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Rochester Area Floor Plan of the Month: The Walton

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 06:02 AM

Rochester-Area0floor-plan-of-the-month-the-WaltonMany homeowners today find themselves sandwiched between their children and their parents. They’re raising their own families, but find themselves with parents who aren’t up to the task of living on their own and maintaining a home—but don’t like the option of retirement community living. 

The other side of that coin is that some parents are seeing older children graduate from college, but wait to purchase a home. Even though they may be working, these adult children are looking to their parents for help with housing. 

If either of these situations sounds familiar, can you still build the home you want—while accommodating aging parents or grown children? That’s where a floor plan like the Walton can be a great solution. You can take a closer look at the floor plan here, but here are a few reasons the Walton may work for you. 

This 3,605 square foot home begins with a 3-car garage that allows for an extra vehicle. On the lower level parents or older children have their own “in-law” residence with bedroom, bathroom, and an open kitchen nook/ family room area. It’s a self-contained residence but offers access to the rest of the home through the family kitchen (with eating nook off to the side) that opens up to a spacious family room. There are separate dining rooms and living rooms for family get-togethers.

The upstairs provides plenty of space for the immediate family with three bedrooms (including a master bedroom with bath) and a second bath. There’s even a large bonus room on the second floor that can serve as a second family room—or whatever you need it to be. 

One of the nice things about this layout is that it provides separate, private space while still allowing all family members to be together if they want. 

If you like the idea of a separate “in-law” living space, but prefer single level living, you may want to take a look at the Wainscott floor plan. With 3,189 square feet, there’s still plenty of room—without having to deal with stairs.

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Topics: Custom home floor plans, Rochester area custom homes, In-Law floor plans

Why Plans Matter When Building Your Dream Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 07:07 AM

Why plans matter when building your dream homeBuilding a custom home in the Rochester area can be an exhilarating experience. You have the opportunity to turn your ideas, desires, and dreams for your ideal home into reality. But without a plan, it can be a frustrating experience.

Some people will tell you that if you can dream it, you can do it. It’s a nice sentiment, but when it comes to building a home, there are certain laws of physics that have to be observed. And even if your goal is to build a custom home that matches your needs, tastes, and personalities; unless you have a good plan, all you really have is a dream.

The good news is, that there really are a lot of good plans available. And a lot of them can be tweaked and modified to meet your expectations. That means that if you can dream it, you probably can build it.

Chances are that your idea of a dream house isn’t exactly like someone else’s concept of the perfect place to live. On the other hand, there are certain physical/structural characteristics that similar kinds of homes have in common. 

That’s why we offer an extensive collection of floor plans from which you can choose.  If you take a look at our floor plan options, you find everything from plans for estate-sized acreage home sites to smaller single story homes. You’ll also find a wide variety of styles that ranges from Colonial to Ranch style, Cape homes, to Patio homes.  And each floor plan we offer can be customized to give you the maximum number of options.

But what if you don’t find the plan that gives you the exact features and layout you’re looking for? No problem! Just bring in your plan and we can review it together with you and help make your dream home a reality.

Dreams are great, but having a plan for turning your dream into reality is even better! We’d love to help you do that!

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Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilding, Custom home floor plans, variety in custom floor plans

The Importance Of a Plan For Your Eastern Rochester Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 @ 20:09 PM

The importance of a plan for your eastern Rochester area homeA good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there. –H. Stanley Judd

H. Stanley Judd may not have been talking specifically about homebuilding plans, but what he said certainly rings true. We’ve been building custom homes in the eastern Rochester area since 1975, and we know you don’t get far without a good plan. But in addition to being a crucial guide for builders, floor plans can really help future homeowners envision what the home of their dreams might look like.

You want the flow of your home to fit your specific lifestyle. That kind of vision involves a lot more than simply style or look. It has to do with how the various rooms in your home connect and work together to make it a home where you’re comfortable.

Another thing we’ve learned in almost 40 years of building homes is that what works for one family may not be the right solution for another. You want a home and a plan that works for your life, not someone else’s.

That’s one reason we offer a wide variety of home styles, including Colonial, First Floor Master, Patio Homes, and Cape Style Homes. And, within each style of home, we offer multiple plans (we have almost 60 different plans for Colonial style homes alone!). You can check out a variety of different floor plans for homes in different styles here. It’s a great way to see which plan will best accommodate your particular lifestyle.

There’s a lot more to planning your custom home, however, than just picking out the floor plan that’s right for you. If you want to make sure you don’t skip some of the critical steps involved in building your dream home, we invite you to download our free Steps to Building Your Dream Home custom home guide. It’s packed with helpful information to get you off on the right foot.

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Topics: Rochester Area Custom Home Builder, Custom home floor plans, planning your eastern Rochester area home

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