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  Capes are versatile and great in snowy weather due to their roof pitch and go from the traditional to the contemporary. A cape's second floor can add significant space to the upstairs as finished or unfinished space. The roof can be accessorized by dormers and create a stylized exterior appearance. By incorporating the shed roof, a contemporary look can be created. Traditional looking homes with 12x12 roof pitches are more expensive due to structural necessities; they take more material and time to complete. Another factor to keep in mind is these pitch roofs can create a lot of space but require more finish work after delivery therefore more sight work is required. The open contemporary creates an open, airy and stylish look. The downside of that is the sacrifice of space on the second floor with less efficiency in heating and therefore more expensive energy costs.

  Two story homes can be the best use of space and allow you to take advantage of a small footprint of land. Open first and second floors can be capitalized on to create countless floor plans. The traditional boxy look can be jazzed up, for example, by the use of gables, extending eaves, bump outs and rooflines. Interesting designs can be achieved by employing hybrid creative site work. Front porches look particularly good on two story designs giving an aesthetic look with generous leisure space. The two story is still a very practical, cost effective and energy efficient method of building.

  Ranches styles can be the most economical and practical approach. Having all the living space on one floor can be critical when designing a home for the senior citizens and the handicapped. A universal approach would accentuate those pluses by utilizing door handles, bathroom bars, easy shower access, higher toilets and larger doorway openings to accommodate a wheelchair, just to name a few. Ranches are less expensive to build with less site work necessary in general. Though highly versatile they take up a larger footprint than a two floor design and can be limiting in style. Utilizing perpendicular modules, staggering the rooflines and utilizing a hip roof are a few details that can create stylish ranches.

  Raised ranch styles can accomplish a great deal of space for the money, a cost effective design. By raising the foundation to 4 to 5 feet above ground a lot of inexpensive space is created. The foundation becomes valuable living space and less vulnerable to high water tables. Quality living space is produced with large well-placed windows taking advantage of natural light. This design can be extremely effective especially if nine foot ceilings are utilized to gain the feeling of roomy accommodations. An inexpensive garage space can be created with easy internal access to the home, especially appreciated in bad weather. With the right elevation a walkout using a slider or French door can create a nice touch.

In Summary

 Keep in mind the above information is just a small measure of considerations when choosing a style or a combination of styles. Factors that play a significant role in this extemely important decision consist of pricing, size, elevation, topography, water level, energy efficiency and capturing a view(s). Another factor is the practicality of balancing functionality and aesthetics in achieving a workable living space as in the universal design. An example of this would be the use of a large sprawling ranch accommodating the elderly or infirmed in a wheelchair. Designs are as numerous as the human imagination can ponder. Design books should be studied and scrutinized for the details that help you find the right home. Many factors in deciding on a style(s) should be categorized as needs and desires. The prioritized list should act as a guide in picking and designing the right home. Personal choices are uniquely different for each customer. Making sense of all the possible home designs can be a daunting task. By categorizing your needs versus desires you can prioritize the available options in an organized understandable and affordable manner. The above information will help you decide on your ultimate home design.

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