Transforming New into Timeless

As a builder and remodeler, we at Robert R. Jones Homes often hear the comment that buyers want a new home for energy efficiency, low maintenance, state of the art gourmet kitchens, opulent Master Baths and large closets, but really prefer the charm and character in older homes.  They often state they want a new home that is “Timeless”. In further discussion, what they are often saying is they want a home that reflects a certain period in American or European history, often stated as “Old World” It’s what they feel comfortable with and will enjoy living in.

We typically start with a floor plan that suits their family’s lifestyle. Since form follows function, it is equally important to consider the interior of the home and what is important to their daily living. Here are some considerations:

  • Size and square footage
  • 2-story ceilings in selected areas
  • 9-10 ft ceilings in selected areas
  • 1 or 2 staircases
  • Type of main staircase; circular or dual
  • Great Room vs Living Room/ Family Room
  • First or 2nd floor Master Suite
  • Number of Bedrooms
  • Number of Bathrooms incl. 1/2 baths
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Size of Kitchen and Informal Eating Area
  • Butler’s Pantry
  • Walk-in Pantry
  • Pocket Office/ Bill Paying Area
  • Library/Office
  • Laundry
  • Number of fireplaces

Before going further, look closely at your list and convert your “list of rooms” into a list of functions.  Instead of Living Room, Family Room or Library, think in terms of TV watching, reading, doing homework, working on the computer, managing your home-based business and so forth.  Then scrutinize your list with an eye toward combining as many functions as you can.  For example, can you combine the functions of formal and informal dining?  Do you really need a separate space for each?

Combining multiple functions into a single space, saves space and allows you to allocate just the right amount of space for each function.  Instead of several smaller rooms, each with a bit of wasted space, you can have a single larger space.  The dollars saved by eliminating wasted space can be targeted at providing a higher level of finish, the kind of finish that helps create the charm and character that we to achieve.

The photo above illustrates this concept in practice.  The functions of food preparation (Kitchen), informal eating (snack bar), formal or holiday dining and reading are combined into a single large space.  Each function borrows space, both functionally and visually, from the adjacent function.  Dollars saved by eliminating unnecessary square footage have been directed at upgrading the finish on the fireplace, light fixtures and adding crown moldings to the room.  Another benefit is that the fireplace can be enjoyed by those busy with food preparation.

Often when it comes to the exterior elevation or appearance of the front of the home, our buyers have some idea of what they want and often have photos of what they like. Here are examples of exterior features we ask them to take into consideration:

  • Roof style
  • Siding if any
  • Brick/Stone; stone accents
  • Window styles; bays
  • Entry door(s)
  • Porch
  • Columns; size and details
  • Chimney style and caps
  • Garage size and style; side or courtyard entry; Porte Cochere
  • Balustrades or other decorative stone details
  • Courtyard entry to main entrance

Initially we do a sketch to give them for their approval. When they are satisfied with the sketch, we present them with a large, color rendering as a keepsake. This makes it easy for them to envision what their home will look like.

We at Robert R. Jones Homes have the in-house capability and expertise to design your “Timeless” new home, thus saving our buyers time and the expense of hiring an architect.  With our 30 years experience in the building and remodeling industry, we have been privileged to build more than one home for our buyers.

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