We Decided To Bring You A Little Something Special From Florida This Week … Open Plan Living USA Style
Note from Pete:For the last two weeks we have been enjoying a family vacation to Florida with our two-year old grandson in tow. The holiday did not get off to the best start when little Oliver was delayed from flying due to a sickness bug but eventually he met his heroes, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy and his personal favourites Chip and Dale!
When we were not rubbing shoulders with the Disney “gang” we headed out to do some research for Contemporary Log Living in the land where we first discovered open plan living USA style.
Even though there were the same architecturally different styles of homes that we provide to the UK in some of the magazines, the main stream show models are “typically American homes” with oodles of space, maximum storage and beautifully designed open plan living / family room / kitchen areas.
As this is a special Bank Holiday Monday edition .. we decided to reveal what a $1,100,000 dollar, 5,000 square foot home looks like situated lake front in Central Florida …
Feature Article: Bank Holiday Special: The Million Dollar Open Plan Living Home
Our own first encounter with open plan living style homes was in Florida USA when a tour took us through some of the walk through show models that at the time seemed ridiculous in terms of cost and living space compared to anything in the UK. That was over 20 years ago and despite a recent slump in-house prices in Florida, the last two years prices have started to climb again and we took the opportunity to see what a million dollars buys you in Central Florida (lakeside location) today.
First of all it buys you space .. 5,000 square feet of it! Two master bedrooms (one upstairs, one on the ground floor level), a great loft room, large master bedrooms with spacious en-suites and dressing rooms, an amazingly well designed kitchen, a galleried landing space that surrounds the great room and luxurious touches throughout with crown moulded ceilings, double vanity units and extremely large walk-in closets to mention just a few of the features.
The swimming pool would be extra .. of course!
The Ground Floor Master Bedroom With Large En-suite And Walk-in Closets
One of the most striking features about an American home is its amazing storage space. They like as much as possible behind closed doors and every room usually has plenty of built-in storage to organise everything making sure the house rule of “a place for everything and everything in its place” is thought about, designed and integrated including the master bedroom en-suite (pictured above)
When it comes to bed sizes only the biggest will do! Most of the king size beds in the USA are the same size as our super king size and wood is still a popular choice for bedsteads and furniture in the traditional American home. The master bedroom usually has access straight out to the pool area and undercover outside dining area which are another feature of Florida style living.
Brilliantly Designed Kitchens
I don’t think I have ever seen more better designed kitchens than the ones that are usually fitted as standard in modern USA homes like the picture above demonstrates. Built in appliances include the USA fridge / freezer, cooker, microwave oven, dishwasher and wine cooler, plus the usual granite worktops in the kitchens and corion in the bathrooms and en-suites.
The Loft / Landing Area
Nothing quite prepares you for heading up the stairs in this 5,000 square feet home to find a whole second lounge area with bar! We have also seen media rooms, pool tables, gym rooms and more in these amazing USA homes and it is a special feature when you have unlimited space to play with.
The whole house had a blue theme running through it and the fitted carpets felt like they were at least 2″ thick!
The Upper Floor Second Bedroom
With the space available there were definitely no box rooms! This home featured two master bedrooms, one on the upper floor, the other on the ground floor plus 2/3 other spacious bedrooms like the one above which was beautifully presented for a young girl complete with a teddy bear’s picnic by the windows.
The USA homes are very classic and elegant in their design and even some of the smaller homes can feel very spacious indeed because of the open plan living layout and the great design features they usually provide as standard.
And Finally The Pool With The Lakeside View *Boatdocks & Outdoor Pools Are Extra
In the USA you tend to buy the plot / location, then the style of home (picking from a selection of exterior elevations) and then any added features.
The price tag on this lakeside home was $1,100,000 or approx£733,330(you can find similar homes around the area for a wide range of prices if you are shopping around for the perfect vacation home).
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Pete Cossie is a time served carpenter and joiner with over 30 years experience in the UK construction industry. His passion for wood and acquiring a trade has meant he has never clocked in for a single day in his life. An entrepreneur with a rare gift for making people feel relaxed and completely at ease within minutes of meeting him.
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