Anyone know where I can see the Shook Hill in person?

kelhuckMay 21, 2012

Hi folks! I think I may have finally found the house plan for us- the Shook Hill by Mitchell Ginn. It's a Southern Living home plan and it appears to be in communities all over the south. Since I'm a visual person, I really want to see it in person. We live in Indiana, but are willing to take a weekend drive to go see a model home or open house or something down south. I know it's a long shot, but does anyone know where I can see one?


Here is a link that might be useful: The Shook Hill floor plan

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kelhuck-I'm in central NC and there is at least 1 Shook Hill built locally. It's not a model home, but a private residence custom built. It is as beautiful in person as it is in the picture. If I remember right, the local homeowner had his done all brick--no stone or siding. He was nice enough to give me a quick tour of the interior and rear of the home when I stopped to ask if it was indeed the Shook Hill. It's a nicely done layout. The most of the bedrooms are all graciously sized (which is a good thing), the dining room is a usable size with a niche for the china cab/buffet so it doesn't take up table/seating space, the master closet is nice and big, and the rear porch is a nice size. There were only a few things I noticed that I would have changed--

-The kitchen felt very closed off from the rest of the house and with the size island specced in there from the drawing, it felt tight. I would have opened the space up to the family room and changed up the layout. Another thing to think about is do you really need 3 dining areas? You've got the dining room, the island, and a breakfast room. I know breakfast rooms are the "in" thing, but what about extending your kitchen into that space and using the dining room for more than just special occasions? Just something to think about...

-The family room effectively shrinks to 18x15 once you allow for the walkway (14x15 if you allow for a walkway running parallel to the kitchen wall too). For the size house it is + taking into account today's oversized furniture, it also felt a little too narrow. I would have bumped it out so it was even with the breakfast room gaining another ~3' or so. If you opened the space up to the kitchen, you would also gain more space width wise.

-The upstairs bedroom over the mudroom is a little on the narrow side as well as the mudroom itself. I would have bumped that part of the house out ~1-2'. It would give more space in the bedroom allowing for better furniture placement options (also allowing for a deeper closet), the mudroom would actually be a mud room vs. a mud hall that it is on the plan (I can see myself tripping over the kids' shoes left in front of the cubbies), and you could slide the powder room over slightly allowing for the cabinet run on the exterior wall of the kitchen to extend further down.

-The master bath calls for sheet rocked walls for the linen closets on either end of the bathroom next to the sinks. I would make those cabinetry linen towers instead to maximize your storage space (you'll gain an extra 3" or so in each).

-I'm not a fan of doors to the porch from the master for security reasons and I'm not a fan of them from the breakfast room area for functional/usability reasons. I would make one set of the windows in the family room a set of French doors. Or to save $$$ on the window/door budget, do a triple window centered on the wall with a single patio door flanking them on either end.

Hope this helps and good luck!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 7:35PM
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Now that the message has dropped; one thing I'd consider... find a way to use the unused corners of the master closet (you can see them clearly the way the closet clothes are drawn in) and open up a foyer closet. In Indiana, I'd think you'd want one for sure.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 9:49PM
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Why on earth are their shutters on the porch-covered windows yet none on the exposed windows which logically have the greater need for them.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:07PM
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@mydreamhome- WOW! What an incredibly helpful response!!!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! I even feel like you may have saved me a trip down south.

Now that I can "see" it thru your eyes, I agree with so much of what you've said. (And I love the cabinetry towers idea.) In fact, I've also been eyeing Ginn's very similar- but smaller- plan, Stone Creek. Now I'm thinking that Stone Creek may be better than her big sister- at least it addresses alot of what you've said. Here it is:

I'm not sure that I agree with your kitchen observation- at least in terms of it being "shut off" from the the rest of the house; I kind of like that! :) But I do feel like it needs to be a tad bigger for how I'll be using it. This is a picture of the Shook Hill kitchen as it's drawn, and I LOVE the look, just would want more cabinetry and island space.

And the mudroom- yes, that's a poor excuse for a mudroom, isn't it? :) My hope/dream is to have a project (work?) room- with W/D, desk, cubbies, dog shower, 1/2 bath, etc. I'll definitely need to contact the architect and see if we can make that happen with either Stone Creek or Shook Hill.

If I do end up using Stone Creek, I think I would still push the garage to the back of the house like Shook Hill and would turn the kitchen back like Shook's also, while enlarging that whole mudroom/kitchen area. I might even put some window seats in the "breakfast room" and let it do double duty as a keeping room type area with a small round table or something.

kirkhall- what great eyes you have for house plans! I agree- that's a genius spot to put a foyer closet! If we end up going with Shook Hill over Stone Creek, I'll definitely use your idea!

Thanks for your responses!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 1:25PM
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If you like this little sister plan, I'd consider moving the study bathroom around to get the closet on the foyer side, again. (you could probably nearly just end-for-end everything in that little bathroom and have it work).

Thanks! I love looking at floorplans and seeing how they'd work for me.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:02PM
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We looked at the Stone Creek too. I really like that layout alot. As far as the kitchen goes, that was just my observation--the cabinetry was also dark with dark floors and a dark countertop so that could have been part of it. Making it bigger will also help!

You may want to check out some of beaglesdoitbetter's threads on the topic of dog shower areas and the like. She has an awesome setup (and some really cute doggie chandeliers too!)

Keep us posted!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 6:40PM
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I think I have some pictures from the Stone Creek that I pulled from a real estate listing several months back. I will try later on to post them. We have the Shook Hill plan which we purchased several years ago. With the cost to build these days we were glad to see this smaller sister plan! Like I said I will try to post them this evening.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 7:07AM
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@mfowler- yes!! I can't wait to see them! I've scoured the net looking for Stone Creek photos and haven't been able to find one. I would REALLY appreciate seeing them.

(And p.s.- I am 99% sure I repinned some of my Shook Hill pictures from you on Pinterest! At least your screen name looks like it would match the Pinterest user's name. Small world!) :)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 7:59AM
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Here are pics from a listing I pulled from Georgia several months ago. It appears to be modified to look more like Shook Hill. I will try to post some extra pics in my photobucket account of Shook Hill photos I have saved which are also from a real estate listing from several years ago. I hope this works for you to at least cut and paste the link to see.

Here is a link that might be useful: photobucket

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 6:13PM
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And yes small world! I love pinterest :-)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 9:34PM
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@mfowler- THANK YOU!! This is so incredibly helpful. Hubby and I are actually discussing using the Stone Creek plan, but modifying it to look like Shook Hill on the outside; it's fun to see that someone else had the same (partially, anyway) idea! I'm also glad to see the size of Stone's family room- much better sized than Shook's. And I def prefer Shook's kitchen over Stone's. I think Mitch Ginn needs to read this thread and come up with a hybrid plan! Maybe call it Stone Hill? Shook Creek? :)

Hubby and I REALLY appreciate your pictures and the time you took to post them!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:02PM
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Kelhuck you are welcome. I think that is probably the way we will go as well if we build a Mitch ginn plan. We hope to put our home up for sale by summers end and start the long journey to build. Just still not 100% sure of which plan or look we will go with! Keep us posted with what you end up doing.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 8:11AM
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Mitch was my architect! He did a custom home for me and I have to say the experience was wonderful. He is fast, easy to work with and VERY reasonably priced. No ego whatsoever and he is very accommodating. I wish he built homes

I gave him a bunch of pics and he got the house right on the first try and in 2 days!!!!!! No Joke

Honestly I hope my whole build goes as well as it did working with him. We should break ground in 20 days so I will post pics in the progress thread in June.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 8:37PM
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gaonmymind that is great to hear! When I called the firm to order the Shook Hill plan several years ago they were great to deal with. I love his designs!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 7:42PM
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@gaonmymind- that is good to know! I actually emailed them and Mitch himself replied to my email. He seemed really nice. I think we're going to use him to merge the two designs. Can't wait to see what he comes up with!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 8:32PM
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@kelhuck keep us posted and @gaonmymind can't wait until you start to see pics!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 9:05AM
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I was sooo neurotic too...kept changing my But he never had a problem helping me. I will keep everyone posted!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 10:57AM
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