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Shingle Style Home Plans by David Neff, Architect
True shingle style design, the most detailed drawing sets, and free customization!
Collaborate directly with David Neff on selecting and customizing your shingle style dream home.
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Why choose our home plans?
1) Authentic shingle style designs
Most home plan sites offer boxy houses with a few gables and other architectural “features” sprinkled on the main facade to create visual “interest” and to connote a particular style. This is inch-deep shingle style without real soul or character.
I’ve always been passionate about the shingle style. I’ve toured the country with my camera, read every book, and continue to study this quintessential American style which, done right, should exude a spirit of comfort, relaxation, and summertime leisure.
2) Good design all the way around your house
Ever notice that most home plan sites show rear and side views that look like a barely-designed jumble of doors and windows? Or that they sometimes won’t even show you the rear and sides at all? If they don’t want to show it, it can’t be good!
Look at the plans on this site and you’ll see that each side of every home is designed with care. Front, back, and sides all have balance and interest. Good architecture is not just about “curb appeal;” it unfolds in three dimensions.
3) Outdoor connection
Ready-made floor plan houses are often apartment-like in their inward-focus, meaning an awkward connection to the landscape that discourages outdoor enjoyment.
The shingle style is about an outdoor lifestyle. Each house on this website shows a hypothetical site plan so you can imagine how your new home flows out into outdoor rooms.
4) Classic layouts
The competition’s plans typically have closet-size formal rooms with the exact same amorphous kitchen-breakfast-great room blob, resulting in a house with cookie-cutter character.
True shingle style space flows effortlessly through wide openings. At the same time, each individual room should be strongly defined with a unique sense of place.
5) Drawings with Detail
The competition typically provides a bare-bones drawing set. This can mean construction delays and surprise additional costs as you and your contractor fill in the information gaps.
Highly-detailed drawing sets create a speedy, conflict-free working relationship with your contractor. Make the process smoother still with optional interior detail drawings not offered by other plan sites.
6) “Master up”
A downstairs master bedroom suite can create tunnel-like procession of public rooms, choked off from light and views. It also creates much more ground-level square footage, meaning a larger footprint and significantly more expensive construction.
Very few stock plans feature a second floor master. A “master up” house lets the first floor breathe and flow into outdoor rooms in all directions. (Plans can be customized to include an elevator and/or a first floor bedroom.)
7) Speak directly to David Neff
It can be overwhelming to sift through the 1000s of mediocre plans offered by the competition. And if you need to make plan alterations, you’ll likely be forced to work with a employee who lacks any formal architectural training.
Here’s my cellphone number: 917 647-2093. Call me anytime for help selecting the perfect plan for your family and your building site. If there’s anything that doesn’t work for you, I will make most plan changes for free. More extensive changes are available at a reasonable rate.