By BUILDER Magazine Staff. Guest Architect:

Bill Devereax

Devereaux & Associates

McLean, Va.


Q. I have a very successful plan that works well in my suburban subdivisions, but how can I adapt it for a resort community?

A: The second-home market is hot, as baby boomers are investing in real estate and planning for retirement. But buyers, of any age, don't want to retreat to a home that's just like their primary residence. When it comes to designing resort homes, a fun, less conservative approach is greatly appreciated. Vacation homes need more dramatic "wow" spaces, wide-open living areas, and higher bedroom and bathroom counts to accommodate family and friends.

  • A lantern in the cupola adds charm and light to the interior.

  • Metal roofing makes it feel like a resort.

  • Use siding, stucco, shingles, or other "woodsy" or "beachy" materials.

  • Include plenty of glass, and even more when there's a view.

  • The home is raised (with the garage tucked underneath) to survive hurricane flooding or just to take advantage of the views.

  • Lots of porch space is always a good idea.

  • Screening hides piers and storage. First Floor

  • High windows create a dramatic room and views.

  • Include a state-of-the-art media center.

  • Add a large deck with an optional screened porch.

  • First-floor master bedroom is a priority for retirees and pre-retirement baby boomers.

  • Kitchen is open to all the action in the great room.

  • Good visual and audio separation is a must for the master bedroom.

  • Install interesting entry stairs.

  • Accent stairs with an opening to the lower level.

  • Multiple uses for the same room allow owners to vary it according to specific needs.

  • A dramatic first impression. Second Floor

  • Must have WOW!!!

  • Secondary sleeping room or kids' play/ television space is a definite bonus to buyers.

  • A shared bath gives the sense of additional suites, like in a resort hotel.

  • Include a suite bedroom. Send queries and clearly readable plans (on 8.5 x 11 paper) to: Carolyn Weber, First Draft, One Thomas Circle, N.W. Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005