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A Contemporary house plan should match the lifestyle and vision of its
owner. Where traditional styles may be very common and the owner
wishes to stand out, forge a new direction and set the stage for a modern
psychology then a different approach should be taken. Sometimes the
site or context dictates this, or simply that an avant garde solution is
most appropriate. In this case, precedent should be discarded and
new forms, new geometries and living spaces investigated. There is
much satisfaction in arriving at a solution for the moment, and one that
will be timeless.
Florida Transitional Contemporary above, 8,000 SF
Cost to purchase most existing
plan designs is $4.90/ SF typ. for
Permit Set drawings, $3.30/SF for Schematic Design only (see each description for
NOTE: We do not
have plan books nor send copies of our floor plans unless we are
under contract. Please
contact us to receive typical contract form, or set an
appointment to view most of our work at our Orlando office.
Spanish Mediterranean Contemporary (above)
Throughout Italy and France, the
Tuscan and Provencal styled home has
enchanted every visitor and became the prototype design to emulate. For
centuries the simple house was the standard form in these regions.
Imagine the medieval farmhouse, originally one story, which
had to shelter family, livestock, and store grain/supplies/tools, etc.
As the farm and owner’s family grew, two options were available. Either
to build additional structures to accommodate needs and/or build a second
floor over the first. These two avenues can be seen in the many examples
dotting the countryside in
When the owner elected to build above, the first choice was
to install a ladder or small staircase from inside. If animals remained
inside the first floor, eventually an exterior staircase was built in
order to avoid the obvious problems and the owner’s living quarters were
fashioned above. The rationale in part was that heat generated below in
winters would rise and supply some of the warmth. The first floor
fireplace flu was built upon and extended through the second floor.
Now these living quarters became the ‘piano nobile’—an
Italian term that literally means the noble level, or owner’s suites.
Over centuries, the compact two-story form gained the reputation of simple
construction and energy/materials conservation. The same derivative in
is obvious. When the decision came by those with means to build anew or
for the first time, this geometrical form was one of two options.
During the Renaissance, symmetry (as in the human body) was
deemed a guiding design principle. While the rustic farms had single
stairways usually off center, the larger new villas being built by wealthy
merchants and nobility in the south of
central stairways or double flights on the outside to offer a direct route
to the piano nobile.
When nobility and royalty erected palaces and chateau, this
same model was followed in countless examples. If you recall
Versailles, the king’s
chambers and formal suites are on the second level, not the first. The
first floor contained rooms for offices, livery, stores, guest suites and
reception rooms. The wonderful Linderhof in
is organized exactly in this manner. In
the palazzi on the canals have similar space layouts. In fact, this
historic idea was incorporated in several of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs
and was the model for Corbusier’s ‘Villa Savoye’ in the 1930’s.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s reasoning to ‘go up’ was simply to
avoid the noise and distraction of street activity in a bustling age of
horse carriages, noisy new cars, and constant pedestrian traffic. He was
so inspired by this tree top view to the outside world that he created his
famous leaded glass based on natural forms. Corbusier wanted to improve
the view of the owners on a second living floor and third level
observation terrace. He also separated the car and utilities (machines)
from the living quarters.
THE POST MODERN HOME
style design incorporates a very contemporary architecture that
accommodates a family of four (by the same principles as the
traditional design pictured here).
Rectangular forms intersect angles and curves for an exciting exterior
and interior design. Parapet walls on the front and back can screen solar
collectors set in rectangular grids. Low VOC and other 'green'
components may be specified.
This is an
open plan design with single Living and Dining rooms with a large Kitchen
communicating directly into these spaces on the second level. Master and
secondary bedroom is zoned apart from each other. Although located on the
second floor this living arrangement offers more privacy from the street
and better views. Vaulted ceilings in all second floors are more
interesting and possible whereas impossible to achieve on a ground floor
with rooms above.
office/work area below (in both plans) allows direct access from ground
floor to keep business matters or hobby noise away from family. Notice
the large walk in closets. These are both intelligent home designs with
great flexibility. Two families can practically live here, or elder
parents, etc. Expansive feel with space in the right places. Office on
ground floor with separate entry. Dramatic spatial features with
contemporary curves, with much natural light and views.
FUNCTIONALITY for MULTI-GENERATIONAL
Zoned design to offer a maximum of flexible living arrangements.
A few possibilities are as follows:
Can leave entire ground floor unfinished (new construction) including
elevator, and live perfectly on second floor. Dining area of French
Country plan can be extended into bedroom in later years to open into a
Intermediate Aged Family:
Teens can move downstairs with their own Den. Washer/Dryer and small
Kitchen/eating area allows maximum privacy. Parents above also have
Two different family groups or individuals can share space. Garages on
both sides of ground floor in French Country plan can be used
independently of each other. Independent entries are available on both
Mature Family with
For baby boomers, semi-retired with aging parents- easy to care for loved
ones on main floor with own living and kitchen facility. Elevator can be
activated to bring upstairs for dining or visitation, etc. Private and
independent as necessary.
Office and Living:
This model is similar to medieval European examples in Germany, France,
England, Netherlands, etc. Living quarters above work area. Can bring
clients into building below without affecting owner’s quarters above.
Extra bedrooms become offices, etc. as zoning permits.
So, we have not really reinvented the house -- John Henry
Architect has reintroduced and packaged this superb historic notion for
the contemporary homeowner. Where there were storerooms and animal
stalls, now we have garages, storage area or office with private exterior
entry, secondary bedrooms with baths ensuite for older children, parents,
or a second family, galley kitchen/utility room, and large central
den/reception hall – accessed from ground floor directly. There is an
interior winding stair, and an elevator to communicate effortlessly with
the upper floor.
Cutting edge Deconstruction contemporary design, -
3D view below
Southwest Contemporary, Modern style @ 12,000 SF above
Most of the work shown here is clearly Modern, with
free flowing plans and sweeping profiles. Modern Movement or
International Style design started as products of the machine age which
resulted in boxy and rectangular statements, but through the years after
the early part of this century, Modern Style has evolved to represent a
self-referential exercise more the result of the idiosyncratic style of
the architect. It has come to be an 'anything goes' approach, which
often results in a lack of any historic allusion, and the designers are
constantly pushing the limits.
Contemporary Malibu hillside design concept, above
House' at left, ' Desert Southwest Contemporary' above, 'Contemporary
Supreme Florida Deco contemporary: 'Papillon II' above
Contemporary Mountain Retreat (above)
Florida Mediterranean Contemporary
Dream Home, concept above
18,000 SF Modern Contemporary Luxury Home
Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Contemporary above
Southwest Texas Contemporary: 'Big Bend' above @
Art Deco design above, Deco gate below
Modern Movement 'Deco Moderne' below, 850 SF.
Creating the American Luxury Home Available now on CD- rom.
(click below left) This is a history of the luxury home with
sections on working with an architect and builder, style, modern and
traditional approaches, etc. Also, companion volume:
Dream Home Design Questionnaire and
Planning Kit (click right below, available as PDF file via
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