If you are ready to build a new house, but are challenged by a hillside lot, mountainous property or a lot that slopes in one direction, you’ll need to find a house plan suitable for a sloping lot. Perhaps you are building on waterfront property that slopes to a stunning lake or on steep and rugged terrain with a panoramic view. You’ll want to consider many of the house plans in our Waterfront Home Plan collection and those in our Mountain House Plan collection. They are designed to accommodate sloping lots. Most of these designs are fashioned on a walkout basement allowing you to dig into the ground and create extra living space below the main level of the home. Furthermore, the walkout basement allows you to walkout out to your backyard or side yard from the lower level. Some of these designs offer drive-under garages using the lower level for parking and giving you the entire main floor for living space. In most cases, sloping lot house plans enjoy a view and feature large decks and porches as well plenty of windows oriented toward the view, taking advantage of the natural beauty of the property or lot. Sloping lot house plans are sometimes referred to hillside home plans and can vary in size and architectural style. They can be one or more stories and range from weekend cabins to luxurious primary residences. Many split-level home designs work well for front-sloping lots and incorporate at least a few stairs to access the front door.
Take some time to browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of home designs to find the right sloping lot home plan for you.
If 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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