is cohesively styled and beautifully detailed. If you don't have quite the budget, you can find less costly fixtures and finishes. Paykel and Rohl might as well be types of deli sandwiches to most people.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2012 at 1:30PM
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kristheot

Have you seen the Not So Big House books by Sarah Susanka? She talks a lot about spending your money on special features instead of unneeded space. Her original book and Creating the Not So Big house are my favorites.

Here is a link that might be useful: Creating the Not So Big House

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 4:36PM
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bfff_tx

Hi J.

Have a look at SunPlans. Different and environmentally friendly as well. I found several here that really appealed to me. Enjoy.

K

Here is a link that might be useful: Sun Plans - Floor Plans

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 10:53PM
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HazelJosephine

House construction is not just only way to live in your house of your dreams but you need to preserve it from natural and environmental changes to make its life longer than before. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 4:50AM
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renovator8

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:19AM
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renovator8

William Poole raised cottage

Here is a link that might be useful: William Poole raised cottage

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:33AM
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renovator8

Connor Homes

Here is a link that might be useful: Connor Homes

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:39AM
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renovator8

link

It's difficult to know what else to show you because you haven't told us much about what you like.

Here is a link that might be useful: woodland cottage

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:42AM
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renovator8

Robert A M Stern designed a 2,500 s.f. Dream House for Life Magazine and the plans may still be available from Southern Living:

Here is a link that might be useful: Stern house at Southern Living

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:03AM
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laurensmom21

We are in the same boat. We just got some plans back from our architect, but they're about 900 sq ft too large so we're trying to cut space now. But we may need to go back to the drawing board, ugh. I love the shingle style as well and it seems nearly impossible to find a nice shingle style plan around 3000 sq ft! They are all HUGE it seems.

Here's some of my favorite architect sites:

http://www.visbeen.biz/
http://www.historicalconcepts.com/custom_homes.php
http://www.ourtownplans.com/plansmain.php (plans by Hist. Concepts but very basic)
http://allisonramseyarchitects.smugmug.com/
http://www.wingfootbuildinggroup.com/plans-CapeCod.php
http://spitzmillerandnorris.com/index.php
http://www.ginnhomedesign.com/
http://www.garrellassociates.com/

Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:21AM
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renovator8

Here is a link that might be useful: Not So Big House plans for sale

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:24AM
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renovator8

The house shown above is 2,760 s.f. with 4 bedrooms & 2 baths and some of the others on the site are less than 2,500 s.f.

Here is a link that might be useful: Peter Twombly

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:44AM
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