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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Garage 20-142 This barn style country garage is ideal for parking additional cars or storing larger equipment.
Garage 20-108 A classic 2 car garage.
Garage 20-135 This traditional 2 car garage has side door access.
Garage 20-140 This traditional two car garage features one single garage door opening.
Carport 20-094 This 2 car carport has plenty room for storage.
Garage with Shop Plan 20-123 This 2 car garage features a workshop and attic storage.
Garage with Recreation Room 20-115 This sloped lot shingle-style Craftsman garage plan features a 2nd floor vaulted recreation room.
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Craftsman details give a sentimental look to the Gatsby. From the street, this looks like a small ranch-style house, but looks can be deceiving.
Designed for construction on a down-slope to the rear, this home presents 2,100+ square feet of living space, more than a third of it in the daylight basement. Wide windows brighten each of the basement’s four rooms: family area, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The family room’s sliding glass doors lead out onto an extensive patio, partly covered by the main floor deck above.
Handsome 6x6 wooden posts, neatly trimmed out at the top and bottom, support the wide front entry porch. Three centrally positioned steps bring people to a front-door flanked by sidelights. From the inside, the door’s three glass panes near the top permit in still more light while letting insiders to determine who is outside. The stairway’s half wall escalates the foyer’s impression of expansiveness.
Wide windows complete most of the rear wall, inside the naturally bright combination living room/dining room straight-ahead of the foyer. The broadest of those expands nearly to the gas fireplace. A sliding glass door on the left slides open to offer easy access for the rear covered deck.
The kitchen is open to the dining room, divided just by a peninsular counter. A gently curved eating bar rims the counter on the dining room side. The Gatsby’s kitchen is full of both counter and space for storage, including a sizable walkin pantry. Garage accessibility, a utility room, powder room, and storage cabinet are also nearby.
The owners’ suite fills out the remainer of the ground floor. Features include: a large corner shower, two lavatories, an private toilet, as well as a good-sized walk-in cabinet.
As the Edgewood’s brick exterior is clearly Colonial, its interior is completely contemporary. Bookend fireplaces bracket a totally symmetrical central section complete with a stately columned portico, keystone accented windows, plus a hipped roof with eyebrow-arched dormers. The portico’s copper roof offers a modern hint, as well as the side extensions break with tradition by barying in size.
Entering, you move right into a regal two-story foyer in which a staircase wraps around the right side. On the left, slim columns flank the broad beginning into a living room with a brick fireplace and den access. Around the right, double doors open into a large dining room. Integrated hutches fill the alcoves on both sides of the second fireplace.
A spacious, well-appointed kitchen are at the home’s core. Counters and cupboards line the walls, and the work island provides additional work and storage space. The high-capacity range offers six burners.
From the sink, you can look past the raised conversation bar into the richly windowed nook and beyond. Mirror image sliders open onto partially covered patios on two sides. Doors or short passageways link the kitchen to the family room, dining room, and office. A large utility room and three-car garage are just a few steps further.
The high-ceilinged family room is bright and spacious. Its bowed bay windows are topped by a row of transoms. Slender windows stand sentinel on both sides of the hearth, as well as a home entertainment center fills one wall.
Five rooms are upstairs, plus a bonus area and four bathrooms. A fourth fireplace warms the Edgewood’s luxury owners’ suite, which has a large walk-in closet and an elegant bathroom with a large soaking tub.
Wherever you're within the country ranch style Silvercrest house, silvery natural light washes in through lavishly glassed banks of multi-paned windows.
Outside, sunbeams dancing over the glass panes catch the light. Selecting a wide lot with a vista to the rear would maximize viewing opportunities.
Nowhere will be the indoor light more impressive than within the vaulted hexagonal great room, where two banks of glass fill all of the three rear walls.
Within the middle section, twin sets of French doors open onto a wide deck that wraps across the complete back. In the walls to the left and right, the lower window sections are about the same height as the doors, but underscored by stone veneer wainscoting. Wide transom windows crown most of the rear windows and doors.
Entering via the arched entry, you cross a transverse hallway and have a minute to appreciate family treasures in an artwork niche before moving into the great room. The hallway to the left leads to the owners’ suite and the utility room. Going right takes you past a opening to the kitchen, and to bedrooms, basement stairs, and the two-car garage.
A pony wall provides both openness and separation between your Silvercrest’s kitchen and also the remaining portion of the great room. Cooks working their culinary magic at the range could keep an eye on the entire space, as can people on the clean-up team. The sink and dishwasher are arranged along a peninsular counter rimmed by an eating bar. Amenities inside the owners’ suite include a walk-in shower, soaking tub, dual vanity and direct access for the deck. Bedrooms two and three share an interestingly arranged bathroom.