Porches and Houseplans

etr2002April 10, 2012

So, we are still in the planning stage and having found several plans that we like bits and pieces of, we have also started talking to builders and really trying to narrow down what is important to our lifestyle. We have 100 acres of rolling farmland on which to build. We have a small pond in our front yard and a larger one behind the potential house site with lots of privacy and wildlife. We want a home with a large front and back porch with a very open layout and would prefer a one story with 3 or 4 bedrooms and anywhere between 2700 and 3000 +/- sq. ft. I spoke with a representative from both Spitzmiller and Garrison who each stated that those are houses of years gone by for the most part. Anyone know of an architect or website that could potentially have houses that might fit our lifestyle? I have looked at all the generic houseplan sites but just haven't found anything that screams home. We may need to go to an architect, but I would like to see some plans if they are out there. Thanks for the help!

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etr2002

Sorry, I mean to say, "Garrell" instead of "Garrison"!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 2:02PM
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lavender_lass

Donald Gardner has porches on many of his plans...but you probably want to design them to be bigger, than what is shown. Many times they're more decorative, than functional.

We also live on farmland (with a creek, instead of a pond) and I would suggest you have at least one of the porches screened. It's nice to sit out in the evening, without swatting at mosquitos! :)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 2:49PM
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etr2002

Thanks, lavender! Two of his plans we like are Edgewater and Clarkson, so we are definitely not ruling his plans out! The back will definitely be screened as we have one now and have enjoyed it. Thanks for replying!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 5:44PM
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mydreamhome

If you haven't checked them out already, try--

http://southernlivinghouseplans.com/

and

www.johntee.com

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 3:31PM
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