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Home Designs & Architectural Styles
If it has to do with the 'bones' of a house (inside and out), then we're talking about it here -- mostly optional add-ons and fancy design ideas! Homeowners are sharing their personal experiences with a wide variety of interesting interior & exterior home designs, unique floor plans, and clever home design ideas. Plus, neighborhoods & communities that are filled with houses of a particular architectural style.
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Custom built-in bookshelves are always a welcome sight in a home. They’re functional and take up little or no additional square footage. Here are some photos of built-in bookcases to fill you with ideas… and a video showing how to build them if you’re interested.
A custom shower system with multiple shower heads is becoming more prevalent in today’s new homes with luxury features.
This master bathroom suite is cavernous and loaded with luxury features that are rarely seen in homes in this price range. Located in Hanover subdivision in Hiram, GA.
If you’re looking for interesting accommodations rather than the mundane chain hotel, try a Bed & Breakfast Inn for a change.
Thinking about moving soon? Here’s a great little resource that has already scoped out some of the top cities in the United States.
This is the final series of my photo posts of the English tudor-style cottage located in Marietta, GA. The home has an abundance of over-the-top quality features rarely seen in homebuilding today.
Volunteering for Habitat For Humanity is an honorable worthwhile cause that we can all volunteer our time and energy towards. I dare you to leave at the end of the day without feeling great!
Pictures and information about a ThyssenKrupp Access installed residential elevator in this Charles Meng-built home at Lost Mountain.
Thinking about having coffered ceilings built in your new home? Here are quite a few examples of different styles and/or adaptations to coffered ceiling styles.
Pictures of a thoroughly detailed English cottage house made in the U.S.A. Most of these photos were taken of some of the window and door features of the home.
What’s hot and what’s not in what consumers want in homes in 2007? Which list do you think spiral staircases and glass upper doors on kitchen cabinets are on? You might be surprised.
Here are some photos of an Isokern fireplace/chimney systems, mortise and tenon joinery, a reclaimed antique terra cotta roof installation, an exposed oak beam ceiling and an authentic stone wall being built. Great ideas!
Here are some of my best photos of a full-blown authentic English cottage that was built adjacent to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Marietta, Georgia. There’s way too much to describe in this little excerpt.
Residential elevators are gaining popularity as an amenity for seniors, the disabled and in multi-story luxury homes. It’s easy to see why that is true.
Affordable housing for the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged region of the Gulf coast was a major force behind the concept and eventual fruition of the Katrina Cottage. This will soon be THE structure that many Mississippi and Louisiana residents will find themselves living in. It is a win-win situation for those in need of housing in this devastated area.
If you want a home with spectacular views of Paulding County, GA, you’d better run over to Celestial Ridge subdivision and pick out a site before they are all gone.
Use this Online Search Form to search home plans. It’s free & easy!… Just choose the style, size, and amenities that you would like in your new home and see all of the house plans that match your selection. Simply browse through the list until you find the floorplan you like best.
If you’ve ever thought to include a touch of gothic architectural style to your water closet than here is a great example.
I’ve come across another DUMB homebuilding idea. This time is has to do with bathroom privacy and the lack thereof.
A cool looking master bathroom floor plan with pedestal sinks, tiled shower and garden tub plus a water closet. What more could you want in a lavatory?
A more in-depth post regarding the rondel glass discs that were featured in some of the windows of the recently finished English cottage-style home that I’ve been featuring.
There’s a new senior communtiy in Hiram, GA. Greenbrooke Senior Community has location in its’ favor. It is very basic, no-frills housing with access to lots of shopping, dining and (limited) entertainment. Could this be for you?
One of my final posts on this English cottage-style home in The Retreat at Kennesaw Mountain.
My take on a great new Charleston Row House-style home in the heart of downtown Aiken, SC. Custom features abound in this new home. I’ve made some recommendations on dining establishments while I was at it.
This is an exterior photographic tour of the historic Tate House in Tate, Georgia. It is also known as the Pink Palace. An abundance of photos awaits for those who desire to view the exterior grounds surrounding the Tate House and the exterior of the home itself.
If you’d prefer building your own home on a lot with a view and you’d like to build it in Paulding County, Georgia, then you need to check out some of the lots in Celestial Breeze Subdivision. What awaits you are some of the best views in Paulding County…and that’s no joke!
A new home with a custom his and her walk-in closet with dressing area in The Park at Anderson Farm in Marietta, Georgia by Donny Brook Homes sets the standard by what all homes in this price range should be installing.
There are a lot of really cool rv garage plans available online to check out. There are detached garages, and carports, and now where the rv garage doors are right alongside the car-sized garage doors. I’ve seen plenty of detached RV garages and carports but never a home where it was part of the home itself. Check out all of the options rv owners now have!
Craftsman-style multifamily home plans are what’s in store for you if you buy a home in Hiram Park subdivision in Hiram, GA. They are basically single family dwellings that share a wall, or two, but have all of the features of a regular home. You had better know the true meaning of Love Thy Neighbor or you may find yourself moving on.
I accidentally stayed at a haunted Inn a few years back and came away unscathed. I just needed to stay somewhere in the Newark, Ohio area that was a little off the beaten path. I got more than I bargained for at the Buxton Inn. Historic architecture and ghosts abound within this little corner of the world. I’ll be back!
If you think you were a basket-case after a long day at work, what would you think if you actually worked in a basket. The world’s largest picnic basket, to be exact. It’s The Longaberger Company home office located in Newark, OH and it is an amazing site.
An interesting look at a curved staircase in a home in The Park at Anderson Farm in Marietta, Georgia. Staircase construction is a difficult process that is better left to the pros to conquer.
Masterfully installed hand-hewn white oak exposed beams utilizing old world-style mortise and tenon joinery is just one more reason to read on. You’ll have a hard time finding craftsmanship of this caliber in the homebuilding industry today. Seeing is believing!
If you have an interest in past and present groin vault ceilings in architecture then have a read. The English cottage-style home I’m following also has an example of a groin vault ceiling in the vestibule.
Reclaimed antique terracotta roof tiles from Europe are just one of the crown jewels of this English cottage-style home. Terra cotta roof tiles are in very high demand these days so it makes this roof that much more valuable. It is a sensible choice for a home such as this because it is architecturally in character and it will last the life of the home with proper maintenance, much like many of the materials being used in this home-in-the-making.
If you have an interest in rare Etowah marble or the historic Tate House, you’ll find some interesting facts and great photos about both in this post.
A brief look at a walk-in closet within a walk-in closet of a master suite in a home in the Blackberry Run section of a gigantic Cousins Properties subdivision being built in northeastern Paulding County known as Seven Hills.
Copper gutters were installed on this English cottage style home this past week and they look outstanding. I’ve got a few images here to get a closer look at the hand-cast copper hangers and the half-round seamless copper gutter system. Check it out!
Here’s a home preview of a traditional European-style home in The Park at Anderson Farm in Marietta, Georgia. This exclusive home is situated in a gated community on prime property near Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and the historic Marietta Square.
A look inside of an exclusive neighborhood called The Retreat, located next to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Marietta, GA.
We recently visited Garden Parke subdivision-Lot 21, just outside of Marietta, GA and less than a mile north of The Retreat. Homes start in the $600’s and go upwards of $1,000,000+. The home we looked at, The Keystone, was priced at $767,900 and built by LIG Homes. Located at the intersection of Barrett Parkway and Burnt Hickory Rd., the home we visited at Garden Parke was loaded with extras.
Rondel glass is another form of stained glass that is an attractive alternative to windows throughout the home that are visual focal points. If you’ve never considered rondell glass before, I urge you to consider this type of window for your new home. This English cottage-style home offers several examples of rondel glass windows that offer unusual views of the surrounding outdoors.
This article deals with a somewhat unique fireplace and chimney system that has been installed in this English cottage-style home located at Kennesaw Mountain. The modular-style system must be professionally installed by experienced installers. The results are a truly unique, safe, reliable and efficient fireplace that should last the life of your home.
If you’ve ever wanted to get a front row seat to see the quality of craftsmanship that goes into building a ‘full blown’ English cottage style home, opportunity is knocking loud and clear.
Foyers are what set the tone, in the eyes of your guests, about what the rest of the home may look like when they enter your home. It is a first impression and hopefully a lasting one, as well. That may be why builders seem to go out of their way to impress prospective homebuyers. There’s some logic involved in many respects.
The kitchen in this home consists of all stainless steel JennAir appliances. The overall design is great as it includes a walk-in pantry, an island and a kitchen desk. It is also open to a keeping room with a fireplace and it looks onto the backyard. If you aren’t much of a cook, this kitchen may entice you to spend a little more time honing your culinary skills.
If you’re in the market for a new home in northwest Cobb County then you ought to check out this home building preview on a new home in the Huntington Park subdivision. Lots of photos taken from the inside of a new home for sale in the neighborhood.