Oct 052014
 

This style of home comes from the basic need for shelter. National-style homes are less adorned than the European Victorian style homes. In early America, builders copied from Native American and tended to build these homes more for utilitarian needs.

The style is typically utilizes rectangular shapes with side-gabled roofs or square layouts with pyramidal roofs. The gabled-front-and-wing style this home in Danville is in the subset of the National style known as “Massed” plan styles, recognized by a layout more than one room deep, often sport side gables and shed-roofed porches.

National style homes have been around since the pre-railroad days but the style is still used as the basis for new custom built homes and can be found all over the country.

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Sep 222014
 

1513 Forest Commons DrFrench Provincial or more commonly referred to as French Country style homes come from a style of French countryside homes originating in the 1600’s. Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Originally the homes were often brick with detailing in copper or slate but today more modern roofing materials are used and copper will only be a minor detail if used at all. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced, at least in original versions of the style but with modern homes the balance gives way to interior layouts and attached garages. Defining features often include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch balustrades; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters but again modern versions usually have only some of these features.

The truer French Provincial homes will be older homes built in America after the world wars in 1920’s & 1960s by returning soldiers. Now elements of the style are used in expensive custom homes as a way to stand out from more common modern building styles.

Check out our listing in Forest Commons (pictured above) here: www.HCHomeSales.com

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Sep 192014
 

1513 Forest Commons DrYou’ll want to check out this beautiful custom French provincial style home with 2 master suites and 4 full bathrooms located in the original section of Forest Commons in Avon. Features include a fantastic kitchen with granite counters, stunning arched stairway in the entry, ceramic tile & hardwood floors, and a 4-season room surrounded by the lovely patio & garden in the cozy back yard.  You’ll find beautifully detailed woodworking with crown molding, built in bookcases & cabinets, and gorgeous gas log fireplaces in both the living room and lower level master suite. The 3rd bedroom upstairs connects to the large bonus room over the garage, which has a wet bar and a separate stairway to the lower level. Also upstairs you have the loft area that overlooks the entryway and an office currently used as a guest room. We think you’ll be impressed and immediately you will see yourself sipping tea on the back patio & garden on a warm spring day like you’re at a nice quaint French cafe. With 2 master suites and kitchenette this could be a great multigenerational home. New roof in 2013 and includes a one year home warranty to cover mechanicals. Located minutes from nearby schools and shopping put this one down as a must see! For more details on price and photos check out www.HCHomeSales.com.

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Aug 282014
 

As you drive on county roads in Hendricks County you often find the sudden 90-degree turn with a short bit of road before another turn back in the direction you were driving. This is usually due to the nature of how early roads were based on trails that often cut across the areas of land before they were sold. You can see variances from some of the earliest maps of the county roads vs. today’s maps. (The old masp below are available at  http://www.co.hendricks.in.us/)

Once land was purchased and prepared for use by the new owner they often asked that the county vacate the road across their new land. This is evident in early records of county proceedings in various meeting documents in archives. For roads still used the solution often was to reroute the roads along the property lines. Of course when mostly used by slow foot and horse traffic 90 degree turns weren’t much of an issue. Today these corners are usually marked with tire skid marks from inattentive drivers.


Hendricks County 1865

Hendricks County 1865

Hendricks County 1876

Hendricks County 1876

Hendricks County 1904

Hendricks County 1904

Hendricks County 1920

Hendricks County 1920

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Aug 222014
 

Home for sale: 4023 Victoria LaneIf you are looking for a luxuries quality built completely custom home with a lot of space look no further. This 6 bedroom, 6 bath (plumbed for a 7th), 8761 square foot home with a classic neutral decor has room for everyone to enjoy. With a large master suite on the main level, 3 bedrooms on the second, a very large in-laws quarters complete with private elevator entrance over the garage, and a guest bedroom / bathroom in the basement, there is plenty of private space for everyone.

One of the common areas is the 2 level great room with built in book cases, a gas log fireplace, and is open to the kitchen area and connects to the indoor pool room via sliding glass doors. Also there is a large recreational / entertainment room in the basement complete with a media center and a wet bar. And in addition upstairs you have the family / game room with a large office area overlooking the great room below.

Heated Indoor Pool Room

Heated Indoor Pool Room

The large 4 bay side load garage includes a workshop area and an extra large bay (36×19) to fit a large motor home or boat with a lowered floor so you can step directly into motor home. The indoor 33 x 21 pool room is heated via in floor radiant heating that keeps the temperature comfortable even in the coldest part of winter. In the back yard you have a patio area just outside the pool room and a lovely pergola to sit and enjoy the evening breeze.

Located just west of Avon (Avon Schools) close to US 36 you’re minutes from schools, shopping, and just 15 minutes to the airport. You’ll have to see this home to understand how much you get for a really great price. For more pictures, pricing, and details check out http://HCHomeSales.com.


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Aug 202014
 

What is a multi-generational home you might ask. Reading a recent PEW report you’ll see there is some debate about that. But we won’t dive into that in this post. We’ll go more into a multigen (short for multi-generational) typical layout and what we see buyers looking for. So for now we’ll just say a home with 2 generations of adults living under the same roof, as that is a growing trend these days. A typical description is a home with in-law quarters as often it’s elderly parents with health issues moving in with their middle aged children so the children can be readily available to take care of them.

Multigenerational homes have been common in other cultures for centuries. It typically was expected for the children to live with aging parents while still having their own children living with them. In older sections of Europe homes are retained by a family for generations and thus designed with that in mind. It’s also common practice in Asian & Hispanic families to have multiple generations under one roof. Here in the U.S. it’s typically more of economic reasons that are starting to drive the multigen home trend. Adult children move back in with their parents for the financial support and elderly parents move in because of growing healthcare expenses and needs.

In-law Quarters

A very nice inlaw quarters in our listing in Avon. Includes private elevator from garage.

See more of our multigen listing in Avon here!

The trend we’ve seen as Realtors in Central Indiana is that in larger homes (6000 sq ft and larger) buyers are looking to see if there is a separate area that would give the parents some privacy and would be easily accessible (no stairs usually). This area should have a bedroom, full bathroom, and an area to set up a small kitchenette. But the ideal setup they really like to see includes a full kitchen, living room, laundry area, and a separate entrance to the outside or garage. The idea is that those living in this area can have total independence but still be just on the other side of a doorway.*

It’s becoming popular enough that if you Google multigen homes you’ll find several sites offering floor plans. And as mentioned before, we are finding that buyers are out looking at larger homes with their aging parents in mind. So if you find you’re thinking having your home remodeled for this purpose, be sure and check local zoning requirements first. Then check with a Realtor for local trends, as you want to make sure that on down the road the changes you make will not affect the sale of the home in a negative way. Otherwise you might want to check into local builders that are building homes designed for multigen homes in areas already zoned for them. We’re thinking multigen homes are going to become much more common in the near future.

If you’re in the market for a multigen home, need to sell yours, or just have questions about remodeling your own home for one, don’t hesitate to call or text The Derrick Team at 317-563-1110 or shoot us an email at DerrickTeam@DerrickTeam.com

* It should be noted that this area has access to enter the home so this is not the same as an apartment. If you try to secure the home entry you now you have a multi-family home, which is zoned differently and is not usually allowed in typical neighborhoods. So if you plan to remodel your home for an in-law quarters be sure and check your local zoning first.

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