The T.1 modern home plan offers all the living amenities for a small family with
an efficient flexible floor plan. The main level is on the second floor with a spacious
central area that serves as the contemporary living room and kitchen. It is flanked
by three bedrooms and a set of multi-use bathrooms.
The first floor offers an independent unit that can be subleased, used as guest suite,
or a home office. It can also immediately be integrated into the upper floor as
an additional bedroom.
A spacious open garage on the first floor easily converts into a semi-open exterior
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Read about our ideas and process behind T.1 - modern home plan.
Flexible Space for Contemporary Living
How to get four bedrooms, three full baths, and a powder room into 1,467 square feet
and yet be spacious? How can we build a compact and small building, but end up with
a luxurious and comfortable modern home? We ended up with something we gave the
working title “flex-space”.
We achieved it, by working out two fundamental premises. The first is the idea of
rooms and living areas lending space to each other as the need arises. The second
is the notion to give this modern home the ability to adapt to different uses.
When you think of a conventional bedroom, a maybe 140 square foot endeavor, it will
be used for maybe twenty minutes of your awake time a day - maybe. That would be,
let’s say, for $180/sq.ft. sell price, a $25,200 luxury. TWENTY MINUTES A DAY! TWENTY
FIVE K! What about your shower? Ten minutes a day? Laundry room? So what did we
The best to explain it is to take a closer look at the single room on the right end
of the second floor. It is separated from the living area with kitchen by a core
of bathroom spaces and a group of modern sliding panels. By using the sliding panels
in different configurations, you can allocate the different “wet” areas to the master
bedroom, creating effectively a master suite. Or you can allocate them to the living
area, creating a powder room. The shower we integrated through its floor, wall and
ceiling materials seamlessly into the other spaces. The showerhead is recessed into
the ceiling, leaving no hint to its purpose when it is not in use. The parts of
this specific bedroom, which are not specific to the bed proper, are left to be experienced
through these integrated intermediate spaces. As you might sit on your couch in
the living area, the space will continue through the shower and powder rooms that
are not distinguishable as such, will include the bedroom’s open areas, and spill
out through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Grand space, minimal square footage. Voila!
As far as different styles of modern living. This modern house can adapt to different
uses. Try a small family with the master suite down, two kids and guest room or study
above. Or how about a single parent above with two kids and a subleased autonomous
suite below? Or a home office below with its own entry and no contact to your private
life, which might be two young professionals? The staircase, its materials and points
of access are conceived to be an interior staircase of a single dwelling home or
as a public point of access with a downstairs unit and an upstairs home. Try out
different arrangements and let us know what you find!
Try to walk this modern home, open and close doors and panels, and include the floor
to ceiling windows to get the feel of the spaciousness giving on a small footprint.
The Insulated Exposed CMU or optional Concrete Walls
This modern contemporary home plan has received above excellent energy savings ratings.
A great part is due to the three parallel main walls. We are offering two different
building materials for these walls. The first are 10” CMU blocks that have an integrated
core of insulation. They come in different finishes and colors. The other are factory
made concrete slabs with highly rated insulation imbedded within. Their surfaces
are of highly polished and color-added smooth finishes on both sides. Their air
leakage for both applications are at practically zero. These walls offer all structural
specifications, insulation values, and finish within one step. A conventional wall
takes framing, hanging drywall, finishing drywall, priming, painting, and finish
trim. These efficient wall systems are a one stop installation.
We juxtaposed the cmu/concrete walls with wood floors and exposed wood structure
in the ceiling to bring out the beauty of the material and retain a warm cozy sense
options to modify:
We offer standard changes to this modern home plan.