It’s no secret that at Ventura Homes we build the same floor plans multiple times. We know a good floor plan when we see – or rather – design one! So how is it that our repeated floor plans feel so fresh, so unique, so…different? The secret lies in the styling. Really well-thought-out, intentional styling. This is more than just house dress up; we begin infusing a home with style the minute we choose which floor plan to use. Even if we’ve built that floor plan one thousand times before, we know this home will be completely distinct, because that’s what we do at Ventura Homes. Let’s delve a little further into this process – be prepared for lots of amazing kitchen inspiration, since that’s where we tend to shine! Every grouping of photos below shows a set of three homes that are the same floor plan. Notice the subtle similarities in the photos, but also take note of how the styling of the major elements in each home make you feel.
Like I said, we start with one of our tried and true floor plans…and then play around with where major appliances and fixtures will sit. We love big kitchen sinks on an island, on a window wall, on a window-less wall underneath floating shelves or a pretty sconce…oh, the possibilities. Maybe we move the fireplace from an interior wall, to the front exterior. What about ceiling treatments and beams? Where can we add unique windows/light sources? <– Those are always the burning questions in the design office. There are plenty of architectural tricks up our sleeves to add character to each version of a floor plan. We never settle for one permanent layout, and Ventura Homes designs stay very fun because of it.
Next step – cabinet drawings. We know what cabinetry layouts work as far as drawer sizes, storage efficiency, fixture placement, yadda yadda yadda…from there, the possibilities unfold (refer to the Cabinet Door Crash Course). Next comes custom vent hood design, built-ins, and fireplace finish out. These elements probably contribute the most to the style of the home, as they provide the most opportunity to link to the materials used on the exterior. Speaking of the exterior – take a look at a few of our Beverly plans, and how the front of the home ties in to the interior gathering space.
The classic Beverly, with an interior fireplace, a gorgeous dormer, and a barn door – covered pantry.
This Beverly brought the fireplace to the front exterior wall to utilize it as a grand feature on the façade, and ditched the barn door pantry, but not barn doors altogether. A scaled down set of sliding doors hides a custom doggie door within the kitchen pantry!
Beverly #3 switched up the range placement entirely, allowing for big beautiful windows looking out on the bonus room. Cozy AND open. Win-win, right there.
Of course, selections play an immense part in setting each home apart. Light fixtures, tile, countertops, hardware, paint – we’ve got loads of previous blogs where you’ll find the scoop on each of those styling keys. Maybe what ya didn’t realize though is that even our homes that run on the smaller scale are just as thoughtfully crafted as their larger counterparts. No matter if the square footage comes in at 1,600 SF or 3,000 we care about every home feeling and looking completely distinctive. One of our most popular small designs, the Ventura, is truly a chameleon floor plan.
Now you know how our floor plans, though almost always laid out the same, are designed so that we can play up styling differences and effectively make each Ventura Home truly one-of-a-kind. Ventura Homes proves time and time again that “spec” home definitely does not mean generic.