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Jun 22 2011

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Featured Log House Plan Designed for a Mountain View – The House Plan Shop

Log Home Plans 051L-0009If you are dreaming of rustic comfort in the mountains or near your favorite lake, this log house plan delivers comfortable living designed for a view. The log exterior blends nicely with natural surroundings, making it well suited for wooded lots. Special elements like the sweeping deck and floor to ceiling windows encourage the enjoyment of nature. Just imagine stargazing on the deck with your loved one or listening to crickets and owls call after the sun has set. Now take a look at the floor plan. Stepping in from the covered from porch, the entry greets all with stunning views through the two-story great room and out to the rear deck. This spacious room encourages conversation and family time well spent with its relaxing atmosphere, toasty wood stove and immediate connection to the great outdoors. The vaulted kitchen connects with the great room and features a cooking island and a step-saving U-shaped design for convenience. Nearby, you’ll find a storage closet/pantry, the laundry room and access to the one-car garage. Fine appointments fill the master bedroom like the walk-in closet, vaulted ceiling and deluxe bath. For the children or your guests, the second floor holds a peaceful bedroom outfitted with a full bath and walk-in closet. Don’t miss the unique vaulted loft overlooking on the great room. A splendid home for those who love the outdoors and just right for a couple who enjoy weekend guests and visits from the grandkids, this log house plan is sure to get your attention.

 

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Jun 19 2011

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House Plans for Every Phase of Life – The House Plan Shop

House Plan 001H-0058If you are planning to build a new house, it is important that you choose a floor plan that will satisfy your needs, as well as, accommodate your lifestyle and your phase of life. House blueprints are as diverse in exterior appearance as they are in size and layout. It is important to find the style of home you like along with a floor plan that fits well with your stage of life.

Small and affordable house plans work well for couples starting out and those wishing to begin a family. These designs offer a modest square footage ranging from 1000-1800 square feet. They can be one or two levels and generally offer two or three bedrooms. The floor plans feature practical elements that support and promote family living like an open layout and an attached garage. They usually offer convenient and efficient features like a kitchen island, main floor laundry room and ample closet space, all elements a new family will appreciate. Couples and young families are sure to find an ideal floor plan for their starter home in our extensive house plan collection.

Large and growing families are usually drawn to house plans with a greater square footage than that of most starter homes. These designs generally offer more than 1800 square feet of living space and three or more bedrooms. Maybe you’ve found a floor plan with four bedrooms, but only need three for your family. The extra bedroom can serve as a den, hobby room or guest room. Keeping family living in mind, the floor plans of larger homes deliver practical living spaces and often an open floor plan. Many include outdoor living areas such as a patio, covered porch, deck or screened porch. Larger home plans are different from starter homes in that that may offer additional living spaces not found in smaller homes such as formal living and dining areas as well as casual living and dining areas. Entertainment spaces such as a lower level game or recreation room or an upstairs home theater or playroom are common. These extra spaces give large families room to roam, quiet spaces to rest and relax and a place to entertain on special occasions.

Singles and couples with no plans to raise a family might prefer homes designed for entertaining. For these homebuyers, there are floor plans designed with gatherings in mind. The floor plan may only include a master bedroom and a secondary bedroom for guests, but the living areas are stylish, spacious and comfortable. Often open floor plans incorporate and state of the art kitchen with an elegant great room and dining area while promoting conversation among guests. Decorative elements like special ceiling treatments and built-in elements such as a fireplace surrounded with shelves or cabinets enhance the gathering spaces, making them suitable for formal and informal get-togethers.

Once the children are grown, retirees and empty nesters often opt to downsize from the larger homes in which they raised their families. At this point in life, retirees have an eye on their golden years and find their needs have gone back to the days when they were single or young couples starting out. Large homes require more upkeep and maintenance and higher utility bills that may not be feasible for retirees. Also, they need practical and functional rooms to satisfy daily needs. There is no sense in having a home theater or a rec room anymore if no one is going to enjoy it, so downsizing often makes sense. Furthermore, aging homebuilders are now focused on their future lifestyle and must consider potential health problems and mobility issues. Smaller ranch house plans are popular among retirees because they eliminate the need to climb stairs reducing the possibility of falling and make it easy for those with walkers or in wheelchairs to access all rooms in the home. Retirees often look for universal house plans that are handicap accessible offering wider hallway to accommodate scooters and wheel chairs, more spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, and sometimes even lower counter tops that can be accessed while sitting in a wheel share or scooter. Seniors and retirees might opt to make their new home even safer and more practical by adding a security system that will alert the police and/or send medical help in the case of an emergency. Also, they can choose to install grab bars no-slip flooring and other special features that will keep them safe and in their homes for years to come.

From a single or a young couple starting out to large families and empty nesters, The House Plan Shop, has an extensive collection of best selling home plans that are sure to satisfy every phase of life and every lifestyle.

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May 25 2011

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The House Plan Shop – House Plans with Basements: 5 Ways to Use the Space

House Plan 053H-0011If you are building a new house and have the opportunity to build a house plan with a basement or walkout basement, it is well worth considering. Basements are beneficial in many ways, but perhaps many of us value the extra space a basement can offer more than any of its other attributes. When building a home on a full basement, the possibilities are endless when it comes to how you might use all the additional space. Furthermore, they offer flexibility. From finished to unfinished, basements offer enough space to accommodate your ever-changing lifestyle. Here are a few things you can do with a basement foundation:

 

  1. Unfinished Storage: The easiest thing you can do with a basement that doesn’t require extra work, finished space, paint, carpet or furniture is to leave your basement completely unfinished. This allows for plentiful storage space for all your needs from packing up the holiday decorations until next year to a place to keep memorabilia from your younger years, not to mention tools, file cabinets, or boxed items like used toys and children’s clothes you plan to pass on to a family member or friend.
  2. Drive-Under Garage: Depending on the slope of your lot and its orientation to the road or street, some house plans with basements are perfect for drive-under garages. In this case, a portion of the basement is dedicated to parking and the garage area can be accessed from the front, rear or side of the home. The remainder of the basement can be used any way you wish.
  3. Gathering Space: Consider finishing a room or portion of your basement as a gathering space you can enjoy with your family and friends. A family room, rec room or game room encourages relaxation, conversation and family time well spent. Other possibilities might include a playroom for the kids or a home theater. Adding special elements like a full or half bath and compact kitchen or wet bar makes it easy to use the restroom or serve drinks and snacks to friends and family without having to go upstairs.
  4. Additional Bedrooms: In the instance that you may have lot restrictions limiting the size and footprint of your home, it may not be feasible to arrange all the bedrooms on the main level. For those with a large or growing family, finished bedrooms in the basement give all the children a place of their own while working with lot limitations. Likewise, you may have room for the kids’ bedrooms on the main level but would like to have a guest room for overnight visitors that is somewhat private. A basement bedroom can be quite accommodating and comfortable.
  5. Private Retreat: For those who need a quiet space to get away from it all or need a peaceful place to work, a finished basement is a great place to add a home office, a den, hobby room, exercise area or workshop.

 

Homes built on a basement foundation not only offer plenty of space, but they have other great benefits too. Take some time to review, Beneficial Basements, to find out what other advantages they offer.

 

If you’d like to browse house plans with basements and walkout basements, visit The House Plan Shop’s website and use our advanced search feature. 

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Nov 17 2010

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6 Things to Know about Baby Boomer House Plans

053G-0024 House PlanThe people of our society born between 1946 and 1964 are known as Baby Boomers. There are 75-80 million Booomers out there, and they make up more than a quarter of the population in the US. Furthermore, they represent nearly half of our current workforce. Many in this collective group of people are newly retired, about to retire, or looking forward to retirement not too far down the road. This amazing group of people has had quite an influence on society – the way it has grown and changed. Likewise, they have played an influential role in home design. Baby Boomers have their own ideas about the homes they wish to live in after retirement. Below are six floor plan elements commonly requested by Boomers.

 

1.    One-story floor plans with no steps at the entry allowing occupants to move around efficiently and safely within the home.

2.    Safety features like no-slip flooring, walk-in showers and specially designed thresholds eliminating slips, trips and falls.

3.    Flexible rooms than can serve a specific purpose and easily convert to another purpose as the occupant’s lifestyle changes and evolves.

4.    Open living areas that can be arranged differently to accommodate various situations, gatherings and events.

5.    Indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces that can satisfy both formal and casual gatherings such as playing games and barbecuing with the grandkids or hosting and elegant, holiday dinner party.

6.    A guest room with private bath that can accommodate an elderly family member in the occupant’s care or a place for the kids and grandkids to sleep when they visit for the weekend.

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Aug 16 2010

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House Plans for Swimming Pools: Featured Floor Plan

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040H-0016 House PlanHouse plans designed for swimming pools require careful thought and planning to make the most of the sparkling blue pool. This luxurious Mediterranean home design does just that! The floor plan was fashioned with the pool in mind reaping all the benefits it has to offer.

 

First, consider the view. Most of the main gathering areas are arranged across the back of the home delivering views of the pristine water from all angles. The family room, dinette and living room not only enjoy direct views of the pool and surrounding areas, but also open to the pool and lanai extending the living areas outdoors. Plenty of natural light spills inside through the use of pocketing sliding-glass doors, French doors, windows, and mitered glass. Furthermore, guests immediately receive a breathtaking and refreshing view of the pool the moment they step though the double door entry as the foyer affords a glimpse of the pool through the living room. The master suite is also oriented to the poolside view with a wall of windows and sliding glass doors overlooking the water’s edge. Views of the pool are always an important element with house plans designed for swimming pools.

 

Now pay attention to the outdoor living area. With many of the living areas, the master suite and Bedroom 4 opening to the lanai, this design encourages outdoor living and enjoyment of the poolside atmosphere. There is plenty of room to relax on chase lounges and add outdoor dining patio furniture. Take a look at the summer kitchen promoting outdoor cooking and dining alfresco with friends and family. There is nothing like enjoying an exquisite meal beside the water. The layout accommodates small and large groups as well as pool parties. Many house plans designed for swimming pools make the most of outdoor living spaces.

 

Finally, this floor plan offers a pool bath beside Bedroom 4. Its convenient location works well for using the restroom and provides a space for visitors and guests to change clothes without leaving wet footprints throughout the home. Convenience is key with floor plans designed for swimming pools.

 

While the main focus of this Mediterranean house plan is its pool orientation, this ranch floor plan has much more to offer. Four bedrooms and four baths, arranged in a split-bedroom layout, accommodate a large or growing family while keeping everyone on one level. The island kitchen is designed for efficiency serving both the formal and casual dining spaces with equal ease, not to mention its simple access to the lanai. Fanciful ceiling treatments top the dining room, living room and family room while a fireplace surrounded with built-ins adds a touch of flair. Practical elements include a peaceful den, ideal for a home office, His and Her walk-in closets, a convenient utility room and a 3-car garage. For the home owner, a sumptuous bath is ready to pamper, refresh and relax. A double bowl vanity and compartmented toilet are only the beginning. A splashy soaking tub and huge walk-in shower are the main attractions.

 

Sophisticated, yet family-oriented, this house plan designed for a pool is sure to get your attention.

 

Visit The House Plan Shop to view an extensive home plan collection including floor plans with swimming pools like this one.

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