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THE TEXAS ROSE
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MY GOAL TO ACHIEVE IN THIS DESIGN
My goal for the exterior was to create the house to give it that on the farm country experience. From the two tone red & grey vertical metal siding, garage, windows farm like trim and the detail to the exterior stone bottom columns, giving the home on the farm off the grid country twist I gave this current design quality time experimenting with different colors, materials and detail to come up with something that would catch the human eye.
Designing interior I wanted to have an open concept floor plan that is open front to back, allowing the widows to span the width across, for natural lighting and a grand view of the outdoors, from the front and to open the rear for natural lighting as well. With the open concept in mind, I wanted high vaulted ceiling with exposed beam wood trusses overhead, running down the center between kitchen, family and straight down the center, over the dining, lounge and over the screened porch patio.
The family room has a raised stone fireplace. When it came to the center in between the dining and the patio wall, I wasn’t sure what to do with that and don’t like wasted square footage, and so decided to create a lounge area with a fire pit to sit around, the space had just enough room to add a pool table or something between dining and fire pit. I created a screen patio in back with another fireplace.
Most bardominiums, are closed off in the back because of the shop/garage, unlike most regular homes, there’s windows both front and back in most cases, allowing natural lighting and more windows, so the idea was to detach the shop and garage to give it a more open feel, creating a pass-thru drive in between garage/shop giving you that more open feel and allowing natural lighting in. I have another version of this same, same interior design house CD-304 without the shop and garage, it’s more of a country/cabin style home. It’s the same plan and colors. I gave birth to her and called her, “The Texas Rose” I hope you like her..
I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY DESIGNS AND NEED SOME INPUT
This design is a takeoff from the original design BRN 07 which was one of my top selling designs. I'm always in competition with myself trying to beat the current top selling design which is currently BRN 07D & just behind it, is BRN 07C In which I like better and have been trying to figure out why D is the top seller so I can better target what people are wanting. My question, is, is it the floor plan, the exterior color or just more of a basic affordable plan with less custom detail. I know today the cost of building is expensive and when they see all the custom stuff they automatically feel it would be too expensive to build. Just to let everyone know, if you like a design but feel it’s too expensive to build, you can request the builder to remove all the high end custom detail, floor etc to fit your affordable range. Just because you purchased the plans, doesn’t mean, you have to go with all the high end detail. Some of my designs are showcase models to catch one’s eye and give someone an Idea of what the home could look like. Just like builder’s do with spec homes. I’m starting to believe, it’s the high cost of building, In the last 20 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen a trend over the years with the rising cost, I was doing 3,500 to 8,5000 square foot Mediterranean homes, then over time it dropped down to 3,000 to 2,500 country style homes and then the Bardominium was born ranging between 2,000 to 2,500. I love doing them, such a cool concept. I didn’t know what they were at first, I was getting all these calls, to design sheds and barns. I had to ask one of the builders why everyone is requesting sheds & barns, he told me, they were called “Bardominiums” There was a misconception in the Idea, that you could have them built for way less but the builder told me that it had to be 1 third living and the rest shop with around, 1,000 sqft living space and the shop. If you go over that, he told me you might as well build stick/wood in which everyone was wanting way bigger. I think it has something to do with the span of the steel columns. I thought they where so cool and could see them in Better Home & Gardens, I took one of my designs that had small living quarters and made it fancy. BRN 04, BRN 04C & BRN 04B it was just a shed with large shop. It was an old chunk of coal but I turned it into a Diamond I saw great potential.
Anyway if someone can help me with the mystery, I believe it’s, affordability, The other ones selll and get a lot of likes and favorites, But BRN 07D sells the most. This would help me better spend my time or should I but a notice on the high end detail ones?