The Palmary is a colonial-style house plan with traditional detailing. Its symmetrical central section has all of the right touches, from the curved and columned entry porch, to shuttered multipaned windows and attic dormers.
Inside, the layout is actually a relaxed mixture of classic style and modern amenities, starting with the stylish curved stairway that sweeps up the left-side of the lofty two-story foyer. Move past it to step-through an arch into a bright livingroom withe a wide masonry hearth.
Columns flank another arched opening leading to an elegant dining room with a stepped ceiling and applied molding detailing. Double doors on the foyer's opposite side open in to a den which connects to the owners' suite. This room might function as a home-office, computer room, or study.
Family room, kitchen and nook flow together in a bright and spacious casual living space. The kitchen offers a wealth of storage and work areas, including a central work island with a vegetable sink, plus a walkin pantry. Standing at the range, you can talk to people in the family room, gaze outside through rear windows, or view flames dance inside the fireplace. In the family room, a sizable entertainment center and small beverage bar fill one wall.
One powder room nestles in the passageway the dining room. Another reaches the far end-of a utility room that connects with the side-entry three-car garage. A second staircase provides an alternative access of the four rooms, three bathrooms, recreation and storage rooms upstairs.
Luxurious and large, the Palmary's owners' suite provides two spacious walkin closets, a Jacuzzi bath, oversized shower, privatel toilet and dual vanities.
The Palmary is a colonial-style house plan with traditional detailing. Its symmetrical central section has all of the right touches, from the curved and columned entry porch, to shuttered multipaned windows and attic dormers.
The luxury estate house plan, the Coeur D'Alene, exterior's is a richly windowed chalet-style design that is a delight to behold. Its expansive interior offers a multitude of gathering spaces, including a library, dining room, and vaulted living room. Two work islands add to the abundant counter space in the gourmet kitchen.
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Vaulted Living Room
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Craftsman-style tapered posts give a nostalgic look to this otherwise modern cottage. These posts support the Carlton’s covered porch, which spans the front and wraps around the right. A sparkling line of multipaned windows runs across the top of the garage door.
Other Craftsman touches include stone veneer column supports and decorative gable accents, plus multipaned window uppers on three sides of the home.
Inside, the foyer segues into a hallway that cuts right down the center, splitting your house into two sides. Bedrooms and bathrooms comprise the right wing. A comfortably spacious family living area fills out the left side, behind the utility room and two-car garage up front.
Family members parking in the garage may enter the kitchen/gathering place via the utility room. People parking around the street will enter through the foyer. Its extended passageway runs by two-bedroom hallways on the right, along with coat and storage closets on the left.
Then it widens out to the central living area where natural light washes in through windows filling most of the rear wall. A gas fireplace nestles to the right rear corner, while sliding glass doors offer comfortable access to your partially covered patio on the left.
An raised eating bar rims the counter that bounds the C-shaped kitchen. Standing at the kitchen sink, you'll be able to gaze to the side and rear yards, but still scope out the gathering space by simply turning your head.
Amenities in the Carlton’s owners’ suite include a spacious walkin closet and a two-section bathroom having a dual vanity and a large shower. One linen closet is tucked in to the hall to the suite. An similar linen closet is in the hallway to the secondary bedrooms and main bathroom.
The exciting Fitzgerald has plenty to catch one's attention. Four gables face the front, wooden shutters emphasize most of the windows, and copper sheathing overscores the garagedoor and two upper windows. Three arched windows echo arched openings on the porch’s top edge.
In some respects, this Chateau style house plan bows to tradition. The majority of the bedrooms are upstairs, and gathering spaces are well defined. The parlor (or dining area) and living room are separated, and the kitchen is linked, yet slightly removed.
But other parts are entirely contemporary. The foyer and living room, for instance, are two stories high, and there’s a gas fire. Abundant light spills in through transom windows that crown French windows while in the parlor and foyer. The kitchen and owners’ suite are also well-designed to meet the needs of busy families.
A bayed nook expands the large kitchen, which centers around a large work island. One of the nook’s windows is actually a French door, which opens onto the rear patio. If desired, this place could possibly be roofed and screened in for insect-free outdoor dining. All appliances are built in, and a desk with shelves nestles into an alcove close to the oven and microwave.
An arched opening leads to a spacious pantry, powder room and garage, while a door in the nook gives access to a windowed utility room.
The Fitzgerald’s owners’ suite fills the entire right side. It features a large walkin closet, soaking bathtub, oversize shower, private bathroom, and twin lavs. Light beams down onto the closet’s secluded window seat through a high window.
Two more bedrooms, a distinctive, skylit three-section bathroom, plus a bonus room are upstairs.
The Callaway is actually a modern cottage with a country-Victorian flavor. The wooden posts and rails on its large front deck provide it that country-cottage look, while the interesting curved window and scallop-shingled gable fronts include dashes of sentimental Victorian flavor.
Families will definitely recognize the multiplicity of amenities that the designer managed to fit into somewhat less than 1400 square feet of living space.
Family gathering spaces complete the left side; private rooms are on the right. The vaulted living room has one wide window in the front, and two thin windows on the side. The ceiling height drops and flattens toward the rear, where the living room transitiions into the dining area.
Light spills into this bright space through windows at the side and a pair of sliding glass doors at the rear that open onto a partially covered patio. Counters in the C-shaped kitchen are extended by a peninsula with a flush eating bar that bounds the dining room. Standing in the kitchen sink, it is easy to watch activities in the back-yard and around the patio.
A hall just around the corner from the Callaway's kitchen leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms, and a pass-through utility room that links with the garage. Broom, linen, and coat closets line the hallway, and a bank of cabinets fills the wall over the washer and dryer.
The owners' suite includes a vaulted ceiling that slopes down to the left and right, a private bathroom with a double vanity, along with a walk in closet that's surprisingly large for a house this size. Secondary rooms share the main toilet, which has a combination tub and shower.
There are people who own dogs and then there are dog people. We all know the difference. While the Southern states dominate in the number of dogs per capita, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Pacific Northwest lifestyle is known for integrating its dogs into every aspect of an active family life.
Dogs are no longer relegated to the back yard or the barn. They’ve moved up into the main house with the rest of the family. According a 2013 survey, almost seven in 10 U.S. households now include a pet, with 47% having a dog and 37% having a cat. The AVMA reports six out of 10 pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family.
Rick McAlexander, president of Associated Designs of Eugene, Oregon, validates this rising trend where new homeowners are asking for more amenities that incorporate the Northwest’s dog-loving lifestyle. Rick provides house plans for new construction and he says the requests are numerous and varied for spaces that apply to a particular breed or number of pets.
“Many homeowners today don’t want to have a chain-link dog run in the backyard or throw a dog bed in the corner of the master bedroom. My clients have specific ideas on how to incorporate their dog’s needs into the floor plan before the home is even built,” says Rick.
That’s the idea behind the Nottingham Plan 30-965, a home designed by Rick’s team. This custom floor plan includes an area devoted to caring for an active dog. The dog has its very own entryway off the garage and next to the mudroom, and areas that are totally dedicated to dog duty. The rooms have concrete or tile floors allowing for muddy paws and wet fur. There’s a generously sized washing station with a walk-up, raised shower spot, and room to customize the space specifically for the size of breed. Some homeowners even install a wall dryer to fluff up the freshly washed pooch.
In this house plan, the devoted dog room opens into the mudroom to enter the home or onto the screened porch, so the pet can dry off and relax after an active outdoor adventure. There’s even room on the porch to build a custom dog bed right under the window, so Fido can either bask in the warm light or sleep under a summer breeze.
Rick believes it’s important to keep the dog-centric areas close to the utilities and other transition space where kids are dumping their sports equipment and muddy boots. The washer and dryer are only a few steps away, making it convenient to drop off dirty dog towels on the way inside. And, it keeps everyone’s mess in the same part of the house.
With a little pre-planning, a new home can be adapted to enhance a lifestyle that includes more dog days than ever. In a dedicated dog-loving home, people are more likely to take their pet with them to the lake, the beach or even out for a walk in the rain. It makes coming home with a dirty dog easier than ever.
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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.
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.
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.
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..
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.