Aspen Lakes View Home
|Total Above-ground living area
|Lower level living area
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.
|113.5 W x 68 D
|Number of stalls
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.
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.
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
For the exterior of this handsome one–story home the original homeowners chose lap siding, manufactured stone veneer, and strong timber detailing (particularly at the entrance). These finishes and details work beautifully with the home’s unique rooflines. The house also features a lovely enclosed front courtyard area, and once inside, fantastic views to the rear and sides.
You enter the stone wall enclosed front courtyard by passing between massive stone–wrapped columns topped by a timber gable, and you enter the house by passing between another pair of columns that support a much larger and taller gable. The courtyard measures 37′ wide by 26′ deep, so there’s plenty of room for outdoor furniture.
Upon entering the foyer, the view straight ahead is to and through the great room. The ceiling in this room vaults from 10′ at the walls to a dramatic 18′! It features a centrally–located fireplace, and a wall of picture windows and sliding glazed doors with transom windows above face the rear yard. Next to the great room, and open to it, is the formal dining room, which also features a wall of picture windows and a sliding glazed door facing the rear, along with another glazed wall facing the side of the house.
The gourmet kitchen is perfectly placed to focus on the dining room, the family room, and a window–wrapped nook between them. The kitchen features a huge curved island, plenty of counter and cabinet space, a built–in desk area, and a large walk–in pantry. Like most of the rooms in this house, the ceiling is set at a lofty 10′. The family room has a large fireplace beside a large picture window, and sliding glass doors leading to the back yard.
Just off the kitchen there is a short hallway that leads to two bedrooms (each with its own full bath and walk–in closet), the utility/laundry room, and a two–car garage. An additional single–car garage is located beyond the utility room, connected by a covered breezeway. And just off the foyer there’s a den with corner windows facing the courtyard, and a powder room.
The remainder of the house is dedicated to the master suite. The bedroom features a coved ceiling that vaults to 12′, double glazed doors with transoms above that open to the rear, additional windows with views to the side, and a large sitting area with a corner fireplace. The bath area features a huge soaking tub beneath large windows, an extra large shower, two separated sinks, a private toilet, and a truly enormous walk–in closet. Double doors in the dressing area open to the courtyard, where a hot tub could be located.
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The first thing that stands out as you approach this handsome home is the incredible Craftsman–style wood detailing beneath gabled roofs featured at both the opening to a large enclosed courtyard and the main entryway to the house. This use of wood was continued throughout the interior by the original homeowners. The great room enjoys terrific views to the rear through sliding glass doors topped by transom windows, and it also features a centrally–located fireplace along with a ceiling that soars to 18' in the middle of the room. And all the other rooms at the rear of the house – family room, breakfast nook, dining room, and the master bedroom – have equally fantastic views.
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Bond paperPrinters 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).
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5-Set Construction or Bid SetIf 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.
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MylarVellum 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.
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Plans in CAD formatPlans 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.