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Jan 15 2013

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Featured Mediterranean House Plan for Large Families – The House Plan Shop

Mediterranean House Plan 043H-0177Characteristic of the Mediterranean region as well as the southern states such as Florida and even some regions of California, this Mediterranean house plan boast many recognizable exterior features. Begin with the eye-catching red clay tile roof and the stucco façade. Then notice the arched windows and decorative wrought iron enhance the second floor window/double doors. From the neatly detailed exterior to the elegant and spacious interior, this one-story home plan delivers sophisticated family living. Interesting angles and large windows contribute to a unique yet comfortable atmosphere. Upon entering, a roomy foyer greets all. It quickly introduces the formal gathering spaces where you’re sure to host dinner guests and entertain family and friends on holidays. The dining room features a decorative ceiling treatment and stylish columns defining the space while maintaining openness to the living room where large windows and double doors deliver views of the rear yard. Now pay attention to the causal family spaces that team up to create an open area for daily activities and family time. Two islands are better than one in the well-appointed kitchen where you’ll also discover a culinary pantry, eating bar, abundant counter space and adjoining nook. The family room connects with the kitchen and nook showcasing a fireplace flanked with built-ins. Along with the nook and formal dining room, you’ll find another option for meal time when you take a look at the sweeping covered patio, complete with outdoor kitchen, perfect for summertime barbecues and cookouts with the neighbors. Three family bedrooms and two bathrooms (one can serve as a pool bath easily accessed from the patio) accommodated the children’s needs on the right side of the home. These bedrooms are shielded from street noise by the three-car, side-entry garage and laundry room. Don’t miss the bonus room above the garage, ideal for a home theater or game room the whole family can enjoy. On the left side of the home, Bedroom 2 delights in a bayed window and enjoys access to a nearby bath. This arrangement is ideal for weekend guests or an aging family member in your care. Your master bedroom is secluded for privacy and loaded with amenities. You’ll love the bayed window and luxurious bath delivering pampering features like His and Her walk-in closets, soaking tub, separate shower and dual sinks. Designed with plenty of room for everyone and stylish features that are sure to charm you, this Mediterranean home plan is mixes the best of both worlds – comfortable living and elegant design.

 

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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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