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Cordelia Best in Show - American Institute of Building Design, Ont., Canada

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Archival Designs is renowned for our modern adaptation of classic estate homes. These extraordinary residences gracefully provide all the requisites for your privileged lifestyle. Many of these homes have won awards for their creative amenities and efficient use of space, which makes them function as if they were much larger homes. Today, let's take a closer look at our luxury house plan, Cordelia, that won Best in Show at the American Institute of Building Design, Ontario, Canada. What is the Canadian Design-Build Institute? With the significant emergence of design-build as a project delivery method the Canadian Design-Build Institute was established as a Special Committee of the Canaian Construction Association. CDBI is the voice of Canadian Design-Build practitioners and by operating on a national level it is able to connect all its members across Canada. The Institute was formed in 1998 to serve the interest of a very diverse group of practising individuals. Membership in CDBI is open to any one who has an interest in design-build, however, the policies are set by a core group of members who represent a number of industry sectors, namely: owners, consultants, contractors, and providers of allied services such as insurance and bonding companies, financial institutions and law firms. The Philosophy
  • To promote the use of the Design-Build method of contracting where suitable;
  • To educate the industry in the proper utilization of the Design-Build method of contracting;
  • To recommend "best practices" policies and procedures to support Design-Build utilization;
  • To provide a forum for Design-Build practitioners to meet for the purpose of receiving and exchanging information on the Design-Build method of contracting; and
  • To communicate the activities of the CDBI to the industry at-large.

Having said all that, let's take a look at Cordelia. Victorian-inspired, this estate home is alive with details and grand appointments.

The central foyer opens from double doors on the wrapping veranda and leads to a parlor with bay windows.  The foyer leads to the quiet study on the left.

The parlor shares a through-fireplace with the formal dining room, with is in close proximity to the pantry and kitchen for ease in serving those family dinners.

A warm keeping room,

open to the island kitchen, provides six sets of double doors leading out to the veranda at the back. A service hall leads to an oversize pantry and the three-car garage which has a 788 square foot apartment above that includes a  one-bedroom apartment with walk-in closet, full bath, living room and kitchen with center island. A media room and luxurious master suite share most of the left side of this level. The luxurious master suite boasts large bayed windows to view the lush landscape, an 18" dome ceiling, lavish master bath with his and hers vanities, separate shower, tub and walk-in closet.  Access to the quiet study can be achieved through the master suite. Circular stairs lead to the second level. Upstairs, two family bedrooms with walk-in closets and private baths share space with a large guest bedroom, complete with walk-in closet and full luxury bath. There is also balcony access from one bedroom. A terrace opens from double doors on the west gallery. The third level of this luxury house plan offers a bonus room and plenty of storage. Choose From More Than 400 House Designs and House Plans We offer house designs in a wide range of styles and sizes. Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and Palladian homes, English Manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and Colonial house plans. Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 sf to 13,600 sf. Our Newport Classics house designs are gentrified New England-style cottages that range from 1500 to 5000 square feet. Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world. Please feel free to search our house designs or browse our photo gallery to get a sense of the many styles and types of house designs we offer.

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