My wife (Canadian) and I are looking to build a house in regional NSW, but we are looking in to the practicality of building a North American style.. Similar to the house on Modern Family as a starting point. It is amazing (please see below)
http://hookedonhouses.net/2011/03/20/mo ... ab-houses/
I particularly like the interior, the colours are so warm and elegant, the layout of the house is great.. some bathrooms I've come across are just stunning, please see below:
http://www.houseplans.com/2567-square-f ... rage-33757 (you can click more photo's under the main pic)
So, any thoughts on the practicality of it? I'd assume we'd either have to buy plans from an online site if we found something we liked, or sit with an architect and go over some ideas influenced by these types of houses..
Having never built before, I'd also assume volume builders wouldn't be interested in anything thats not under their specs, so i'd imagine to build a 'one-off' would take a lot longer then the spec builders.. Kind of like the show grand designs.. Having to chase people up all the time etc, ha-ha.. (sounds stressful already lol)
Would cost be a big factor in these types of houses? Sure some materials could be substituted, but the 'nice to have' things, under floor heating, ducted gas heating, filled insulated, etc..
Any thoughts would be great, thanks.