The interior hinged doors in our standard plans are hollow core six panel colonial. Several other selections of panels are available from all suppliers, from smooth to shaker. Closet doors and other applications where wide access is indicated are bifold so that the door swing does not impinge upon room area. Panels typically match the hinged doors.
Interior doors are sized according to nature of egress, an example of which would be a laundry room. The door must be wide enough to allow for installation of appliances. This small detail must not be overlooked.
Custom designs will typically employ the same door type unless solid doors are desired. Many will opt for two panel bi-swing doors in closets, but this selection will affect the placement of furniture and ease of access in some cases. Glazed doors will often complement an interior design, and pocket doors are a good choice in some applications where door swing interferes with a hallway or other area. Examples of custom interior door applications may be found in Design Ideas.
The design and configuration of stairs and railings, both interior and exterior, are governed by building codes and are required to be a minimum or maximum width, depth, and height. All stairways in the plans in our portfolio are 3'6" wide, which exceeds minimum width requirements, allowing for better traffic.
The redesign or upgrade of stairs and railings offers an opportunity to change the appearance and visibility within a living space. Our basic design is unfinished pine or fir treads with carpet overlay. Unless otherwise illustrated, adjoining walls are full height. Hand rails are painted or stained fir. Balcony or overlook railings are painted wood pickets with painted or stained hand rail.
When designing a custom home the sky, and the budget, is the limit. We will incorporate your ideas into your plan and make recommendations on how to best utilize the budget and material and style combinations.
Examples of materials selections may be found in our Materials section and applications in our Design Ideas menu.
Second to the master bedroom, the kitchen is the most used space in most homes. Kitchen design presents an opportunity to interject individuality into an overall design and conform to lifestyle. The contemporary kitchen has become a center of entertainment and a meeting place for family and friends.
We provide a base kitchen design that is functional, accessible, and fully equipped with quality appliances, cabinetry, and ample surfaces. Almost all plans include a pantry and most include a breakfast bar. The base design is electric, but can be easily respecified to gas. The appliances include a 30" range with oven, microwave/ventless fan combination, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. Provision for a 36" refrigerator is provided, and the supply of the appliance is normally the responsibility of the client. The Cabinetry is quality manufactured all wood with solid surface counters. Plumbing fixtures include a deep double bowl stainless steel sink and single lever faucet with sprayer. Floors are hardwood.
We provide a general kitchen layout on our plans, and final design is subject to completion based upon client input. We can complete this design, but the best option here is to consult with your or your builder's cabinet installer for completion. They will have design capability and product specific knowledge. This service should be at no cost to you.
Custom kitchen designs should start with the appliance selections for determining layout. Wall ovens, vented grill cooktops, island counters, warming ovens, oversized refrigerators, wine storage, and vent hoods are popular specifications. Involvement of the cabinet supplier should begin after the first draft is completed so framing adjustments can be made to accommodate the design. Don't neglect your storage needs. Cabinetry and appliance options can be seen in our Design Ideas.
The bath configurations in our base plan offer excellent functionality and appearance as drawn. The master bath will typically be equipped with acrylic enclosures including a soaker tub and separate shower, drop-in bowls, water saver oversized toilet, and quality solid surfaces. Secondary baths will have a shower/tub combination, standard size water saver toilet, drop-in bowl(s), and solid surfaces. Powder rooms will have a standard toilet and pedestal sink. Floor coverings are ceramic tile. Faucets are single lever 4" spread. Vanities are a quality selection of manufactured cabinetry and several styles and finishes are available.
Upgrades to the master bath offer the opportunity to individualize your living space and/or accommodate special needs. From a simple rearrangement of fixtures to a total redraw, we can provide you with whatever you desire. Keep in mind that framing for fixtures is dimensional and expansion of the bath footprint or fixture changes may affect other spaces or change the foundation.
Most custom designs will incorporate upgraded fixtures, appliances, and cabinetry into their master bath. Jetted, oversize tubs, walk-in showers, kneespace in vanities, bidets, and upgraded tile materials and applications are frequent specifications. Consideration should be made to having at least one exterior wall in the master bath, allowing for windows to be included in the design. Examples of bath ideas may be found in our Design Ideas.
Our standard plans include a fiberglass front door that is paintable or stainable. The entrance door from the garage must be fire rated, so this door is metal. Other doors are either sliding or fiberglass hinged per plan. Building codes dictate minimum sizes, and you also will need minimum clearances to furnish your home.
Custom exterior doors, particularly on the front elevation, can truly enhance the appearance of any design. The variety of designs and materials used on exterior doors is extensive, and selections can materially affect your budget. Our supplier database has numerous sources for exterior doors, so don't limit your inquiry. If you select an optional door, the framing rough-in will likely need to be modified. Further, adding transom windows or sidelights will require framing changes.
Most custom designs will incorporate an upgraded front door. When selecting your door you will need to know whether you want painted or stained finish. Door designs can be supplied in various materials, and the fiberglass door will be half the price of the same design in mahogany.
Be creative, but be mindful of your budget. The simple upgrade of door hardware and a great paint color will often suitably dress up a front door and improve the entrance appearance. Examples of exterior door selections can be seen in our Design Ideas.