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15th Oct, 2021

Construction on sloped lots has seen an increase over the last year. Whether that is a result of increasingly difficult to find urban lots or a desire to capture views on rural property, with the right design you can leverage your unique hillside floor plan to capture views above and beyond the average level lot design.

Sloped Lot House Plan Sheffield 30-160

The Sheffield house plan by Associated Designs is one such design. Wrapped in a modern exterior, this eye-catching home embraces natural elements with beautiful cedar siding accents. A two car garage is accessed from the street level providing flat parking and an easy approach to the entry stairs. The entry raises you a half flight of stairs up from the driveway and inside you are greeted by a split-level layout. Not only is this a practical design solution for sloped lot homes it ensures privacy between the living area and the front door.

Choosing to head down will land you in the mud hall. This space is well appointed and designed to help organize bags, shoes, and other essentials needed before leaving the home. A drop zone is conveniently located at the base of the stairs with a built-in bench with coat hooks just steps away. A hutch adds to the available storage. From the mud hall there is access to the attached garage with ample storage towards the back. A hallway off the mud hall leads to the Sheffield’s two secondary bedrooms and a full bathroom. A long time trend with homeowners has been separated bedrooms and the Sheffield delivers by keeping the bedrooms on two different floors.

Back at the entry, the stairs that run up lead to the great room. This reverse living layout is ideal for capturing views out the front of the home that may not be visible from the street level. Soaring vaulted ceilings in the great room along with a double sliding glass door fill the space with natural light. On warm summer days the great room can be opened up to the balcony extending the living outside. Views out the front are perfectly captured and can be fully enjoyed inside or out. The great room seamlessly transitions to the dining room. Open floor plans are ideal for informal living and entertaining, with conversations flowing freely between the different spaces. An eating bar frames the edge of the comfortable sized kitchen with walk-in pantry. The upper floor is rounded out with the vaulted owners’ suite. With large windows facing the front any view out the front of the home can also be enjoyed from the comfort and quiet of the owners’ suite. The private bathroom is furnished with dual vanities, storage, and a walk-in closet.

By working with nature, the Sheffield captures views above the rest and blends nature and natural elements throughout the design. 

Lower Level Floor Plan Sheffield 31-160 Main Level Floor Plan Sheffield 31-160

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8th Oct, 2021

Modern Meadows Edge House Plan

Walking pass the Meadows Edge, you see the Craftsman accents pop through the smooth stucco and stone wainscot. Decorative details in the gable ends and slender posts that frame the front door draw you to the vaulted covered porch. As you approach the front door a covered court yard appears to the right creating a bright and welcoming first impression.

Inside the floor plan offers the latest in design trends. Tall ceilings can be found throughout the foyer and great room. Large sliding glass doors and a rich display of windows along the back wall of the great room flood the room with natural light. For those colder, cozy fall and winter days a fireplace warms the room and can be enjoyed throughout the living and dining areas. The open-style great room is a popular design choice and ideal for those who love informal living and entertaining. A beverage bar in the dining room offers cabinet space and a small prep sink – great for mixing up an evening cocktail or serving up morning coffee or tea. The generously sized kitchen is just steps away from the dining room with only an island to provide some visual separation of space.

Steps away from the kitchen are a large pantry and a mud hall connecting the home to the attached three car garage. A popular feature amongst contemporary homeowners is separate bedrooms and the Meadows Edge house plan has just that. The far right side of the floor plan are two secondary bedrooms which share a full, compartmentalized bathroom with dual vanities. All the way on the left side of the home, on the other side of the great room is the owners’ suite. This luxurious retreat has a private bathroom filled with twin sinks, separate soaking tub and walk-in shower, plus a large walk-in closet. Sharing the same hallway as the owners’ suite is a studio. This room is truly a flex space allowing homeowners’ to tailor the floor plan to fit their current lifestyle. If a fourth bedroom is needed the built-in shelves could be substituted for closet or dresser space. Those working from home may choose to furnish the studio as a home office or study for remote learning.

Placing important on time spent outside, the Meadows Edge design can be opened up to the back yard. The large, double sliding glass doors in the great room spill out to the covered patio. Ceiling transitions in the covered patio help to give the sense of two separate spaces – one could ideal be set up as an outdoor living room. While the vaulted patio, offering a grill area with counter could serve as the outdoor kitchen.

Experience a virtual tour of the Meadows Edge at AssociatedDesigns.com.

One Story Floor Plan Meadows Edge Home Design

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1st Oct, 2021
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Large bodies of research have shown that time spent in or viewing nature can have positive effects on our brains, bodies, emotions, thoughts, and interactions with others. For home buyers looking to build, creating opportunities to incorporate nature and natural settings into the home’s design can be a great way to let the outdoors in.

“When looking at home plans, home buyers should consider how the rooms are arranged to maximize how they would like the home to interact with the outdoors,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “For example, does the great room face the right direction for your yard or view? Do you have neighbors with outdoor spaces that might affect your master suite privacy? You also want to consider the local climate and whether you need protection from the sun, rain, snow, bugs or other elements.”

To create connection with the environment just outside the home in a natural way, The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon recommends considering key design features including:

  • Large or floor-to-ceiling windows and doors welcome views, natural light and ventilation
  • How the orientation of the home can offer protection from the elements
  • Screened in porches or a wall of windows are well suited for locales with extreme weather or to enjoy some reprieve from bugs
  • Deep roof overhangs provide shade and the ability to comfortably be outside in varied climates
  • Use of natural materials can add both a deeper connection to nature and visual interest
  • Sliding doors provide indoor-outdoor connection and direct access to the natural landscape
  • Smaller scale home designs can increase the home’s efficiency and intimacy

Four of the most popular of The House Plan Company’s plans that let the outdoors in are:

Longview (Design #43383)

This two-story shingle-style house plan by designer Tim Thompson offers a comfortable retreat for those who want indoor and outdoor living. French doors on two sides offer easy access to a covered patio that wraps around two sides.

Odessa (Design #59772)

Offering a contemporary design with split-level living, the Odessa plan features a unique, loft-style sunroom that walks out onto a rooftop terrace with a beverage bar and built-in garden beds. Created by Drummond House Plans, the walk out access from multiple rooms on the ground level encourages homeowners to extend their living space outdoors.

Design #86187

Featuring a modern, contemporary design with clean lines, this home plan by Architectural Innovations was created to make the most of downhill or side sloped lots. A covered deck on the main floor and an enormous, covered walk-out patio from the lower level provide homeowners a variety of options to extend their outdoor living.

Heartland (Design #13048)

A family-centric open plan with a modern farmhouse design, the Heartland design features expansive wrap around covered porches with walk out access from the master bedroom, living and dining rooms. This house plan created by Ken Pieper offers a deep covered porch at the front of the house offers yet another welcoming space to gather.

Bringing the outdoors in starts with the building lot. If homebuyers are building on a large parcel or rural property, there is much more flexibility in how to orient the home to enjoy the views, as well as an opportunity to take advantage of outdoor spaces for several functions. Views can impact the room arrangement and window placement, however in traditional neighborhoods, home buyers should carefully consider how window placement and outdoor spaces are protected from neighbors for both privacy and noise.

Stressing the importance of understanding the local climate when selecting house plans, McAlexander noted, “if you’re a long-term resident of the area, you’ve most likely experienced enough to be aware of what special considerations should be taken. If you’re new to the area, look carefully at how the locals take advantage of outdoor spaces.”

 

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