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21st Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Rockspring 30-897

This modern Craftsman cottage is larger than it appears. The two-story Rockspring offers four bedrooms, along with a significant bonus room above the garage. Its wideopen gathering space fills the entire right side of the house, front-to-back.

Craftsman touches give the front exterior nostalgic charm. Decorative corbels accent multiple gables, while gridded top sections brighten the windows. The welcoming front porch is highlighted by iconic tapered columns mounted on stone veneer bases.

A stairway right ahead of the entry leads to bedrooms on the second floor. The spacious coat closet nestles underneath the far end-of the stairs, near the juncture of the dining room and kitchen. To the left, a short hallway extends past a little-bathroom as well as a door to the garage before reaching the utility room along with the owners’ suite.

Sun light washes into the linked gathering space through wide windows around the external wall. More spills in at the rear, via a window over the kitchen-sink and an atrium door that leads out onto the covered patio. Counters, cupboards, appliances as well as a pantry line up along four sides of the kitchen. A flush eating bar invites interactions with relatives and buddies, while preserving curious fingers well away from the food. It’s also helpful for homework supervision.

The owners’ suite will be the only ground-level bedroom. Amenities include a large walk-in closet and a bathroom with a shower and dual vanity.

Three more bedrooms, a full bathroom and a bonus room are upstairs in the Rockspring. In the bathroom, sun light beams in through a large window over the bathtub. An doorway at the top of the steps opens to the bonus area, which has one large window on its exterior wall.

21st Jul, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Pinedale 30-228, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Ranch House Plan

A harmonious melding of Craftsman and modern functions provides Pinedale a look that is both unique and fascinating.

The home is wide profile and three-car garage are obviously reflective of recent trends. Classic Craftsman touches include: graceful geometric upper window sashes, pretty gable supports, and simple squared posts supported by tapered stone veneer bases.

At its core is a vaulted and skylit family area rimmed by wide rear windows. This really is an exceptionally bright and spacious gathering place. Potted plants thrive on the high shelf that spans openings to the foyer and dining room. Flames and warmth from your two sided gas fireplace can be enjoyed from living room, kitchen and nook.

In this kitchen, you'll need never feel isolated. A raised conversation bar is all that separates kitchen from living room, and the patio is in view too.

Counters and cabinet space are amply furnished. A large work island is at centre, with long counters, lazy Susan shelving, and two pantries wrapping around three sides. Inside the nook, a built-in desk nestles into an niche that can be hidden behind bifold doors.

Utilities are nearby in a large passthrough that connects to the garage. One of three bathrooms is down a short hallway, handy for this end-of the house. Stairs lead upstairs to a large bonus room over the garage.

The Pinedale has four bedrooms. Its guest suite could serve as a small home office, if needed, or be utilized being a hobby room. The large, luxurious owners' suite has a huge walkin closet, a sunny sitting room plus a private patio. Cozy window seats expand both secondary bedrooms.

14th Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Spanish Style House Plan, Home Plan, Santa Ana 11-148

Gently rounded arches highlight broad banks of multipaned windows that sparkle across all sides of the Spanish-style Santa Ana house plan. Stucco detailing highlights the lofty arched entry portico, along with the rest of the exterior.

Entering through the double-front doors, first appreciate the art niche right ahead. Then you can certainly decided to-go left, right, or forward. Bedrooms, bathrooms and utilities fill the wings. Light washes into the hallways through large multipaned windows.

The opening in front of you leads to the expansive vaulted great room. An instant jog to the right is another approach in to the great room, via thekitchen.

Banks of windows, stacked two high, fill most of the rear walls while in the vaulted hexagonal great room in the heart of the midsize plan. During daylight hours, natural light here is nearly as bright as outside. Sliding doors in the central rear wall section offer ready entry to cooling breezes, plus a patio that wraps across the total back of the house. A fireplace nestles into a quiet corner far from the windows.

The kitchen shares the vaulted ceiling and abundant light of the great room, but is partly separated. A wood-capped pony wall runs along an angled counter on the left, while a raised eating bar rims the sink/dishwasher peninsula to the right.

Completing the whole left wing, the owners’ suite is well-isolated in the primary living area. Features include a vaulted sleeping area with patio entry, a spacious walkin closet, as well as a private bathroom with a dual mirror and enclosed toilet. Laundry appliances are tucked away in the hallway to the suite.

Secondary rooms share two more bathrooms within the Santa Ana’s right-wing.

14th Jul, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Duplex Plan, Duplex Design, Kennewick 60-037

Top gables and traditional railed porches impart a country flavor to this updated duplex. Each of the Kennewick’s three-bedroom units has more living space than you might expect, which becomes visible the moment you walk inside. Shared walls between the two units are doubly thick and maximize privacy.

Day light spills into the entry through a thin window beside the doorway. A bench with a line of hooks above nestles to the entry alcove. From there, a single step brings you into a wideopen space that stretches easily from the living room’s front window towards the kitchen at the rear. A flush eating bar rims the peninsular counter that partially separates your kitchen.

More light washes into this large gathering space by way of a wide window at the front, plus a triplet of smaller panes set at the top of the living room wall, and wide windows in the dining area. Counters and appliances wraparound three sides of the step-efficient kitchen. A pantry is on the fourth side.

Sliding glass doors in the rear of the kitchen give entry to a covered patio, while the window in front of the kitchen sink offers a view towards the rear. A small bathroom is right around the corner, across from the utility room and near a door for the garage. This is most appreciated when unloading groceries in the evening or in bad weather.

Three bedrooms and two more bathrooms are upstairs in each one of the Kennewick’s units. The owners’ suite features a private bathroom and a wide window  that overlooks the street. Its closet spans one entire wall. Secondary bedrooms share the other bathroom, which has a linen closet plus a combination shower and tub..

9th Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Cottage House Plan, Home Plan, Cadence 30-807, Narrow Lot House Plan

The Cadence, a Craftsman style cottage house plan,  welcomes you with an inviting colonnade that accents the wrap-around porch. This house design is right at home on a city lot or by a lake as a vacation retreat. The bright and spacious great room flows into the kitchen which features a central work island and generous walk-in pantry.

7th Jul, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Coronado 11-029

It really is just a few steps to the pool from virtually everywhere within the Mediterranean-style Coronado house plan.

You may get there from your family room, owners' bath, and guest suite, as well as from the entry hall. Even the stairs from the second-level bedrooms guide right down to multiple sliding doors that open onto the terrace.

The balcony at the top of the stairs also overlooks your family room and swimming area. Upper bedrooms share a bathroom that has a pocket door between compartments, giving privacy for 2 people at once. The arched window in the front bedroom forms an alcove, well suited for a desk or window seat. The back bedroom has a built-in desk. Items dropped down a chute in the large linen closet towards the top of the stairs land on the washing machine inside the utility room below.

In the kitchen, a u-shaped counter nestles into its own bay. A sizable window brightens the nook. Additional features include: an eating bar, walkin pantry, and built-in oven, microwave, cooktop and dishwasher. A pocket door offers full separation between the dining area and kitchen.

Sliding glass doors in the dining room open onto a screened patio, for outdoor dining. The family area is large, and this quiet zone also acts like a buffer between the active family living areas along and the secluded owners' suite.

Luxury amenities inside the Coronado's owners' suite include a huge walkin closet, a enclosed water closet, double lavs as well as a spa tub niche brightened by glass blocks.

1st Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Belmont 30-945, Small House Plan

The Belmont is a small house plan full of country charm. From the kitchen, this ranch style home plan lets you can keep tabs on the porch and rear yard as well as any indoor activities. All of the bedrooms are on the left side of the home with an additional bedroom and bathroom tucked above the garage.

1st Jul, 2014
Articles, Blog

Garage Plans with Apartment, ADU, Granny Flat, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Backyard Cottage

Building a separate apartment unit over the garage or adding a small cottage on a single family property is becoming a popular concept, but it is certainly not a new idea. In fact, it was quite common in larger cities to see separate dwelling units in traditional and older housing districts. During the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s many people rented out their separate units for additional income. But, during the housing boom of the ‘50s and the sprawl of the ‘70s and ‘80s, local planning boards preferred trim suburban developments and began removing zoning allowances for dense housing and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Regardless of the many names associated with this concept: granny flats, backyard cottages, in-law units, carriage houses, or multi-generational homes, the idea is the same. Included with the main residence, a separate, self-sustained and complete living unit either attached or detached from the larger home setting.

As a result of the recent housing recession as well as the movement toward increased density in urban housing, city planning boards are again voting to approve laws which allow for separate dwelling units. In Portland, Oregon, recent reports show 25% of new housing permit applications included an ADU. Recent zoning changes in that area enable homeowners to build larger, more attractive units than were previously allowed, encouraging this growth trend.

There are quite a few benefits to owning an ADU, including additional cash flow to the homeowner which helps offset the mortgage, a quiet neighborhood atmosphere for the tenant, an opportunity for family members to help one another, and the potential for overall property to appreciate faster with an income-generating unit.

The idea of owning an ADU can have big advantages that last years beyond the initial closing. As children grow up, move away and have their own families, a separate unit back home can be an inviting vacation option for holiday retreats. When parents become too old to live independently, a caregiver can move into the ADU to offer daily support. Eventually, grandma could even move into the smaller cottage, while younger family members move back into the main house to help take care of her. This aging-in-place concept provides a homeowner tremendous flexibility and financial advantages throughout the life of the home.

The ADU concept has evolved into a flexible and practical option in planning for retirement living, as an economic benefit or as a feature that adds real value to a new home. While the concept of an ADU may be appealing, the challenge is finding the right house plan to complete the dream.

Rick McAlexander, president of Associated Designs of Eugene, Oregon, has created many styles of ADUs like the Garage Apartment 20-119 Plan and the Guest Cottage 30-727 Plan. Rick believes these kinds of plans provide direct benefit to a family that understands the advantages of a separate unit.

“Designed correctly, an apartment over the garage can live large with separate rooms, full bath, luxury kitchen and even a balcony that demonstrates first class accommodations. This design can also be modified for any type of family arrangement.” says Rick.

Rick’s Craftsman style, two-car garage with apartment plan has 10-foot wide and 8-foot tall garage doors. Behind the garage is a generously-sized hobby room that adds storage or shop space. The stairs lead to a spacious apartment above that boasts over 940 square feet. The resident walks into the vaulted kitchen which includes well-appointed cabinets and countertops that share space with a convenient washer and dryer tucked away alongside a wine cooler. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and a set of double doors, leading off to a private balcony. The apartment includes an office and bedroom along with a luxury sized bathroom, including a soaking tub.

If well planned, the homeowner can actually build the garage apartment or cottage ADU first, living in it while the house is being built. Or, the property’s ADU plans can sit on the back burner for a time in the future as circumstances, time and finances permit.

At any rate, the best time to start planning for a house that includes an accessory dwelling unit is before construction begins. And that means, starting with a good house plan.

as seen at newswire.net

30th Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Halsey 30-847, Small House Plan

If you’re in the market to get a newly created, frill-free compact house that includes all of the basics and then some, check out the Halsey ranch plan. Its small footprint makes it inexpensive to build, heat and maintain.

This house is similarly suitable to first time homebuyers beginning (or likely to start) a family, or empty nesters seeking to decrease maintenance duties and charges.

Grids and gables mesh harmoniously to make curb appeal. The garage door, multipaned windows and front door provide the grids. Softening the entire impact certainly are a half-round window close to the the top of front-door, and rounded louvered vents that sit just under the highs of the two low gables.

The recessed front patio opens in to a front entry, naturally illuminated by a thin side window along with the half-round in the door. Linked family living areas are straight ahead, while a left turn leads past a coat closet and into the bedroom wing.

Windows fill about 50% of a rear wall, where the living and dining areas flow together in one large and naturally bright space. Sliding glass doors while in the dining area present comfortable access to the patio, which may be covered and screened, if desired.

27th Jun, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

3 Car Garage Plan, Three Car Garage Plan, Barn Style Garage Plan, Country Style Garage Plan, Storage Shed

Garage 20-142 This barn style country garage is ideal for parking additional cars or storing larger equipment.
 

2 Car Garage Plan, Two Car Garage Plan, Garage 20-108

Garage 20-108 A classic 2 car garage.
 

2 Car Garage, Two Car Garage, Garage Plan 20-135

Garage 20-135 This traditional 2 car garage has side door access.
2 Car Garage, Two Car Garage, Garage 10-140, Garage Design

Garage 20-140 This traditional two car garage features one single garage door opening.
 

2 Car Carport Plan, Carport Design, Carport with Storage, Carport 20-094

Carport 20-094 This 2 car carport has plenty room for storage.
 

2 Car Garage with Shop, Two Car Garage with Shop, Garage Plan 20-123

Garage with Shop Plan 20-123 This 2 car garage features a workshop and attic storage.
 

Sloped Lot Garage Plan, Garage with Recreation Room, Garage 20-115

Garage with Recreation Room 20-115 This sloped lot shingle-style Craftsman garage plan features a 2nd floor vaulted recreation room.

See full collection of available garage plans.

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