Monday, May 30, 2011

The McAllister--a New Pre-Designed Plan

For all you movie buffs out there, the newest plan in our portfolio of pre-designed houses might look familiar.
When the real house from the movie "Home Alone" hit the market recently, the internet and blogs were abuzz with photos and information on the house in Winnetka, Illinois. It seems the classicly styled house had captured the hearts of many. And, it's easy to see why. The curb appeal is just amazing!

The real "Home Alone" house.

The interior, as recent listing information revealed, was very nice as well, but had a somewhat convoluted floor plan and was predictably lacking in closet and bathroom space demanded by modern families. (The original house was built in 1920, afterall.)

So we have created the modern version of the house, keeping the curb appeal that makes it so timeless, and incorporating a floor plan that's more satisfying to the way we live now:
The Front of our "McAllister"
The Main Floor of our McAllister Plan. Incorporates formal living and dining rooms, but the wonderful open floor plan, with circular traffic flow, is an entertainer's dream! the gourmet kitchen opens to the principal living areas, and the inclusion of an attached garage is a welcome convenience.
Upstairs, four bedrooms provide plenty of room for family and guests. All of the bedrooms are generously sized. One of the secondary bedrooms has a private bath, while the other two share a generous hall bath. The master suite is pure luxury. An arched and paneled bed alcove, a sun-filled sitting room, and dual walk-in closets join a spa-like bathroom for a true owner's retreat.

At just under 4,000 square feet, the McAllister is a reasonably sized house, and it's simple form and graceful hipped roof make it economical to build. (Additional space could be captured in the attic if desired.) If you've always dreamed of having the "Home Alone" house for your own, now you can! Please contact us at southgateresidential@gmail.com for information on ordering these plans.

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29 comments:

  1. I didn't realize this home was that old. Great job on the new floor plan. I think it's the warmth of the red and green interior that drew me in more than anything. Love that house!

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  2. Me too! And it's owners over the years have kept it up beautifully. Thanks for coming by to check it out Susan!

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  3. I love that you reworked this classic house to make it work better today. I want it! How cool would it be to build a "Home Alone" house--but with a better kitchen, attached garage, etc.? Maybe someday... :-)

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  4. Julia...I would love to have it myself!

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  5. I've said it before and I'll say it again. One of my favourite houses ever used for a movie. I just love a house that is completely bricks. The only thing I don't like about this floor plan is how separated the two walk-in closets are in the master. I would prefer the walk-in that is sharing the wall with the stairway to be moved over to where the other closet is. I routinely go in to my closet - whether to change or just grab something, and I'd rather not walk through my bathroom and especially the water closet (?) to get to it.

    I do have one question, is that a water closet? Or do you think the toilet just separated by a half wall or something? Because I don't think I've ever seen a water closet that incorporated a shower as well, haha.

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  6. Nathan, hi and thanks for stopping by! Love hearing the feedback! To answer your question, the toilet is just separated by a half wall. Being restrained by the footprint and symettry of the original house proved to be a challenge in a few areas, particularly the master suite! Another version I played with had the sitting room as more of an alcove for the bed, and then the closets and bath had a more typical arrangement at the rear of the house. What are your thoughts on that?

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  8. Brandon, your new plans for this house are amazing! I have always admired this house!My only question is where a staircase to the attic would be located, (because in the actual home it is to the side of the right upstairs hallway, where BR #3's WIC and BTH #3 is), and I believe that ifyou placed it over the current stairs there would not be enough clearance because of the roof. Any thoughts?

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  9. Hey Daniel! Thanks for dropping by. I saw a photo of the real house that has a large dormer on the rear...I would stack the attic stair over the main one and let the dormer take care of the headroom.

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  10. Super cool! I really love how you've made the family room open to the kitchen while keeping the more formal spaces (dining & living rooms) closed off. When I host parties my kitchen ends up a disaster so I like to keep the mess out of sight! ha!

    My only gripe is that I *adore* a home with two staircases (the back one -- usually off the kitchen, as in the film -- was intended for the help), and the only bathroom on the main floor is very inconvenient for guests.

    Re: the master bathroom/closets, why not put both closets on the left side and move the bathroom fixtures all the way over to the right? And instead of having to go through the sitting room, put access around where you have the double vanity.

    I think the home would be best suited facing south. Imagine how glorious the light would be if you used the sunroom for breakfast/coffee! And the study would also have a lot of natural light most of the day, particularly if you added more windows to the outside wall.

    I'm not over-thinking this, am I? haha! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Lara Jane, thank you for the comments! I totally agree with the powder room location...I wrestled with whether it was worth it to close off some of the circular flow from the living room in order to place a powder room under the stair landing...that would be one option. Im getting some good ideas for reworking the master too!

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  12. I have always dreamed of living in this house and I thank you for updating the floor plan and making this a reality for me!! I definitely plan on building this home (someday)! It's a beautiful home and its appearance is so stately and graceful. Thank you again for updating this classic beauty!!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by! This has always been one of my favorite movie houses...it has such feeling of permanence.

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  14. @Southgate: this floor plan is something I have recreated multiple times on my architecture software and am so happy to see someone finally produce actual plans! Before the house went on the market and actual plans were available, I designed the house to appear just as it was in the movie, despite the fact that the interiors in the movie were built on a set (set had 9' ceilings while the house actually has 8', and the rooms variate slightly). I have also simply used the exterior and produced multiple floor plans of an interior since the actual home's plan is elegant but not practical for 2011. Again, it is so nice to see this and I would love to see any other details on it! Thanks

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  15. Hi Eric! Thanks for stopping by! That was always one of my favorite movies, and I loved the graceful exterior of the house. I tried to give it the sort of floorplan that would feel like an old house that was opened up and brought into today. Would love to see your takes on the house too!

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  16. I love this plan!It is the perfect home! But could basement stairs be added under the main staircase?

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    1. Yes, the plan can be modified to add a basement, an attic, or both!

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  17. Ok, something no one has asked yet... what would it cost to build this?! I want it!!!

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    1. It would depend a lot on WHERE you were building and what finishes you put in, around here you could get it for around 650,000 ($160 a sf)

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  18. Brandan, Thank you for your kind assistance with your inspirational talents.

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    1. Thank you for the opportunity to help! Look forward to seeing your "after" pictures!

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  19. About how much would it cost to make it wheelchair accessible and also built in Ohio?

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  20. Is it possible to make a version with 2 staircases like in the movie?

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    1. Absolutely! The basic shape of this house is relatively simple, which makes all kinds of modifications possible.

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  21. Do the plans include ALL details in the movie like wallpaper, paint colors, furniture, etc. or are the plans just the bare basics for the house?

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    1. No, the plans don't include any furniture or finish details.

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    2. Then how will I be able to make it look just like the movie? :)

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  22. Hi, My name is Roselynne Williams from Tampa, Fl, you can reach me at RoselynneWilliams@yahoo.com. This home is my dream home that I plan to get built in 2016. How much would you charge me for this floor plan? I want the home to have 6 bedrooms upstairs, I want the attic and the basement added. I want a stair case from the kitchen to the upstairs, and I want the laundry shoot. This a real inquiry. Also, how much do you think I could get it built for in Florida, not necessarily Tampa? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Mr. and Mrs. Greg Williams.

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    1. Mrs. Williams: We sent you an email! Thank you for your interest!

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