This detached garage design can hold up to four cars when parked two cars deep. The front garage doors are both 9' wide x 10' tall and the smaller garage door in the back is 6' wide x 7' tall. On the left of the garage is a richly windowed recreation room with full bathroom and a large, vaulted covered patio. A set of stairs provides convenient attic access.
For most of us, country living conjures up images of lazy summer days sipping lemonade on a shady front porch, cozy kitchens filled with the smells of home-cooked meals, and rolling hills and green valleys. Country house plans are one of the most popular styles of home design, and for good reason. Their famous nostalgic look lends them their enduring appeal year after year. Picture a home in a Norman Rockwell painting, and you’ll likely be imagining a country house plan with all the traditional trimmings: porches, gables, lap siding, shuttered windows and cozy facades. Who wouldn’t want to relax on the porch and let the world drift by?
“It’s not hard to see why country home plans are so popular,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “They are both elegant and soothing, complete with all the traditional architectural details that make for a great home.”
Country-style designs rarely fail to catch the eye, but blending the traditional country look with a little European flair takes the traditional home design to a whole new level of luxury. This is the essence of Associated Designs’ Delfino house plan 31-062.
“The Delfino home plan blends two unique styles into a compelling design that’s both modest and spacious,” McAlexander said. “It offers tons of functionality while still highlighting those traditional country elements and features. It’s modesty, elegance and luxury all in one.”
At first glance, the Delfino is rather inconspicuous. Bold stone accents, graceful wood beams and smooth stucco blend seamlessly along the front of the home, giving it an altogether modest appearance. A vaulted covered porch is the centerpiece to the exterior design. You would be hard-pressed to consider this home anything more than a simple modern upgrade to the traditional country living style. But it’s the interior of this three-bedroom, where the Tuscan-vineyard inspired home really shines.
The vaulted foyer welcomes you into a grand living area with a double set of sliding glass doors that allow you to expand the living area to the covered patio on nice days when a soft breeze is just the thing. The open-style great room flows into a dining area, which is also open to the vaulted kitchen. From there you walk into a vaulted piano room. Don’t have a piano or play the piano? That’s OK. The room can easily be used as an additional seating area or cozy secondary gathering space. It’s the perfect set-up for those who love to entertain.
“It’s the details that really make this home special,” said McAlexander. “Beautiful ceiling treatments adorn the walls, adding that extra touch of class to the open living space, but it’s not overpowering. It’s modestly elegant.”
Walking back through the house, the den catches the eye – and rightly so. This is no ordinary office space. Glass French doors allow the den to open up to the rest of the great room with built-in shelving and storage closet.
Just off the kitchen area is a large walk-in pantry featuring built-in shelves and freezer space. Down the hall from the pantry, the two secondary bedrooms each have their own walk-in closets and dressing areas. A Jack-and-Jill style bathroom, offering both privacy and versatility, connects the two bedrooms to each other.
Walking back down the hallway, the Delfino features a mud bath and extensive utility room, but the real star of this luxury home is downstairs in the lower floor. Since the home is designed on a partial basement foundation, the lower space holds a very special addition that any wine enthusiast would love: a built-in, 300-square-foot wine cellar.
“No Tuscan-inspired home should be without a wine cellar,” said McAlexander.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the house, the owners’ suite features a vaulted ceiling, double doors that lead to a vaulted patio, a walk-in closet with solar tube lighting, and a large master bath with his and her sinks. But functionality and modesty are still present even in so luxurious a room. For instance, the owners’ suite features an exercise room just off the bathroom and walk-in closet. Get home from work, change clothes, get in a workout and end with a luxurious shower – all without walking more than a few feet from room to room.
The Delfino home design is evocative of blending two unique styles into a home that’s both functional and luxurious. And while the exterior boasts elegance in all the right spots, it’s the amenities of this country home that really get attention.
So yes. There’s more to this home than meets the eye.
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This country house plan's simple lap siding and tastful stone accents combined with the iconic full wrap around porch create the handsome exterior of the Anchorage design. Stepping in the front door and the arched opening on the left leads you to the living room which features double doors that open back up to the wrap around porch. Cozy up around the fireplace on dark winter days in the great room that is open to the dining room. The right side of the main floor is the owners' suite which amenities include a luxury bathroom room with a separate spa tub, dual vanities and large walk-in closet. Back towards the foyer is a set of stairs that leads to the second floor where there are three additional bedrooms. If the stairs become too much overtime the coat closet at the foyer was designed to provde for an optional elevator to move you between levels.
Charming shingle gable ends and clean double posts welcome you to the cottage style Westcliff house plan. To the right of the entry are double doors that open to a den or a possible third bedroom. Walking beyond the den, you enter the living room with a tray ceiling. Living room, dining room and kitchen flow together with the only seperation coming from the pennisular eating counter in the kitchen. Along the rear of the house is a hall that provides access through the sliding door to a covered area on the patio. The end of the hall is a bedroom and the owners' suite that features a step-in closet and private bathroom.
The Lakeridge is a charming country home designed for a lot that slopes gently to the side. The spacious entry hall provides three options upon entering the home. To the right are double doors that lead you to the den. Straight ahead is the living room which is open to the dining room and kitchen which is only separated by a raised eating bar. To the left of the entry is a hall that leads to the bedrooms. Two secondary bedrooms are along the front with the owners' suite tucked into the back. Owners' suite features include a large walk-in closet and separate bathroom that features a dual vanity.
This single story cottage house plan is a favorite of homeowners and builders alike! The simple and welcoming exterior fits nicely on any urban building lot or rural country property. Stepping through the front door the foyer provides plenty of space to place a bench or set of cubbies for storing shoes and bags. The cased opening leads to a hallway with a coat closet and drop zone by the door that leads to the garage. On the right another cased opening leads you to the two secondary bedrooms and a full bathroom. At the end of the hall is an open-style great room. A tray ceiling provides visual separation of the living space and the dining and kitchen area. To the left, rear corner of the home is the owners' suite. Nicely separated from the main living as well as the secondary bedrooms, the owners' suite amenities include a large walk-in closet along with a private bathroom with dual vanities.
When spring has sprung, the warmer, brighter days call out to you. After months of being cooped up in the house with snowflakes flying and cold weather brewing, your heart longs for sunlight. And it’s worse when trees surround your home, and the home has few windows, meaning you have been holed up in a cave. So on that first day of spring, you take that step outdoors and realize what you’ve been missing.
If you’ll pardon the expression, a light bulb doesn’t hold a candle to sunlight.
Daylighting, or the process of adding natural light to home design, has many benefits – from energy savings to aesthetic touches and even health benefits. A single skylight in a hallway, a trio of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) in a kitchen or even expanding west-facing windows in the living room brightens, uplifts and gives you a touch of the outdoors while in the comfort of home.
“Natural light, for all intents and purposes, is the soul of a home,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “Its simple elegance adds warmth to the most cave-like rooms. And in the process, your home opens up to more possibilities.”
But if you live in a cave, or in a well-shaded house, or in a home with small windows and lots of walls, how do you successfully and simply bring natural light inside?
“There are, of course, many ways to add daylight into a living space,” said McAlexander. “What works for your home may not work for someone else’s. If your living room faces south, you’ll want to add big windows, which embraces that southern sunshine. But if your home has a wide but dark hallway, skylights are the answer.”
So whether you live in a townhouse, a ranch-style home, or a cave, here are five ways to trade those light bulbs for sunshine.
1. Winning with Windows.
Windows are an old standard, but in such a remodel, the goal is to maximize the home’s exposure to the sun. For instance, large floor-to-ceiling windows in a living room or family room can bring the light in without changing too much of the interior. Another ideal location for windows is the kitchen, as natural light is by far easier to cook and work in than electrical lighting. If your kitchen is in the corner of the house, make use of that corner with an expanded window above the sink or counter. While kitchens and living rooms are ideal places to add windows, don’t forget hallways and stairwells. Natural light in these spaces can be a unique lighting remodel.
2. Open Up to Glass Doors.
A dark or dim set of rooms can be harsh for some, and when solid panel doors keep things closed off and disconnected, the result is a bit dreary. But never fear! French doors are here! French doors spread the light in a home from one room to another without shutting the room off entirely. The home, in essence, opens up without actually being open. Consider a long hallway that ends in a solid door. Change that door to a French door, and the hall feels open and inviting.
3. Widen Doorways and Tear Down those Walls.
At the heart of this remodel idea is the popular concept of great room living. Great rooms subtract the walls between spaces, and add in connectivity and open living. Fewer walls and more open or expansive doorways mean more natural light can move between rooms. If a wall separates the dining room and the kitchen, tear it down if you can and let the sunshine in. If a narrow doorway limits the western light, give it more space and take advantage of the setting sun.
4. The Power of a Three-Season Porch.
Now here’s a remodel idea that combines natural lighting with a love of the outdoors. You don’t have to try hard to make a three-season porch a reality. Often called a sunroom, a three-season porch, unlike all-season porches, is not insulated nor does it have heating and air-conditioning. This makes them less expensive to build.
“A three-season porch brings the natural beauty of the outdoors into the home,” said McAlexander. “They are built for the express purpose of extensive use even during chilly days. With the right location and the right design, it can be an expansive way to brighten a home.”
Make sure the three-season porch faces south to capture the sun’s rays for heat during the cooler months. The southern sun, in turn, brightens the rest of the home with strategically placed large interior windows.
5. Face the Front Porch.
Similar to a three-season porch, a front porch can be an endearing daylighting tool for a remodel. Combine the front porch concept with expansive front-facing windows, and light should flow in naturally. But if it’s a covered porch (as most porches are), sunlight is blocked or limited from entering the house. So, if you have a front porch already or if you’re adding one on, include TDDs or skylights on the front porch. If the front porch faces east or west, it will maximize the daylight hours for a complete natural light makeover of the home.
So don’t despair about the darkness; brighter days are just around the corner. Look at your home as it is now and remember that adding windows, tearing down walls, and embracing natural light in all its glory can be a bright new beginning.
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The understated entrance and simple lap siding create a cozy, cottage feel to the Creekside house plan. Walking along the single car garage you approach the front door which opens to an entry hall. To the right, a door opens to the utility room which links the garage. Pass the utility room door a cased opening brings you to the great room with a C-shaped kitchen. The owners' suite is also on the main floor and features a bathroom with a single vanity and large walk-in closet. The toliet comparement is separated from the owners' suite and is shared with a separate entrance from the owners' suite hallway. A staircase off the foyer leads down to the daylight basement. On the lower floor are two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom and family room with room for an optional kitchenette.