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Aug 31 2017

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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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Sep 26 2016

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Classic Country House Plans

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Country House Plan 055H-0007Just imagine yourself living down a quiet gravel road lined with shade trees in the middle of nowhere. Just image a cozy yet comfortable home where you can relax on the front porch with a glass of iced tea while the dragonflies and butterflies flit by. Just imagine living in the perfect country home…..

If you like the idea of peaceful and relaxed living with a comfortable floor plan, chances are you’ll like one of our country house plans! Country house plans are designed for comfort and everyday living whether you’re living along that quiet little road you imagined in the middle of nowhere or in the suburbs of a bustling city. These homes are most easily recognized by their covered front porches featuring columns and rails or covered wrap-around porches, but country house plans have some other notable characteristics too!

Dormer windows and window shutters are sometimes easily recognizable as exterior highlights of a country house plan. While they offer visual interest to the exterior, they keep the décor to a minimum. Dormer windows also have another purpose. They deliver plenty of natural light to the interior living spaces.

Counrty House Plan 064H-0043Country kitchens or eat-in kitchens are popular among country house plans. They are designed to enjoy a meal with a large group of people but are comfortable enough for everyone to relax and talk at any time. Additionally, the kitchen is the ideal place for the kids to do their homework while Mom or Dad prepares dinner and lends a helping hand with those tricky math problems and writing assignments.

Country house plans are often informal in design and generally feature an open floor plan that delivers free-flowing spaces and functionality. The open floor plan easily accommodates a crowd for holiday get-togethers or delivers relaxed space to share popcorn and a movie with the kids. These flexible spaces allow homeowners to use home in a variety of ways without a need for dedicated spaces designed for specific purposes.

In addition to covered front porches and the wrap around porches mentioned above, country house plans are often known to features plenty of outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces such as covered patios, screened porches and grilling porches, extend the living areas outdoors easily blending the interior and exterior spaces. This is an added bonus for those who love to entertain. With expanded entertainment space the possibilities are endless!

Practical spaces and features abound with country house plans. Kitchen islands, walk-in pantries, built-in desks and shelves, and mudrooms are just a few of the elements that deliver practicality with these homes. Bonus rooms and oversized garages provide room to grow and extra storage space.

Though the idea of a country house plan seems to promote a sense of a rural, rustic or even a nostalgic way of living, don’t be fooled! Many of the designs in our collection feature some of today’s most sought after features and up-to-date amenities like home theaters, wine closets/cellars, main floor laundry rooms, vaulted ceilings, and luxurious master suites.

If you’re looking for a home with a relaxed floor plan, practical features and a few special extras, take some time to browse our entire collection of country house plans.

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May 14 2015

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Characteristics of Country House Plans

Country house plans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but most have a few common and recognizable features. Consider the features of these country home designs.

 

047H-0016 Country House PlanCovered porch with rail – One of the most easily recognizable features of a country house plan is a welcoming covered front porch lined with a decorative porch rail like the one that dresses up the exterior of plan 047H-0016. A covered porch offers a relaxing space for conversation, sipping lemonade with neighbors, and a peaceful place to sit in your rocker and watch the sun set.

 

Metal roof – Nothing says country like a metal roof. Take a look at plan 063H-0208. A metal roof takes you back in time, while giving your country home plenty of character and charm.

 

054H-0010 Country House PlanWrap-around porch – For those who enjoy outdoor living, a country-style wrap-around porch provides plenty of outdoor space to read, visit with friends and neighbors and watch the kids play in the yard. A wrap-round porch extends the living areas outdoors and gives everyone room to relax. Just imagine your very own porch swing! Check out the wrap-around porch on plan 054H-0010.

 

Roofline parallel to the road – Many country house plans feature a roofline that runs parallel to the road. Design 021H-0134 offers a perfect example.

 

Country kitchen – Country home plans are known for their country kitchens or eat-in kitchens. When the dining space is situated within or adjoining to the kitchen, it easy to serve an entire family with little effort. Consider the step-saver layout of plan 006H-0074.

 

059H-0039 Country House PlanFarmhouse style – Speaking of going back in time, some country home plans exude farmhouse styling. While reminiscent of yesteryear, farmhouses deliver modern floor plans with many of today’s most requested features. Consider farmhouse plan 059H-0039.

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Sep 14 2011

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Featured House Plan: A Country-Style Farmhouse

Country House Plan 036H-0047Are you looking for a county house plan with the look and feel of an old farmhouse but modern enough to satisfy your modern-day family’s needs? Check The House Plan Shop’s featured design! The exterior boasts old-fashion farmhouse styling with its metal roof, stone façade and covered porch. Inside you’ll find a floor plan well suited for an active family with a few special extras. The first floor enjoys a spacious great room anchored by a stunning corner fireplace. A two-story ceiling lends an airy touch. The gathering area connects with the dining space creating an open floor plan flexible enough to handle everyday happenings and special get-togethers. Efficient and practical, the kitchen offers a step-saver design and a snack bar for quick meals on the go. Also, it is a good place to help the children with homework as you prepare dinner. Nearby, a half bath and the laundry room offer convenience. Your master bedroom spans across the back of the home. Double walk-in closets offer plenty of storage space, and the refreshing bath is sure to soothe you at the end of a long day. The second floor is reserved for the children’s rooms. Two bedrooms delight in walk-in closets and share a full bath. Ideal for family living, this two-story country home plan is sure to turn some heads.

 

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Aug 03 2011

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Featured Country House Plan with Welcoming Wrap-Around Porch

Country House Plan 031H-0190Just imagine coming home to this welcoming country house plan. An inviting wrap-around porch greets guests and offers a great place for a pair of rockers or a porch swing. The foyer features double closets and introduces the peaceful study behind double doors, just right for a home office. Or finish this space as a bedroom is you choose. Across the foyer, corner cabinets enhance the formal dining room where family and friends are sure to gather and share food and drink. At the back of the home, the spacious two-story living room reveals a cracking fireplace and it connects with the kitchen and breakfast nook. This open gathering area accommodates everyday happenings and special get-togethers. The kitchen island boasts an eating bar, ideal for meals and the go and a great place for the kids to do homework while you prepare dinner. The nook overlooks the rear, covered porch and don’t miss the screened porch, just right for dining alfresco on pleasant evenings. Keeping things tidy and organized, the laundry room and 3-car garage polish off the right side of the home. Positioned for privacy, your master bedroom is tucked in the back corner of the home. Special features here include a walk-in closet, deluxe bath and private covered porch. On the second floor, a handsome balcony gazes down on the living room and connects with two family bedrooms. Large closets and sunny windows complement these rooms while a full bath accommodates the children’s needs. Pay attention to the optional game room. Finish this space giving the whole family a place to kick back and relax. A splendid mix of comfort and functionality, this country house plan is second to none!

 

You’ll find more design’s like this one in The House Plan Shop’s complete country home plan collection.

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