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1st Nov, 2022
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With the holiday season upon us, celebration planning is underway and many homeowners ponder how to accommodate friends and family. Are there enough chairs at the dining table, is there room to add extra seating, and for those traveling to visit where will they stay? Lofts, bonus rooms, and living rooms morph from gathering spaces to bedrooms but with careful planning a home can more easily adapt to the demands of the holidays.

Homes with four bedrooms have been a rising trend in the residential design industry. The House Plan Company has a complete collection of designs dedicated to this floor plan trend and has highlighted four designs that prove you do not need to build a large 3000-square-foot plus home to have the flexibility afforded by four-bedroom floor plans.

HPC Design 89125

Wrapped in a modern farmhouse exterior, Design 89125 offers a 1967 square foot floor plan that proves you can have it all in a smaller home. The first floor is primarily filled with the great room. The open layout is great for holiday entertaining and allows people and conversations to flow throughout the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The flexibility comes in from the first-floor den. This space could serve as that four bedroom and furnished as a guest room. On the second floor are two additional spare bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet, plus the master bedroom.

HPC Design 99787

A stunning modern country-inspired plan, Design 99787 is filled with flexible spaces. From the street the home appears to be a two-story floor plan with farmhouse influences and an attached three car garage. Inside the floor plan provides homeowners with a main floor master bedroom, a home office, and an open floor plan. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms that share a full bath. The basement level is where this 2133 square foot home offers homeowners seasonal overflow space. A large activity room is in the walk-out basement and the designer has proposed an optional bedroom for those looking for a four-bedroom floor plan.

HPC Design 10138

An eye-catching, classic farmhouse HPC Design 10138 is a one-story design that shines at entertaining. The large U-shaped, covered front porch will draw guests and family in through the double entry door where the foyer is open to the great room. In addition to the four bedrooms, which flank each side of the great room that fills the heart of this home, a study off the entry and tucked behind sliding barn doors could serve as additional holiday guest accommodation. Assuming the weather is not too frightful, the covered back porch boasts an outdoor fireplace where cocoa and smores can be enjoyed into the evening.

HPC Design 41489

A blend of Craftsman and farmhouse influences grace the exterior of Design 41489. The floor plan offers an informal and laidback feel as the double front door opens directly into the great room. A ceiling transition helps to provide some visual separation to the otherwise open space. Those working hard in the kitchen to prepare snacks, or the holiday meal will not feel cut off from the festivities. An L-shaped island makes a great spot to serve up treats and provide additional seating. The screened porch extends the living room is a cozy place to watch the snow fall for those living in colder climates. Upstairs is a large bonus room, affording space for visitors to spread out.

The holidays should also be a time of relaxation and afford an opportunity to reset. How a space holds up to entertaining can aid or hinder the ability to find peace during a time of celebration, family, and friends. Four-bedroom floor plans afford year-round flexibility and do not require large footprints to live comfortably. Find more design inspiration and other great four-bedroom floor plans in The House Plan Company’s collection of 4-bedroom house plans.


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28th Oct, 2022

Cozy Country House Plan Kokanee 31-202

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The Kokanee is a two-story house plan wrapped in a charming country exterior. Slender columns with broad stone bases mark the boundary of the front covered porch.

Inside the foyer is open with a tall 2-story ceiling and is open to the great room. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open so that people and conversations can flow freely in the space. A fireplace can be enjoyed from the living room on cozy fall days. When the weather is nice, the sliding glass door in the dining room opens and extends the great room to the back covered patio. An eating bar extends out and provides some visual separation to the kitchen while adding additional seating during holiday gatherings.

Off the dining room a short hallway leads past a half bath and a pass-through utility room which provides direct access to the attached two car garage. At the end of the hall is the main floor owners’ suite which features a private bath with twin sinks and a walk-in closet.

Those who enjoy entertaining will appreciate the second-floor guest room. The guest accommodation is set up for longer visits with the larger closet and direct access to the shared compartmentalized bathroom. The Kokanee is a great plan for growing families or households where more than one person works remotely. The second floor has an additional two bedrooms on the upper level bringing the total bedroom count to four. These extra rooms make great home offices, exercise studios, or hobby rooms for households without children or adult children who have left the nest.

Extending out over the garage is a bonus room. The 8-foot ceiling allows this space to be finished as a family room or recreation room providing space for visitors to spread out during larger get-togethers. For families with small children the bonus room is an ideal space for a playroom.

The Kokanee 31-202 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers.

21st Oct, 2022

Photo of Luxury House Plan Coeur d'Alene 30-634

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The Coeur d’Alene is an exceptionally large, richly windowed lodge-style home design. A delight to behold, its expansive interior offers a multitude of gathering and private spaces.

Natural wood posts and two-high stack of gables accented by king posts and struts create an impressively lofty entry. Custom windows accent the two front gables that flank the central foyer, all nicely set off against a backdrop of clean lined metal roofing.

Inside, a large dining room is to the left of the vaulted foyer, and a spacious library with gas fireplace is on the right. If a library is not needed this space would make a luxurious home office. Ahead is a bright and spacious vaulted living room. Wide windows flank the much larger mantled stone-veneer fireplace centered at the rear. Double doors on both sides of the room open onto the large, curved patio that spans that back of the home.

Squared, natural wood columns mark the passageway that leads past the butler’s pantry to the generously sized kitchen. Two work islands add to the abundant counter space. One has a wide cook top, while the one rimmed by a flush eating bar has a prep sink.

A wide hearth fronts the roomy wood-fired baking oven on one side, and another wall of ovens is on the left. A curved wall of windows wraps around the side nook, which also has a built-in buffet and hutch, and the kitchen opens into a media room with another fireplace in a hearth room alcove. A wine storage cellar and hobby room are further to the left.

Owners’ suite luxuries include a fireplace, and both his-and-her walk-in closets and bathrooms, the later with an elegant claw-foot tub. An exercise room and an exterior hot tub and shower are nearby.

Two vaulted bedrooms with private baths are upstairs in the Coeur d’Alene, along with plenty of storage and a bridge overlooking the great room.

The Coeur d’Alene 30-634 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

14th Oct, 2022

Nostalgic Craftsman House Plan Mallory 30-576

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Gracefully tapered columns seated on rustic stone veneer bases give a Craftsman look to the Mallory, as do the multi-paned windows and traditional front porch. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has a fairly narrow footprint and is equally suitable for construction as a vacation retreat, or a year-round residence.

Porch railings add nostalgic charm while providing a little privacy for summertime relaxation on a porch swing, wicker chairs, or whatever suits. Inside, a coat closet fits neatly into the alcove behind the front door, and a stairway runs up the right wall.

On the left, the foyer opens into a large gathering space that spans the entire breadth of the house, front to back. The living room section has a wide street-facing window, with a view across the covered porch. At center is the dining room, expanded by a wide window bay that could house a window seat.

A long eating bar rims the boundary of kitchen and living room. Cabinetry fills the space above the wide, waist-to-hat-level open area that allows an easy interchange of food and conversation between the spacious, C-shaped kitchen and dining area. A rear door opens onto a covered patio that could be screened in.

 The utility room, broom closet, powder room and direct garage access are all conveniently close.

Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a bonus room and several storage areas are on the Mallory's upper level. The owners' suite boasts a roomy walk-in closet, dual vanity, and a separately enclosed tub/shower and toilet, plus a towel hutch and a tall stack of enclosed shelves. Secondary bedrooms share a bathroom, and the bonus room comes complete with a covered deck and exterior stairs.

The Mallory 30-575 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

7th Oct, 2022

Country Concept Plan Idyllwild 31-220

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Corner lot house plans have the benefit of a street view which is not filled in by a garage door. Visitors are greeted by a welcoming covered porch and a rich display of windows promising a naturally bright interior. A stones wainscot works in harmony with the lap siding and gable ends giving the Idyllwild a distinctively country look.

Inside the entry is cozy with a coat closet just a few steps in. Immediately to the left, double doors open to the study which would make an ideal home office for those permanently working from home. At the end of the entry, the floor plan opens to the great room where living, dining, and kitchen are seamless. A vaulted ceiling flows through the great room and dining room. On the left wall of the great room, a double sliding glass door opens the space up to the covered patio and the outdoors. Those living in areas where bugs are a concern will appreciate the screened porch off the dining room. The informal nature of a great room allows those working in the kitchen preparing snacks or the holiday meal will never feel isolated. Conversations flow as freely as people in the open space.

A hallway off the kitchen leads to one of four bedrooms in the main house. This bedroom has direct access to the shared full bathroom on the first floor and would make an ideal guest suite. At the end of the hall is the owners’ suite. The private en-suite boasts twin sinks and a large walk-in closet with direct access to the laundry room.

The laundry room connects the home to the two-car side entry garage. The oversize garage has room for extra storage. At the opposite end, a man door opens to an apartment. Great for adult children or aging parents, this apartment has its own living room with kitchenette, full bathroom with stacking washer and dryer, and a bedroom. While connected to the main home, those staying in the attached apartment can have privacy.

Flexibility can be found on the upper level of this two-story home design. At the top of the stairs are two additional bedrooms which share a full bathroom. Double doors open at the end of the hall leading to the bathroom and opens to a large bonus room that extends over the garage. This space can be finished as a family room, media room, game/hobby space, or whatever else suites.

The Idyllwild 31-220 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

1st Oct, 2022
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As more and more companies make the shift to remote work permanent; homeowners are looking for solutions to move their impromptu kitchen or dining room office spaces to private or more out of the way areas of their home. To accommodate the additional use, home design trends have shifted to designs with four bedrooms to provide this added functionality as a short-term change. With the shift to long term remote working, homeowners are looking for their office space to feel more specific to supporting their new work environment. The House Plan Company has a diverse collection of homes with flex space that would make the perfect home office. Showing the diversity of the floor plans – here are five trending designs for those no longer making the drive into the office.

Carter – HPC 46331

Just steps away from the front door, the Carter offers homeowners’ a delightful pocket office. With soaring 11-foot ceilings and space for a built-in desk and cabinets on either side of the window. This well-appointed workspace may be small but feels spacious.

Armith – HPC 93868

If separation of work and personal spaces is crucial, then stop and take a look at the Armith. First and foremost a detached three car garage, the Armith boasts a richly windowed office on one side which is framed by a wrap around front porch.

Brewster 2 – HPC 32525

Wrapped in a modern farmhouse exterior the Brewster 2 offers a trending open floor plan with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms Plus, a separate home office space eliminates the debate about how to set up a dual-purpose room. Ideal for those working fully remote, the home office is located off a traversing hallway off the dining room.

Lydia – HPC 18981

At first glance the Lydia appears to be a small single-family home, but this backyard cottage offers a detached two car garage and spacious 421 square foot office. By detaching the workspace from the home, even just a few feet, helps keep the work/life balance in check.

Glen Eden – HPC 85952

The Glen Eden is a small house plan with a naturally bright interior and open floor plan. French doors abound and open the home to the outdoors. This two-bedroom floor plan boasts a separate home office with vaulted ceilings and a French door entrance that mirrors the homes main entry. With windows along two walls the home office is bright and roomy, and the small closet helps to organize supplies.

These trending house plans, and backyard cottages make working from home less stressful and more comfortable. A dedicated space for taking care of business allows for balance of work and life even when those occur under the same roof. The House Plan Company is here to help you with their best-in-class customer service find your next home or accessory structure with that perfect work from home space.



30th Sep, 2022

Unique House Plan Umatilla 31-294

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Timeless horizontal lap siding and a simple stone wainscot grace the exterior of the Craftsman inspired Umatilla house plan. To wings extend from the left and right sides of the home like arms ready to embrace visitors and drawn them to the front door. The front covered porch features two skylights which keep the entry bright.

The vaulted ceiling that begins at the front covered porch extends inside to the entry and beyond. Sidelights frame the front door, filling the space with natural light. Around the corner to the right a storage closet could serve as a coat closet for guests. Continuing to the right, the hallway ends at the luxurious owners’ suite. Filling the entire right side of the home, the vaulted owners’ suite is naturally bright from windows along two walls. One of the windows is a sliding glass door that opens to a private patio. Through double doors opposite the sliding door is the owners’ suite bathroom.

Back at the entry, barn doors slide to reveal the great room which fills the core of the home. Vaulted ceilings continue through the kitchen and dining room which are completely open to each other. A step down helps to provide a feeling of separation between the dining room and the great room. Glass along three sides allow for the great room to be surrounded by views and filled with natural light. A cozy woodstove fills a corner and can be enjoyed through the great room to the kitchen.

The wing that extends from the left side of the home is filled with a second bedroom which boasts vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, and direct access to the shared full bathroom. At the end of the wing is a mud hall with access to the laundry room.

Breezeways connect both garages providing nice separation from the house while ensuring protection from the elements. Both garages are designed for access from the side and are oversized for extra storage.

The Umatilla 31-294 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

23rd Sep, 2022

Vacation House Plan - Woods Creek 31-299

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Simple yet eye-catching, the cottage-style exterior of the Woods Creek blends singles and horizontal lap siding together. A railed porch wraps around two sides of the home. The front covered porch extends out, providing space for a porch swing or set of chairs.

Through the front door, the entry brings you immediately into the vaulted great room. In the corner of the living room is a woodstove, keeping the home warm and cozy on chilly winter evenings. The glow of the woodstove can be enjoyed in the dining room which is completely open to the living room. An eating bar extends from the wall, providing some separation between the kitchen and the dining while boosting the available seating. The kitchen is efficient and has a wall pantry just a few steps away. Through the kitchen a door opens to the utility room. With its passthrough design, the utility room can double as a mud hall keeping dirty clothes and shoes from entering the main living area.

The three bedrooms in the Woods Creek are bunched on the right side of the floor plan but have separate access halls allowing for some separation. The owner's suite is accessed off the kitchen and features a walk-in closet and private bathroom complete with separate shower and soaking tub. The secondary bedroom hall is off the entry and the rooms are separated by a full bathroom.

This small house plan, at 1395 square feet, is comfortable enough to serve as a year-round residence or would make a great vacation getaway.

The Woods Creek 31-299 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

16th Sep, 2022

One Story Ranch House Plan - Payette 31-215

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Horizontal lap siding and a stone wainscot work in harmony to give the Payette a modern feel to its classic ranch curb appeal. A slender post marks the boundary of the cozy covered porch.

Inside the foyer offers enough space for a bench with a coat closet just steps away. A cased opening to the right leads to a short hallway where two of the three bedrooms are located along with a full bathroom. Back at the foyer, halfway down the hall is a drop zone, an ideal place for organizing wallets, keys and other items you don’t want to forget as you leave the home. The door near the drop zone provides access to the attached two car, front load garage.

At the end of the foyer hall, the floor plan opens to the great room. Immediately to the right is the kitchen. This well-appointed space is outfitted with the latest appliances and boasts ample counter space along with a center island with flush eating bar. A wall pantry is just steps away. Open to the kitchen are the dining room and great room. The great room is adorned with a stepped ceiling and fireplace. On nice summer days, the dining room can open to the covered patio by the sliding glass door.

Off the dining room is another short hallway. Behind a pocket door is the laundry room and at the end of the hall is the owners’ suite. Well separated from the other bedrooms, the owners’ suite features a private bathroom complete with twin sinks along with a walk-in closet.

At 45 feet wide, the Payette can fit on narrow urban lots. It’s single level floor plan and contemporary floor plan layout make it a favorite of homeowners and builders alike.

The Payette 31-215 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

9th Sep, 2022

Luxury Duplex Plan Palisade 60-064

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A shed roof, panel siding, and cedar accents work together to give the Palisade a distinct modern looker. Rich window displays along the front make this an ideal design for building lots with a view along the front.

Designed for a lot that slopes up hill, the first floor for each unit is a two-car garage. Also on the lower level is the laundry room. The split-level entry is a half flight of stairs up from the garage level and continues pass the front door. Another half flight of stairs leads to the main floor. The entry landing overlooks the staircase and immediately opens to the great room with 12-foot ceilings. A double sliding glass door opens to the balcony that overlooks the front yard.

A ceiling transition helps to visually separate the living room from the dining room. An eating bar along the kitchen adds to the available seat while providing some separation of the kitchen. A pantry is just steps away along with access to the BBQ patio.

Off the dining room is a hallway that leads to the Palisades three bedrooms. Two secondary bedrooms fill the back of the floor plan and share a full bathroom. On the opposite side of the hall is the owners’ suite. The front wall is filled with windows allowing the enjoyment of views from the quiet retreat. Besides sweeping views, the owners’ suite boasts a comfortable sized walk-in closet and a private bathroom with twin sinks.

Each unit of the Palisade duplex plan is the same so the luxury floor plan can be enjoyed by both tenants making this a great option for those looking to live in one unit and rent out the other for additional income.

The Palisade 60-064 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

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