7. Plan Lab : House Plan Options, Tricks, and Possibilities

In by Andy Bozeman

Design Options, Tips, and little known tricks.
[accordion id=”my-accordion”] [accordion_item title=”Ceiling Choices” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]The height, shape and slope make all the difference.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Flooring Options” parent_id=”my-accordion”]Which way does hard wood run? – Almost always toward the light.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Floor Plans : Liberations & Limitations” parent_id=”my-accordion”]Some things look exciting but aren’t livable. Others seem too simple, but turn out to be the spice of life.[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title=”Land-forming versus Landscaping” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]Land-forming builds the stage. Landscaping is the curtain hiding the actor. The house is the actor.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Lighting : Exterior Showcase Settings” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]To add intrigue to outdoor night-lighting, break Nature’s rules.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Lighting :  Interior Work-ables” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]What you see is controlled by the color of light shining from the lightbulb.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Trim : Exterior Focal Points” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]Welcoming ‘looks’ welcome visitors.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Trim : Interior Visual Triggers” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]Base board, chair rail, crown molding, wainscoting, there are lots of possibilities.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Walls : Inside Decisions” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]Or not? – Open plans are all the rage.[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title=”Walls : Outside Selections” parent_id=”my-accordion” open=”false”]Alter the material, convert the style .[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title=”Roof Possibilities : Shape, Slope, and Details” parent_id=”my-accordion”]Whether a house has few, or many, gables, the ‘look’ is up to you and your budget.[/accordion_item] [/accordion]

  • Interior Features
    • Door Swings – like family room door related to furniture and traffic.
    • Lighting
    • Traffic Patterns
    • How Spacious it Feels
  • CEILINGS
    • type – flat – tray – stepped – coffered, beamed, vaulted, etc….
    • color
    • Lighting
    • Trim – strapping, sculpted drywall, etc…
  • Exterior Wall Features – How to change for a New Look
    • Wall surface material
    • Windows Type, Trim, Panes, Shutters
    • Landscaping
    • Lighting
  • Interior Wall Features
    • Open Floor Plan
    • Columns
    • Color
    • Baseboard
    • Chair Rail
    • Crown Molding
    • Wainscotting
  • Roof
    • Type
    • Roof Slope
    • Roof Details
  • Comfort
    • Air Flow – Intentional
    • AC Assist – Extra fans
    • Furniture Arrangement

You can read any story here for FREE – no sign-up, no log-in, simply free. These stories are my way of having fun. Some are comments about the life of writing; some are concepts for future ‘big’ stories; and some are just me going waaayyy out on a limb. Either way, I want you out there with me. Reach for a free story, below, and Enjoy!

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Sometimes a story has to be flagged as non-fiction, because just calling it a story doesn’t do it justice. Sometimes non-fiction is very serious, other times not so much.

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Some of these are true, some are partially made-up, some are outright fabrications. It doesn’t really matter as long as they’re fun to read. Whenever I think you need to know the truth of a matter, I’ll say so…maybe.

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Log Cabin Master Bath

Two hundred years in the making, a log cabin born in the days of the American pioneers has lived on three sites …


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My mind won’t stop. Creativity is not “ideas on demand,” it’s more like, “ideas no matter what.” I write down the bits of thought, the sand-grains of ideas – pieces of imagination that might be used, puzzle-style, to build a story. Sometimes an idea is the story, and the bits and grains around it become the supporting players.

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Log Cabin Master Bath

Two hundred years in the making, a log cabin born in the days of the American pioneers has lived on three sites …


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Combine Rooms

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Load-Bearing Walls – Changing or Removing

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Makeovers – Caterpillar to Butterfly


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Outdoor Spaces

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Improve Curb Appeal

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Fresh Front 1

Just a few tweaks, mostly cosmetic, along with some simple carpentry, transformed this 1950’s brick ranch-style house into a timeless Greek Revival …


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