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Mitch Ginn Elberton Way photos and feedback?

karakell
9 years ago

We have chosen Southern Living's Elberton Way to build and broke ground in July! I am wondering if there is anyone out there with this plan who might be willing to share photos and/or give your honest feedback. Any suggestions? Things you love? Or things that you would change? Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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  • nhb22
    2 years ago

    Thank you! I meet with the kitchen designer next week to see her drawings and get a cabinet quote.

  • HU-330422691
    last year

    Has any extended the kitchen out to be flush with the garage in order to have a larger kitchen?

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  • nhb22
    last year

    Not flush with the garage, but we did extend 4'. That would be quite a large kitchen!

    If I were extending that much, I'd use part as the great room. ;)

  • Charlene
    last year

    R Jones,
    Could you please send me any side or rear exterior pics of your home?
    I would greatly appreciate any pics of your upstairs layout.
    Did you happen to modify your laundry room any?
    Is the office/ bedroom with extended window modified from original Floorplan?
    My email is mikchar@msn.com.
    Thank you,
    Charlene Kirby

  • nhb22
    last year
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    If you do not hear from R Jones, I may have a couple of saved photos of the home. There used to be a shared album. Since this thread is 7 years, they may have closed that album. Can't remember the site where it was posted. Hopefully they will see your question. I don't like posting photos of others property without their permission.

    R Jones - If you do come back, I would really love to know the color of blue that you used in your bedroom and bathroom.. Also on the porches. I believe that your home is one of the top Elberton Way plan favorites on HOUZZ. :)

  • Charlene
    last year

    nhb22, Would you please share your ideas on how you modified the Elberton Way plan. My husband and I have never built a home but are in love with exterior but would like to modify size of kitchen and den for gathering. The office downstairs, I need to be a bedroom and private bath for my daughter. I would like 2 bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs, attic space and decent media/ game room. I considered adding a full bath near desk nook/ mudroom. I have 3 children.
    Thank you in advance for any building suggestions
    and pics.

  • R Jones
    last year

    nhb22 - Sorry about the late response. I used to get alerts when there are new comments on here, but I just got an alert today for this entry dated a month a go. The blue paint in the bedroom/bathroom is Sherwin Williams Sleepy Hollow. I went through about 15 different blues before I decided on this one - I love it. The paint on the porch ceilings is Sherwin Williams Iceberg. I was going for Haint blue but didn't want it to be too blue. I think the Iceberg is a little subtle and I could have gone a little darker but it's nice.

    Charlene - I did email you those pics and answers to your questions. I'm not sure if you got those or not. Sent Oct 6th.

  • nhb22
    last year

    R Jones - I must have ESP. I have not looked at this thread since I posted that last question. Weird that you did not get the alert last month. What some people don't realize is that you will not get an alert unless your name has been copied and pasted to a post. It should be highlighted. I did not get an alert that you had posted because my name is not highlighted.


    Thank you so much! You do not know how much your reply has helped me. I actually have Sleepy Hollow earmarked as a color for my bedroom. Although I have a ways to go until the house is ready for paint, I like to nail things down. I was looking for a blue with a touch of gray in it. What color is your white trim?


    And your porch ceiling color is perfect!


    My husband and I were looking at saved photos of your home today. It's my go to Elberton Way home for details and ideas. Below are the last photos I took of our EB home under construction. It's actually all under roof now. No porches built, yet.





  • R Jones
    last year

    nhb22- The white trim inside is Sherwin Williams Pure White, 7005 and the outside is Sherwin Williams - Alabaster, 7008. The outside main color is Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams as well. Not sure you were asking about that or not. I love that color as well. It depends on the time of day and how the sun hits it, sometimes it looks more gray or blue or even greenish. All the hues are great.

    Thanks for the highlighting tip. I hit "bold", didn't see another option.

    Any decisions you can make now will make everyone's life easier. Once they start asking about decisions, there are A LOT of them and they come quick once it begins. I love this house. I know y'all are so excited.

  • tonya_wimberly
    last year

    @nhb22 Thanks for your kind words. We have not started the main house yet. We decided after getting the carriage house finished, selling our other home and moving in that we would just sit tight for a min. We are looking to start sometime in 2021. We have our initial drawings back from the architect with our changes and we need to give him our updates needed. We are expanding the main level quite a bit to accommodate our large family that visits often.

  • nhb22
    last year
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    R Jones - I use a computer and wireless mouse. Not sure what you use for these forums, but you can Google to see the best way to Copy & Paste. With the mouse, I hold down the left clicker to highlight across a name. Then right click on the highlighted name. Choose Copy, then paste in a thread post. Should turn a light green or blue.

    SW Pure White is what my painter wants to use, so once again, very helpful! Your trim looks brighter than what I thought Pure White might look. Is Sleepy Hollow also in your dining room?

    For our outside, we will have a light whitish brick with specs of various light browns and grays. And thanks to tonya_wimberly for her idea of a darker brick skirt on her home. We are doing the same! Windows will be white trimmed. Our roof will be brownish. See the roof and brick below. Our goal is to make this house fit in with an older neighborhood.

    Toying with the idea of using bronze guttering and soffits. Undecided on what to do for the facia boards. And for Hardieboard siding around the bay windows, dormers, and eaves, I am thinking instead of a stark white, that I go with a grayish paint. But I would need a gray with a hint of brown. Thinking SW Agreeable or SW Eider grays. Both are light in color. Just enough to knock down a stark white. When the windows are put in on Tuesday, I will know more. I think they are more on the grayish side of white. Maybe just like SW Pure White.

    Decisions, decisions!!!

    Owens Corning Roof: Teak


    Meridian Brick: Top is Magnolia Bay Bottom is Spanish Moss


    Here are two different homes in my area with the Meridian Brick Magnolia Bay. See what a difference the different colored windows and mortar make! We will use a white mortar.

    White mortar with white sand and windows

    Close-up



    Beige mortar with white sand and bronze windows

    tonya_wimberly - Smart to wait right now with shortages! Our framing cost is 40% higher than planned.

  • R Jones
    last year

    https://www.houzz.com/user/nhb22: I'm on a Mac so not sure if this did it or not.

    Yes, the dining room is the same color, Sleepy Hollow. Love the brick with the white, it is such a big difference. It was the same with our brick. We used white mortar as well. With the darker mortar it totally changes the look. Crazy.

  • nhb22
    last year
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    R Jones - Yes, I got an alert. :)

    Thank you!

  • nhb22
    last year

    333jmj or R Jones or anyone else reading this thread. Do you regret anything about your glass shower doors? We cannot decided if we should do mostly glass across the front (door and panel), or only a glass door in the front. Both would have the small glass section above the 3/4 wall near the window.


    Any ideas what to expect in cost?


    Shower is approx. 6' x 4'. The two wall section near tub is an L wall. Not drawn to perfection. :)


    OR



    As you know from the plan, the shower is in direct line from the closet hallway and bedroom.

  • R Jones
    last year

    https://www.houzz.com/user/nhb22

    I have no regrets on my full glass shower. Love it, but it does have an "open feel". Two things to think about regardless of what you decide. In the current configuration, it looks like you have to step in the shower to turn it on. If you move the door to the shower head side, you could turn it on just from opening the door. I would like to go back and adjust the clearance from the door to floor to allow for my mat to clear the door if I open it out. It doesn't so, my mat sits off center (first world problems)

  • nhb22
    last year

    Thank you. The plan is for the controls to actually be on the 3/4 wall just inside the door.

  • Margo Farris
    last year

    Have y’all started building the Elberton Way plan?

  • nhb22
    last year
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    Margo Farris - I am not sure if you are asking me, or someone else. ;-)

    When posting a question here, be sure and copy/paste the name of the person that you wish to ask a question. It should post in a highlighted color, like green (at least that's what my computer shows.) That way, the person will be alerted by email that you are asking a question. Because this thread is so old, it rarely shows up on the BUILDING forum. I just happened to see your post when looking back over the thread at some photos of R Jones finished home.. Her build was completed a few years ago. Her home has been one of the main inspiration for our build.

    We started our build some time ago. In the rough-in stage for HVAC, electrical and plumbing. Hope to start some brick work next week. It's been raining or snowing a lot lately.

    Latest exterior photos







  • Charlene
    last year

    https://www.houzz.com/user/nhb22

    @nhb22 - We are designing a modified Elberton Way and are going through many iterations trying to make the plan work for what we need. Looks like you have moved the fireplace and bumped it outwards to retain the interior space; something we have also done. I love your exterior front elevation! I read one of your posts/comments about boxed bump out in the master and we are toying with that idea. Was wondering if you would share more pics of your build (interior & exterior) and/or if you would mind emailing pics of your modified plans. We are trying to finish up our plans in the next few weeks to get started on building asa. Many thanks in advance!

  • nhb22
    last year
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    Charlene - I mostly post new photos of my build over on the Building forum. The latest photos were posted 2 days ago.

    You are correct that I moved the fireplace to the long outside wall, and added a bump out in the M. bedroom. I assume the building forum is where you read that. I don't think I have mentioned it on here. I believe that the original SL EW plan has 3,400 sq. ft. We have 3,800 sq. ft. + And another 1500 sq. ft. unfinished (though I may roughly finish off an area for use as a sewing room, where others have finished the for a bedroom and closet.)

    There are so many changes that I made with the EW plan both before we had revisions made, and after the building started (I am a want-a-be architect.) Truly, there are too many changes to put down in words.

    My DH and I first ordered the full set of Southern Living plans, and then paid a professional to revise the plans according to my drawings. I spent months on this thread reading and asking questions. And months studying photos that I found elsewhere online. Many ideas I got from wonderful people on this thread. Many ideas I came up with myself. We went back and had the plans revised again! Finally had duplicates made for the contractors and subs. And still, I have made a few changes after the house was framed. And then there was a happy mistake about the roofline pitch, so the elevation drawing does not look like the actual house. Long story!

    The above has all been costly, but we are very pleased with the outcome...so far. Our house is not going to look much like the typical Elberton Way that you see on the web. And I trust you'll understand why I am not posting our drawn plans. I will continue to post photos of our progress, however.

    One tip is to add on to the kitchen. I added 4' to the end and wish I had added a couple more. It's just the two of us that are going to be living in the house. We do have 3 grown children, and 5 grandchildren that will visit. But if I had children living in the house, I would want a larger kitchen.

    We are good with bedrooms. The M. bedroom on the first floor, and two BR/BR upstairs. Of course, the downstairs study can be a 4th bedroom with the full bath. My husband has an office on the 2nd floor that can become a 5th BR should anyone in the future need another. It has a little T.V. nook with a sofa bed that the grandchildren can use when the adults are in the greatroom. And my study also has a T.V. and love seats. Plenty of spaces to spread out. :-)

    And then there is all the unfinished space for yet another bedroom and bonus room!!!

    Hope this helps!!!

  • nhb22
    last year
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    Thought that I would give an update with photos.

    R Jones - I would love to know the color that you used in your upstairs hallway. I am struggling to find a neutral color that is not too dark or too yellow, or too gray. From photos, your wall color looks perfect!

    We have roof and brick!!!







  • R Jones
    last year

    https://www.houzz.com/user/nhb22


    Exciting that your house is coming along. The neutral paint color in the majority of my house is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. Goes with everything.

  • amandayerby
    last year

    Can you tell me what brick and mortar you used on the bottom part of your porch?

  • Charlene
    last year

    @nhb22 and @Rjones
    Thanks for sharing and update. Where do I access the building forum to see more pics?
    I have done many modifications to the Elberton also. I went to school for interior design and have have the passion for space planning. it can become overwhelming being for myself. I extended out kitchen wall 5 feet and den wall 3 feet across back, centering fireplace on that rear wall.
    However, that really increases Sq footage. I made office my daughter's room with private bath and added a bathroom in mudroom and added a friend's entrance. Hopefully we can begin construction soon.

  • nhb22
    last year
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    Charlene - Sounds perfect and exciting! I know what you mean about the extra sq. footage. It worked out for extending the kitchen because I got a sewing room above, but by widening the room it was going to:

    1. Mess with my planned layout along that exterior wall. We had limited room to go out. It would have pushed the garage past the property line.

    2. I did not need anymore unfinished square footage.

    I also turned the bathroom in the "front room" (my study) into a private bath. But it is also the guest bath. More private being closed off from the foyer.

    I so wanted to add a half bath in the mud room, but we wanted one side for a bar area. I figured that I can just as easily walk down the hall to the bedroom, or as I spend a lot of time in my study, I will use that bathroom a bunch during the day.

    R Jones - Thank you! I picked up the SW Accessible Beige at Lowe's this evening. Must have had ESP.

    amandayerby - The brick is called Spanish Moss by Meridian Brick. White mortar (not the pre-mix) and quartz white sand.

    I posted some new interior photos today on the Building forum. HERE

  • Charlene
    last year

    @nhb22 Thank you! Please continue to share your progess.

  • tira_misu
    last year

    I'm not building it but I came across one that is for sale.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2630-Old-Atlanta-Rd-Cumming-GA-30041/14627956_zpid/


  • nhb22
    last year

    Thank you. That's a new one. I occasionally check for Elberton Way houses.

  • Brooklyn Godwin
    7 months ago

    Random question: we are getting ready to build an Elberton and trying to iron out the details. Where would you put your Christmas tree?

  • nhb22
    7 months ago
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    Brooklyn Godwin - We changed our great room around and put the FP to the outside wall. The FP is flanked by 2 sets of French doors. Looking from the foyer, we have an area in the right corner, in front of one set of doors, where the Christmas tree will go.

    I'd also love to place one in the front room (with the tall windows), but my computer would need to be relocated during the holidays. It sits on my desk in front of those windows. Another idea is to put one on the front porch...which I plan to do. Maybe a live tree that can be planted in the yard later.

    This photo was taken a few days after we moved in this past Christmas. The tree is small and mostly undecorated because we were head high in unpacking boxes. We plan to have a larger tree next year. Hope this helps.


  • Brooklyn Godwin
    7 months ago

    Thank you! That’s a good idea!

  • R Jones
    7 months ago
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    It will depend on your layout and how you plan to use the space and what furniture you will have. Our Elberton is the traditional plan with 3 french doors and fireplace in it's "usual" place. We put the tree on the wall between the 2 french doors closest to the fireplace. For the season, we moved a chair that normally resides in that place. It was a huge tree, 9 ft tall and about 5 feet wide at the base. It worked well, but this plan doesn't leave an obvious place for the tree without some thinking and seasonal rearranging, I think.

  • Brooklyn Godwin
    7 months ago

    Thank you. As of now, we are going to leave the living space as planned. But as we’ve made minor changes through out the rest of the house. it was a thought that had crossed my mind.

  • Brooklyn Godwin
    7 months ago

    Did you revise the small room and closet that sit to the right of the foyer? It the plans it just looks like a tiny room and then a small closet. I’ve been thinking about just making it a walk in closet for storage/coats and putting a door there.

  • R Jones
    7 months ago

    We left it per plan. It is my husband's office which works well for that. It would be a small bedroom but work.

  • nhb22
    7 months ago

    Brooklyn Godwin - I believe that you and R Jones are talking about different areas. Do you mean the area between the family room and dining room which is a closet (off of the foyer) and then a wet bar (entered from the dining and kitchen side)? We took that space out and divided it into two areas. It allowed us to extend the dining room on one side, and to make a T.V. niche on the great room side. Our furniture floats between the fireplace and the T.V. niche.


    I believe that R Jones is speaking of the actually room that is just inside the front door. That's what I call the front room. It's the study, but because we reworked that area, it can be a bedroom with a full bath. A built-in area can be turned into a closet. My husband has an office above this room on the 2nd floor. We closed in the loft.

  • R Jones
    7 months ago

    Aahhh, yes. I guess it depends on how your house is oriented. The small "room" between the kitchen and dining is not a room. It is the butler's pantry on the original plan and we have kept that. I use it all the time for serving and have a built in that stores lots of stuff. The closet on the other side is across from the stairs in the foyer is the coat closet. It is a full walk in and very good size. Sorry for the confusion. The office/bedroom off the foyer is smaller than the upstairs bedrooms so that is where my brain went (and it is off the foyer on the right per my orientation)

  • Brooklyn Godwin
    7 months ago

    We will be making the front bedroom into a study and making the full bath only a half. We planned to keep the wet bar that sits across from the butlers pantry. I really like the idea of making a tv niche because we don’t like the idea of placing the tv over the mantle.

    As of now these are what’s up in the air:

    Re-working the door to the butlers pantry to enter from the kitchen side. But I’m concerned about losing counter space.

    Moving the back porch down a bit (a door exiting from laundry room to porch) and making a tiny breakfast nook to the right of the kitchen (where the far right set of French doors would be). We are doing this and not doing a table between living area and island. We want to be intentional about using dining room but also would like a nook for the kids to play and for coffee in the mornings.

    That coat closet is still strange to me. Because it appears as if there is a door way into a tiny room and then a closet to open and store coats. I think I would prefer to just put a door there and have two long shelves on the sides and make it a walk in closet.

    I would love any thoughts and suggestions y’all have about building this plan. Relevant or not to the modifications I’ve mentioned above. This is hopefully the first and last house we will build so we are trying to think about it all before finalizing the plans.

  • nhb22
    6 months ago
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    Brooklyn Godwin - Where are you building and have you started? We added some square footage to our plan. Most of the plan was re-worked. We are happy with the way it tuned out. I'd be glad to share some of what we did, but do not feel comfortable posting the plans on Houzz. R Jones was a big help to me, so I would like to return the favor and help someone else.

  • R Jones
    6 months ago

    The entry room to the coat closet on the original plan is designed for people to take their coats on and off before putting them in the closet. We thought that unnecessary for us, so just made it a big walk in closet like you suggested. Works great.

    One thing we did, is stub the bathroom off the "study" for a shower per the original plan to give us the flexibility in the future to turn it into a bedroom if we needed/wanted. The shower area is currentlly part of a linen closet and about 4 sq ft my master closet that would be taken out if we decide to put in the shower some day. (I don't see that happening, but my husband wanted the option and since we built on a slab, construction was the time to do it)

    I don't have an understanding/visualization of what you mean about the wet bar/butlers pantry, so can't really comment on that.

    I think the idea of a breakfast nook is a good idea. It gives you more living room space without adding square footage inside. The downside for me is losing that 3rd french door. I love the openess that the set of 3 provides in that living space, but that is a personal choice/preference.

    Have you been able to see this plan built in person? We went to several before building ours and that was a tremendous help to see the space. I would highly recommend that.

  • Brooklyn Godwin
    6 months ago

    We haven’t but plan to. There are a couple that would be a day’s drive for us. Of course we would only view the outside but we think that’s a great idea. Elberton look so different from one build to the next so I would like to see some in person.

  • nhb22
    6 months ago

    I suggested to my husband that we do the same and stub for a shower and use the space as a storage closet. He did not like that idea and wanted to have a shower already available. So I came up with this idea. The bathroom still looks like a guest bath with a closet.

    But look what's hiding behind the door!

    We will probably never use this shower, but should the next owner need an extra bedroom and full bath, they can either use as is (with a shower curtain) or take the door and frame off to make it an open shower. The bathroom is awaiting some wallpaper.


  • Brooklyn Godwin
    6 months ago

    Thank you for including the pictures! It really helps to visualize it. Love love love those door knobs

  • Brooklyn Godwin
    6 months ago

    That guest bath is bigger than I thought!

  • nhb22
    6 months ago

    It's not according to the plan. We reconfigured the bath to open off of the study/future bedroom instead of the hallway. And as I mentioned before, we added some square footage onto the house on 3 sides.


    Knobs are Emtek

  • indie49
    3 months ago

    Brooklyn, we are planning to modify this plan also, and build soon--once we have some relief on availability of builders and materials. I saw this plan modified so that the coat closet across from stairs, was made into a security 'hub', where the homeowner had a hidden room for security system network, camera views on computer screen there. The opening was in the dining room-in his case his study, and the doorway had a bookcase on piano hinge so that the room was hidden. We plan to do this as well. This may be an option for you if you do not need the coat closet.

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    last month

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  • nhb22
    last month
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    longamandar - Our build was slightly different and larger than the original plan. We moved-in about 8 months ago and built during the pandemic. Everything cost more!

    If you are building in the next year or so, plan on around $250+ a square per finished area, depending on the trim level you prefer. We have lots of detail and trim. We have around 3,700 sq. ft. of finished area.

    Plan on $150 a square for unfinished areas. Our entire attic is foam insulated. The garage (2 car), porches, and unfinished attic areas (attic is 1,500 sq.ft.) were a big portion of our overall cost. Also, the outside materials make a difference. We have mostly brick.

    And don't forget your land!!! All in, we were well over our original estimate for a custom home.

    P.S. - This was in Tennessee.

  • indie49
    22 days ago

    We are in process of modifying this plan to build in Tennessee as well. Just outside of Knoxville. I own the property already, but we are learning that building is nearly 35-40% higher than it would have been 3 years ago. As far as modifications, would you recommend using the architect’s group to modify the plan since they have more experience making changes. I want to add a family room off the kitchen where the mudroom and garage is on the original plan, because there really isn’t a good space for piano. Then would like to take mudroom to the side of that room and angle back off there with garage. Also want to extend both ends- kitchen 6ft so I can close off kitchen partially with wall and cabinetry, and on the master end extend 8ft in order to add 4ft to laundry to have a dog bathing station and patio door, and add 4ft to master bedroom and add some space to rearrange master bath and closets because my husband wants his own bathroom. Any thoughts on this? I need all the help I can get! Would love to see your home in Tennessee since you also added ft sq. Thanks for any suggestions!

  • indie49
    22 days ago

    One other question- has anyone enlarged the pantry? We want to have cabinetry instead of shelving and also put our upright freezer in there. I am considering coming in off the kitchen, make it deeper and wrap around the back corner for about 4 ft to allow for cabinetry, microwave, small appliances and freezer. Thoughts?