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5th Apr, 2021
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Online search data reveals Southern style house plans are surging in popularity, with major search engines showing a 500% increase in searches for the design style over the past 12 months. This emerging trend has been validated by The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon that has watched five of its southern-inspired home plans grow in popularity over the past year. The designs offer a mix of modern, hillside, palatial estate, vacation home and urban living architecture.

“Southern living plans may be growing in popularity because of their eye-catching, yet simple exteriors and flexible floor plans,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “With more time being spent at home, people are looking for homes that offer extra room to set up home offices or remote learning spaces, and large covered patios or balconies that offer places to escape the interior of the home and enjoy outdoor living.”

Loaded with curb appeal, graceful rooflines and generous indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage gathering and provide more spaces to relax, work and entertain, southern-style home plans share commonalities with popular farmhouse designs. Simple exteriors often highlight wood, stone and brick details, while columns, shutters and porticoes signaling their inspiration from plantation architecture. Homeowners gravitate toward the spacious interiors these designs tend to incorporate, including expansive kitchens, bonus spaces and master suites with luxurious bathrooms.

The House Plan Company’s southern-style plans generating the most interest include:

Rosewood Farmhouse (Design #11228)

This symmetrical two-story home design features three-bedrooms, three and a half baths, a contemporary open floor plan with 2,435 square feet of living space and an expansive wrap around front porch framed by simple, modern columns. An outdoor kitchen housed under the covered rear porch can be screened to provide a welcome respite from seasonal weather and bugs.

Alder Springs (Design #67885)

Making the most of a downhill sloped lot to provide lake side or mountain views from most rooms, this five-bedroom, three and a half bath plan emphasizes a current design centered around Great Room-style living. Covered decks provide ample outdoor entertaining spaces, and a walk-out basement level features recreation, boat or garage storage in addition to the main level porte cochere.

Palatial Southern Estate (Design #35553)

A spacious classic southern plantation-inspired design that has been modernized to include both formal and informal living spaces, this plan stands out with its grand columns and a covered porch and balcony that wrap around the entire home. The 8,333 square foot three-story floorplan includes a well-appointed master bedroom with fireplace, sitting room, luxurious bathroom with access to the expansive walk-in closet, and direct access to the wrap around second floor balcony. Plans include a detached three car garage, elevator and an attic room in addition to distinct basement level spaces for entertainment.

Sea Oats (Design #41459)

An ideal lakeside vacation home, the Sea Oats plan offers a modern, open floorplan with three-bedroom suites that all feature their own private full bathrooms. Windows are generously placed throughout the home to allow natural light to stream in, while expansive covered porches provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Urban Southern Living (Design #90592)

Perfect for first-time homeowners or those living in metropolitan areas, this narrow lot design offers 1,667 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen and living space consume the main level, with bedrooms on the second, and bonus space on the third. A covered porch and balcony encourage outdoor relaxation.

“We’re seeing southern-inspired designs grow in popularity because they are well aligned with what people are looking for in this moment,” continued McAlexander. “It seems a natural evolution from the farmhouse designs that have persisted as a dominant trend.”

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2nd Apr, 2021
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A recent trend in home design is the two master suite house plan. The allure of two master suites is appealing to a wide range of homeowners’. Whether you are planning for the care of elderly parents, helping out adult children returning home, looking to split housing costs, or simply need some space from your significant other – due to conflicting schedules or medical reasons, or a comfortable suite for visiting guests, there is flexibility to be found with a home that offers dual master bedrooms.   

What exactly do you get with a double master house plan? It’s a design that offers more than just a larger second bedroom, but two comfortable retreats each with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms.

To help you with your search, Associated Designs, has compiled a collection of homes ranging in all different styles and sizes that feature two master suite floor plans.

Cottage House Plan – Ashley 30-264

The Ashley house plan makes sharing space easy. The left side of the floor plan is filled with semi-formal gathering spaces. Off the foyer is the living room, filled with natural light from windows along two walls and a central fire place. Pocket doors offer optional separation between the living room and dining which are both open to the entry hall that travels through the center of the floor plan. French doors separate the kitchen with breakfast nook. The right side of the design offers two master bedrooms. Each with a private bathroom and are separated by the laundry room which connects the 2 car, side entry garage. Each master suite has a private den so if socializing isn’t desired each suite has a secluded living space. For large families the dens could be furnished as secondary bedrooms. The one story floor plan makes the Ashley an ideal design consideration for those looking to age-in-place or care for aging parents. It is easy to see that the Ashley was designed to adapt to the life stage of the homeowner.

Craftsman House Plan – Brookport 30-692

The Brookport home design is filled with luxury amenities. Immediately stepping inside you are welcomed to a grand vaulted living room with a richly windowed prow – an influence from the current a-frame and lodge style trends. Tucked into the back of the floor plan is a main floor master suite with large en-suite bathroom complete with walk-in shower, soaking tub, and large walk-in closet. On the second floor a slightly more modest yet still well-appointed suite can serve as a second master bedroom. This arrangement is ideal for returning adult children, as the split of the dual masters between the two floors allows for increased privacy. The second floor master suite has a private bathroom with walk-in closet plus a private balcony.

Unique House Plan – San Pedro 11-049

Southwest inspired San Pedro is a unique house plan with a hexagonal shaped great room at its core. Ideal for view lots, the richly windowed great room has glass on three sides. At the center is a cozy fireplace. Off the great room are two wings, each filled with a master suite. The dual master suites offer private bathrooms, walk-in closets, and direct access to the back patio.

One Story House Plan – Brookstone 31-066

An eye-catching Craftsman cottage, the Brookstone offers homeowners both style and comfort. Towards the front of the floor plan are two additional bedrooms, one of which is a suite and can serve as one of the two master suites. The other bedroom provides flexibility to either service as the 3rd bedroom or provides a private den/living room for the first suite. Towards the back of the home, the floor plan opens up to a great room. Dining and kitchen are only separated by an island. The great room is pleasantly bright from the rich display of windows along with the cozy fireplace. Off the dining room a hallway leads to the utility room plus the second owners’ suite. Each suite offers a walk-in closet and private bathroom. The layout of the Brookstone’s one story floor plan is ideal for families that may be caring for aging parents or helping adult children.

Modern Hillside House Plan – Edgefield 31-131

Sleek shed roofs create interesting angles and add to the curb appeal of the Edgefield house plan. The flexibility offered in this open floor plan make the Edgefield a great design for those looking for multiple suites. The main floor offers two suites. The one towards the front of the home is slightly smaller but offers a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. Towards the back of the floor plan you find the vaulted great room where living, dining, and kitchen are all open to each other. The informal gathering space is comfortable and can be opened to the back covered deck through two sets of sliding glass doors. The owners’ suite found at the back of the main floor is a little larger and offers a slightly more luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower and dual vanities. Depending on the situation the floor plan can be divided between floors. The lower walk-out basement level has a full family room with kitchenette plus two additional bedrooms, one of which has a walk-in closet and private bathroom giving the Edgefield it’s third master suite. There is direct access to the lower level from the covered patio and with a door blocking the stairs to the main level this portion of the home can feel separated from the living above.

 

Homes with two master suites offer flexibility for life’s many stages. Associated Designs collection of plans with dual masters shows that these homes come in a variety of styles from popular Craftsman designs to modern shed roof designs to cottages. Not only can the style of these plans vary but the size of the floor plan is flexible. Interested in making your home a dual master suite house plan? Find more inspiration with our collection of House Plans with Two Master Suites. Found the perfect plan but need to add an extra master suite? Associated Designs plan modification or custom design services can give you the two master bedroom house plan you are looking for.

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