Single story homes are often the preference for older families wishing to age in place, but there are many other options as well. Smaller in square footage but big on storage and guest rooms, these popular homes are perfect for enjoying your later years in style.
In recent decades the ranch house plan has become popular once again, both as a starter home for new home builders and for older adults and empty nesters who wish to age in place. The simplicity of design translates with ease to a modern aesthetic, and the clean, horizontal lines, low roofs, and open floor plans appeal to many families who seek function over elaborate design.
4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath
#68-123 An open courtyard takes center stage in this home, providing a happy marriage of indooroutdoor relationships. Art collectors will appreciate the gallery and the formal dining room accommodates special occasion. A raised-hearth fireplace flanked by built-in media centers adds a special touch. The master suite provides a private retreat where you can relax in the sitting room or the bath with a corner whirlpool tub. VIEW this plan here
Mountain homes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Rather than being an architectural distinction, mountain house plans represent a collection of common features designed for rugged landscapes. Also called Rustic house plans, these homes tend to be on the smaller side and boast design elements perfect for vacation homes in beautiful settings.
Based on Greek Revival and Colonial style architecture, Plantation house plans are stately, classic buildings designed for lots of activity. Though the modern family has little need for the formal ballrooms and expansive servant’s quarters found in old Plantation homes, the extravagant feeling is preserved through detailing and a few specific design features.
The wide covered entry welcomes your guests into a grand foyer with elegant curved staircase spiraling up to the expansive second floor. The first floor master suite includes a luxury bathroom and walk in closet, chef's kitchen and covered courtyard. VIEW: this plan here
Whether you live on one of the coastlines or make your home on land located somewhere in between, autumn is full of dynamic and intense weather systems that move across our landscapes with startling regularity. For those of you who welcome the return of the Storm Watching Season, you know first-hand the value of certain house plan features that make cold weather easy to enjoy inside a safe and cozy home.
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This gorgeous home has an open floor plan, generous kitchen, first floor master suite and a swimming pool in the back yard. VIEW THIS PLAN HERE
When it comes to coastal house plans, regional styles abound and express the unique character of each community. Coastal house plans can be either multi- or single-story; large, luxury homes or small, cozy cottages; vacation homes or permanent residences for year-round enjoyment.
4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath
#5-768This 3 story coastal home has it all: game room on the lower level, ample living space and generous master suite on the second floor, and additional bedrooms on the third level, affording sweeping views from it's many windows.
4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath
#1-158This coastal home celebrates the simple pleasures in life: a grand view, cozy gathering spaces, and covered outdoor porches. VIEW THIS PLAN HERE
4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath
#4-262This is the perfect home for an active family, boasting a window-lined exercise room with vaulted ceilings, sport court on the lower level, and generous game room. VIEW THIS PLAN HERE
MODEST COASTAL HOUSE PLANS
3 Bedroom 2 Bath
#5-745A welcoming wrap around porch extends across three sides of this lovely home, and with a first floor master and two bedrooms upstairs, this is perfect as a vacation home or a permanent coastal residence. VIEW THIS PLAN HERE
3 Bedroom 3 Bath
#6-263Small square footage gets a boost in this home lined with two-story windows and wrap around porch. VIEW THIS PLAN HERE
3 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath
#15-612This octagonal vacation home is full of efficient space-saving built-ins and a central living room. VIEW THIS PLAN HERE
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY - House Plans -
The style of modern house plans draw from previous design standards and push against artistic and social boundaries. Simplicity of design, use of mixed industrial materials, and a visual honesty regarding the construction process mark these amazing homes as quite distinct from other style incarnations.
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4 Bedroom ⌂ 3 1/2 Bath #88-193 Perfect for a small lot, this house plan is open, airy, and offers tons of flexible space. And with an exterior that perfectly blends the modern and classic aesthetics, this home is a perfect fit in any neighborhood.
The California Bungalow:
An American Original
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The term California Bungalow refers to more than just an architectural style. Referencing a time and place in American history, this classic home design reflects an early stage in the development of the American Dream.
Inspired by the thatched roof cottages popular with the British commanders in the Bengal region, bungalow house plans are simple, comfortable designs that many families prefer for their understated elegance.
5 Bedroom 3 Bath #1-173 This charming Craftsman Bungalow offers a beautiful blend of features from both architectural styles. The kitchen includes a large cook top island with eating bar and a generous walk-in pantry, and the kitchen and nook open to the spacious family room with a cozy fireplace. A first floor bonus room is located adjacent to a full bath, making it perfect for a guest room or home office. The laundry room is situated upstairs for maximum efficiency, and the 4-car rear-entry garage at basement level provides tons of room for cars and storage. A fully covered porch spans the entire rear of the home; perfect for enjoying the outdoors in any season.
3 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath #11-310 This charming Bungalow presents a welcoming facade: between the broad covered front porch and the windows lining the entire front of the house,
this home is light, bright,and open.
Northwest Style architecture evokes an environment of dense conifer forests, rugged terrain, and expansive views. These house plans are often well-situated within their surrounding environment with a natural look and simple exterior design that
balances the built environment with the natural one.
This gorgeous Northwest style home features high ceilings and an open floor plan on the ground floor. The two-sided fireplace in the living room makes for a cozy gathering space, while the solarium creates a warm space for those who find beauty in both rain and sun. The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet, private bath with a separate tub and generous walk-in shower. The kitchen includes a walk-in pantry and center island with eating bar. The second floor hosts a guest suite or second master suite plus two additional bedrooms, and the two car garage provides ample space for vehicles and storage. View:
The main floor of this home is nothing short of sophisticated elegance. With the open floor plan on the left side, the right side of the home boasts a luxury master suite with private deck, sitting room with a second three-sided gas fireplace and bathtub tucked under the large window. View: this plan here
2 Bedroom 2 Bath #26-108
This open floor plan invites family living and is well suited for a rear view orientation. Three French door locations lead to the expansive rear deck. The loft or home office on the second level creates a bridge overlooking the first level. Separated bedroom suites boast vaulted ceiling details and maximum privacy. View: this plan here
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There is no better design to capture the rustic spirit of early American settlers than the Log Cabin home. Construction methods and materials have improved drastically over the centuries, and the log cabin-style floor plan is still in demand today. Whether for a vacation home or a primary residence, these homes are beautiful to look at, simple to build, and as durable as ever before.
Comfort is the key with this magnificent log cabin home plan. Enter by the covered porch with two sets of French doors opening into the great room. Inside, you are greeted with a built-in fireplace and a view of the bay-shaped dining area and kitchen with bar seating.
The main level master suite includes a large walk-in closet and bathroom with an extra large shower, double vanities, and a stacked washer/dryer closet. The upper level has a bedroom and bathroom with creative ceiling heights and a balcony view to the great room below.
The great room and the arched openings that lead into adjoining rooms give this unique home an open, airy feel. The well equipped kitchen is located centrally between the breakfast room and the dining room for the ultimate in convenience.
This plan is a gorgeous example of traditional design features: screened in porch, breakfast nook, and a master suite worth swooning over...plus almost 800 square feet of optional 2nd floor bonus space for a home office or work space.
Large spacious bedrooms large open kitchen and family room with the extra space afforded by having the keeping room and formal dining. The kitchen is a real treat with the over-sized island expansive counters and large pantry. Modern master bath with spacious master walk-in closet with his and her sections and spacious split vanity areas. Great outdoor entertaining area with outdoor kitchen
and huge rear porch.
Welcome your dinner guests into this elegant home enhanced by ten foot ceilings and an open floor plan. Once in the foyer notice the boxed columns separating the dining room and great room. The great room has a fireplace and door accessing the rear grilling porch which makes for entertaining ease. Two bedrooms and a full bath are located on the side of the house allowing the master suite total privacy.