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Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

Posted by BuildingSoon1 (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 7, 12 at 15:08


My husband and I are reviewing both Don Gardener's Fincannon #1234 and Chesnee #1290 house plans as we prepare to build our first house. I would LOVE to see pics if anyone has built either of these plans as well as hear pros/cons you see by looking at each.

One thing I know we would do is build in a bench with a table in the breakfast area of the Fincannon plan since the space alotted would not be enough for a decent table. There is a Hearth/Keeping room with this plan too and I think it would be a nice addition but my husband is concerned it would not get used.

We also see no point in adding the sitting room attached to the Master room in the Chesnee.
We have a 2 year old daughter if that helps with analysis purposes :)

Thank you so much for any insight!!

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RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

And the Fincannon:

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

Here's the Chesnee Plan:

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

Hi, there! I, too, have these two plans on my list of possibilities and have been studying them both for some time.

I prefer the Chesnee for the following reasons: 1. I dislike the guest br arrangement in the Ficannon, in particular, the J&J bath. Like the hall bath in the Chesnee. 2. Don't like the hearth/brkfst/kitchen layout of the Ficannon, as I have jumped on the single eating area bandwagon, as illustrated in the Chesnee. The dining area combined with the seating at the long island is sufficient. 3. I like the outdoor porch spaces much better on the Chesnee. They have much more usable space. 4. Like the kitchen and its window on an outside wall on the Chesnee. 5. The utility room, mudroom, and pantry in the Chesnee is much superior to that in the Ficannon.

I agree with you about eliminating the sitting area on the mbr space. That would bring the square footage down another 100 ft.

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

If your children are not of nursery age I'd pick Fincannon. I would reverse the stairs (enter by the bedrooms and hearthroom.). I would also change the Jack and Jill to a common area bathroom. Add a hall entry door (pocket door to make it more private. This with the changes would fit MY family perfectly but, you need to share with us more about your needs/family.

There are alot of fireplaces $$ and Don Gardner plans seem to be pricey to build. I'd sooner eliminate the dining room than the hearthroom and use it as dining as the light will be fantastic there.

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

For my I prefer the Chesnee - we have two children so it would fit my family. That being said, I would turn the bedroom in the top right into an ensuite for your daughter as unless you have guests then she should be the one who benefits from it.
A word of caution, a LOT of folks have experienced high building costs from Don Gardner plans.

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

These are huge houses for a married couple with one small child, ie, a 4-bedroom house with large ancillary spaces.

I don't know where you live and what construction costs may be there, but are your prepared for $150-$200/SF (or more, depending on finishes, applicances, equipment, etc.) X whatever the area of either house may be?

Here's another issue to consider: any house plan that is deeper than two reasonably sized rooms will result in a very large roof and very bulky proportions for the exterior of the house, as viewed from any elevation. Are you prepared for a very large proportioned house?

Good luck with your project!

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

I appreciate the feedback so much!

I forgot to mention in my previous post that we intend to nix finishing out the bonus room but add an unfinished basement (to be completed in time). My husband and his family build homes and my husband is a project manager so what he/family does not complete, we will contract out the people he knows so that will decrease some cost. We live in Kentucky and this home will be on a one acre lot, so we should be fine with proportions. Building cost in this area are $75-100 per sq ft when self contracting the house construction.

We do currently only have a 2 year old but would like to have 3 kids so we're trying to plan for the future. We also have family that come stay with us often so we need guest quarters. When the basement is finished, I would like to put the guest room there but could use the study for that purpose in the meantime.

I think we are leaning towards the Chesnee but are open to any ideas regarding how to decrease sq footage (other than eliminating the sitting room)without changing the overall floorplan. Also wondering about the lack of linen closets and if you see good places to put those. Thanks!!

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

Re: linen closets:
Turn the "storage" area in the garage to the hall side of the house for a reach in closet.
In the Master bath, there can be a linen tower to the left of the left vanity.

Will you have a basement? You can use under the stairs as additional storage/closet space as well.

I'm not a fan of the kitchen in the Chesnee, but there is a lot of room there. Just take the dimensions to the kitchen forum and get feedback on a proper, safer, better utilized kitchen space there.

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

Hello. I will be building the Chesnee house plan. I agree to remove the sitting area from the Master BR, not sure it adds any value. I found a few pictures of finished houses for the Birchwood model on Don Gardner's website. This will give you an idea of what it will look like finished. There is one being built in Hendersonville, NC. I will be going to see it this Friday. Did you decide to build the Chesnee, and if so, is it under construction now. I'd be curious to see know how it's going.

RE: Debating between Chesnee and Fincannon House Plans

JDMoore can you give me details of where the home was built in Hendersonville, NC? My husband and I are looking to build this plan and would love to go see this home. Did you see it?

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