Southern Classic Design

Southern Classic Design Process & Philosophy

Proper home design should be about the balanced matrimonial site, shape, function, durability and price. The right combination of these factors are crucial in the planning of a large home.

A home site has many inherent properties such as size, shape, topography, views, orientation, and drainage applications - as well as the location of surrounding houses and trees. Each of these may limit or enhance a design and should be considered early in the planning process. Although we can not control the characteristics of a site, we certainly can give the home plans to maximize its use and enjoyment. Home sites are static - designs are infinite.

Form of a home, or what it looks and feels like the inside and out is extremely important to most homeowners. This is what makes us "feel good home" and have a great impact on our sense of style. Form or a home begins with its overall massing and space planning and ending with the smallest detail and decoration. The goal is to capture the essence of the owner's style using classic design features. This allows the home to remain fresh and elegant, while aging gracefully.

Our plans are much more than conceptual renderings. Every aspect is drawn to scale and fully dimensioned. Profiles and information are level-specific and is equipped to ensure that the desired appearance and proportion, inside and out, will actually be achieved. We are proud not only in our design, but also the quality of our plans.

The function of a home or how it should be used is perhaps the most important design factor, but is often overshadowed by other factors such as style or cost. Prolonged use and daily livability should be considered. A long-term home should be able to support the changing needs of the baby to have children all the way through the empty services phase. It may be necessary to bring the optimal design for a phase in order to strengthen the livability another. This may involve decisions on the location of the master suite, the availability of playroom or functions needed for a future pool. Whatever the long-term needs, the design of the home should also improve their daily life.

All of our designs, both large and small, function properly bedroom separation, larger hallways, wider door openings and kitchen work. Indeed, all our designs feature more generous "minimum size" throughout. Closet doors, windows, bedroom items, and the door swing areas are designed to allow optimal furniture placement and turnover. All our presentation drawings include furniture layouts to scale and to illustrate how a particular place, may be used. Whether you are looking for a starter measures home, a family home, a vacation home or an empty home services, questions about the functioning and livability should be weighted heavily in the planning process.

The shelf life of a home often determines whether we will spend our leisure time and enjoy the resources or maintenance. It starts with a proper structural design to maximize stability and give the impression of a "permanent home". It also tag design included inputs and Porches to shed water and weather away, choice of materials and products that can handle the elements. Homes designed and built for longevity may cost a little more up front but are much cheaper in the long run. More durable homes cheaper to maintain and also have higher resale values. Even questions about the durability and livability are usually strengthened simultaneously. The most loved and wanted back, like everything else, tend to be those that require less maintenance. Our homes are designed to stand the test of time both physically and aesthetically.

The cost of a home affected by all these design factors. It is certainly more economical to build on a flat dry place than on a steep or wet site. The style and features of a home, the materials used and the effectiveness of the design will also have a major impact on the total cost. As you can see, we love to design houses, small and big, with plenty of Porches and garages, classic detail and gracious interior dimensions. We also wish to use the tried and true materials and we do not skimp on structural elements such as foundations and framing. Efficiency and value of our plans are not made by simply delete functions ... it is created by offering these features in a true economic and buildable format. Because the costs will affect all decisions in the design and construction, it is important to understand how specific elements actually affect the cost and to adopt a realistic budget early in the planning stage.

Determining the right balance of these factors as they relate to your individual needs will have a major impact on livability value and enjoyment of your home. Choosing a quality design with an excellent set of plans is key to building a great home!
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