Arc220...thank you for your thoughtful design. You had many of the elements that we liked. Unfortunately, the position of the posts for the great deck will not work due to the topography of the lot. Thank you for participating in our contest.
Exactly the direction we want to go -- need more information. Perspective views would be helpful as well as irrigation plan and building/material list, as stipulated in the project description.
We liked this design the best overall, but wish it would have a open air roof above the front porch.
Dear Arc 176, Thank you again for participating in my design/remodel project, and congratulations for securing a top-three spot in the rating outcome! Your layout of the second floor was near perfect for me, and I appreciated the extra effort you extended in providing the 're-sale' drawing - these two things earned you a top spot from the onset. The first floor design is where I had some concerns as cost estimates for the needed construction and demolition was higher than that of the winning submission, and not as suitable to my needs as some of the others. Please allow me to express my gratitude to you once again as truly enjoyed being immersed in your drawings of what could be... I appreciate the time and thought you put into my home. Kind Regards, Robyn = )
Thank you for your wonderful, complete submission. You've given us some very practical, low cost options in keeping with what we requested. I hate the color of the roof (how could you know that?) but love that you gave us such great detail on all the materials you chose. Thank you again!
Entry area view is very good and includes coat closet in entry way. Like large overhang on covered porch. Like the small dormers for overall appearance. Your idea of building out the kitchen on the lower level was an idea we had not thought of, but because of the lower elevation, would not be able to do. Many thanks for your detail on the exterior finishes.
Unfortunately, no close-ups were offered for this design; however, the ample storage was impressive. Love the bookshelves (great amount of space). Design element of columns was also quite impressive.
Dear Arc, Thanks for your participation to the Cocteau 2.0 challenge, the choice was tough to find out the most suitable proposal. Regards, Mikael.
I'm glad you made the porch nice and substantial. I'm not sure I like the material used for the railings, however. I would like the projection over the front door to stick out a bit farther but I have a photo of what I like that I can easily substitute. Not crazy about the optional columns with globe lights. I much prefer the plain porch.
Liked: 1) sauna entry from tub area, 2) cabinets protruding into closet 3) door and wall squaring up closet and separating storage area 4) pocket door and closet 5) cabinetry around sinks and tied into shower Lighting imagination was limited.
1/28/14 Dear Arc 129, thank you for the time and talent you devoted to my project. You had some creative ideas. I appreciate your extra effort to revise the plans to better match my project goals.
Thanks for a great design, you win first place! The only thing we would have liked is some additional views. We might play around with incorporating into your design the farmer's porch that two other entrants created.
You had an awesome garage floor plan - we will tweak a bit to better serve our exact needs. We like the covered area outside the garden storage and half bath (we can see tucking a full wheelbarrow there overnight, etc.). We like the windows on the E/W garage walls - we'd make awning style, though, so we could leave them open most of the year. We'll use a traditional equal hipped roof for the garage so that the front doesn't look so odd from the street (might put a skylight/Solatube in the center of the garage, who knows?). Your master bathroom and closet is very much like what we had originally designed ourselves; we may modify closet as necessary for Safe Room and probably completely redesign bathroom layout with input from the other designs. The screened porch from the pool room is great-very much our ideal; we'll probably put a door on the west or south wall in the pool room to allow access directly to the garden w/o having to operate the Nana-wall to get outside. We like the operable transom (awning) windows in the pool room and master bathroom. We like the covered porch outside the master bedroom, too. Good roof design, one where we can easily install gutters and downspouts to manage rain. Thanks for making the roofs solar-ready. The courtyard and parterre design would interfere with access of utility maintenance equipment to the easement, but they were beautiful and the folks at work loved looking at the blueprint hanging on my cube wall! :) Instead, we'll actually have an outdoor grill/eating/hang out space under a giant pergola (plus a pond, waterfall, and our "stream"). To keep your axis aesthetic in the courtyard, you had to set the garage too far back (south) on property. We are more pragmatic and want more garden space (and to pay less annual fees on impervious surface on our property!), so we'll move it back north. The other pitfalls were the locations of the Safe Room, Sewing Room, Laundry, and Master Sitting Area. The Safe Room is under the HVAC equipment in the attic. I want to be able to cut fabric and press work-in-progress in the Sewing Room and would not have the necessary space. I'm still pondering possible solutions. Also, the bay window idea in sewing room might interfere with the redesign of The Rest of the House. The Decorative door is 8 foot tall - we can't cut it down without ruining the design, but, a neat idea to have it as part of the sewing room. We set the washer to start up at 3am so that we can put a load in to dry when we get up; having it right next to the bedroom could be a problem, but we're still considering soundproofing that wall and not having a door directly into our bedroom. Lastly, the sitting area looks into the bedroom, instead of to the outside. Lack of interior views made us work harder to imagine how the design would work for us. But overall, there was much to like and learn in your design as we studied it and we sincerely thank you for participating.
Love the master bedroom concept. Slightly concerned that the bedroom will feel smaller... not sure how the vaulted ceiling will feel (i.e. it i will be smaller than now). Live the 1st floor concept. Meets goals. 2nd floor is nice, however we'd like more space for a larger dining table. We didn't specifically state that, however just wanted you know know.
We like the concept but would like to make the room a different size with same concept. 12 deep x 21 wide long covering the garage window side.