The 3 Big Things That Have the Most Impact on the Cost of Your New Home

You want the best house you can get, with an interesting, family-friendly layout, an attractive exterior, and nice finishes – without blowing up your budget.

But if you get heavily invested (emotionally and financially) in a design before you have a handle on potential costs, you’ll end up cutting costs at the very end of the process, resulting in an unsatisfying, stripped-down house.

Controlling costs early on isn’t just about how much you spend on finishes, it’s about size and complexity, too.

Everything’s New In This Farmhouse Makeover and Addition Project

This is a project I’ve been looking forward to sharing since the day construction began.  A family with a modest farmhouse in Muskingum County, Ohio wanted a new home with open spaces and room for visiting family and guests – and decided that rebuilding the home they’re in was the best way to achieve that.

One addition opened up the kitchen and added a bright, colorful sunroom; a second addition created a new master suite, garage, home office, and recreation room.

10 Reasons Why I Love Old Tudor-Styled Homes

I’ve always liked Tudor Revival-styled homes, but it seems I’m in the minority. In more than two decades of Residential Architecture practice, I’ve had one client express an interest in English Tudor style.

One.

I’ve mentioned it to a few other clients over the years, but the reaction I typically get is something along the lines of “yuck”, “ewww”, and “I hate Tudor”.

I hear similar sentiments from real estate agents and homebuilders, too.

That’s too bad, because once upon a time, Tudors were loved.

7 Different Foyers for 7 Different Homes

Your home probably has several entries – front door, back door, garage door – but you only use one to welcome guests into your home. The front door in most homes opens into a foyer, a word derived from French and originally referring to a small room that separated the heated rooms of the house from the outside, keeping the cold out.

Fortunately, central heating made that function obsolete. Today, a home’s foyer serves several other important functions, not the least of which is giving your guests a glimpse into the style and character of the rest of your house.

A Simple Garage Addition That Has a Big Impact on the House

“Garage addition.”

Not exactly the sexiest words in residential Architecture.  But that doesn’t mean this project shouldn’t get the same design attention as a kitchen or bathroom or a whole-house remodeling.

This lovely Muirfield Village home, built in 1981 on the sixth fairway of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament course, needed a third garage bay that would blend seamlessly with the existing house.

A Laundry Room/Mudroom That Does a Lot More, and Saves Space, Too

The laundry room/mudroom: according to my clients, it’s one of the most-used and most important rooms in their home – so it’s surprising to see how often it’s ignored in the design of new homes.

A recent experience with a new client shows what I mean; my client had invited me to see her home, the one she wanted to move from. She wanted me to see how she lived now, and get a better idea of what she did and didn’t want in her new home.

When To Use Fiber-Cement Siding and Cultured Stone

Architects don’t want you putting fake stuff on the outside of your house – faux wood siding, faux stone, faux trim – just because it’s less expensive than the real thing.

We don’t like sacrificing aesthetics or authenticity, when the only benefit is cost savings.

There are trade-offs we’d rather you make when you’re trying to save money – house size for size’s sake, and artificially-complex design are at the top of my list.