advice on design before meeting with architect
We will be meeting with an architect soon, and I would appreciate any ideas you have for our design that he will be creating.
We want to build a 1 1/2 story home - first floor master - 3 bedrooms upstairs. We are empty nesters and plan to live in this house for the next 15 years. We have out of town guests quite a bit - and don't want to put bedrooms in the basement. We plan on living on the first floor - but want the upstairs for guests and grandchildren. Our HOA requires minimum 3000 sq foot for a 1 1/2 story. The subdivision (2 streets - 40 houses total) that we are building in is mostly mid-age adults - with teenage kids. There are not many young children here - as these lots are not conducive to swing sets and trampolines. The homes were built between 2005 and 2011. The lot is a walkout - many trees in back within a protection zone - prohibiting tree cutting. There are several 1 1/2 stories in this neighborhood.
My main goal is to create a design that will stand the test of time - a classic design. I know the words timeless and classic can cause some controversy on this board - but for lack of better terms I must use it - and apologize in advance. We want to design something transitional - leaning more toward traditional than contemporary. I do want the great room open to the kitchen. I have had this arrangement in my last 4 houses and it works well for me. I will also have a formal dining room - I know these are falling by the wayside - but I have my grandparents dining room set and it will always be in my home! Another component that is not negotiable is an office. I work from home and need a dedicated space devoted to my work. We will be incorporating many aging in space ideas.
I would really appreciate any ideas from you all - on tips/designs that will be somewhat timeless. I have included a photo below - with a facade that we hoped to use as inspiration. (This home is NOT in our subdivision.) I think I began seeing the prevalent use of this design around our area in the 90's. We would use light stone and stucco (stucco is big in the midwest) with black shutters and door.
I know that one should not build a house for the next buyer - but just trying come up with something that will appeal to as many as possible when we go to sell - from an investment standpoint.
Please -what are your thoughts? Do you feel this type/style facade is a safe bet for us, based on above? Any advice - suggestions - in both the exterior and interior design will be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.