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Is the Ashton the Perfect Floor Plan for Your New Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 19:05 PM

Is-The-Ashton-the_perfect-floor-plan-for-your-new-Rochester-Home_-1One of the most critical components of building the home of your dreams is choosing the right floor plan. The floor plan gives you a sense for what it will be like to live in the house you plan to build: How does family traffic move from one part of the home to another? Does the plan match the kind of lifestyle your family enjoys? Will your home continue to meet your needs down the road? 

If you have a growing family, The Ashton you see pictured here just may be the perfect floor plan for your new Rochester home. The main level offers a kitchen with morning room that’s a great place for casualIs-The-Ashton-the-perfect-floor-plan-for-your-new-Rochester-home2 family meals. And the kitchen is also open to the family room (with gas fireplace) so nobody is stuck alone in the kitchen. There is also a separate living room and a separate dining room for when you want to do more formal entertaining. And there’s even a study on the main level for quiet reading. 

The second floor has plenty of sleeping space, with a Master Suite and three other suites for family members. Plus, there’s a large bonus room that you can turn into a family entertainment room—or whatever else you need down the road. 

And there’s more space in the basement. Enjoy the Bar/Game Room (with adjoining lavoratory) and set up a home office that’s away from distraction. If you need additional space, you’ve still got room to expand! You can take a closer look that the Ashton floor plan here

Is the Ashton really the perfect floor plan for your home? That depends on your specific needs, desires, and lifestyle. We offer plenty of additional floor plans for Colonial style homes. 1st floor master homes, patio homes, ranch homes, and more!

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Topics: Custom floor plans, Custom homes in Rochester Area, space to grow, versatile floor plans

Building Your NY Home: What Makes a Floor Plan a GREAT Floor Plan?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Apr 5, 2015 @ 06:04 AM

Building-your-NY-home-what-makes-a-floor-plan-a-great-floor-planIf you’re thinking about building a custom home in the Rochester area, you know how important having the right floor plan is. Without a floor plan it’s impossible to turn your dreams of a new home into reality. But you’ve probably seen that there are a whole lot of floor plans out there. We have dozens of great plans on our website alone! So how do your choose the plan that’s right for you? What makes a floor plan a great floor plan? 

Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help you select a floor plan that’s great for your family. 

  • All The Right Rooms: Make sure the plan includes the rooms that are really important to you. Just because something is trendy doesn’t make it right for you. For instance, media rooms are really popular, but if your family isn’t big on watching TV or movies, you may not want a plan that devotes a whole room to that activity. If you enjoy large family dinners on a regular basis, you may want a plan that features a large dining area—or even a separate dining room. It’s important to think about where important rooms are located as well. Does the location of the kitchen work well with your family routine? Will the laundry room be located where you like to have it? 
  • Function and Form: It’s easy to get excited about the latest design trends, but you’ll want to make sure the space is really useable. As an example, having lots of large windows can make a room beautifully bright and provide great views. And a big fireplace is also a nice focal point for a room. But if two walls of your room are taken up with windows and a fireplace, will you have room for all of your furniture? 
  • Fitting Your Personal Style: Open design floor plans are very popular—and attractive. But does that fit the way you live? If you prefer a more formal dining area or a place where you can entertain guests that’s away from the kitchen, you may want to choose a plan that has a formal dining room and/or living room. If you have smaller children, you may prefer a plan that puts bedrooms upstairs—away from noise and commotion—rather than a plan that has bedrooms on the same level as common areas such as the kitchen and family room. 
  • Know Your Boundaries: One thing to look at when reviewing floor plans is the flow from one room to another.  Some people have a tough time deciding how to transition from one room to the next. This can affect the kind of flooring you install. Will you have the same flooring throughout one level of the house, of will there be natural breaks? This is also a consideration when it comes time to paint. If you have an open plan, how will you handle the color transition from one room to another if there are no walls or doors separating the rooms? 

A great floor plan isn’t necessarily one that’s splashy or trendy. What makes a plan great is when it fits your family’s lifestyle and makes you comfortable. So as you look at floor plans take a “virtual walk” through the rooms and try to imagine your family living in this home. 

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Topics: Custom floor plans, Rochester area custom homes, floor plan essentials

3 Ways To Glean Ideas For Your Rochester-Area Custom Home (And 3 Warnings)

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 21:02 PM

3 ways to glean ides for your Rochester area custom home and 3 warningsIf you’re considering building a custom home in the Rochester area, gathering ideas about what you want that home to look like is one of your first priorities. How do you get started? Where should you look? We’d like to suggest three ways you can glean ideas for building a custom home in the eastern Rochester area—along with three warnings (cautions, really) about the kind of information represented in each of these methods.

1. Floor Plans: Many homeowners like to start by looking at floor plans when thinking through the way they want their future home to look. One of the big advantages of using a floor plan to envision your home is that you have the ability to see how all the parts connect and work together. You’re not just looking at an image of how the kitchen or master bath looks. And you’re not going to be distracted by the way the home is decorated. It’s a more functional look at the space you’ll have.

The Warning: Some people have a tough time visualizing something as personal as a home by looking at drawings. And if you’re looking at existing floor plans, you may have some difficulty seeing how you can customize the plan to fit your personal tastes and needs. Don’t let that stop you. Looking at a floor plan is still very helpful to get a sense of space and layout. Just bear in mind that it’s only one perspective. You can check out a wide range of our custom floor plans to get an idea of how you might want your home to be organized.

2.Online Sites: On the other end of the spectrum, you can find online sites such as that provide you with detailed, up-close-and-personal looks at how a home can be customized and decorated. If you can imagine it (and sometimes, even if you can’t!) you can find design ideas for every room of your home. And you can even create “Idea books” that you can save for future reference.

The Warning: Sometimes there is so much too look at that “you can’t see the forest for the trees” on sites like Houzz. And not everything you see there is practical (or even physically possible) to build in every situation. Still, it’s a great way to collect ideas and then discuss their practicality and possibility with your builder before drawing up actual plans.

3. Model Homes: Another great way to glean ideas is to visit a model home. This method combines the benefits of the first two methods. You get to actually experience what the home looks and feels like, plus you get to see how someone has customized it and decorated it. You don’t have to imagine walking from one room to the other. You can actually do it and see how it actually feels. We have a number of model homes that you can visit to get a real feel of what living there will be like.

The Warning: The number of model homes a builder constructs is limited. You may not find the exact model or floor plan that you have in mind. And when it comes to customization, that’s already been done. So even if you find the basic design that’s to your liking, it may not be finished in the exact same way that you’d want it done. Still, there’s a lot to be said for seeing something with your own eyes. And a good builder will be able to help you envision how your dream could be brought to life—even if the model is a little different.

Which way is right for you? We’d recommend any—and all of them. You’ll pick up different pieces of information with each method. So go ahead and get started. It’s never too early to start gathering ideas and information!


Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, custom home ideas, Custom floor plans, model custom homes

Choosing an Age-Appropriate Floor Plan: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 20:10 PM

Choosing an age appropriate floor plan one size doesn't fit allWhen people are considering building a custom home in the eastern Rochester, New York area, one of the first things many of them do is to start looking a floor plans. That, however, can be a bit of a daunting task! There are more floor plans out these than a builder can shake his Skil® saw at! Why are there so many?

It’s pretty simple: When it comes to finding the right plan for your custom home, one size doesn’t fit all. What your neighbor down the street wants in her custom home is probably completely different than what you want. And that’s a good thing. In addition to the style of home that appeals to you (colonial, ranch, cape, patio, etc.) you’ll want to select a specific floor plan that fits your style of living.

If you have a younger family, for instance, you may be looking for more bedrooms in order to accommodate the kids. And maybe you’ll want the bedrooms separated from the rest of the house so that the children can sleep while you’re still up entertaining guests. Going up and down stairs may not be a big concern, so that opens up more options for you.

More homeowners these days are looking for homes that can handle multiple generations. If you have older parents (or even older children) living with you who need private space of their own, that’s something you’ll want to look for in your floor plan. You can still have a home that’s cohesive—but it can provide privacy for the various family members.

Another trend that’s grown in popularity in the Rochester area (and around the country) is “aging-in-place.” An increasing number of homeowners are looking for homes that will continue to be comfortable and safe as they move into retirement age. And while some simply make modifications to the homes they are in, an increasing number are looking to build their homes specifically to allow them to remain there longer. Instead of simply adding on accoutrements to make it a bit easier to cope, these individuals are designing their homes to meet their changing needs as they age.

Which style of home and kind of floor plan is right for you? It depends on your current—and future needs. We invite you to check out the dozens of unique floor plans we offer. You can search by home style, square footage, number of bedrooms, or number of baths. One size doesn’t fit all. So start with a plan that fits your unique needs.

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, Custom floor plans, aging in place

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