Dual owner's suites

by Greg Dodge 9. April 2012 12:26

The popularity of homes with two master suites is growing rapidly.  Buyer profiles vary from households with aging parents or adult children sharing the home with you.  We recently spoke with an individual looking for a home with three master suites for three widows/widowers who wanted companionship and the advantages of home ownership!


Especially in homes designed for a basement foundation, or homes which can have additional bedrooms upstairs, expect to be seeing more dual-master suite homes coming to the market!

Example dual owner's suite home plans:

29354 the Welker
29353 the Sadie




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Pick your lot and home plans very carefully!

by Greg Dodge 23. February 2012 14:03


Shortly after my wife and I decided to build a home, on a nice February day, I stood up on our lot and surveyed the view.  No homes had been built, the development was covered in ankle deep snow and the view of the woods and lakes was awesome.


While I knew the view would not last as homes were built and the development filled in, I didn't account for one small aspect of our lot's location.  The lot is a pie shaped lot with the point of the pie curbside along the outside curve of the street. 


So what you say.  What does it matter?  Here's what matters.


My 3-car garage requires a larger, wider driveway at the curb.  In and of itself, that's no big deal.  What I DID NOT account for in selecting the lot was how the snow plow would throw all that snow on my driveway.  Each time the plow comes around the curve, the snow literally flies of the edge of the blade and is piled high and deep on my driveway.


A couple of days before I left to travel to the 2012 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, it snowed in Omaha.  It wasn't a lot of snow - maybe 6 or seven inches, but it was a heavy, wet snow.  So wet in fact my super-charged 24", dual stage snow-blower couldn't deal with it.  My kids and I ended up shoveling the mountain of snow at the curb by hand.


I know. I know.  It's a sad, sob story.  But here's my point - Pick your lot and home plan very carefully!  There are things you might not account for.  Things you will wish you had known.  


Ask questions of your builder, your REALTOR, and your friends.  Don't end up cussing your choice every time is snows, rains or whatever.


When you built your home, what did you miss?  What's the one thing that bugs the crap out of you every single time you have to deal with it?

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Ups and Downs

by Greg Dodge 20. February 2012 16:48


Ups and Downs

If you're building a new home with either a basement, second floor or both, where do you want the stairs to be situated? Stairs located in the center of the home may minimize hallways upstairs but many times center stairs are an assumption at the design phase. When center stairs run along the entry, they may squeeze the traffic pattern and make the space appear and feel tight. Stairs right at the entry may interrupt movement through the home when the entry door is open.






Many of today's buyers prefer an open, inviting entry view which does not include the staircase, locating those stairs instead to one side of the home, often near the garage. Attending the public grand opening of a new model home in Minneapolis, the most common visitor comments complimented the rear staircase location!



Example Floor Plans


Moss Bluff - Design 43013

Flacco - Design 29352

Winston Court - 9206


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