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Apr 12 2019

Ranch House Plans with Walkout Basement

Ranch house plans are consistently the most desired home type among American homeowners. After all, the ranch style home was invented in the United States, and with their low-pitch roof lines and attached garages, they have become a singularly identifiable part of the American landscape.

Ranch house plans with walkout basements are especially popular, as they provide many features and benefits typically associated with multi-story homes while still containing the main living space to one floor.

Many people desire to own a home that is stylish, easy to maintain, unobtrusive and affordable. Ranch house plans check all these boxes and then some. Ranch homes come in an almost endless variety of layouts, so there is sure to be a plan to suit every homeowner. Ranch homes can be built using many types of materials, suitable to the homeowner’s preferred aesthetic. Some exterior materials, such as vinyl siding, also reduce the amount of time and money needed for ongoing maintenance.

One advantage that multi-story houses have over ranches is that they often provide more living space than ranches. However, ranch house plans that incorporate walkout basements can reduce or even eliminate this disparity. A walkout basement provides additional, functional living space by providing an additional entrance, generally on the back side of the home. There are several reasons to consider a walkout basement option with your ranch house plan. A walkout basement provides easier access to the backyard and opens up opportunities for outdoor living and entertaining space such as a patio, outdoor dining area, or a swimming pool.

A ranch house plan with walkout basement naturally lends itself to adding a deck to the main living space, particularly when building on sloped lots, extending the outdoor usability of the home and often providing for spectacular views. A main-level deck also provides additional shade and shelter to the backyard area.

A walkout basement provides additional living space, which can be used for adult children or an aging parent living in the home, giving them a separate entrance and a degree of added privacy. This space can also be used for a children’s play area, a recreation area or ‘man cave,’ a home theater–the options are endless.

Ranch house plans with walkout basements make practical sense because they usually improve resale value of the home by providing more living space. With the foundation walls exposed on one or more sides, full-size windows can be used, which provide lots of natural light and makes the space warmer and more inviting. Ranch homes are the quintessential American home type and are likely to remain among the most popular of home styles for many years to come. Due of this tremendous popularity, each individual is certain to find the ranch house plan that best meets their living arrangement needs.

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Apr 01 2019

Who Needs a Vacation? An Array of Vacation House Plans

Vacation house plans.One would think that the name says it all. However, this group of house plans presents great choices for a weekend getaway home as well as thoughtful options for rental property, in-law or guest cottages, or simplifying an empty nest. Additionally, vacation house plans come in a variety of shapes and architectural styles making them suitable for any terrain or landscape from waterfront to mountaintop to city street. Below are a few designs to get you thinking about what type of vacation home (or in-law cottage) is right for you.

062H-0122: For the warm weather lovers, relax at the beach with this nifty beach house plan. There is a welcoming porch where you can sit and enjoy warm breezes, but the interior should not be neglected. A vaulted ceiling over the open living area creates a spaciousness feel.  Storage space abounds. Two bedrooms provide walk-in closets. The kitchen has a pantry, while there is a closet for linens and another for coats or better yet flip-flops. Under the house is space for parking and a storage closet for beach balls, chairs and surf boards.

Vacation house plan 062H-0122

032H-0005: This rustic mountain getaway packs a wallop of usable interior space. The second floor includes two bedrooms plus lots of storage for managing all of life’s extras. On the main level, find another bedroom, a full bath, and the open living spaces. While meals are being prepared in the kitchen, the rest of the family can warm themselves in front of a cozy fireplace.  Lots of windows, a deck and a second-floor balcony will deliver unforgettable views. So pack up the kids or invite your friends for a fun and exciting getaway.

Vacation House Plan 032H-0005

034H-0227: Here’s a modern-style vacation house plan for city living. It is suitable for weekend getaways in urban areas, but it’s compact design makes a nice option for an in-law suite as well. Notice the welcoming front porch and carport with storage closet. In back find a patio perfect for grilling, entertaining and relaxing. Inside, the open living space features vaulted ceilings, built-ins and a fireplace. Two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath and a laundry closet offers convenience. 

Vacation House Plan 034H-0227

Please browse our entire collection of vacation house plans for more ideas.

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Feb 28 2019

Landscaping Ideas for Your New Home – The House Plan Shop

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Building a new house is an exciting experience for you and your family, but you need to consider your yard and landscaping as well. You can transform that uninviting patch of dirt into an amazing outdoor space that your family will enjoy for years to come. Now is a good time to let your imagination run wild since you are starting from scratch. Before any work is started, it’s always a good idea to prepare the area and to prepare yourself with proper personal protective equipment. Safety glasses, knee pads, and ear muffs are some important basics. Consider your current and future needs, and if you will need professional help; it’s available at every step.

When determining the size of your lawn, think about how much open space you’d like to have before crowding yourself out with flowers, trees and shrubs. It would be unfortunate not to have a nice level space for playing washers or catch, or to place a swing set for the kids.

The lawn itself, whether sodded or seeded, will need daily watering until it’s established. Whatever watering system you use, consider buying a rain gauge to ensure you lawn receives the necessary amount of water to grow and thrive.

Shrubs or hedges can be used to create boundaries as can flower beds. Until those well-placed trees mature and create their shady canopy, explore other options for shade like a trellis, arbor or pergola.  

This would also be a good time to add visual features like koi ponds, waterfalls or fountains.  Most likely, you will already have underground pipes and lines marked so you won’t hit something when digging. 

Koi Pond

If you want to had hardscapes to your yard, take some time to consider concrete benches, stepping stones, and statues. With that open dirt lot, placing items that may need foundations or leveling will be a lot easier than digging up an established lawn. 

Although it may seem like a huge task, a little preplanning will hopefully curb those “coulda, woulda, shoulda“ moments that come later.. An amateur landscaper and master gardener and you will know how to deal with it.

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Jan 28 2019

New Multi-Family House Plans to Explore – The House Plan Shop

The House Plan Shop continuously adds new multi-family house plans to our website. Take some time to learn about a few of our newest duplex plans.

031M-0082 – This duplex house plan is a very appealing house plan for two families. Park in the two-car garage and enter through the laundry room, which points the way to the kitchen in this open design. Enjoy chilly nights in front of the family room fireplace, then head upstairs to bed.  Besides the master bedroom, there are two secondary bedrooms. Truly a floor plan to suit the needs of any family, times two.

Multi-Family House Plan 031M-0082
Multi-Family House Plan 031M-0082

051M-0021 – This Craftsman plan presents two impressive units, each over 1400 square feet, and each with a front entry one-car garage. The open floor plan features a vaulted ceiling in the living and dining areas and in the master bedroom which is located on the main level. Well-spaced patios in back allow each family a bit of privacy when outdoors. Two sizeable secondary bedrooms upstairs share a full bath. A handsome exterior with definite curb appeal will draw tenants in, and the beautiful interior will make them stay.

Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0021
Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0021

062M-0002Here’s a multi-family plan that presents appealing attributes that will assure its occupancy. The main level offers a comfortable living room followed by the kitchen with a snack bar and dining area. Access the half bath from the living room and the laundry from the kitchen. All the bedrooms are located on the second floor. Equal in size, the bedrooms each have a full bath and a walk-in closet. This configuration will serve families with older children well and appeal to college students or any adults desiring to share living spaces with roommates.

Multi-Family House Plan 062M-0002
Multi-Family House Plan 062M-0002

051M-0024 – This duplex house plan is so attractive that one must look closely to realize that it is not a single residence. The kitchen features a snack bar in this open floor plan that can be used to pass dishes to the dining room. Upstairs the owners’ suite and two secondary bedrooms reside in peace and quiet. With the garages located at the back of the plan, each unit is privileged to possess a very private side patio.

Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0002
Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0002

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Dec 20 2018

Cabin House Plans for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Category: Cabin House Plans

Outdoor enthusiasts whether hunters, fisherman, or birders will enjoy a cozy place to lay their weary heads at night. We supply the cabin plans, you provide the landscape.

Cabin House Plan 066H-0006066H-0006: Take a look at this handsome and rustic cabin plan. What a beautiful way to provide the basics. This open design presents comfortable living space that looks out to the world through a wall of windows. A fireplace on one end, warms the chilly evenings and an outdoor living room on the other end offers a place to visit with family and friends or just enjoy the views. Two bedrooms and two full baths round out this home away from home.

Cabin House Plan 027H-0153027H-0153: This simple cabin house requires little upkeep yet offers all the essentials. There’s a place to sleep, eat, clean up and chill out while warming up next to a wood burning stove. Kick back in a rocker on the porch and cast a line into the lake or watch the deer frolic in the evening light. You’re sure to find relaxation with this cozy home.

 

 

Cabin House Plan 012H-0266012H-0266: Here is a vacation cabin designed with a wrap-around porch for enjoying a rear view. A bench and hooks at the both entrances help keep outerwear in tow. This open design features an eating bar and a hearth warmed great room. Keep the family in clean clothes with a washer and dryer off the mud room. Pull down stairs access attic space for storage.

 

Cabin House Plan 072H-0198072H-0198: A fresh modern look with lots of windows to enjoy the view are the highlights of this vacation house plan. A two-way fireplace warms the open living space and the bedroom. Concealed by double doors, the washer and dryer keep clothes and linens clean. With its separate tub and shower, the full bath offers choices for the occupants to invigorate themselves with a shower or to soak in a warm tub.

 

For more choices like these, please browse our cabin house plan collection.

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