Multi-family house plans are available in a wide variety of sizes and architectural styles. These home plans are fashioned with the appearance of one structure, but feature two or more living units that are separated by floors or walls. Multi-family house plans are used in areas where space is limited providing housing for families when there isn’t enough room or economic means for everyone to own a single-family home. Additionally, they work well as investment property allowing the building owner to rent units to others. Some multi-family house plans offer basic floor plans with just the necessary space needed for basic living while others are more luxurious and deliver more sophisticated spaces and features. There are four main types of multi-family house plans to consider whether you are looking for a place to live or want to build an investment property.
Duplex House Plans – Duplex house plans are multi-family plans composed of two living areas separated by a wall or the floor. A duplex is more economical to build than two separate, single-family homes because one duplex requires fewer building materials that two individual homes. While designed as one structure, duplex house plans feature two distinct entrances giving each family or tenant privacy. Duplex house plans are commonly found in highly populated areas where there is a demand for housing, but space is limited. Additionally, they are often built near collages where there is a need for affordable housing on a temporary basis. In this case, a duplex is often built as an investment property.
Townhouse Plans – In most cases, townhouse plans are a little more high-end than a typical multi-family house plan. Their exteriors usually feature extra decorative details while and their floor plans often include special elements and features not found in a typical duplex or apartment design. Some examples of special features include stone accents and window shutters on the exterior and decorative ceiling treatments, plant ledges and built-in cabinets on the interior. Townhouse plans are generally designed as single-family homes connected to a similar house by a side wall. Each unit may have its own exterior character, but blends seamlessly with the adjoining homes providing dynamic curb appeal. Additionally, a variety of floor plans better accommodates the individual needs and preferences of each homeowner. Townhouse plans are known for saving space when housing is at a premium while still delivering comfortable and individualized living units to the occupants.
3-4 Unit Multi-Family House Plans – Triplex house plans and four-plexes are multi-family house plans designed with three or four units that are separated by walls, floors, or both. They can be one or more levels, and they can feature the same floor plan or layout per unit, or each unit might have its own individual floor plan. These house plans are designed to offer the same comfortable and functional living quarters offered by a single-family home.
5+ Unit Multi-Family House Plans – This collection of multi-family designs consists of floor plans that offer five or more units. Some of these plans are considered apartment plans featuring numerous units separated by walls and floors. They are typically found in densely populated areas where there is a high demand for individual living space or there is very little usable land that can be developed for residential living. Apartment plans are designed to accommodate several family units within one structure, and most are used as investment properties. Apartment plans are usually designed for the purpose of offering affordable, temporary housing.
Designed to offer individual living units to multiple families at one time, multi-family house plans are space-efficient and economical while delivering the comfort and accommodations of a single-family home.
If you’ve spent some time shopping for the ideal house plan or multi-family home plan, you’ve probably realized by now that finding the perfect design can be quite a challenge. There are many things to consider when it comes to purchasing a house plan such as the architectural style, floor plan, special features, square footage, and overall dimensions. Perhaps the style and floor plan are just right, but the design is too wide for your lot. Or maybe there are enough bedrooms, but your family could use and extra bathroom. Perhaps you need deeper garage bays to accommodate your boat and oversized SUV. While you may find a house plan that you really like, it might not quite satisfy all of your needs. One of the most common questions we receive from our customers is, “I like this house plan, but I need to make a few changes. Can you help me?” The answer is, YES! We are more than happy to assist you with modifying any house plan published on our site!
The House Plan Shop offers a modification service for customers who wish to make changes to any house plan or multi-family home design published on our website. This will ensure the home will accommodate all of your needs, fit your lot, etc. Our modification team can provide a free modification quote for all of your desired changes before you purchase your house plans. Our modification service is easy to use. Just follow the steps below to receive your free modification quote for any house plan published on our website:
- Determine what changes you want to make to your desired house plan.
- Complete and submit our modification request form for a free modification quote. Be sure to include the plan number you wish to modify along with all of your contact information. Next, describe your changes. Please include as many details and specific ideas as possible. (The more details you provide about your changes, the more accurate your quote.) When you describe your changes, do so as if you are looking at the floor plan from the front of the house. Use key words such as, “on the right,” “on the finished lower level,” “in the front left corner,” and “on the second floor.” Use the same titles and labels shown on the floor plan when you refer to rooms and spaces as you describe your changes. If the floor plan says “family room,” refer to “family room” rather than “’living room.” Include specific dimensions whenever possible. When referring to measurements running left to right, use the term “width.” Use the word “depth” when referring to measurements running from front to back. Finally, include any sketches you may have that illustrate your desired floor plan modifications. Sketches can be hand drawn, or you can print the floor plans from our website and draw your changes on the floor plan.
- Our modification team will email your modification quote to you within a couple of business days. The quote will list the cost for all of the modifications noted on your modification request form plus the cost for the PDF or CAD file of the original plan. The PDF or CAD file will be necessary to legally change the original copyrighted blueprint. The total cost of your modification project will be the combined cost of the modification fees and the cost of the PDF or CAD file listed in the quote.
- If you wish to move forward with your modifications after reviewing the quote, follow the instructions outlined in the emailed quote. Purchase the original PDF or CAD file, arrange payment for your modifications and proceed with your desired house plan changes.
Some of our most common modifications include the following:
- Flipping a floor plan from left to right (mirror reverse or right reading reverse)
- Changing the garage door location from front-entry to side-entry or vice versa
- Adding square footage
- Changing a foundation type
- Modifying the exterior elevations such as adding dormers, a covered porch or changing the façade from siding to stone or brick
- Making adjustments for handicap accessibility
- Converting wall framing from 2×4 to 2×6
- Redesigning the layout of a kitchen, bath or laundry area
- Designing a finished basement for a house plan that has an unfinished basement
Some commonly requested changes that we cannot provide:
- Creating a new house plan by combining two other house plans (due to copyright laws)
- Adapting a house plan to meet local building codes
- Engineering a house plan to meet local building codes
Other Important Information
- All modification requests must be submitted in writing using our Modification Request Form. Sorry, we do not accept verbal requests.
- The blueprints for the house plans published at www.thehouseplanshop.com are drawn to meet national building codes. Modifications are not drawn or designed to meet any particular city, county, state or local building codes. We cannot guarantee all revisions will meet your local building codes. It may be necessary to hire a local residential design professional to review the modified house blueprints to ensure compliance with your state, county or local building codes and requirements.
In today’s society, not all families are the same. What was once considered a typical American family – Mom, Dad, two kids and a dog – is no longer as common as it once was. Additionally, life expectancy has increased. Because of these reasons, Multi-Generational House Plans are growing in popularity throughout the United States and Canada.
What is a multi-generational house plan? It is one home structure designed for multiple generations with separate living units. This arrangement provides privacy and independence for two or more generations all under one roof. With multi-generational house plans, the exterior looks like all the other houses in any neighborhood; it looks like a single-family home. The separate living units are not noticeable on the outside like they are with duplexes, townhouses and other multi-family designs. Instead, multi-generational house plans incorporate a separate living unit into the floor plan that provides private spaces for independent living while still being connected to the main house. Most of these units feature a private entry kitchenette, small living area, bedroom and bath. The laundry area and garage may be shared with the main house or they may be separate. While most multi-generational house plans incorporate the separate living unit on the main level of the home, it is important to note that sometimes the separate unit is located above the garage or in the basement of the home.
Who would benefit from a multi-generational house? Now days, no two families look the same. Instead of downsizing, some baby-boomers are trading up for larger homes that will allow their aging parents or other elderly relatives to live with them, as well as, their adult children who have recently graduated from college and need a place to get on their feet while they begin their careers. Adult children and grandchildren are moving back home with to live with parents and grandparents due to financial situations. In other cases, grandparents are raising their grandkids. No matter what combination of multiple generations live under one roof, it is easy to understand how a multi-generational house plan can provide the living space everyone needs.
Are multi-generational house plans practical? Yes! They are practical for countless reasons. Consider the following examples, and you’ll see that a multi-generational house certainly has its advantages.
- Multi-generational house plans are cost effective in areas with a high cost of living such as California. In this situation, parents and their adult children can pool their incomes and finances to go farther. It provides an opportunity for the adults to live independently but together when they might otherwise be scraping up pennies to pay the rent or live in a lower income area or less desirable neighborhood. In cases like this, a multi-generational home is a financial solution.
- For baby boomers, a multi-generational house plan allows home owners to keep an eye on aging parents/relatives who are able to live independently, but sometimes need a little extra assistance. It offers peace of mind and a little extra security.
- In other instances, multi-generational houses plans deliver a great alternative to paying monthly fees charged by assisted living facilities. As more and more families try to figure out how add on to their homes to make room for Grandma or Grandpa or how to make ends meet while paying for assisted living for a loved one, the option of building a multi-generational house becomes a more feasible and affordable idea.
- Sometimes two-parent and single-parent families need assistance from Grandma and Grandpa when it comes to child care. Again, a multi-generational house is a viable solution. The grandparents can take care of the grandkids while the parent(s) are at work. In the evening and on weekends, the grandparents can retreat to their private suite. Additionally, the grandparents are able to participate in their grandchildren’s lives on a daily basis. They won’t miss birthdays, ball games, etc. This arrangement can develop a stronger bond between grandparents and grandchildren that might not otherwise be possible if the grandparents were living across town, in another city, etc.
- Some multi-generational house plans offer a separate living unit in the basement of the home or a small apartment above the garage. These units are ideal for college students and recent graduates who are trying to save money for their own home but need to get their careers started. Every now and then, the young adult might need guidance from parents or grandparents, but for the most part, he or she wants to live independently.
- Multi-generational houses are great for resale. As the “family unit” continues to evolve, more and more Americans will find themselves in a multi-generational household. When the time comes to down-size, your multi-generational house is sure to appeal to another multi-generational family.
For those currently living in a home with multiple generations of family members, a multi-generational house plan can change your life and your lifestyle. Allowing each generation of the family unit to have its own space will minimize friction, promote positive family experiences, and help to curb financial stress.
Homeowners are attracted to small homes for a variety of reasons. Some choose to build a small house plan because they are on a tight budget, others want to downsize from that five- bedroom, two-story home they bought when the kids were young, some live in urban areas where land is precious and lots are quite expensive, and others just prefer to live a simplistic lifestyle. Whatever the reason for building a small house plan, there are some features that will make it feel and live larger than its actual square footage. If you’re planning to build a small home, consider some of these elements to enhance its feel and livability. You’ll be making the most of your square footage while enjoying a spacious atmosphere.
- Choose a floor plan with an open layout. An open floor plan minimizes the use of walls in the main gathering spaces making each room or space look and feel larger. The lack of walls separating individual spaces helps everyone feel connected instead of creating a boxy floor plan where one room is cut off from the other. An open floor plan promotes flexibility. If you’re entertaining, your guests can relax on the sofa and chat with those eating at the table without having to move from one room to another.
- Look for tall ceilings. Consider a floor plan that offers volume ceilings in the living areas. Just like an open floor plan, tall ceilings eliminate the boxy feel sometimes found with small house plans. Instead they promote and open, airy atmosphere. From vaulted ceilings to two-story ceilings, the taller the ceiling, the more spacious your rooms will feel.
- Choose a floor plan with outdoor living space. When building a small house plan, outdoor living spaces can greatly enhance the spacious feel of the home by extending the main living areas outdoors. Floor plans with a screened porch, deck, patio or covered porch provide additional, usable space for gathering and relaxing. They are ideal for entertaining offering another place for guests to gather without making your small home feel crowded.
- Incorporate plenty of windows. Windows work wonders for small homes. Not only do they make your home feel not quite so confined by allowing a view of what is beyond the walls, but also, they allow natural light shine inside your home. Natural light promotes a bight and open feel while eliminating dark and shadowy corners. Just like volume ceilings, windows help eliminate the boxy feel sometimes found with small house plans. Try to include a few windows in every room of your home.
A small home doesn’t have to feel crowded or confined. With a few of these tricks, you can make your small house plan live large! Take some time to browse our collection of Small House Plans. We have plenty that offer open layouts, volume ceilings, outdoor living spaces and/or abundant windows.
While the physically fit may consider shoveling snow as just another workout, it can be problematic for others. Many people associate back problems and sore muscles with shoveling the driveway and sidewalk, but there are other risks as well. For example, heart attack rates are elevated during the winter months and these heart attacks are often the result of shoveling snow. When it snows this winter, follow these safety tips to maintain your health and avoid injury.
- Avoid shoveling right after waking up in the morning. Slipped disc injuries are more likely to occur in the morning due to the build-up of fluid disc from lying down all night.
- Be sure to stay hydrated while you work and continue drinking water after you’re done shoveling snow for the day.
- Spend 5-10 minutes stretching before you head outdoors to shovel snow. This will help prevent sore muscles later.
- Wear gloves, hat, etc. to cover your extremities. Also, wear layers of clothing and shed the layers when necessary to prevent overheating.
- Wear sturdy boots with a rubber sole to prevent slipping and falling.
- Take frequent breaks while you work. If you become fatigued, put down the shovel and go inside to rest.
- When possible, avoid lifting a snow-filled shovel. Instead, it is safer to push the snow off your driveway and sidewalks. If you must lift the snow, be sure to face the direction you are lifting and twist as little as possible.
- Spray or rub your shovel with lubricant such as cooking spray or WD40 to help prevent snow from sticking to the shovel. The lighter the load, the better for your body.
- Check with your doctor if you believe shoveling snow might present a health hazard, especially if you have a heart condition.