In late 2016 we broke ground on a new a semi-detached project. Framing began just before Christmas, and by late June had the first of two complete, with the second just a few weeks behind. We used all of our inner city building experience to make this project our most value driven offering to date. This meant we brought select features and all of the living experience of a much more costly product into a lower cost market segment. The precise layout, combined with our focus on careful site management and urban loft decor proved to be highly appealing to our clients. The news page features a chronology of the process in exhaustive detail, and a few final photos are at the bottom of this page. We will be starting a similar project in the fall of 2017, along with our much anticipated rowhouse project. This page will not receive any further updates.
Exterior nearing completion
We pride ourselves on getting the utility component of the main floor just right. The main floor is where the bulk of family living is going to take place - and it has to work for all kinds of buyers. This is version two of our original custom layout for our semi, so we know what works. We consider furniture placement in combination with window size and height, and most of all how the stairs and powder room placement impact privacy and room sizes. We prefer to offer a front room that is labeled a 'flex space' but we call it an office. There are so many tweaks and adjustments that we have incorporated into the design that it needs to be experienced as a show suite to be appreciated. One of our recent buyers is using the flex room as a kids play area, so it must be working for them too.
The second floor is all about bedroom arrangement for this style of house. We stick with a fairly conventional layout because it is so space efficient, but with some of our own custom touches. Buyers can likely tour dozens of similar semi-d projects before selecting the one they like best to purchase. We know this plan well and the defining elements include a huge master closet and bathroom, and two kids bedrooms that work 'just right' for beds and small furnishings. A spacious laundry and second bath round out the package. We don't claim to have invented this design but we have minimized the hallway space and maximized the living space. Expect to see some luxury touches and two barn doors.
We put together a flexible basement space with a bedroom bath combo at the front, and a large recreation room with wet bar option at the rear. The rec. room likely serves as a late night movie watching space or as a kids play area, or both at the same time. We have included ample storage space, with three possible places to hide away seasonal gear and supplies. We finish the mechanical room off nicely so it is easy for service work and to access media equipment that can be added later. For this project we deleted the tubs and added showers instead, we don't see basement tubs getting a lot of use. We also have a wet bar option, this is another item that maybe isn't used as much as it could be, so we make it available by roughing in the drain and water lines.