Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Good things come to those who wait

Or is that early bird gets the worm? Never could rectify those two. Anyhow all apologies for missing our last blog post. We got super busy, forgot, were abducted by aliens, and then had to walk 5 miles uphill in the snow both ways without shoes. Actually we were chained to our computers, slaving away at creating more plans. We have not one, not two, but three new plans for you.

First is the Sunnyside. We happen to like our eggs that way too. The Sunnyside is designed in the tradition of an old farmhouse. A 2-car garage is detached from the main house by a 6' breezeway. An upper floor spans over the whole mass. With 3 beds, 2.5 baths, and bonus space you'll have plenty of room. The kitchen is big enough to hold a table full of egg eating farmers or get kitschy with a built-in cooking island. The flex room can double-duty as dining room.

The Wilshire is our step into the Tudor realm. Apparently we are riding the edge of a quiet wave of revival. The tudor was brought to America around the turn of the last century. It experienced a brief but disappointing revival in the 1960's and 1970's. This little 1673 odd square footer has all the comforts of home as well as an attached garage. We sure tried our darnedest to keep the true Tudor spirit alive. How to build a Tudor in three easy steps: First you may use any design, but please make sure that several full gridded windows in a row are a must. Second, siding can be anything on the first floor but should always be dark boards over stucco upstairs. And we don't mean little 1x4 boards. These look like toothpicks. Use full on 2x6 and 2x8 boards. Mix it up a little. Finally, cantilever the second floor in any way, shape, or form. With these basic hallmarks you should be off to a good start.

Finally, we added another Edgewood plan to the mix. Our builder friend decided he needed more variety so he came up with another round of houses. We ended up with four new designs, the first of which is live. Why are they still the Edgewood? The variety wasn't that much, quite frankly, and the outside looks about the same. Instead of 52' deep, round 2 houses are now 46' deep with cleaner lines and an even more cost-efficient build.

There you go, here we are, and that's that. Stay tuned for more istockhouseplans offerings in the near future.