Good day, and thanks for taking the time to read our Shane Homes Blog. I’m Jason and I work in the Drafting & Design Department.

Jason, Drafting & Design

Today I’m going to go over a few of the items we commonly show on our Main Floor Plans, and why it is important they are there.

Main Floor Components

The typical Main Floor Plan will consist of the foyer, living room or great room on some plans, dining area or nook, half bath and finally the kitchen. Some of our plans are large enough that we will include a Lifestyle or Flex Room.

1. Foyer:
The Foyer is the main front entrance to the home. It’s the first point of contact your guest will have and we like to design that space to be as spacious as possible and inviting. When your guests arrive you don’t want the foyer to be a tight space, you want there to be room for your guests to get in the house, take off their coat and shoes, and not have it feel like a traffic jam on Deerfoot. We always try to provide our Foyers with ample closet space to store guest’s coats and shoes.


Foyer in Tofino Showhome in Nolan Hill

2. Living Room or Great Room:
The Living Room is the main living space for the house. Typically the living room will come with a corner fireplace, but occasionally our customers will opt for the upgrade of moving the fireplace to the exterior wall and cantilevering it out. This does make the room bigger and will provide better options for furniture placement and flow through the room.

3. Nook:
The Nook is typically located at the rear of the house, bumped out from the main living space. In our nooks we try to add large windows to bring in lots of natural light. A breakfast nook should be a warm and inviting space, and natural light is very important to that feeling.

4. Kitchen:
Our kitchens typically have 3 options.
a. The Standard Kitchen will be the simplest version. It will include all the appointments (stove, fridge, dishwasher, double sink, and Island with a flush bar, pot & pan drawers).
b. Option # 1 upgrade will add more cabinetry, a larger island, and generally would include a larger nook.
c. Option # 2 is the Super Kitchen. Our super kitchens are well appointed, and include a wall oven with a built-in microwave and pot & pan drawer, a four burner cook-top, as well as a large Island.

Super kitchen with bright nook in the Tofino II showhome in Hillcrest, Airdrie

The main thing we have to watch for when designing a kitchen is the “Triangle.” That’s the distance between the stove, the sink and the fridge. We want to minimize the travel distance in this triangle to make cooking and food prep easier. A well designed kitchen can simplify the cooking process. No one wants to run a marathon while cooking dinner.

All of our kitchens include a walk-in pantry. Most of them are in the corner between the stove and the fridge. This keeps the dry food storage right in the middle of your cooking triangle for easy access. Some pantry’s are upgraded to walk-through and can be accessed from the mud room. This makes storing the groceries much easier, as you won’t have to walk through the house to get there. A walk-through pantry is generally much larger than the standard walk-ins.

The cabinets we show in our kitchens are a basic representation. We’ll show your fridge, stove, dishwasher, kitchen counters, cook tops, drawers, and wall oven locations. But we don’t go into a lot of detail on the floor plans. Our Cabinet Drafter is responsible for drawing a much more detailed plan for the cabinets and they will come in a separate package. I’ll let her explain the cabinets in more detail at another time.

5. Half Bath
All of our main floor plans include a Half Bath. A half bath will contain a pedestal sink, and a toilet. We try to locate these bathrooms away from all the activity on the main floor; usually in a back hall way, or off the mud room or foyer. This provides privacy, and reduces the noise in the rest of the house.

6. Mud Room
In our mud rooms, we try to provide good space. When you come in with your groceries it’s not convenient to be in a real tight area, so we try to design them in order to give our customers room to maneuver when their hands are full. We’ll do our best to include a bench, and an ample closet for storage of coats and shoes.

7. Lifestyle or Flex Room
This extra room can be used for a formal dining room, an extra living space, a play room for the kids, or we can add French doors and turn it into an office. The lifestyle room is a space with almost limitless uses. Just use your imagination. I’ve even seen it turned into a music room, complete with soundproofing.

Lifestyle Room in Orion II Showhome in King’s Heights, Airdrie

Occasionally when making changes to these spaces that the customer has requested, we are unable to make them exactly as the customer wants. Sometimes we’ll run into Building Code issues that prevent us from putting certain things in certain places. We’ll need to maintain clearances from counter top to counter top, hallways need to be kept at a reasonable size, doors and archways to the mud room (which may at times house a main floor laundry), bathrooms, basement stairs, all need to be kept at specific minimum sizes. When we run into these types of problems, we will do the very best to ensure your plan is as close to what you asked for while still maintaining these specific Building Code items.

Make sure to watch for Part II of this blog coming out ne