French Alps Mountain Home

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Specifications

Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 4071
  Main Level 2123
  Upper Level 1948
Lower level living area  1636
Footprint    
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
63 W x 51 D

Rooms

Above-ground bedrooms 4
Above-ground bathrooms 3.5
Master suite Upper
Lower-level bedrooms 1
Lower-level bathrooms 1

Attributes

Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 3
House height    
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
23' 0"
Ceiling heights    
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
  Main level 9
  Upper level 9
Vaulted ceilings    
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.

KEY TO SYMBOLS:

LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
LR, FAM, FOY, MBR
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This unique home delights the eye as you approach it. Reminiscent of homes built in Europe, it features multiple rooflines, an irregular outline, and a combination of stucco and stone on the exterior. As the photos clearly show, this is a truly stunning house on the inside as well. During the day, sunlight streams in from the abundant windows, transom windows and French doors. It brings warmth to the combination of stonework, wood floors, wood trim details, and wood columns atop stone bases. With the open floor plan, and outer walls that move out and in, multiple views are provided throughout this gorgeous home.

You step through a tall arched opening before entering the house. The foyer has a ceiling that soars to 19', and natural light in this space is provided by windows on either side of the door, and an elegant oval window placed high above the door. On your left, two steps bring you to a sunny sunken living room. This room features a dramatic 13' ceiling, a three–sided bay with tall windows and transom windows above them facing the front, and another pair of wide windows for side views. On your right as you enter, a wide arched opening brings you to the formal dining room. The corners of this room have been "clipped", producing a much more interesting look and feel. Two wide windows provide light and views, and a narrower arch on the far side of the room provides access to a large butler station. The ceiling in this room is set at a more intimate 9'.

Straight ahead from the foyer you pass an open stairwell on the left leading to either the upper or lower levels, and a powder room on the right, before entering the open space containing the family room, the kitchen, and a casual dining nook. The family room is quite large, and it features a very unique and exciting ceiling. When you step down into the room the ceiling is flat and set at 10'. However, it rises sharply in an inverted hip as you move toward either wall. This will be easier to understand when you look at the photos. The far wall has a large fireplace flanked by built–in shelving with transom windows above them, and the wall facing the rear is composed almost entirely of glass. Tall windows with transom windows above them provide abundant natural light along with views to and through the rear deck. A glass door just around the corner provides access to the deck.

The kitchen has a large center island with a sink on top and room for stools at the outer ledge. A peninsula counter that angles out provides additional counter space and easy service to the sunny nook. At the point where it angles there's a super–convenient pass–thru window that opens to the grill area on the rear deck, and a pair of windows above the sinks looks out to the deck as well. The nook has two windows flanking an optional two–sided fireplace. The deck itself is 43' wide and varies in depth from 14' off the family room, to 8' off the nook, to 20' off the kitchen. Both the kitchen and the nook have 9' ceilings.

One opening off the kitchen leads to a laundry room and a mudroom. The laundry has a pair of windows over the sink for natural light, and the mudroom has a built–in bench, lockers, and a coat closet. A door in this room opens to a shop area in a three–car garage. A second opening in the kitchen opens to a butler station with a sink and an under–the–counter refrigerator, and a large walk–in pantry with a wine fridge.

As you head up the stairs to the second level, a pair of pocket doors at the landing open to a study. This room has angled bay windows for light and views, and a lofty 10' ceiling. The original homeowners lined two opposing walls with built–in bookshelves.

At the top of the stairs, balconies look down to the family room on one side and the foyer on the other. A pair of doors set at an angle open to the master suite. The bedroom is quite spacious, and it features a vaulted ceiling and a trio of windows for plenty of natural light and great views to the rear. The bath has an oversized Jacuzzi tub beneath a wide window, a separate shower with a built–in seat, two vanities, and a private toilet. A door opens to two side–by–side walk–in closets.

A hallway off the landing at the top of the stairs provides access to three additional bedrooms. Bedroom 2 has a walk–in closet, a full bath, and a pair of glazed doors that open to a lovely balcony. Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a full bath, but each has its own private sink area. Bedroom 3 has two windows that look to the side, while bedroom 4 has windows beneath a dormer to look to the opposite side. All three bedrooms have 9' ceilings.

The basement level – should you choose to construct it – has an open recreation room with a wet bar in one corner, a full bathroom, and a guest room with a walk–in closet. There is also an office that has angled walls with windows, which mimic the study that is located above it, a wine cellar, and a large storage/mechanical room.

Similar Versions Available
There is a second version of this plan – French Alps 2 – available on this site that's very different in appearance from the outside and less expensive to build, but the interiors are nearly identical. For easy access to this other version, click on the architect's name (in bold blue letters, on the left side of this page). Red links to each of his plans appear below his bio, in alphabetical order.

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    Brief Description

    This beautiful home has a distinct European look and feel to it. The stucco and stone on the exterior work perfectly together, and the materials and finishes used inside make this a truly elegant home. Three of the outer walls are filled with large windows topped by transoms, filling the house with light while providing fantastic views from every room. Special elements include a wide butler's pantry off the dining room, a private study with a wrap around view, and a huge deck that spans the rear of the house.

    Select One Plan Set Option

       

    5 Set Package:

    Printed on Bond paper; may be modified, but not duplicated

    Mylar:

    Printed on Mylar; may be modified right on the plans, which can then be duplicated locally. Includes extra copy printed on Bond paper

    PDF:

    Highly Recommended
    By far the most popular option! Instant, cost-free delivery via email; can be emailed to builder(s) and others; comes with license to modify & duplicate

    CAD:

    For use by design professionals to make substantial changes; may be printed locally after modifications are made; cost-free delivery via email
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    Select Optional Add-ons

       

    Sometimes the house you want will only work on your property if it is built in the reverse of the original design. The plans for this particular design can be reversed by the architect, with right-reading (not mirror-reverse) words and measurements. The fee will only be added to your original order. If you wish to order more reverse copies of the plans later, please call us toll-free at 1-888-388-5735.

    $150
       

    If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

    This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

    $50 each
       

    Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

    We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

    Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

    $50
    SKU: JR-002
    Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

    Jon Rentfrow – Residential Designer


    To learn about this architect or firm, and/or to view all of their other plans, just click on the name above.

    Plan ID #

    JR-002

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    • What is bond paper?

      Bond paper

      Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
    • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

      5-Set Construction or Bid Set

      If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
    • What is mylar?

      Mylar

      Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
    • Plans printed on Mylar

      Plans printed on Mylar

      If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
    • What are PDF electronic files?

      PDF electronic files

      The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
    • Plans in PDF format

      Plans in PDF format

      THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
    • What are CAD files?

      CAD files

      The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
    • Plans in CAD format

      Plans in CAD format

      Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.
    Bedrooms

    We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.

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