My wife has been pushing the idea of building a home out in the suburbs someday (before the last kid gets into Kindergarten is her idea of someday.)
So for giggles, I started looking around at houses comparable to what we live in now in terms of square footage and features. I have to say I am a bit shocked at the layout as it is opposite from what most historical homes were.
For example, THIS HOUSE is a newer suburban home and for all purposes, the design is not uncommon. The garage is upfront, and the garage goes into a mudroom and a kitchen. But the most telling part is that it appears that most the activity will happen in the back of the house with the kitchen and great room located back there. The other thing that I noticed (not so much on the example plan but others) is a lack of windows on the sides of the house. What is with that? The house that I live in now has two active rooms up front (parlor and living room), the foyer and my home office are in the middle, and in the back is the dinning room and kitchen.
If you could design a home to live in from scratch, how would the layout be and why? Personally, I kind of like the layout of the example house.