Introducing: The Preppy Modern House

I’ve talked in vague terms about “that house we’re building” and you’ve seen bits and pieces on Instagram, but I haven’t really shown you guys much of what we’re building!

It’s been busy, to say the least.

This project flew through the planning stages pretty darn quickly – I already had a good idea of what I wanted, and our architect was totally game.  We worked well together, and this is the result!

The Preppy Modern House - Exterior Elevations - It's Great to Be Home

(Update: if you don’t know what I mean by “preppy modern,” click here.)

What you see above is the front elevation of the home.  This is an oversized lot for the neighborhood, which makes me SO happy!  Front-entry garages aren’t for everyone but they’re very common in this neighborhood, and putting the garage in the front allowed us to maximize the backyard space while still creating a really gorgeous exterior.  I have a thing about backyards (because we have a tiny one…) and really wanted to preserve the size of this one since the oversized lot is such a fantastic feature.

So, what are you looking at up there?  :)  The home will be all brick (I have one picked out and I loooove it) with cast stone accents at the front entry, and the window sills and lintels (the detail above the window).  We’ll likely have to nix some of the cast stone to save costs, but we’re going to try to keep as much as possible!

The majority of the roof will be composition shingles, with a standing seam metal accent on the street-facing part of the first floor.  Ever since we did the roof of our own home in standing seam metal I’ve been obsessed!

I’ll get into the floor plan in another post, but here’s what you’re looking at in a nutshell:

  • the two-car garage is on the extreme left
  • an office is to the right of the garage, with 2 large windows
  • to the right of the office is a powder room, with 1 smaller window
  • the entryway (and entry vestibule) is to the right of the powder room, shown with cast stone
  • the dining room is on the extreme right
  • on the second level, the “play room” is those first 3 windows, then a bedroom with 2 large windows, and then a jack ‘n jill bath to the extreme right

There’s more going on in the back, obviously, but I’ll get to that.  :)

The Preppy Modern House - Exterior Elevations - It's Great to Be Home What you see above is the left-hand side of the house, to the east.

      • the master bedroom is those first 2 windows on the left
      • the master bathroom is that large space between the windows, plus the 2 side-by-side windows
      • the garage takes up the rest of the space from the exterior door all the way to the right
      • the chimney you see is coming up from the living room on the 1st floor
      • the window on the 2nd level is at the head of the stairs

The Preppy Modern House - Exterior Elevations - It's Great to Be Home

What you see above is the back of the house.

        • on the far left is a large covered patio, and behind that is the kitchen
        • the living room is the bank of 3 windows in the middle
        • the master bedroom is on the far right
        • on the 2nd level there is a bedroom on the far left
        • and another bedroom on the far right of the 2nd level

The Preppy Modern House - Exterior Elevations - It's Great to Be Home What you’re looking at is the right-hand side of the house.

          • the dining room is the 2 windows on the far left
          • the butler’s pantry is the 1st small window
          • the kitchen is the last 2 small windows
          • the covered patio is on the far right
          • on the 2nd level, the 1st 2 windows are a jack ‘n jill bathroom
          • a bedroom is the last 2 windows on the 2nd level

All told, this house is just under 4,000 square feet (which is the average size for new construction in this neighborhood) and has 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms – it’s going to be awesome!  Framing is almost complete and walking through the house might just be one of the most exciting things I’ve done in awhile.  :)  I was having a bad day last week but it instantly improved while I was standing on the second level, soaking up the sunshine – it was an awesome feeling.

So that’s the exterior of the house we’re building.  If you want to follow along on Instagram, the hashtag is #thepreppymodernhouse.  Talk to you soon!

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  1. kristin says:

    Wooohooo! I chuckled at your title. What fun you must be having–such the life you live! It looks AMAZING!

  2. Cari says:

    Yay! Good for you guys. Good to see progress!
    We hope to have our basement in this week! Subfloor and trusses delivered this week too.
    Have you looked into Lowe’s for Pros? I don’t know how much building supplies you buy yourself, but we signed up and have saved a lot so far. Especially on the Advantech subfloor. We needed something waterproof since our shell won’t be delivered for a few weeks after installation.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Awesome Cari, how exciting that things are moving along!! We’re getting our supplies (including Advantech) from a local company at a great price, but that’s awesome to know about Lowe’s for Pros – always good to have options!

  3. Aimee says:

    Wow! Aside from the exciting content of your post, the prospect of getting your renderings included and other info just boggles my mind. I think you are one tech accomplished girl! It looks wonderful, and I can’t wait to peek inside!

  4. Jordan says:

    Lovely design! Seems like a great home with lots of space for a family. Thanks for sharing this, it’s gorgeous.

  5. Ariel says:

    It certainly looks great so far! Can’t wait to see what it ends up looking like in reality :)

    • Nice design, can’t wait to see the final project finished. Good luck with the project be sure to post updates on your instagram, would love to see how it all turns out :)

  6. Great blog, home is the best thing in life.

  7. Great blueprint. It got awesome design for your new home. I think you should add a great garage too using pavage asphalte

  8. Victor says:

    Whoa! This is impressive. I leaned back in my chair a bit and was just sitting here pondering everything you said. Really cool.
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  9. Alma Vaca says:

    Awesome concept! Your post inspired some aspects of how I want my future house to look like. Hoping for your success! :)

  10. David says:

    Shared! Shared! This is AWESOME stuff man! Thank you!
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  11. Andrew says:

    Awesome post!

    I love the detail you went into with the diagrams showing exactly what the house looks like from every possible angle.

    I’ll definitely be checking your blog out more in the future!

  12. Great post. thank you for sharing about this tips

    Really great info step by step.
    I can really know what is the perfect entrée de garage

  13. Lavues says:

    Thanks for sharing the plans. It’s going to be a beautiful looking house.

  14. Harry Archer says:

    After reviewing the plans, it seems as if your making something beautiful. Not sure where this is being built but im sure it will make the entire neighbor shine!

  15. I love the design of this home Cari. I may borrow of these designs for my own project. Thanks for sharing :-)

  16. Ashok jain says:

    A great artitech design..beautiful idea . It’s look like a smart home design for smart people.

  17. Thanks for sharing the plans. A great artitech design. Thank a lot for sharing about these useful tips. I really liked your modern house. Lovely design i must say. It is a perfect home with a lot of space and perfect interiors.

  18. Nick Mayers says:

    This house is absolutely fantastic, congratulations, similar to one I have plan to make to myself. I think that front garages are most convenient way for homeowners to park car and I love them. Especially if you have plans for back garden as your resort.
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  19. Evan Spirk says:

    I have noticed that your garage don’t have direct access to backyard. That door could be very handy especially when you bring something heavy for garden. Perhaps you could reconsider it.
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  20. Celia Landry says:

    Hi Liz, Your house looks beautiful Just have looked your pics on Instagram. What are your plans for backyard. You said it is small one so I am wondering are you planning to make pool or not?
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  21. Jesus Mario says:

    Great Post ,I had the chance to look up your pics as well and they look amazing, I would love to know what are your plans for your backyard . What do you think about a nice stamped concrete design?


  22. Jason McCoy says:

    What a great house, can’t wait to see interior. I suppose it will be same nice like exterior. I love your choice of fireplace it is outstanding!

  23. I looove the combination between bricks and cast stone. The exterior is going to look awesome! I imagine a freshly mowed lawn with hydrangeas and lilacs alongside the fencing… Ahh wonderful! Can’t wait to see the house and the garden!

  24. Handyman says:

    Wow! The house is huge! You are doing a pretty smart planning of the spaces and it’s going to be great at the end for sure! Now we are all eager to see the final result, and how the interior is designed and furnished! Good luck with the project!

  25. Shannon says:

    Looks wonderful and really spacious. The perfect home for a big and happy family. Can’t wait to see more photos once you turn this project into reality. Best of luck!

  26. Steven says:

    As if there isn’t enough going on when building a house, you are documenting the whole process! This is a great and interesting blog idea. Very brave of you to allow us to get an education from your real time experience. Thank you!

  27. Dear Liz, you set a great example of a woman who knows exactly what she wants and how to accomplish her goals. Wishing you to be just as inspiring and tireless in your future pursuits as you’ve been before!

  28. That is great big house design. You are going to enjoy in that house. Did you thought about solar heating panels or solar energy panels. That can be very savvy solution for future.

  29. Gary Mattoc says:

    That is lovely house design. You gave me an Idea how to organize house exterior. I always thought that my yard is not wide enough to have garage in front. After analyzing your sketch I find out that we have same size plot. Thanks for sharing
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  30. Chris says:

    I strongly prefer front-entry garages as well. But some people prefer the side entry garage which they says “must have”. It makes your home look like it is all living space and gets those pesky cars from out in front. Lol. Anyway, its our choice because its our home. You have an amazing house design anyway. :)

  31. Jason Litwin says:

    So this is how a preppy lives huh? lol Love the house plans. It is a great design and I can tell a lot of thought, and planning has gone into every inch of the smart design. You are going to love how the brick and stone look together, it will be very classy. Cant wait to see the final product. Maybe you can do a video tour for the blog? Enjoy.

  32. Gary Mattoc says:

    I like the way you thinking on details. Your house looking great. You will enjoy every day living in that house. I cant wait to see how it looks when it is finished.
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  33. wow that is one great post. Love it when you can see thoughts put upon paper and then make them realities. This has a great layout which I am sure you will enjoy. Please post some pics when it is done maybe give me some ideas for my home projects
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  34. David says:

    I strongly like the style of this design think I would love to see this finished

  35. AbbieP says:

    I really love the layout and can’t wait to see the finished project. Our house is currently being renovated so I know the feeling of relief after having a bad day. I guess, looking forward to a new beginning wipes out all the negativity of the present moment, right? I wish your project turns out to be everything you wish for… and more :))

  36. Kevin says:

    I enjoyed the labor that was put in for such work. DO you have a completed design as of yet?
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  37. Terry says:

    Wow what a beauty the details and time you must had taken to accomplish such a task this is truly great thanks for sharing this post with us
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  38. Felix says:

    As someone who works in the plumbing field I did not realize how complex and precise many jobs that we do must be. In fact seeing this great post shows me that you have an eye for detail I could assume.

  39. Braylen Johnson says:

    Hey, Great job! I find this article interesting and informative.Hope there is more that you can share for us. From enterprise lévisienne.

  40. I have been following you on Instagram and love seeing the breakdown of where everything is in your new home! I love how the garage is off to the side, I have always envisioned something like that for my future house. How long until you are done and can move in?!
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  41. John says:

    Great post do you have ay images of what you have done completed ?
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  42. Joseph V. says:

    I think it’s a really good idea to go through this much planning, even if just for the outside of a home. It truly looks like it will be a labor of love. I’ve seen other “not-so” professional home builders not always draw up a complete blueprint of the plan (the inspectors didn’t seem to mind, which surprised me). Even worse, they left their customers in the dark about certain aspects of their job, such as roofing, and electrical wiring. It wasn’t shoddy work- it was all done professionally, of course. But it seemed they had an extreme lack of planning on their part…
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  43. Lina Peter says:

    Great elevation done by you. I am so eager to see photos of home. Please share as soon as possible.

  44. Yes this was amazing do have any other blogs that I could see ?
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  45. Leather Bags says:

    Great Post…

  46. Christine says:

    Liz, I love your blog! I’ve been reading for years! I love to see what you guys have going on! As a fellow Realtor, flipper and blogger, how did you find the transition to new builds? My husband and I flip in the Plano area so there aren’t many vacant lots or tear downs, but I always love to see other avenues! Keep up the great work!
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  47. Matt R. says:

    Very impressive plans. How far along is the project now? Do you have a slab foundation? How about the heating and cooling system? There are a lot of eco and wallet friendly systems out there these day. Good luck with the new home.

  48. Julie says:

    Wonderful Post. Looking interesting.

  49. Hey there! Just stumbled upon your blog! I love it! We also flip houses so I am always looking to find others who do what we do! Congrats on your great success and the beautiful house you are building! You guys do great work!

  50. Katelynn says:

    We flip in the Raleigh, NC area by the way….

  51. It means the all evidence are true.

  52. Chris says:

    Amazing post! This is a awesome looking house, I’m currently doing renovations to my house and find your blog to be very inspirational and gives me a lot of ideas.
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  53. Really nice post specially the graphical images. It is really great to be a home… but we can’t be one ha ha ha! However, Keep continue this stuffs. Waiting for your next post :)

  54. Cole Maude says:

    Wow… it is just an amazing house. I love it.
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  55. On the West Elevation image, I like the window placement. I’m a little weird because even though the window placement inside the home usually makes scense, many times it looks strange from the outside.
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  56. Michael West says:

    A nice design! I wish I could have a play room with 3 windows too. :)

  57. Lucy says:

    Okay, stealing this design. Thanks for getting the hard work done for me! Dream house is now in the works! :)

  58. The house looks amazing, lots of windows, which would mean lots of sunlight, and the roof contruction is practically perfect. You did a great job!
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  59. Hi, It seems you have designed these picture of houses through auto cad. Looking cool! What about interior structure? Hope you will share another post about that. Thank you!

  60. Nice design, can’t wait to see the final project finished. Good luck with the project be sure to post updates on your instagram, would love to see how it all turns out :)
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  61. Scott says:

    Can you tell me are you framing in window or steel and a little more about the type of glass. IE is it double glazed or tinted.