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A Google search of contemporary house plans returns an enormous amount of links. Do you have any favorites? We live in Pensacola and plan to build within a year and trying to get some ideas. It'll be a 4/2, brick house around 2,300 to 2,500 sq ft with a real 3 car garage. For the life of me what builders around here call a 2 car garage, damn think sure won't fit my Tundra. I am thinking that the garage should be around 26' deep or so. Anyway, post up your favorites: plans, pics and links.

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www.dwell.com

I subscribed to this mag for a few years. I really enjoyed it.

This link may be of interest to you, just for ideas, I know you want brick.

http://www.dwell.com/homes/prefab
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www.dwell.com

I subscribed to this mag for a few years. I really enjoyed it.

This link may be of interest to you, just for ideas, I know you want brick.

http://www.dwell.com/homes/prefab
I don't think he meant "modern" contemporary based on the 4/2 brick comment.
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Oh. Right.

I'm still not sure I follow though. What is a contemporary brick home? Just a brick home that is built in the present rather than the past?
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Thanks much! Guess I should have said a modern contemporary house with a brick exterior vs stucco etc but definitely modern and definitely contemporary.
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Thanks much! Guess I should have said a modern contemporary house with a brick exterior vs stucco etc but definitely modern and definitely contemporary.
Hmmm. Based on those criteria - I've always liked this plan:

http://www.houseplans.com/plan/2557-...2-garage-35285



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Here's a home close by and an example of what I am referring to design wise. This house has a side entry 2 car garage but need more room.
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I would describe that pretty much as a brick ranch.
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Works for us, we just like the design and elevation but need more room. Here in FL what is referred to as a 2 car garage is a sorry excuse and smallish.
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I would describe that pretty much as a brick ranch.
Certainly, I would almost consider that traditional Dan Sater has some great plans in that vein. His interiors are pretty smartly set up.

http://saterdesign.com
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My suggestion would be to draw out your own floor plan on graph paper to scale, find an exterior you like, and send them both over to architect to have it drawn up. They will make the adjustments and make it all work. That's what my wife and I did.

Look at spec homes and online to get a feel of what you may like, and borrow those ideas to beard your own. I measured vehicles to figure out they'd fit, and drew the garage accordingly. Plus I wanted to be able to put small boats and pwc in the garage.

If I figure out how to post my pictures, I'll post them for you
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And given that you only live in about 25% of what you build make sure that part is convenient to you needs and lifestyle.

The above does not of course refer to the garage / shed component of the build that always needs to be at least 25% bigger than you first thought.

Lost count of the number of houses we have lived in over our working life. Probably the ideal way to cope with all contingencies is to have a secondary storage option not too far from "home".

Should be an interesting journey......

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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
A Google search of contemporary house plans returns an enormous amount of links. Do you have any favorites? We live in Pensacola and plan to build within a year and trying to get some ideas. It'll be a 4/2, brick house around 2,300 to 2,500 sq ft with a real 3 car garage. For the life of me what builders around here call a 2 car garage, damn think sure won't fit my Tundra. I am thinking that the garage should be around 26' deep or so. Anyway, post up your favorites: plans, pics and links.

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I hear you on the garage. We built our 2-car garage 26'x26' with an 18' wide door. It's deep enough to park a Suburban and still have 5' of space in front of the truck, wide enough that the cars' doors can fully open without hitting the car next to them. The 20'x20' "double car" garages suck, even 24'x24' isn't big enough. The 18' door is key- we have a family member in a wheelchair and we can easily park the cars far enough apart to give the wheelchair plenty of room to roll between them.
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We found a set of plans , bought them and went to an architect to put in our changes.

The engineer will stamp them and you will be good to go.

Get extra sets, you will need a bunch of sets.
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Thanks for the continue replies. Back when my dad built his house, rest his soul I believe his garage was 28' square and it really paid off. LOTS of space which is always nice to have. Oddly enough, this house we are in now which we just rented for a year is a really nice fit with the exception of we would like it a bit bigger (it is just under 2,000 sq ft) and the garage is pathetic LOL. Thanks for the suggestion on the 18' wide door!
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Designing/building a new house in Florida is not for the faint of heart. Floridas new building code is complex, emphasizing structural requirements and energy requirements not usually found in stock plans. You may be better off to use the floor plan/elevations as an example, and have professional design a site specific building for you.
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My favorite custom home builder. I am a bit biased as I went to school with him. Easy going and will work with/for you and does outstanding work.

My favorite plan.
http://welbiltcustomhomes.com/parade...1-parade-house

The pictures do not do this house justice, or any of his others for that matter. I am sure that it can be built as a brick as well.
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My favorite custom home builder. I am a bit biased as I went to school with him. Easy going and will work with/for you and does outstanding work.

My favorite plan.
http://welbiltcustomhomes.com/parade...1-parade-house

The pictures do not do this house justice, or any of his others for that matter. I am sure that it can be built as a brick as well.
Thanks, I have seen some of his work in looking at the Parade of Homes online and instantly recalled some of those homes. I will save this for sure!
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I'm building one of these in SW FL. Making a few mods but not too much. Scrapping fire place and swapping kitchen and dining to open it it up a little better.

http://saterdesign.com/product/monterrey-cove/

I like the Sater plans. My last home was a Donald Gardener plan and while it was a nice home, some of the proportions seemed a little odd. William Poole has some really nice plans as well.
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Originally Posted by jpcanning View Post
We found a set of plans , bought them and went to an architect to put in our changes.

The engineer will stamp them and you will be good to go.

Get extra sets, you will need a bunch of sets.
This....
My current house is a Donald Gardner(Southern Living) design that was
95% perfect and the changes I needed were basically done for a small fee.
They have their own engineers on staff also. Good Luck!
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