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.
Wherever you're within the country ranch style Silvercrest house, silvery natural light washes in through lavishly glassed banks of multi-paned windows.
The Rosabella’s rounded roof tiles and stucco exterior can’t help but stimulate the warm regions of Italy and Spain. Mild arches top window and doorway spaces, adding to the Mediterranean feel. Vibrant stucco-clad tips figure the complex entry porch, and keystones add a traditional aspect.
Access doors open in to a high-ceilinged entry where light enters via an arched transom. Moving forward you come to the highly glassed hexagonal great room. The inside is totally modern, and nowhere is the fact that more noticeable than within this bright and open space.
Curved transoms crown wide banks of glass that fill the majority of three walls. All but the windows flanking the fireplace slide-open to enable in gentle breezes, or offer access to a patio that covers the entire rear. When the weather is inviting, the patio effectively doubles the living space.
An angled pony wall bounds one aspect of the G-shaped kitchen. Entering the great room, it is possible to look over it to determine what’s cooking on the range. The sink hides behind an rasied eating bar that lines another peninsular counter. While washing-up home ware, it is possible to take the great room plus the patio as well as the scenery beyond.
The vaulted owners’ suite fills the whole left-wing. Luxurious features include an interestingly shaped shower, double mirror, walk-in closet and completely private toilet. Sliding glass doors in the bedroom allow direct patio entry.
Two more rooms, a bathroom, along with a large utility room are in the right side, which links with the Rosabella’s two-car garage. A deep walkin pantry at the rear of the utility room increases the kitchen’s currently ample space for storage. Stairs to the basement are close to the garage.
This 2 story Craftsman garage plan can house up to two cars. Both garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. A storage room is along the back with the mechanical closet and the stairs leading to the apartment landing. Once on the second floor you will find a loft living area, kitchen and full bathroom.
The recent uptick in the economy and growing consumer confidence has emboldened homeowners with big dreams of building larger homes. It was only two years ago when Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon, worked with home builders who ordered smaller house plans, saving money on building costs, energy bills and long term maintenance. With the recession in the rear view mirror and the wealth index on the rise, it appears that people are ready to live large again.
Associated Designs in May released the results of their annual Home from the Heart survey showing people wanting a home that’s significantly larger than previous years, at an average of 2300 square feet. Rick says he’s also seeing a significant increase in the size of homes actually being built.
“Over the last eight months, I’m seeing a big difference in requests for house plans that include larger rooms, more specialty areas and bigger owner’s suites with luxury spas,” says Rick.
Every year for the past 20 years, Associated Designs has commissioned a survey on homeowner preferences, offering respondents the opportunity to define a specific style of home and floor plan with quality features that best reflect their desires. The company’s designers use the survey results to create a dream home design which, in theory, is the perfect home for the average family. According to Rick, the single-level Brightheart plan, released today, is their 2014 Home from the Heart.
The Brightheart plan is a single-level ranch, a clear survey winner over traditional country styling, which has prevailed in previous years. The popularity of the ranch home, with contemporary and clean lines, is a nod toward a cultural surge of all things associated with mid-century fashion, from furniture and home accessories to clothing and TV shows. But, the new ranch style is nothing like grandma’s house. Rick believes there is much to learn from the past, but much to gain by bringing things up-to-date.
“I have fond memories of growing up in a mid-century home, where my family gathered in the den to eat on TV trays and watch Gunsmoke,” Rick laughed, “But, in today’s ranch we’ve busted open those tight floor plans and added an ultra-modern kitchen with large gathering spaces.”
Where the ubiquitous 50’s ranch had low ceilings and dark spaces, the new ranch sports high, vaulted ceilings with abundant natural light washing in through multiple large windows. The light fixtures are flush mounted with carefully chosen and artfully designed chandeliers, post-modern sconces and energy efficient bulbs. Homeowners from the survey also suggested a desire for passive solar window orientation with a deep overhang and radiant heat.
One consistent result from the yearly survey is the preference for a casual but high quality lifestyle, utilizing informal living spaces and large, feature-rich kitchens opening up to friendly great rooms. The Brightheart plan demonstrates that concept perfectly with a T-shaped kitchen that’s plumbed and wired for every convenience, including a tech center tucked into an alcove near the door to the garage. The raised eating bar that fronts the kitchen’s L-shaped work island doubles as a dining room buffet.
In today’s ranch home, the transition to the outdoors is smooth and purposeful, connecting to natural spaces that are seen from the inside while easily luring the homeowner outside. In this plan, the sliding glass doors offer easy access to a covered patio, built to the same height as the living room, and offering an inviting outdoor space regardless of weather.
A perennial favorite from the survey, easily incorporated in a single-level ranch, is the owner’s suite on the main floor. And, adding to the functionality of a home on one level is a concept called “aging in place” and requested by 70% of the survey respondents. While our grandparents aged at home in spite of major modifications required to widen hallways and add wheelchair ramps, today’s ranch is taking those needs into account when the home is built.
The modern ranch plan includes roomy hallways leading from open great rooms, curbless showers, walk-in pantries, flush levels from garage to living space, and many more features necessary for a person to call it their forever home. Keeping some flavor from the 50’s era, the contemporary ranch home now includes quality construction, energy efficient designs and highly livable spaces. It’s a new home every generation will love.
Craftsman-style windows, columns, and ornamental gable finishes give their classic appeal to the Ravenden. This small ranch-style house plan offers a mixture of openness, economy and contemporary attributes that both empty nesters and young families will find applealing.
Shake-textured shingles fill the triangular gable fronts, while also incorporating visual appeal for the framed-out bases of the tapered columns. Both are Craftsman elements, as is the covered front porch. It is easy-to imagine a old-fashioned wooden porch swing hanging from the ceiling on the right end, or a few wicker chairs across the front.
Family gathering spaces are on the left side; bedrooms and bathrooms are on the right. Muted light filters into the foyer via a sidelight and three slender glass panes nearby the the top of entry door. The longish foyer leads past the coat closet and into the significant open gathering space at the rear, where the living room, dining room and kitchn flow together.
Sun light spills into the entire space through two broad window sets. The dining room's glass doors slide-open, offering easy-access to your partly covered deck. If the environment is buggy, the patio could possibly be screened in. A raised eating bar bounds a kitchen with counters on three sides and cupboards on two.
Standing at the kitchen sink, you may appreciate the ever-changing seasonal landscape outside. The door across the room opens into a utility room with a door to the Ravendenis two-car garage. This garage is naturally brighter than most, as a result of line of multipaned windows that span its front.
The owners' suite features add a roomy walk-in closet, plus a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity.
Front gables and standard railed front porches provide a country flavor to this updated duplex plan. All the Kennewick’s three-bedroom units has more living space than you may assume, which becomes noticeable as soon as you move inside. Shared walls between the two models are doubly dense, to increase privacy.
Sun light spills into the entry through a slim window next to the entrance. A bench with a strip of hooks above nestles to the entry alcove. From there, one step gives you in to a wideopen space that stretches easily in the existing room’s front window to the kitchen at the rear. A flush eating bar rims the peninsular counter that partly separates your kitchen.
More lighting washes into this large gathering space by way of a wide window in front, and also a triplet of smaller panes set at the top of the living room wall, and extensive windows in the dining area. Counters and appliances wrap around three sides of the step-efficient kitchen. A pantry is on the fourth side.
Sliding glass doors in the rear of your kitchen offer use of a covered patio, while the window in front of your kitchen sink offers a view to the rear. A bathroom is right around the corner, across from the utility room and near a door to the storage. This is most appreciated when unloading items at night or in inclement weather.
Three bedrooms and two additional bathrooms are upstairs in each the Kennewick’s units. The owners’ suite has a private toilet and a wide window that overlooks the street. Its closet spans one whole wall. Secondary rooms share another bathroom, with a linen closet as well as a combination bathtub and shower.
Lines that are simple and clean create the almost symmetrical, ranch house plan the Anacortes a refreshing treat for your eyes, inside and out. Its looks is enhanced by an intriguing juxtaposition of v-shaped struts fronting a wide A-frame entry gable.
One large vaulted gathering room fills the home's heart. Some could even find it breath-taking, stepping into this house through the mirror image atrium doors. Ceilings slope up from the sides to a lofty apex that links the A-framed windows at the front to their reflective twins at the rear of the home.
At the front, a wood-burning fireplace nestles into one corner of the great room. Kitchen and dining area are at the rear, near sliding glass doors that provide access to the vaulted covered patio. Natural light washes in through wide windows in both the kitchen and dining area.
Kitchen cupboard and counter space is liberally available. Friends and family will appreciate the lengthy, multi-angled work island, that will be rimmed by a conversation/eating bar that bounds the kitchen. Stools ranged along it will function as the most popular seats in the house. Cooks involved in food generation certainly are a guaranteed draw.
Utilities, a roomy pantry and a small bathroom are in the wing to the left of the kitchen. This area also serves as being a pass-through link to the 2-car garage, which making it safe and comfortable to unload groceries at night or in inclement weather.
Three bedrooms fill the Anacortes’ right wing. Owners’ suite features include a huge walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity. The toilet and shower can be fully enclosed for privacy and steam containment. Two atrium doors offer access to a concrete walkway that wraps around to the back.
Shingle siding, Craftsman-style windows and stone veneer column supports a comfortable, natural experience of the modern Shingle-style Glenhaven house plan. Inside this reasonably compact house, large expanses of glass brighten the vaulted family gathering spaces that flow together at the rear.
Entering via the porch that is covered, you move right into a hallway leading straight ahead for the expansive vaulted area. Along the way, you pass double doors on the right that open to th den. Its place makes it perfect for a property office. This room could also be outfitted as a guest room, another bedroom, art studio, exercise room, or whatever suits.
Two closely identical rooms and a bathroom are for the left of the entry hallway. One has a front window; the other has a side window.
The vaulted ceiling in the living/dining area slopes up from the entry hall, then down at the rear. A gas fireplace nestles into one back corner. On the other side of the room, a peninsular eating bar ties the kitchen. Sliding glass doors in the dining area access a partially covered patio flanked by slender posts. If desired, the covered area could be screened.
A spacious walk in pantry fills one corner of the step-efficient kitchen. Standing in the double sink, kitchen workers can peer over to the patio at the rear yard, or check the gathering spaces to keep track on activities.
The Glenhaven’s owners’ suite is down a passageway to the right of the entry hall, just past the coat den and coat closet. The suites amenities include a large walk in closet and a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity. A storage closet along with a utility room links the garage and are accessed via the owners' suite hallway.
Columns support the Marion's lavishly windowed front porch, creating an overall impression of warmth and understated refinement in this country house plan. Shutters and a plant shelf add to the charm.
This large two-story home with side-entry garage is designed to fit on a narrow corner lot, but the garage could be modified easily to open to the front.
Entering, you step into a two-story foyer, brightened by a gabled dormer and two skylights. Plants thrive on the high shelves near the front entry.
In the living room, high windows on both sides of the fireplace cap built-in shelves, useful for objets d'art, displaying photos, books, you name it.
Kitchen, eating nook and family room are all together, one function flowing naturally into another. This large area is richly glassed along the back. The French door opens onto a breezeway and covered patio supported by more columns.
A work island with built-in range and overhead pot rack is at the center of the spacious kitchen. Counters wrap around three sides. Other features include a walk-in pantry, large appliance center, prep sink, and built-in desk with storage shelves. The dining room and a large utility room are right across the hall.
Amenities in the well-appointed owners' suite include two large walk-in closets, double vanity, private toilet, deep soaking tub, can custom walk-in shower.
On the Marion's upper level, skylights brighten a library that overlooks the entry. Dormer windows add charm to mirrored bedrooms. The two large unfinished attic spaces could be left as storage, become more bedrooms, or be put to different uses.
This Craftsman 2 car garage plan has two 10' wide and 8' high garage doors. Behind the garage is a generously sized hobby room with stairs that lead to the apartment on the second floor. At the top of the stairs is small landing that and a door that leads to the vaulted kitchen with a washer and dryer tucked to the right along with space for a small refrigerator. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and a set of double doors that lead to the balcony. Also upstairs is a vaulted office and a bedroom along with a full bathroom which includes a soaking tub.
It's simple to imagine arriving upon the Sausalito while meandering through the French countryside in this European style house plan. That decorative iron railing exudes Frenchness, while the shutters, stone veneer, porch posts, and multipaned windows add country charm. Arched openings lead into a large three-car garage with added depth within the single bay.
Everyday family living and special events take place in the large, window-bright gathering space on the ground floor. Kitchen, dining and family rooms flow together, linked by a wide arch. Slim windows flank a gas fireplace that creates a cheerful focal point on the right side; dining and kitchen are on the left.
Windows fill most of the rear wall. Inside the dining area, one of two door-high windows opens onto a partially covered patio. Counters wrap around three sides of the kitchen, and more workspace is available on the work island.A raised eating bar runs across the front, while a built-in cook top is seated on the opposite side. The step-in pantry is exceptionally wide.
In addition to the bathroom, two more areas fill out this floor: an office, a study, just inside the entry, and an office/den right off the kitchen. Either, of course, could be put to other uses.
On the second-floor, a balcony overlooks the dramatic, two-story foyer. Additionally, it links the owners' suite on the right with secondary bedrooms, utility room, and a large bonus room on the left. The bonus rooms large walk-in closet offers attic access.
The Sausalito's owners' suite features a substantial walk-in closet, and also a smaller one opposite. The owners bathroom has a dual vanity, private toilet and an oversized walk-in shower with a built-in seat. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.
If the Langston looks magical to you, you’re not alone. The steep roof and gingerbread trim on this Victorian cottage evokes thoughts of fairytales.
This cottage home offers more than 1500 sq. ft. of living area on three levels, although its presence is small. The dining area, an expansive vaulted living room and kitchen are around the main floor. The owners’ suite is upstairs, along with a large storage area and a wide balcony overlooking the living room. The utility room is in the basement, which support another bedroom.
Diamond-shaped gridding accents the arched window in the front door. A slender, likewise gridded window nestles under a small street-facing gable. This tiny gable echoes the attention-getting two-story A-shaped gable next to it.
That magical fairy tale feeling continues inside. The family room is vaulted towards the second floor ceiling. To the left, day light washes in via a two-story collection of multipaned windows topped by mirror-image quarter rounds. More light beams in through the gridded glass inside the small front gable. A plant shelf below it takes advantage of the light.
Flames in the masonry fireplace serve as a cozy center point when the sky dims and darkens. With the exception of the pass-through in front of its sink, the kitchen is a separate space. An arched opening links it into a dining area with a windowed bench alcove. Basement stairs are off of the kitchen, while stairs to the second floor angle up behind the fireplace.
Upstairs, the owners’ bedroom is expanded by a window bay crowned by a half-round and creates a cozy window seat. Inner shutters can be opened or closed, allowing the Langston’s owners to overlook their living room, or opt for privacy.
It was no surprise to seasoned home builders when the Census Bureau reported in March a newer trend of people moving closer to the city and away from the suburbs. Rick McAlexander of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon has worked with hundreds of builders over the years to design houses for all types of neighborhoods. But, when Dane Butler of Future B Homes, also in Eugene, approached Rick about designing a series of single family homes for a growing, mixed-use development close to the urban core, Rick jumped right in. Rick has a passion for density housing, close to the city, and was happy to create his first collection of urban styled house plans, specifically created for a planned village development.
Dane Butler, president of Future B Homes, knew his urban village units needed a fresh concept in order to offer contemporary styled homes that most people could afford and realistically enjoy living in. “These kinds of homes should actually cost less to take care of with lower utility bills and less maintenance.”, Dane says.
After months of collaboration, Future B Homes began building a series of small footprint homes in a local development called Crescent Village. Rick created house plans for this project that have a north and south orientation. However, he situated the windows and patios on the home’s south side, which faces the neighbor’s adjacent exterior wall. This allows natural light to stream in throughout the home while offering privacy for each homeowner. After experiencing enthusiastic homeowner demand, Future B Homes has now built a total of 14 village style units out of a planned 26 for the mixed-use neighborhood.
The unique idea of an ‘urban floor plan’ attracts two types of clients, but for different reasons, according to Rick. He says some clients are keenly interested in living in a home with a smaller footprint. Other clients are driven primarily by economic benefits, because a smaller lot leads to lower development and construction costs, and lower maintenance bills. “Our clients get the best of both worlds with this plan”, says Rick, “whether the person is environmentally driven or conscious of cost”.
The concept of a planned urban village is not new. There are hundreds of examples of older, high-density neighborhoods in larger cities, like San Francisco and Seattle, or on the east coast in Boston and New York City. Even Charleston and New Orleans have long traditions of narrow homes built close to the street, right in the city. These types of dense neighborhoods were known to be highly livable during their heyday when individuals worked, shopped and socialized, within blocks of their home.
While Rick says he’s inspired by the lifestyles of yesteryear, fast forward about five decades and he’s incorporated significant differences in today’s urban house plan. First and foremost, homes are not attached by a shared wall. These plans offer more privacy, natural light and some amount of defined yard space. And, the homes are energy efficient and include amenities that are considered must-haves in today’s lifestyle. According to Dane, “With these plans, people find they have all the space and features they need with no wasted square footage.”
For example, Associated Designs has the ‘Parkview Plan 30-905’, where the house is only twenty-six feet wide and almost sixty feet long. The home is designed with an inviting entry court close to the street that could include a fenced privacy screen. A person can approach the home and take a right into the front door or turn left and head along the exterior wall toward an open or enclosed patio.
The first floor of this plan offers a contemporary, open kitchen with a great room layout, plus a master bedroom that includes a luxury bath and walk-in closet. The second floor accommodates three good-sized bedrooms and a two-door, shared bath with double sink. Add a 300 square-foot bonus room over the garage and the space lives large. The total living area is right under 2200 square feet with a footprint at just about 1500 square feet. Lot lines are approximately 3.5 feet from the exterior walls.
A developer doesn’t have to build a whole new village to utilize this style of housing. It works just as well when placed within undeveloped lots in older neighborhoods. It’s not uncommon in most cities to see well established neighborhoods from the turn-of-the-century, or mid-century, to include empty lots or houses in serious disrepair. City planners and developers both recognize the potential to convert weedy tracts into housing for people wanting to live closer to the city’s core. And, astute developers can turn several contiguous residential lots into a coordinated group of urban concept houses, each with a different plan but similar in styling. Dane notes that people who choose an urban village house tend to feel comfortable spending more time outdoors, enjoying a sense of community and neighbors.
There is a definite trend, says Rick, where people want to move closer to the city and cut their commute times while increasing access to urban amenities, city events and al fresco cafes. It’s about affordable and quality living, while working and playing in the same neighborhood – just like the old days, only better.
Like a gently winding stream, eyes are drawn by a curved path of steps to the Springvale’s distinctly arched entry. Cut into the front side of a hill, this Craftsman-style home provides elevated views of the area around it. Coach lamps emphasize framed-out columns flanking the entry and garage. Other Craftsman attributes include stone veneer wainscot, gable end projections, and shake-textured siding that accents both gable peaks..
Inside, most of the living area is on the main floor. A small loft and unfinished attic space for storage are to the second-level, while the garage is below.
Ceilings are higher through the center of the home, running from the front towards the back. In the foyer and living-room, the ceiling height is ten feet. The playroom is two stories high, and overlooked by the second floor loft.
A wood-burning stove fills one corner of the large living room that's partially open to the kitchen. The kitchen’s raised eating bar offers seating for informal dinners, snacks and homework supervision, while hiding the inevitable clutter of food preparation and clean up. The eating nook is open to the playroom, next to a deep pantry with a stainless steel table and a second refrigerator.
The luxurious owners’ suite is reached via both an arched opening near the foyer, and a door off of the playroom. Features include a direct-vent gas fireplace and a spacious walk-in closet, along with a private bathroom complete with a heated spa tub. Secondary rooms are at the front.
A bathroom off the Springvale’s left-front bedroom links using a large laundry and hobby room. The dumbwaiter there eliminates the need to carry heavy or bulky objects up from the garage.
Shake and lap siding blend with cultured stone veneer to make the Brookville a textural treat for your eyes. This country cottage is designed for a building lot that slopes down in the rear.
Family and friends will enjoy hanging out together in the window-bright, wide-open gathering place in the heart of this country home. Sparklink windows frame and crown a gas fireplace that acts as a focal point in the vaulted great room. This lofty space segues seamlessly to the dining room. Only a drop in-ceiling height marks the transition.
Sliding gates in the dining area allow easy access to a wide, partly covered railed deck that covers much of the rear. If eveing bugs are a problem, the covered section could be screened. Kitchen helpers can look out across the raised eating bar to watch fireplace flames, or keep tabs on activities in the dining room and on the deck. Appliances, cabinets and counters wrap-around four sides of the kitchen, and a roomy pantry nestles into one corner.
Another vaulted ceiling increases the impression of spaciousness while in the owners’ suite, the only ground floor bedroom. Amenities here include a spacious walk-in closet as well as a two-section bathroom with an oversized shower.
You can overlook the vaulted great room while ascending the stairway to the upper level. A bathroom, two more bedrooms, and a huge bonus room are upstairs. One bedroom features a broader closet; the other bedroom is slightly larger overall.
Lighting spills in to the Brookville’s bonus room through a road-facing multipaned window. Ceilings pitch down on the left and right. This room could double as studio or rehearsal space for the family musician or artist, while still leaving a lot of space for storage along the edges.