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Floor Plan or Elevation?

Should you start with the floor plan or elevation when designing a new custom home in Winter Park, Orlando and Central Florida?


A common challenge when designing a new home is to create an exterior elevation appropriate to the design theme once the floor plan is complete. Additionally, how do the floor plan and elevation impact the construct-ability of the structure. It may look beautiful but be prohibitively expensive to build. Many vernacular designs credit their appearance to the ease and efficiency which they could be built. Responsible design must balance all three elements - floor plan, elevation and structure.



The floor plan is often the starting place for a new design, although a strong elevation may dictate the boundaries and restrict the plan. Good designers build the home in their head while they are designing. Failure to understand how the structure is going to be assembled may create complexity that drives the cost up once the structural engineer starts his calculations. It's also important to understand that the engineer usually doesn't contribute until the design process is nearly finished, whereby changes may be costly.



Good design is so much more than just a pretty facade. It’s a culmination of characteristics that create lasting value, function and appeal. Let us show you why Groninger Custom Homes and Kg3d Home Design are good choices for your new home.


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Little is more meaningful and personal than a home, and the experience of designing and building your own home should be rewarding and enjoyable. Choosing a builder is difficult. The process of designing and building a home involves numerous decisions about components, systems and services selected from criteria that includes price, quality, appearance and performance. How can you possibly understand everything unless the builder is willing to share all of the information?   


Allow us to introduce you to The GCH Way of building your next home. Please let us know if you have any questions. Keith Groninger

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