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Three Classic Craftsman Bungalows by Built4ever Three Classic Craftsman Bungalows by Built4ever
A quick diagram to figure out the minimal tolerable traditional neighborhood arrangement for three of my bungalow designs, assuming alley-access garages in back joined to house. I made these other assumptions: 15' front lawn setback, 10' mandatory front porch, full-width of house OR 2/3 width, 5'-7' side setbacks for each lot, 20' rear driveway, about 23' for depth of garage in back, maybe 24' wide, for a decent size two-car garage, 5' front sidewalk, 16' rear alley. Each home is a different width, but averaging from about 30' to 36' wide. Homes must have eave-front design with eaves at roughly 10' high above first floor OR eave-side design with eaves at 10' above first floor, gable facing forward, and each with secondary gables, dormers, smaller roofs, etc. House should appear compact and "low-slung" as traditional bungalows do, with substantial roof overhangs and classic bungalow porch details. 

This is a good way to test plans and concepts and see how they actually work together. One issue that comes up is rear access and possible rear porches and patios. This type of narrow lot doesn't allow much in back. Ideally, we would want at least a small patio behind the house and next to the garage, on the left. House 302 has side access on the wrong side really, because I originally designed it so the master bedroom, on the left rear corner, has plenty of window area. House 322 has a decent side/rear porch but that could easily be revised because the laundry/utility area is there. House 321 also has problems with rear access. I would have to modify the plan to have a door from the great room in back to the rear yard. Not difficult to do though. 

As always, home plans are, and should be, in a constant state of improvement and modification.

Streetscape view of three elevations looks very good. 

File Updated 12-22-2017

Individual Home Summaries:

House 322 Plan by Built4ever House 302A Plan, Master Ste. Down by Built4ever House 321 Craftsman Bungalow by Built4ever
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Photographer
THese homes are very close together...
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
Yes neighborhood style, you need a fair amount of density so that all homes have a short walk to the town center. Only estates homes on the outskirts of the town have larger lots and longest distance to the shopping center. Keep in mind a TND traditional neighborhood will also benefit from pocket parks scattered throughout and other "public/civic" land uses.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Professional Photographer
Where are the trees going to grow?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017
Later on I'm going to work in landscape elements to the 'hoods and individual designs, don't have time yet. Like you, I'm sure, I'm a huge fan of mature trees, which I drew into many of the early concept sketches.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Professional Photographer
I like the thought of trees in a neighborhood.
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2017
I love your house designs! Especially since you create them in a quaint and cozy style! If you have a website (or websites) where you sell home blueprints, I would love to browse it. You should leave a link to it on your profile so others can find it, too. :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
I'm actually working on books and some kinds of plans service. I have dozens of designs deep into development, and many a few hundred other "lightly designed" concepts. From market assessment angle, what would you want in a set of plans, and what would you be willing to pay? 
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2017
Oh, I'm just browsing for now. I'm in the early stages of researching for a house in a possibly 4-5 years. From a market assessment angle, do you mean what I would personally want in a house, or what people expect in a house?

The price would vary based on the size of the house and the number of prints in the set. For example, my parents bought the blueprints to their current house for $800--and that included at least 5 copies of the plans to give out to those working on the house. I've also seen plans more and less expensive than that, the average being around $1000. I think the median price is fair, but would (personally) be hesitant to pay over that if I could avoid it.

As far as the current market, I think these are pretty popular:

Bedrooms:
I would want to see a house with 3 bedrooms. I like 2 bedrooms, too--but they are a little harder to sell if you need to move later on (depending on the market area). 3-4 bedroom homes are ideal in this aspect--or 3 bedrooms with a 4th optional room / study.

Bathrooms + Storage:
About least 2 bathrooms (or 2 bathrooms and a powder room) and built in storage like closets and bookshelves (especially for a small home where space organization is critical) would be amazing. The bathrooms are one of the big selling points.

Parking:
A single car garage is always a plus--both to protect your car from the elements and also for safety when going and coming from home (especially in areas with crime--or wildlife, like bobcats and bears, that you wouldn't want to startle and be on the receiving end of). However, I hate how garages look. It's more of a necessity, so styling a garage into the design so it's not unpleasant is preferable.

Kitchen:
A kitchen is another HUGE selling point. Many people accept or reject a plan just based on the kitchen and bathrooms alone. Good storage and good work space is paramount in the design. Even if it is in a small space, you want to feel like you have everything you need and room to work without being crowded. (and walk-in pantries, even small ones, are always a plus).

And as a final touch (it's not required, but definitely adds in the appeal and re-sell value to the home) is at least one outdoor covered place to sit--whether it's in the back or in the front of the house. Both are excellent, but if only given the choice of one, I like it in the back for social gatherings and such.

I'm not sure if that's what you where asking when you meant a market assessment angle, but this is definitely what I would be looking for in a home--and these are the things that my friends, family, and coworkers generally agree on when we discuss new homes going up or being purchased in the area.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017
Okay most of the wants/needs are typical to my plans, 3-4 beds, nice kitchen set up, etc. Banks want to loan on a minimum 2-car garage, so that's recommended. Full plan sets easily run up to $1500 or more, can reach $2500-$3000 for this size home. HOWEVER at an early stage of development, you don't need construction plans. SO some services sell "study sets" that might run $500-800 with most of the outside dimensions, room dimensions, ceiling heights, square footages, etc. 
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EdGarcia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017
#322 please.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017
"One 322, to go, hold the mustard!"
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Professional Photographer
Excellent. :D
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Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Really gorgeous designs!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
Thanks!
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Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Student General Artist
you're welcome :D
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DB-KT Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Student General Artist
How would you go about making these accessible to ADA? People confined into wheelchairs or people with poor vision/hearing that would have to rely on service dogs?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
Good question, it's easy, just build a sloped ramp in back from the rear elevation/yard which is slightly higher than front usually to minimize steps from garage to house. You can't do a ramp inside the garage, they take up too space. If you do you need a long three foot strip in back of garage sloping up to the garage entry, but it takes a lot of space. With these designs, best to roll out of garage and go up a ramp in back to a rear deck or porch. You have to watch the threshold through the rear door too, make sure it's easy to roll over. Some of the front porches can have ramps on the side. Trick is to make them unobtrusive. You CAN'T put a ramp in front up the porch. You ruin the neighborhood, continuous front lawns, etc. I saw a project where they built a monstrous concrete ramp on front, surely devaluing the neighbors properties. 

Actually, one of my earliest renovation projects was a carport and wheelchair ramp for a 1920's era bungalow here in Greenville! As for service dogs, I have four big dogs myself. My mudroom (here in my house, built by me,) is specially equipped for dogs with a dedicated feeding station, water supply, and dog food pantry.
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could always go with a steep slope on the driveway, have the ceiling of the garage at the level of the first floor's floor, and have the porch on top of the garage. However, I don't think you could go with any land barges parking in the garage.  Alternatively, you could have the roof of the garage, half a level up from the first floor, which would mean a half level stair down to the garage and a shallow slope on the driveway. However this would mean you would also need a half flight up to the porch on top of the garage. One would need a small square of area sacrificed from the floor plan, while the other would require a longer but narrow sacrifice.

In any event, you might want to do a study on the turning radius for various cars to make sure they can turn into the driveway without necessitating the homeowner to do a three point turn to get into their garage. I checked on two sedans, a BMW (largest turning radius in class) and a Mitsubishi (smallest in class) and they both seemed to work...

I probably killed the craftsman style and most of the backyard garden, but I was thinking something kinda like this, or this
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Those kinds of ideas work when nothing else will, like in San Francisco on super narrow tight lots worth a lot of money. One of the biggest "objectors" to a basement garage is the trip up the stairs with multiple grocery bags. Big deal to Americans. I think doing a garage under the house with rear access when you have a walk-out basement situation is not a bad option. 
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f700es Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Professional Artist
One can always add in a dumb-waiter to bring the groceries up ;)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
One can always hire a servant too, if one has beaucoup bucks.
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f700es Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Well then you need to add a servant's room ;)
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, that was the reason I did two layouts, one with a full stair and one with a half flight up and down. Yet, I get what you mean so perhaps people want no stairs. Still, if the back alley has a grade like the front sidewalk, then I can't see how the driveway would be anything but graded itself. and there won't be any rear windows on the first floor.

Perhaps the sides have a grade to compensate making the driveway flat and level...
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Sadly I live in a city/country where it's virtually standard to only have front/main street access. :(

While it's probably not possible a 'swap-able' garage that can be accommodated 'front' or back' ?

Still.. dreaming of owning some of these plans is sort of enough. :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
As opposed to alley access? Most homes here are front or side-load garages with driveway to street, alley lots are not common, but "enlightened" builders/developers sometimes do it.
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Heh... Here it seems all the sub-developers want to do is pack as uch 'land plot' as they can into an estate. sometimes I wonder if they even think about the size of modern cars and such when they leave some spaces for things like.. oh.. roads. :P
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Same probs exist here. We have HUGE vehicles here, most middle class peeples drive a big SUV now, nobody has a small car. Has ramifications for garage size too.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the idea of alley-access garages.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
Keeps the garage front off the street. 
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Photographer
Very efficient use of a city block. :winner:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Not sure if I want to be TOO efficient though. 
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional Photographer
I agree. Gotta leave some space for flowers and such...
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Good looking buildings.  Might want to change the order of 322 and 321 to see if there is a better visual "rhythm" to the set.  But then it just maybe my prejudice speaking.  
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
322 has to go in middle, due to roof eaves. The other two are "eave-front" designs. See it?
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Then it is my prejudice against 322 that is doing it.  It is a matter of my personal taste.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Taste and opinions! That's what makes us human. 
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quicksilverstudios Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Love the middle one the best :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Thanks. See comments below he he he...
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