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Custom Mediterranean Home

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Built a few years ago. House faces north, so it is difficult to photograph. Cloudy morning = photo opportunity! Sometimes it's best to let the client finish up the landscape elements and let it all grow in a bit. That can take a year or two. All design and construction plans by me. 3500 SF home, 3 car garage, master ste on first floor (on the right,) study to front, two bedrooms upstairs. When you walk in the front door, the front entry and great room behind it are 20' ceilings! There's also a nice pool and pool house behind it.

Budget: let's just say somewhere between $500K and a $1million.

Here's links for the first floor construction plan and a summary page:

Example of a Floor Plan/Construction Document by Built4ever  House 415 by Built4ever
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Nice design! I love the multiple masses that make up the house. The fact the 2nd story is not as big as the first story and is part of the grand entrance is a great touch.

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Yeah people here want the master ste on the first floor, sometimes ALL bedrooms (everything!) on first. Doesn't leave much for the second. Plus huge garages.

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Were the clients older? It seems to be the trend that the master goes on the first floor and than just a few bedrooms and a bath go on the second floor, if any. Mostly because a lot of Americans are getting older and are downsizing from what they had earlier. Or, they don't want to leave their current house or neighborhood.


With a smaller second story that does not line up EXACTLY the way the first story does, as in many colonial homes, the asymmetric layout and the exterior intricacies make the house more appealing to those who don't want a plain look or who emphasize certain spaces over others. Perhaps you have clients who want a house built for entertaining guests, so the foyer, kitchen, dining room, and even great room are all bigger than the bathrooms and bedrooms in the house. Or maybe it's a small family where a one 1/2 story will do just fine. Put the master and kids bedrooms on the first, a study or bonus room/junk room on the second floor. Simple plan, but asymmetric exterior and line of sight.


Your floorplans and exteriors always look good, both in pencil and on the Sketchup application. Keep up the great work as always!

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Another stunning design! You’re a true renaissance man!
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Yeah this one is especially interesting because it's really the only grand Mediterranean that I've designed that got built. Very different from my typical stuff. Thanks!

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