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  • Reply JT May 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This is very much what I’ve been mulling over for some time. Open space only with “movable partitions”. I was thinking making walls similar but on casters. It’s great to actually see it and not just in my imagination! Great job and Thanks for sharing

  • Reply DeAnna May 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Can you share what the floor is made of? It is a very neat look.

    • Reply Fred May 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      That floor is highly polished concrete; looks like it’s been stained too. Tile in the bath.

  • Reply Dev May 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Great idea for the partitions!

  • Reply Kristina May 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Absolutely awesome! Love it!

  • Reply Pat May 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Great house, and I agree about the partitions – very cool.

  • Reply sandy May 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    where can we contact designer or builder…link to web isn’t correct

  • Reply dennis meloy May 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    ?this is the best one SO FARE THINK THIS CAN BE DONE IN FLa? thinks dennis

  • Reply Kathryn May 28, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I’m located in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Is it for sale????

  • Reply Daniel Morris May 28, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Hi y’all,
    I love this house as well. This is how you make one for yourself.
    1. If you want to add anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to your bill then look for an architect. Any architect will do for something this simple.
    2. OR to save a lot of money, pick up a pen and draw a rectangle. We are all familiar with floor plans so make your yourself a quick and neat little diagram. It does not have to be to scale at all. Look at it for a while with no other writing. Change something, but only if its a big change. Like moving the front door closer to the kitchen or vice versa. (For carrying groceries in easier.) Add a carport or not. Cut a hole in the side of your house that can be accessed only from outside. This will add some walls on the interior and exterior storage for caring for all your land! (See the little games you can play with your building? But do keep it simple!!)
    Now look at your floor plan. And again. Now forget about it for a while.
    3. While you are “forgetting” about your floor plan look up Blueprints in your town on Google. Call them up and tell them you want to print your plans with them but first you need them in a professional format. You need a drafter. Maybe they will know one. Or try Google again.
    4. Look at your floor plan again. Start finishing it up. Make sure your furniture fits. This is important: Check the exposure of the house. In general: A wall facing South will get lots of Sun all year–but in the summer it is higher in the sky. So…..cold place = small overhangs and patios so sun can come into house during the winter. hot place = long overhangs and big patios to protect the house from the sun year round. Decide if you want sun in your bedroom or not. Setting Sun is Slow and HOT–beware. North sun is the romantic sun that artist always talk about. But never forget the Southern Sun–it is the longest lasting of the day.
    Copy all the photos from this web page and put it together with the floor plan you decide on.
    *****By s.f. Kitchens, Bathrooms and Utility rooms cost the most. Try to put the kitchen and bath and utility sharing the same wall. Maybe a “box” in the middle of the house with Kitchen on one side and small bath with washer/dryer on other side. This acts as a partition between private (BEDROOM) and public (LIVING ROOM)********Keep ALL things simple. Simple will let your imagination fly once you move in!

    Now pass all this onto your drafter. He or she will have a few questions…be patient. You can learn from your drafter!!
    One drafter I worked with was in India (!!!). He had left Austin with his new wife and was expanding his business with some well-educated Indians. So there may be surprises with your drafter as well. By the way, you want FULL SIZE AND COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS in PDF format. Negotiate price in advance please. A grand or less is best!

    Once your drafter is finished you will be in exactly the same place as you would have been if your had hired an architect. Yep folks, that is it. And they like the $10,000 or $20,000 right now please. Some architects are bad and some are great And I have met and worked with both. But, overall, if I am going for SIMPLE I never use an architect.

    NOW comes the part we all love: finding a contractor. I, honestly, cannot help you there because every house I designed and then built was done by the FIRST contractor I met. Now that is LUCK, and I wish it upon you.

    • Reply Jim August 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Daniel, I love your post on ‘architects’. I was trained in the field and now retired, but what you said about it, as far as simple, moving this and that, is so true. Only you know what you really want when you go to build your dream home. I have built several and I did the rough plans and went to a local builder, three in fact. All gave me a nice home, but in the end, it was my ideas and plans that made it more personal. I agree, completely, sketch, pause, sketch and then finalize. It is well worth the $$$ savings in the long run. Thanks again

  • Reply Eric May 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I love smaller homes and I love much of what they’ve done here, but I’m not a fan of things that don’t work. The kitchen has garage cabinets with no contiguous countertop, the corners are wasted and open, there is no dishwasher and in the bathroom the cabinet cannot open correctly because it strikes the pedestal sink. Open concept is great, and so is modular design, but using products for something innovative is only great when it uses them better than they were intended. Food and spills will fall between those cabinets in the kitchen and the corners cannot be used, but they still must be cleaned. This could have been done SO much better with even semi custom cabinets from a big box store for just a few thousand dollars, and the cabinets there had to cost almost as much. The floor and the exterior are really attractive in this house, but poor choices in the kitchen and bath mean I couldn’t consider this home. Sorry to be a downer, but this is the second home I’ve seen in the last 45 seconds where the kitchen is no better than camping in a house.

  • Reply Carol June 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I live in the same region. Is it possible to get the name of the contractor, or steel/metal company that supplied materials? I am curious as to how to attach insulation and interior finished walls to metal buildings.

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