Starter and Smart Luxury Period Homes:

Character at an economical scale


Ultra Luxury Custom Homes, Villas and Estates by design



New 3,000 SF Great Room home design in Craftsman/Bungalow style for Orlando, Florida Historic District

Mediterranean California style 2 story home design at 5,600 SF

3900 SF Mediterranean Villa style home (above), compact with great floor plan


Intermediate Sized Period Design Homes and New Urbanism plans

 (rear load alley garages and others)

Downsized, greener, more energy efficient, less expensive to build luxury homes!

New Urbanism tenets, applied to New Towns and other communities, are based on high density development giving over green space to the public good, a central business core with close by residential development, and restrictive covenants governing the styles of architecture prescribed.  In most cases, garages are relegated to rear alleys so as not to crowd the front elevations.  Period features are based on regional styles.  Some communities allow very modern or avant garde architecture, such as in Prospect, Colorado.  Most are based on traditional Colonial, Mediterranean, Victorian, Low Country, and Classical Revival styles.

5600 SF with Basement option  Classical Mediterranean

4300 SF Texas  Hill Country Traditional One Story 6 bedrooms



Alternative design to Barcelona is Montecito below, with Casita in back, over garage. See more photos of Montecito here.

Covered Porch entry
Foyer, double height with Grand Stair
Library at front of house with full Bath as optional Bedroom
Formal Dining Room facing front windows
Formal Living Room with Fireplace facing courtyard rear
Family Room facing rear courtyard
Island Kitchen and Breakfast open to Family Room.  Pantry
Private work area with Desk off of Kitchen facing front
Utility Laundry Room facing front of house
Half Bath Powder room
Master Suite with views to courtyard, has His and Her Closets, Tub, Shower, Toilet
Courtyard at rear has swimming pool, Grill area, fenced in back
Separate one car and two car garage.  Can be converted to Bedrooms.
Small Storage area between house and garage, enclosed connection to Family Room
Pool half Bath
3 Secondary Bedrooms, each with Bathroom and Closet
1 Playroom, optional Bedroom

Montecito has extra Garage Apartment over rear garage with separate entry, see front elevation below:


Victorian Style Elevation for a 5,000 SF design, above

5,500 SF Tuscan Villa above

4700 SF French Provincial, unique design see more here

 Brannigan Court Tudor above at 5,000 SF

4,700 SF Chateau (built in Austin, Texas)

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Camelia, Barcelona, and Avignon are based on the same floor plan which is rear alley loaded, 4,700 SF.  Barcelona photos below:

The four houses above, and 4 below are New Urbanism style homes, several elevations to be built in Baldwin Park, Orlando.  Three distinct plans with three elevations per plan comprise the set.  Avignon, Barcelona, Villandry, and Camelia are 4,200 -4,500 SF.  Astor and Piedmont 4,400 SF.  Casa Brava and Mandalena are 4,200 SF.  While they have rear load alley garages, these can be modified to side-load or other similar changes can be made.


Mediterranean Revival Design 3800 SF at left top, French Country Manor top right at 4,800 SF


Tuscan style Country House at 4,500 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 email)

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Mandalena, in current Orlando Parade of Homes, April 2007.  Select details of this 3,800 Sf plan below:

 We consider every architectural theme and style worthy of consideration and emulation in the design of 'affordable houses with character'.  Our work therefore makes several distinctions between the 'Not So BigHouse' (see critique here).  Please understand that the costs for creating new smaller homes with distinctive interior and exterior features will incur higher  costs for design and construction (per square foot) than a merchant built spec. house or a larger custom home.  Reproducing any historical style in true period detail , as compared to the clean, contemporary ('stripped down') regional derivatives, clearly requires much more effort from the entire building team.

3 story, 3,700 SF Mediterranean villa: Valencia.  First floor contains garages and game room (non-heated space)


California Casa Spanish Contemporary @ 4,400 SF


French Provincial, 3,700 SF  Master upstairs, wine cellar under stairs, Game room


4,500 SF Mediterranean Villa Coronese w/basement design


4,500 SF Transitional French Country



Florida style Mediterranean Revival, 4,200 SF  Master upstairs.


Viterbo 3,200 Sf home design above.  Provence styled villas below

French Manor de Garde at 5-6,000SF above

Tuscan Villa at 3570 SF


Chateau du Lac, above at 4,500 SF



4800- 5200 One Story Mediterranean Traditional Style Home


"....anyone who cares enough can create a house of great worth -- no anointment is required.  If you care enough you just do it.  You bind the goods and trappings of your life together with your dreams to make a place that is uniquely your own.  In doing so you build a semblance of the world you know adding it to the community that surrounds you." -- Charles Moore, Architect

Country Home Series

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These houses pack interesting spaces and attractive elevations in smaller spaces.  Starting at 1,200 SF, and for building on lots with a maximum pad width of 28-40 ft, these historically developed elevations were inspired by the bungalow and Americana style homes of the 20's - 40's.  (Click on the image for a more detailed view)


These two elevations, top and bottom, are from a new series to be published soon.  They are derived from the same plan @ approx. 3-4,000 SF

 Project above is Moderne style with only 800 SF.  'Cube House' has Living quarters on one side, garage, utilities, and connected roof deck on the other.  Single bedroom up with bath and studio; kitchen, dining, living below.  See Contemporary Homes page for more photos.

Call for Plans

 We are currently seeking work from architects and home designers who wish to submit designs in period style that incorporate intelligently laid out floor plans with a well integrated elevation package.  We are looking for starter homes, empty nester plans, and simply smaller designs that incorporate combined spaces, have fewer bedrooms and other amenities but can accommodate modern living.  These plans can be traditionally detailed or contemporary but either must reflect characteristic historical floor planning.  We are looking for the best there is in a range of architectural styles that reflect historic (pre-1940) design principles or Modern Movement projects, transitional styles, etc.  Small houses from the 20's and 30's, craftsman style, revival styles, etc. are very good prototypes.  In addition to our own plans in development we are soliciting projects to be featured here and that will earn full compensation for their reuse under special contract provisions.   Period style accuracy will be preferred.  Homes can start from 800 SF up to 4,000 SF.  Please contact John Henry at for more details.

Contemporary Mediterranean at 3,500 SF above

Sketch of Scheller House by Carole Rast

Schroder House

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Low country Victorian @ 4,500 Sf. above

NOTICE: We do not believe that the current popular theory concerning 'Not So Big Houses' is complete nor accurate in its assessment of American lifestyle, space needs, nor cost trade-offs.  A preliminary explanation/rebuttal is offered as follows: (We invite your comments and discussion, to be printed below)


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