A Day in the Life in the Urbane – our featured floor plan

Imagine waking up on a Friday morning and starting your day with a shower in your luxurious ensuite bathroom. You then make your way to your spacious, walk-in closet to pick out your clothes. Everything – from clothing, to shoes and accessories – is organized amongst the custom built-in shelving. You can see everything you own, and getting ready is a breeze.

You head downstairs. Your partner has already made the coffee and you enjoy your breakfast together at the large, quartz-topped kitchen island. The sun streams through the large windows, flooding your open-concept kitchen, living room and dining area with natural light.

Your partner leaves for work and you make your way to your home office, as you’re working from home today. You open the window, letting the fresh spring breeze blow in.

In the afternoon, a client drops in for a meeting and says that your house is beautiful. She’s been there before, but can’t help but admire it each time she visits. She tells all her friends how incredible it is (we’re not exaggerating – this does happen to our clients!). You stop to appreciate the layout of the space — having the office on the main level means you don’t have to bring clients upstairs to a second-floor office (and helps you avoid all the last minute tidying that might entail).

The Urbane floor plan - Dining room

Later that evening, you have friends over for dinner. You whip up dinner with your partner while your guests relax in the living room. The open layout means you’re still part of the conversation. One of the guests brings his drink to the kitchen island and helps you chop vegetables — there’s plenty of counter space to share. Your favourite music streams through the speakers in the ceiling.

This is a day in the life for owners of our Urbane home design. And if that day didn’t sound appealing enough, here are a few more benefits of this functional floor plan:

  • Buy a boat, snowmobile, or a third vehicle? There’s an option to add a garage extension giving you that extra space you need to securely store your investment.
  • Love to dine outside in the summer? The Urbane design allows you to add a covered deck in the backyard, with easy access to the kitchen. We’ll include a gas line for your barbecue too!
  • If your family expands, there’s space in the basement to add a fourth bedroom and an extra bathroom. This isn’t your typical basement either: the raised main floor allows us to install large basement windows, creating a bright, airy space.

Interested in making this dreamy design a reality? Contact us today to learn how to make it happen.

Floor Plans – finalizing before blueprints

floor-plan-reviewThe floor plan is the most common of all architectural drawings that tells us the most about a house.  This process can take a few meetings to fine tune the drawings and to ensure the specifications are exactly what you want before going to your architect to prepare the final construction drawings (blueprints).

The overall floor plan gives a flattened, two-dimensional bird’s-eye view of the home. Each room is shown including the walls, doors & windows, cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, furniture placement and fireplace. The stairway is another very important architectural element since they take up a significant amount of floor space and have an effect on headroom – so accurately showing the stair in plan and indicating the direction of travel (either up or down) is very important. From width to riser height to tread width and railing issues, no stair should be designed without a thorough understanding of building codes.  At Lexis Homes we provide an extensive checklist of items to review at this stage before the final set of construction drawings are completed. We make sure to go over things like: location of attic access doors, location of teleposts in the basement, future deck location, door and window sizes, venting and placement, door widths and swings, and planning electrical locations.

Understanding traditional 2-D floor plans and elevations can be difficult – this is because you’re looking at just one view of the home.  The best way to understand a floor plan is to put yourself in it and “walk” around the home. As you take this virtual walk, record what you see and feel and how you get from room to room. Another way to understand the plan is to virtually put yourself in the middle of a room and record what you see as you look in at least four directions.  At Lexis Homes our in-house interior designer will also prepare 3-dimensional renderings to help visualize key rooms in multiple perspectives including exterior views and roof lines. We find it’s a fast and efficient way to get our homeowners involved in every part of the design process, and also helps save time and money by allowing them to virtually walk through the home before even approving any specs or designs, and helps reduce the amount of changes during actual construction.   Throughout this process we also make sure that you are within your established budget before moving forward by providing you with price check ups.  Once the final floor plans are approved, its time to develop the very detailed construction plans or “blue prints” that will be required for submitting with the permit application.

 Remember, mistakes made in the early vision phase cost nothing. Mistakes made in the design phase will cost you time. But carry those mistakes through to the building phase, and they could end up costing you more than your budget can even consider.   When working with your Saskatoon home builder, the more you understand the look and feel of your floor plan design, the more comfortable you’ll be at making decisions before construction even begins and will help to minimize unnecessary costs and delays.

 In a future post we will discuss the various stages of the Construction Phase, where all the planning and preparation starts to pay off.