The House Plan Shop Blog

Apr 24 2017

Tiny House Plans Have More to Offer than You Might Expect

Post By:

Category: Tiny House Plans

With the popularity of tiny house plans, you might find yourself wondering how anyone could live in a tiny house plan. But don’t be fooled! Tiny house plans have more to offer than you might expect. While some homeowners consider them to be just the right size for a secondary home or weekend getaway, others build tiny homes for their permeant residences. Whether you prefer a tiny home due to its minimal home maintenance or you are concerned about minimizing your carbon footprint, tiny house plans are the ideal solution for many homeowners. Below, we described five of our tiny house plans presenting an example of the various architectural styles and features you can find with tiny homes.

 

Tiny House Plan 052H-0032052H-0032: If you have a piece of land deserving of 360 degree views, this unique tiny house plan may just fit the bill. Surrounded by glass windows and doors, panoramic views are provided all the way around this open floor plan. Plus, the roof overhangs the exterior walls to protect and shade the outside space as well. The living and dining areas share space with a kitchenette making it easy to enjoy conversation with guests while meals are prepared. Two bedrooms share a full bath and are tucked behind the gathering spaces for privacy. Wherever you plan to build this tiny contemporary house plan, waterfront or mountaintop, you will enjoy looking good in this unique design.

 

Tiny House Plan 066L-0002066L-0002: This tiny log house plan works great one a wooded lot with its log exterior. The floor plan makes efficient and practical use living space. All the necessities for sleeping, eating, and relaxing are met in a cozy and comfortable way. A rustic fireplace echoes the beauty of the forest while a kitchenette and full bath deliver modern conveniences. The studio-style floor plan combines the sleeping area with the living spaces ensuring you’ll enjoy the warmth of the fire all through the night. Designed with the outdoorsman in mind, a friendly front porch offers shelter for enjoying sunsets and starry nights, or grilling your favorite dinner after a day of hiking in the woods. Simply rustic and practically designed, this tiny log house plan delivers peace and solitude for those who want to get away from it all.

 

Tiny House Plan 072H-0186072H-0186: Here is a tiny house with an emphasis on modern design. A front wall of windows spills natural light into the main living and dining space while delivering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Check out the L-shaped kitchenette, ready and waiting for your inner chef. Two bedrooms offer closets for storage, plus there is a coat closet at the front entry. The front porch provides plenty of room for chairs where you can sip lemonade and enjoy the gentle breeze.  Whether you are dreaming of downsizing or want to build a vacation paradise, this modern tiny house plan won’t disappoint you!

 

Tiny House Plan 027H-0462027H-0462: This tiny house plan would make a great home for retirees looking to downsize. A handsome multi-material exterior delvers eye-catching curb appeal. Inside you’ll find all the necessities for comfortable living. Two bedrooms are separated by a full bath with a laundry closet. The open floor plan provides space for dining, lounging, and preparing meals. Windows drawn natural light indoors and encourage you to enjoy the view. Efficient yet comfortable, this tiny house plan is suitable for year-round living or for use as a guest home or in-law cottage.

 

Have we peaked your interest? If so, please browse our entire collection of Tiny House Plans.

No responses yet

Mar 21 2017

Four Thoughtfully Designed Multi-Family House Plans

Multi-family house plans offer economic housing for multiple families within one structure. These homes can range in architectural style, the number of living units offered within the structure, and the size of each unit. We offer a wide variety of multi-family house plans from modern and country-style duplexes to modern row-houses, Craftsman-style multiplexes and even traditional apartment plans. Below are just a few of our thoughtfully designed multi-family house plans. They feature both convenient elements and luxurious amenities. Take some time to explore what we have to offer in our collection.

 

Multi-Family Plan 062M-0001062M-0001: This one-story, Craftsman-style duplex house plan affords the occupants plenty of privacy with the common wall placed between the garages. There is storage space in the garage accessed with a service door into the backyard. The open floor plan features a corner fireplace in the great room and an island in the kitchen. Each bedroom enjoys ample closet space, and the master bedroom has a full bath. There is even a laundry room tucked away behind the garage.  Wrapped in an attractive multi-material exterior, this plan would make a great starter home for two families or ideal rental property for those looking to earn an income.

 

Multi-Family Plan 012M-0008012M-0008: Here is a multi-family house plan that provides five townhouses for five lucky families. The first floor features an open floor plan.  Enter the front from a covered porch into the living room.  A patio can be accessed from the family room, and the kitchen features an eating island. The 1-car garage includes a storage closet for stowing away potential clutter. On the second floor, four bedrooms and two full baths accommodate large or growing families. The laundry room is conveniently located upstairs, making it easy to move clothes from dryer to closets. The Northwestern-style exterior presents a rustic but handsome look of wood and stone.

 

Multi-Family Plan 021M-0014021M-0014: This multi-family house plan provides eight apartments on two floors with a most attractive exterior.  The open floor plan presents a kitchen with a food bar and a living room with a cozy fireplace. There is access to a covered porch from the dining area. Both bedrooms feature walk-in closets. A dressing room in the master bath provides a place to get ready for facing the day or painting the town. Occupants of the secondary bedroom can discreetly move in and out of the full bath with ease through their own door. Such a clever and appealing apartment plan will make these units desirably filled.

 

Multi-Family Plan 050M-0009050M-0009: Here’s an appealing traditional-style duplex plan that features a two-car garage for each of the units. Enter from a covered porch into the open living spaces. Cozy up to the fireplace in the great room or gather round the kitchen island for a snack. There’s a walk-in pantry to store lots of staples or kitchen utensils. A split-bedroom arrangement separates two secondary bedrooms from the private master bedroom. A 10’ ceiling, private bath and a walk-in closet are the highlights of the master retreat. Concealed behind bi-fold doors, the washer and dryer are opposite a nifty bench and hooks near the entrance from the garage. This thoughtful combination keeps things neat and tidy. There is no doubt with this duplex plan, you build it, they will come.

 

For more stunning and thoughtfully designed multi-family house plans like this one, take some time to browse or entire collection

No responses yet

Feb 23 2017

5 Thoughtful Waterfront House Plans

Waterfront house plans are designed for relaxed and comfortable living with a view of your favorite body of water whether it’s a lake, river or stream. These plans feature plenty of windows, porches, and decks for outdoor enjoyment while delivering stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. Some waterfront house plans are built on silts or piers to accommodate rising waters due to occasional flashing flooding near a river or stream. Others are designed with walkout basements to accommodate a sloping lot that slopes downward and away from the home, towards a lake or river. Our waterfront house plans range in size and architectural style and feature a multitude of special appointments from gourmet kitchens and finished basements to cozy lofts and lavish master baths. The designs below are just a few of the waterfront house plans we offer. Take some time to learn more about them…you just might find the one you’re looking for!

 

Waterfront House Plan 049H-0005049H-0005: This sophisticated waterfront house plan is well suited for a lakefront lot (or a golf course). It features a finished walkout basement, and it is loaded with everything you’ll need to enjoy life beside the lake. The specially appointed lake room features a decorative ceiling, fireplace and sparkling windows taking in the stunning panorama. The dining room, greeting room and master bedroom deliver lake views too! You’ll appreciate the screened porch and grilling deck too, ideal for entertaining guests outdoors. This delightful waterfront home plan delivers other special extras that are sure to provide comfortable living like the luxurious master bath, His and Her walk-in closets, decorative ceiling treatments, and the huge kitchen with island, snack bar and pantry. Everyone is sure to love the rec room, bar and media room on the lower level! If you want to live and entertain in style beside your favorite lake, this waterfront house plan is second to none!

 

Waterfront House Plan 052H-0088052H-0088: Here’s a charming tiny house plan that is suited for waterfront living. This 477 square foot house is built on pilings raising the living areas up one level. Just right for a romantic weekend, fishing cabin, or rental property, this vacation home enjoys a large covered porch, ideal for grilling or relaxing at the end of the day. Just imagine sitting in a rocking chair, sipping iced tea and listening to the sound of the waves lapping at the water’s edge. The compact kitchen delivers all the basics and connects with the bedroom/living space. A pair of closets offer storage. Though small in stature, you’ll be surprised by the deluxe bath boasting a clawfoot tub, separate shower, and laundry closet! Relaxing and comfortable, you’re sure to enjoy this waterfront home!

 

Waterfront House Plan 012H-0212012H-0212: Stepping up from your starter home? This waterfront house plan is family-friendly and offers room to grow. Designed with a walkout basement, this home is perfect for lakefront property (or even a mountainside.) Floor to ceiling windows in the vaulted great room make a dramatic first impression as the windows reveal an impressive view of the lake. Furthermore, the wrap-around deck begs to entertain delivering enough room for a grill and outdoor dining area. Family and friends won’t turn you down for weekend cookout! You’ll appreciate other special features like the main floor master bedroom, convenient kitchen and dining room arrangement, charming second floor loft (with a view of the lake), and ample storage in the secondary bedrooms. As your family grows or your lifestyle changes, you might consider finishing the basement to satisfy your needs. Carefully designed for active families, you can’t go wrong with this waterfront home plan!

 

Waterfront House Plan 073H-0041 073H-0041: Do you have a large family or plan to entertain family and friends for the weekend? This waterfront house plan boasts four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a bonus room, so there will be plenty of room for everyone! The open floor plan features a spacious family room lined with windows and topped with a two-story ceiling allowing you to see the lake or river from either the main floor or the upper level. Two porches further the enjoyment of the waterfront view providing a great place to kick back and relax, grill, or just enjoy conversation with visitors. Practical features include a half bath on the ground level, a large cooking island with eating bar, main floor master bedroom, and a loft/balcony upstairs. Fashioned for comfort and practical living, this waterfront house plan is worth taking a closer look!

 

Waterfront House Plan 074H-0025074H-0025: Expansive porches and decks paired with extensive use of glass is a winning combination for this luxurious waterfront house plan! The back of the home is lined with windows on both levels maximizing your lakeside view! Additionally, the great room showcases a vaulted ceiling and windows that stretch to peak further enhancing the view! Friends and family alike will never want to leave this tranquil and conformable home. The floor plan reveals four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and a three-car garage. Thoughtful features include a sophisticated master suite, main floor guest room, gourmet kitchen, office and kids’ nook. The grilling porch will allow you to cook and dine outdoors beside a fireplace, while the finished basement showcases a huge game room, wet bar and more!

 

The possibilities are endless with waterfront house plans, but for more ideas, please view our entire collection!

No responses yet

Dec 19 2016

7 Stunning New House Plans From 2016

As the end of 2016 quickly approaches, we’d like to take a little time to note the many beautiful, practical, and carefully designed new house plans that have been added to our website over the past year. They vary in architectural style and size and deliver a vast array of special features from finished basements and outdoor kitchens to luxurious master suites and relaxing covered porches. With so many specially designed house plans to choose from, selecting the right house plan for your needs, preferences, lifestyle and tastes becomes an exciting adventure! Take some time to review this sampling of new house plans, you might just find the one you’re looking for!

 

House Plan 037H-0251037H-0251 – This sophisticated Mediterranean house plan was designed for coastal living with all the main living areas raised one level and the parking areas situated below them. Elegance abounds inside this home with plentiful decorative ceiling treatments, a combination of curved and angled walls, and countless luxurious amenities. Don’t miss the oversized island and huge pantry highlighting the gourmet kitchen. Pay attention to the glass sliders that open from the family room to the covered lanai and outdoor kitchen creating an impressive entertainment space. The master suite is sure to pamper with a morning bar, sitting room, lavish bath and dual walk-in closets. Other special features include a study, guest apartment, library and second floor lanai. This Mediterranean house plan is the epitome of luxury living!

 

House Plan 075G-0004075H-0004 – Take a look at this new unique ranch house plan! It features a modern design with a Craftsman-style twist that is sure to get the attention of passers-by! A covered front porch welcomes all, and a double door entry quickly introduces the great room. Beyond, the kitchen and dining area overlook the rear covered porch providing an ideal arrangement for dining outdoors with dinner guests. Also, you’ll appreciate the snack bar, making it easy to have a quick meal on the go or a snack with the kids. Three bedrooms and two and a half baths accommodate the family’s needs. A two-car garage and generously-sized laundry room complete this family home plan.

 

House Plan 073H-0059073H-0059 – If you like the idea of relaxed living and it’s time to step up from your starter home, this Southern house plan may be right for you. It features four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a two-car garage and 3540 square feet of living space. The covered front and rear porches offer an inviting place to relax outdoors and sip lemonade while you watch the kids play in the yard. Inside, the spacious family room delivers a great place to relax with kids and enjoy popcorn and a movie. Casual and formal dining spaces make it easy to entertain or grab a quick breakfast before you start your day. You’ll appreciate the main floor master bedroom outfitted with His and Her baths and walk-in closets. Three family bedrooms are positioned upstairs along with a game room and bonus space. If you need to accommodate a larger of growing family, you can’t go wrong with this two-story Southern house plan.

 

House Plan 027H-0462027H-0462 – Here’s a charming tiny house plan designed for comfort and efficient use of space. It’s compact floor plan makes it just right for those who a looking to down-size. It is also suitable for a vacation home or mother-in-law cottage. The floor plan features a minimalist approach without sacrificing all the comforts of a larger home. An open floor plan combines the living area with the kitchen delivering a sense of spaciousness. Two comfortably-sized bedrooms share a full bath complete with soaking tub. A utility closet holds a stackable washer/dryer unit. If you’re looking for efficient living, this tiny house plan delivers!

 

House Plan 051H-0249051H-0249 – This striking house Craftsman house plan delivers family living all on one level! An open floor plan promotes family time well-spent and keeps the cook involved in conversation while meals are prepared. The kitchen delivers a pantry and eating bar as it overlooks the dining area and vaulted living room. The two-car garage with storage area and the easy-to-access laundry room keep things neat and tidy. Three bedrooms are arranged on the left side of the home where two family bedrooms share a full bath, and the owner’s suite features a vaulted ceiling, private bath and walk-in closet. The second floor bonus room is waiting for your creative touch! It would be ideal for a game or hobby room, or it can be left unfished and used as storage if you prefer. Designed for family living one-story Craftsman house plan has more to offer than you might expect!

 

House Plan 059H-0206059H-0206 – Has your family outgrown your starter home? This two-story country house plan is just right for a growing family! Beyond the welcoming wrap-around front porch, you’ll find a comfortable and accommodating house plan that will flex and grow with your family’s changing needs and lifestyle. Just off the foyer, the study offers a peaceful home office, but it could easily be finished as an extra bedroom if necessary or maybe you prefer to furnish it with a sofa sleeper for the occasional weekend guest. The kitchen is strategically positioned between the breakfast nook and dining room serving both with equal ease no matter the occasion. A 12’ ceiling tops the hearth-warmed living room adding a sense of spaciousness. Your secluded master bedroom delivers a relaxing retreat at the end of the day with where you’ll find a soothing soaking tub. Upstairs, two bedrooms enjoy private bath access and walk-in closets. The option bonus room can be finished now or in the future to satisfy your family’s needs.

 

House Plan 069H-0027069H-0027 – This modern house plan is sure to catch your eye! Clean lines, extensive use of glass and modern materials give this two-story design exquisite curb appeal. Inside you’ll find an open floor plan with glass sliders opening from the great room to the lanai and outdoor kitchen. A two-story ceiling tops the great room and foyer delivering a dramatic feel. The unique kitchen is sure to please the family chef. Your master suit offers access to the lanai and features a luxurious and refreshing bath. Don’t miss the pool bath! It is just right for entertaining guests outdoors. On the second floor, the loft overlooks the great room and connects with two more bedrooms and the study. Elegant and spacious, this modern house plan is sure to please you!

 

While these are just a few of the new house plans offered in 2016, you can search our entire collection of house plans for a design that includes the features and elements you prefer by using our Advanced Search tool.

No responses yet

Nov 21 2016

4 Things to Consider when Buying a Lot for Your New Home

Lot for SaleIf you are planning to build a new house, it is important that you carefully consider your lot. While you might already know what kind of home you want to build, choosing the proper homebuilding site should not be taken lightly. Take some time to consider the following information before making a final decision about your lot.

 

Lifestyle and needs: Each person/family has their own lifestyle and needs and both will greatly influence the lot or building site you choose for your new home. Consider how close you want to live to all the places you go to on a regular basis such as work, church, school, restaurants, and shopping centers. How far do you want to live from these places? Do you need to live within walking distance? A ten-minute drive? Or is farther away going to be okay with you? Next pay attention the improved ground around the subdivision or lot you are considering? Are sidewalks and streetlights already available? Is it important to you to have these things? If they are not already available, it is important to know that purchasing a lot in the subdivision might require you to contribute a portion of the fees to install these things in the neighborhood. Finally, think about what you envision for you new home in terms of neighbors and space. While some people want to live in a neighborhood with lots of kids so their own children will have friends to play with, others prefer a more secluded lifestyle with plenty of space between them and their neighbors.

 

Affordability: When it comes to building a new home, the cost of the lot is a factor in the overall building budget. It is necessary to be sure the cost of the lot will fit your budget. Can you afford the lot and still build your dream home? While the cost of the actual property might fit your budget, you should consider all the costs associated with getting your lot ready to build. Clearing trees, blasting rock, grading the land for proper drainage and building retaining walls if necessary are just a few of the things that will dramatically increase the cost of the lot before you are even ready to begin the actual construction of your home. Before you purchase your lot, it is a good idea to have your builder visit the property with you. Builders can often see things about the lot that might cause potential problems or require extra work in preparing the lot before construction begins that will drive up your costs and could potentially blow your budget. Finally, if you choose a lot where utility services are not already available at the lot, you will be responsible for the costs associated with running water, sewer, gas, electric and other utility services to your lot. However, if you choose a lot in a subdivision or neighborhood where these utilities are already available, additional costs, if any, are substantially lower.

 

The Home You Have in Mind: Before choosing a lot, take some time to consider the home you have in mind. Is the lot compatible with the home you envision? Familiarize yourself with all aspects of the potential lot. Physical, environmental and aesthetic factors can have a profound effect on the design of your home or the floor plan you choose. You wouldn’t build a 6,000 square foot home on a half-acre lot, so the size of the lot will matter. Likewise, if you aren’t one for using the yard, maybe a smaller lot with less grass to mow is better for you. Take some time to check with your local planning and zoning board to learn more about your potential lot and the surrounding property. You wouldn’t want to build a beautiful home with plenty of decks and widows to enjoy the view only to find out a year from now that the common ground behind your home has been zoned commercial and a new skyscraper is going to block your view. Finally, think about how the home you envision will sit on the lot. Is it a sloping lot that will require a walkout basement or a drive-under garage? Sometimes the features of the lot will influence features of your home, so take some time to make sure they will complement each other.

 

The Yard: When choosing a lot, consider how you plan to use your yard. Check with your local government to determine the zoning and setbacks of the lot. This will give you a clear picture of what you can build on the lot, how close you can build to the property lines, and what will be leftover for your yard. The size and shape, topography, drainage and slope of the lot will certainly influence how you use your yard. Do you want outdoor living space such a covered patio or outdoor kitchen? Do you need a clear and open space that requires full sun such as a pool or garden? It is important to think about how you plan to use your yard or what outdoor spaces you’ll need so that you choose a lot that will accommodate your dream home and give you the outdoor space you need to enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Building a home is exciting, but choosing the wrong lot can make for a bad experience so carefully consider the information provided above to help you make a good decision when choosing your lot.

No responses yet

Older Posts »