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Aug 31 2017

Looking for a Family-Friendly House Plan? Try These Designs

If you are looking for a house plan to accommodate your family, sometimes it is hard to find the right mix of bedrooms, bathrooms, gathering spaces, quiet spaces and outdoor living areas. Additionally, convenient elements like a kitchen island, plenty of closet space, a large garage, and an easy-to-access laundry room are a must. There are other things to consider as well, like the number of levels and foundation type. Below are three family-friendly house plans that will get you started on your search for the right design and floor plan that will accommodate your family and lifestyle.

 

House Plans 050H-0135050H-0135: The great room located centrally on the main level of this open house plan, functions as a gathering place for every day family activities.  With its cathedral ceiling, a feeling of spaciousness is prevalent throughout the room.  Situated on one end is the kitchen.  It has a long roomy counter that is great for little ones to pull up a chair while mom and dad prepare a meal.  The close proximity of the kitchen and walk-in pantry to the 3-car garage, makes for convenient and efficient transfer of groceries from trunk to storage.  Busy families will appreciate that flow as with the laundry.  Washer and dryer are just steps from the master bedroom’s walk-in closets and likewise from the stairs to the children’s bedrooms on the second floor.  Families can break bread together in the dining room as they discuss their day.   A covered back porch and a screen porch offer protected enjoyment of the outdoors.  When day is done, children are tucked into their beds on the second floor, close enough to look in on, but far enough away for parents to enjoy their privacy in the main level master bedroom.

 

House Plan 001H-0101001H-0101: This attractive country house plan features a multi-material façade and would look great on any block, especially if it’s yours. It is a dandy fit for a family. Each of the children’s bedrooms has its own full bath so there’s no waiting and no bickering. Mom and Dad each have their own walk-in closet, their own vanity in the master bath, and their choice of separate shower or bath. There is sitting space in the master bedroom, the perfect getaway from the rest of the household when need be. Between the children’s rooms is a media room, a great place for using the computer for homework or games. A spacious great room with a vaulted ceiling readily accommodates daily family activities. With its handy food prep island, the kitchen is designed for efficient completion of meals and their delivery to the raised snack bar or dining room. Utilize the patio in back or the covered porch for outdoor gatherings. Every family needs lots of storage spaces and you will find them here. There is a small flex room that is probably large enough to house your hobby supplies or store the holiday decorations. A bonus room over the garage provides more storage or looks toward the future as your family grows.

 

House Plan 007H-0060007H-0060: Begin with the covered front porch of this family-friendly Southern house plan. It provides plenty to welcome guests and delivers unobstructed views. Perfect for pulling up a chair and visiting with a neighbor while waiting for the school bus to drop off the kids. An open floor plan accommodates family activities and a formal living room makes entertaining company special. Interior details such as the master bedroom tray ceiling, columns at the entry, a family room fireplace and the kitchen snack bar make everyday living extraordinary. For outdoor activities, the open patio is a great space for grilling and the screen porch provides outdoor dining while protecting you from pests. Each of the bedrooms boasts its own full bath and walk-in closet. Mom and Dad enjoy their privacy on the opposite side of the home. The three-car garage offers protection for the family vehicles and lawn equipment. Above it is a bonus room for extending your living space as the family grows.

 

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Jul 27 2017

Five Stunning Mountain House Plans

Mountain house plans deliver comfortable living spaces and panoramic views. They are designed for hillsides, sloping lots, and mountainous terrain. Take some time to review six of our featured mountain house plans below.

Mountain House Plan 053H-0002053H-0002 –  If you don’t have a mountain to build this beautiful house plan, just about any sloping lot will do. Gorgeous inside and out, this plan will even please flatlanders. The floor plan boasts spacious volume ceilings, two fireplaces (one outdoors), stately columns and other decorative details. The main level enjoys an open floor plan featuring an island kitchen, great room with fireplace, breakfast nook and formal dining room. A “fit for the king of the hill” master bedroom presents a luxurious bath and two walk-in closets. The optional lower level is a walkout basement offering a wet bar to serve the rec room, media room, and office. Two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath. Enjoy the outdoors with views from the many windows, plus a deck and screen porch.

 

Mountain House Plan 072H-0206072H-0206Naturally, homeowners are interested in the creature comforts provided by this vacation-style mountain house plan. There are three bedrooms, a full bath, a kitchen with snack bar, laundry closet, a great room with fireplace, and a gorgeous deck.  But one must concentrate on the beautiful views that this open floor plan provides. Look at that fabulous wall of windows!  Whether you are on the first floor or second floor or outside looking in, the wall of windows is the focus of this design. Just image viewing the sunset or watching the wildlife outside your home. Long after you vacation is over, you’ll still be contemplating all that you saw through the sparking widows of this mountain house plan.

 

Mountain House Plan 012H-0134 012H-0134Comfort and convenience are wrapped in the solid, attractive exterior of this mountain house plan. And open floor plan boasts a living room that is open to the second story above. Enjoy warming up by the fireplace on chilly evenings. Your master bedroom is located on the second floor, and it has its very own balcony for stargazing. Keep your overnight guests comfortable and happy with a guest room on the second floor. Entertain outdoors with a first-floor deck that cleverly provides shelter for the porch below. Plenty of storage space and a two-car garage complete this home plan.

 

Mountain House Plan 066H-0024066H-0024This picturesque plan is pleasing inside and out. Notice the fabulous wrap-around deck, perfect for outdoor entertaining with your choice of panoramic views. Special volume ceiling treatments will have you looking up while an array of windows will have you looking out.  Two second floor bedrooms enjoy their own baths and a measure of privacy. Read quietly in the study or play pool in the rec room. You can equip your own gym in the finished basement and start each day with a morning workout. Cozy up to the fireplace in the master bedroom or soak in corner tub. Both are perfect ways to wind down your day. This plan is so beautiful and full of exciting opportunities for enjoying life with your family, you’ll never want to leave home!

 

Mountain House Plan 027H-0350027H-0350Two stories plus a finished lower level offer comfortable living and sleeping spaces in this ski chalet. Sweet and inviting from the outside, this plan does not disappoint on the inside. The floor plan places the master bedroom on the main level, with two secondary bedrooms upstairs accessed by loft balcony overlooking the great room. On the lower level you will find two more bedrooms plus a family room for gathering and socializing. Snack at the kitchen snack bar or eat a meal in the dining area. Check the weather out on the main-floor deck and warm up at the wood stove. This is a perfect place to come home to and kick back, after a day on the slopes.

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Jun 20 2017

Now Featuring Some of Our Newest House Plans!

The House Plan Shop is currently featuring some of our newest house plans. We continuously add new house plans and multi-family plans to our website, so we are taking this opportunity to feature some of the new house plans that were added tour website within the last six months. These plans range in size and architectural style from tiny homes to luxurious Mediterranean home designs and everything in between. Take some time to review these six new house plans.   

 

House Plan 069H-0034069H-0034 – Cool, yet grand relaxation, is generated by this one-story coastal house plan. An open floor plan leads one through the grandeur of volume ceilings to a wall of glass, and beyond to the outdoor living room under the covered lanai. Step back inside to grab a snack at the spacious kitchen food bar or warm yourself on a chilly evening at the great room’s homey fireplace.  A split floor plan has the master of the house in mind with the voluminous master suite on one side of this design and the secondary bedrooms on the other. Treat yourself with twin walk-in closets, access to the lanai, and a deluxe master bath fit for royalty.  After a dip in the pool, a soak in the tub, and a good night’s sleep, you won’t even care about that lost shaker of salt.

 

House Plan 019H-0192019H-0192 – This small, Craftsman house plan is nothing short of amazing. It has an endearing front façade highlighted with windows, a covered front porch with decorative columns, a shed dormer and gable bracing. Inside, you’ll find a spacious open floor plan topped with volume ceilings. Storage is king with walk-in closets for all the bedrooms, a walk-in pantry for the kitchen, a coat closet in the foyer and even a storage closet in the two-car garage. The covered terrace offers a place to relax outdoors. Ideal as a starter home, this one-story Craftsman house plan has more to offer than you might expect!

 

House Plan 059H-0219059H-0219 – Here’s a tiny house plan packed full of efficiency and covered with an attractive exterior. Enter through the front door and be amazed by the sense of spaciousness as the living room opens to the windows above. There is plenty of room to eat with a kitchen snack bar and a dinette. Capture a bit of privacy or pay bills online with the study alcove under the stairs. Take care of the laundry with a space-saving stacked washer/dryer in the utility closet. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in the second-floor master bedroom, complete with a walk-in closet. If you are looking to downsize, change to a minimalist lifestyle, or maybe build a cozy vacation home, this tiny house plan is worth taking a closer look.

 

House Plan 046H-0150046H-0150 – A double door entry invites you into this two-story house plan. With its family-style open floor plan, Mom and Dad can keep an eye on the kids from the kitchen, dining room or great room. When need be, the study offers private quietude, plus the master bedroom resides on the first floor and the rest of the bedrooms are located upstairs. Show off the great room to guests with its volume ceiling and cozy fireplace. Step outside on the covered back porch to enjoy the outdoors protected from the sun. Conveniently located first floor laundry keeps the families clothes clean and walk-in closets keep them stored. Carefully designed for family living, you can’t go wrong with this two-story house plan.

 

House Plan 031H-0274031H-0274 – Decorative columns support the front porch roof of this stalwart Colonial house plan. Family oriented, the open floor plan emphasizes the family center as the focus of the first level. Whether watching television, warming cold toes at the fireplace, or eating at the kitchen snack bar, family remains connected. When day is done, everyone retires to the second floor where all the bedrooms are located. There is a bonus room over the garage that gives you room to grow.  Perhaps it will be another bedroom, playroom, or a hobby room. Planning your vision is sure to be a great family collaboration with this two-story house plan.

 

House Plan 062H-0112062H-0112 – Fashioned with shed dormers and a multi-material façade, this Craftsman ranch house plan will spark visual interest in any neighborhood. Inside, the floor plan delivers practical elements and special amenities that are sure to enhance family living. The kitchen features a snack bar and a walk-in pantry for extra storage, while both bedrooms boast walk-in closets and easy bath access. The garage offers storage space too! A corner fireplace in the family room lends a homey feeling to this open floor plan, and the easy-to-access laundry room makes light work of weekend chores. Whether you are a new family just starting out or an empty-nester streamlining your life, this is an attractive and well-balanced house plan.

 

We continuously add new house plans to our website. Check back often to discover more new house plans like these!

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May 24 2017

What’s Hot? Modern House Plans!

Building modern house plans is a growing trend from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between. These modern designs are usually recognizable for their unique and futuristic architecture. Modern house plans are available in a broad range of sizes and typically offer up-to-date amenities. While our collection of modern house plans continues to grow, we would like to share a few noteworthy modern house plans with you.

 

Modern House Plan 072H-0198072H-0198: Check out the clean crisp lines of this modern house plan. It is sure to fit in anywhere as a stunning vacation home whether it is built by the lake or on a mountain top. An open floor plan provides efficient and comfortable spaces for dining, lounging and cooking. The kitchen features an efficient island. Cozy up to a fireplace/woodstove in the living room or the master bedroom. The full bath offers a soaking tub and separate shower, a feature not common in a home of this size. No need to take dirty clothes home at the end of your vacation. With a convenient laundry room laundry chores are a snap. Make this neat modern house plan your home away from home.

 

Modern House Plan 027H-0336027H-0336: This modern two-story house plan is trendy and fresh. Large windows admit natural light into both levels of the home. What great views they create for the great room and master bedroom! Living spaces stay connected as does the modern family with this open floor plan. Whether grabbing a snack at the kitchen island, watching movies in the family room, or napping in the great room, family members can be close at hand. The second floor provides a master bedroom and two secondary bedrooms arranged with privacy in mind. A deluxe bathroom accommodates everyone’s needs and a convenient laundry closet completes the plan.

  

Modern House Plan 035H-0087035H-0087: Visual excitement is created by this modern house plan with its many layers of repeating geometric shapes. Exciting exterior spaces such as decks and patios only hint to the many treasures to be found inside. A space-age semi-circular food bar in the kitchen serves both the eating nook and great room with sophisticated coziness. Stylish features and thoughtful extras include a formal dining room, den, media room, and wine cellar. Enjoy five comfortably designed bedrooms, two of which are suites. Top that off with walk-in closets, a wet bar, second-floor laundry, a walk-in pantry, and a three-car garage. Your family will live luxuriously in this modern house plan.

 

Modern House Plan 037H-0250037H-0250: Imagine coming home to this modern Sunbelt house plan with its simply handsome front entrance and friendly drive leading to a three-car garage plus storage. The open floor plan delivers in style with vaulted ceilings, a cozy fireplace, huge kitchen island, plentiful storage, walk-ins, and even a wine closet. Oh! But to be the master of the house! He or she will delight in the luxurious master suite where you can step out onto the covered lanai from the sitting area!  Designed for warmer climates, outside spaces are as exciting as the indoor amenities. Enjoy entertaining outdoors, grilling on the lanai, or taking a dip in the pool.  Now that’s living!

 

Modern House Plan 051H-0246051H-0246: Sleek clean lines, with an eye toward minimalism, define this simple yet gracious modern house plan. Taking advantage of the gabled roof, the dining and great rooms as well as the owner’s suite boast vaulted ceilings. The kitchen features a large island as it overlooks the hearth-warmed great room. A split-bedroom design emphasizes the centrality of this open floor plan while lending a bit of privacy to Mom and Dad.  A rear entry garage provides shelter for two vehicles. If you’re looking for a modern house plan that fits a narrow lot, this one packs quite a punch!

 

If you liked these modern homes, you’re going to love the rest of our collection. Browse more Modern House Plans now!

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Apr 24 2017

Tiny House Plans Have More to Offer than You Might Expect

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With the popularity of tiny house plans, you might find yourself wondering how anyone could live in a tiny house plan. But don’t be fooled! Tiny house plans have more to offer than you might expect. While some homeowners consider them to be just the right size for a secondary home or weekend getaway, others build tiny homes for their permeant residences. Whether you prefer a tiny home due to its minimal home maintenance or you are concerned about minimizing your carbon footprint, tiny house plans are the ideal solution for many homeowners. Below, we described five of our tiny house plans presenting an example of the various architectural styles and features you can find with tiny homes.

 

Tiny House Plan 052H-0032052H-0032: If you have a piece of land deserving of 360 degree views, this unique tiny house plan may just fit the bill. Surrounded by glass windows and doors, panoramic views are provided all the way around this open floor plan. Plus, the roof overhangs the exterior walls to protect and shade the outside space as well. The living and dining areas share space with a kitchenette making it easy to enjoy conversation with guests while meals are prepared. Two bedrooms share a full bath and are tucked behind the gathering spaces for privacy. Wherever you plan to build this tiny contemporary house plan, waterfront or mountaintop, you will enjoy looking good in this unique design.

 

Tiny House Plan 066L-0002066L-0002: This tiny log house plan works great one a wooded lot with its log exterior. The floor plan makes efficient and practical use living space. All the necessities for sleeping, eating, and relaxing are met in a cozy and comfortable way. A rustic fireplace echoes the beauty of the forest while a kitchenette and full bath deliver modern conveniences. The studio-style floor plan combines the sleeping area with the living spaces ensuring you’ll enjoy the warmth of the fire all through the night. Designed with the outdoorsman in mind, a friendly front porch offers shelter for enjoying sunsets and starry nights, or grilling your favorite dinner after a day of hiking in the woods. Simply rustic and practically designed, this tiny log house plan delivers peace and solitude for those who want to get away from it all.

 

Tiny House Plan 072H-0186072H-0186: Here is a tiny house with an emphasis on modern design. A front wall of windows spills natural light into the main living and dining space while delivering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Check out the L-shaped kitchenette, ready and waiting for your inner chef. Two bedrooms offer closets for storage, plus there is a coat closet at the front entry. The front porch provides plenty of room for chairs where you can sip lemonade and enjoy the gentle breeze.  Whether you are dreaming of downsizing or want to build a vacation paradise, this modern tiny house plan won’t disappoint you!

 

Tiny House Plan 027H-0462027H-0462: This tiny house plan would make a great home for retirees looking to downsize. A handsome multi-material exterior delvers eye-catching curb appeal. Inside you’ll find all the necessities for comfortable living. Two bedrooms are separated by a full bath with a laundry closet. The open floor plan provides space for dining, lounging, and preparing meals. Windows drawn natural light indoors and encourage you to enjoy the view. Efficient yet comfortable, this tiny house plan is suitable for year-round living or for use as a guest home or in-law cottage.

 

Have we peaked your interest? If so, please browse our entire collection of Tiny House Plans.

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