Architects and designers present their best design ideas for jump-starting home building
Can design innovation jump-start home building?
The group, which includes Robert Hidey, Aram Bassenian, Phil Kean, John Thatch, Arthur Danielian, Dave Kosco, Donald Evans, Larry Garnett, Sarah Susanka, Jerry Messman, Jeff Larsen, Bill Warwick, and Dale Patton, responded with their best ideas and concepts for helping builders sell more homes — today.
Here's a roundup of their design ideas:
Bassenian Lagoni's Aram Bassenian presents a house plan that solves some of the design tradeoffs typical in great room homes. MORE 
This plan by Art Danielian of Danielian Associates Architecture + Planning is designed to serve multi-generational living with its detached “casita” unit. MORE 
Donald Evans of the Evans Group presents 10 hot design opportunities for the home-building community. MORE 
Larry Garnett's design concept blends the setting of a cozy courtyard neighborhood with a narrow footprint that wraps the home around an inviting and functional side yard. MORE 
Larry Garnett presents a design reminiscent of a historic carriage house, with a garage that has room for two cars and a fully equipped living quarters above. MORE 
Robert Hidey says high-density detached housing offers an alternative product design that has proven to be popular with both buyers and builders. MORE 
Phil Kean's design concept for the New American Home features movable glass panels and a large lanai to maximize outdoor living. MORE 
Bassenian Lagoni's Dave Kosco offers a multi-family plan designed to live differently than other multi-family options on the market and build more affordably as well. MORE 
Jeff Larsen of MVE & Partners presents a rowhouse concept with an interlocking or keyed garage configuration that achieves higher densities than conventional rear-loaded rowhouses. MORE 
Jerry Messman of BSB Design presents a unique house plan geared for people who are looking to share housing. MORE 
In smaller homes, a typical great room can become uncomfortably tight. The One-and-One Great Room by Dale Patton of Danielian Associates not only feels large, it lives large. MORE 
Sarah Susanka's latest Not So Big House project places the kitchen and eating area adjacent to the front porch, making the outdoor space a natural extension of the kitchen’s habitable area. MORE 
Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Showhouse project places the primary living spaces adjacent to the front porch to facilitate movement outside. MORE 
Dahlin Group's John Thatch presents a house design concept that can serve multiple generations as a family moves through life. MORE 
Bill Warwick of BartonPartners Architects talks about a luxury townhome community with flexible home designs that appeal to a wide array of buyers. MORE 
For more articles from Professional Builder's special Design Innovation Report, click here .