Daylight Basement House Plans
Why not make your new home as easy to get around as possible? Elevator house plans include room for an elevator to take you from level to level. It’s not just for luxury homes – you’ll find all kinds of designs here, from modest beach bungalows to family-friendly floor plans that fit a sloping lot. Aging in place is a term that’s used a lot these days, and it doesn’t have to mean retrofitting your whole house to accommodate a wheelchair (though including wide doorways and easy-to-reach light switches and grab bars is a good way to make friends and relatives in wheelchairs feel welcome). Rather, it means that you’re planning for the future. A home that’s ready to serve you for decades to come should be prepared for the possibility of lessened mobility, whether that means achy joints that make it painful to climb stairs or a debilitating injury.
Whether you’re about to build a log cabin in the middle of a forest or a cool, contemporary modern oasis in the middle of a bustling city, a house plan with a fireplace is almost always a safe bet. Why? Because fireplaces serve multiple purposes. For example, fireplaces keep homeowners warm—a nice, cozy perk to have on extra cold nights. Fireplaces are also decorative and often become the main focal point of a room.
First Floor Primary Suite
There are many reasons that a main-floor master suite makes sense. Maybe your children are getting older and bedrooms on separate floors will allow more privacy for both you and them. Or maybe you're planning to retire in this home. A main-floor master suite will allow you to live on one level of your home after the kids leave, while providing guests a space to stay upstairs. This collection of house plans with master suites on the main floor features our most popular two-story plans.
A great room house plan offers what you might expect -- a great room! Homeowners with children typically enjoy great rooms as they offer space for kids and parents to come together and enjoy each other's company. Homeowners who frequently entertain guests may also appreciate a nice great room, as it's the perfect space for friends and colleagues to mingle. Note: many modern house plans feature an open sight line from the kitchen to the great room, otherwise known as an "open floor plan"--an awesome touch that allows the chef of the house to interact with whatever fun is occurring in the main living area.
If you’re looking for a home office house plan (sometimes written "house plan with home office" or "house layout with home office"), that probably means you work from home—either full or part-time. And, guess what? You’re not alone! As the ability to communicate and complete work online grows, so too does the popularity of home office house plans. Why? Because having a secluded (hopefully, quiet) space to do your work is necessary.
Do you have aging in-laws, frequent overnight guests, or family members who live out of town? If you're looking for a house plan that can comfortably sleep more than just your family, you'll find your solution in one of these great designs. Each home plan featured here includes a full bedroom, most with an attached private bath, that is designed and labeled for use as a guest room, in-law suite, or maid quarters.
Jack and Jill Bathroom
A Jack and Jill bathroom (or Jill and Jill bathroom, or Jack and Jack bathroom) is simply a bathroom connected to two bedrooms. This is as especially helpful set up if you have children or grandchildren who frequently spend the night, as each child or teenager can use the bath without bothering the masters of the house.
Kitchen island house plans offer homeowners extra prep space in the kitchen. For parents trying to make lunches, afternoon snacks, and breakfast all at once, extra prep space could be a blessing. Likewise, a married couple or single professional who regularly entertain guests will enjoy the extra space on which to prepare hors d'oeuvres and mix drinks. Whether you’re a parent or a frequent entertainer of guests (or both!), consider a kitchen island house plan that also features an attached snack bar (sometimes called an "eating bar" or "serving bar"), as this affords extra prep space as well as additional seating. An open floor plan is another popular feature to consider, as this type of layout ensures that whoever is cooking dinner can still interact with the main living area's activities.
Large Laundry Room
If you’ve landed on our large laundry room house plans collection, washing clothes is probably high on your daily to-do list. Maybe you’re a parent with three or four kids who each play a sport. Or, perhaps your job requires you to come home covered in dirt each day. Or, maybe you’re just looking to add a little touch of luxury to your life in the form of a spacious laundry room. Whatever your reason for visiting this collection, the below large laundry room house plans are sure to please.
Master BR Upstairs
While there are exceptions to every rule, house layouts that feature the master bedroom on an upper level (sometime written “master up home plans”) tend to offer homeowners more privacy, comfort, and scenic views than main level masters.
While master suite house plans are ubiquitous now, you may not have grown up in a home with more than one bathroom. Remember waiting in the hallway for your turn to shower? Even if you didn’t experience this, perhaps your first apartment or dorm room brings back memories of shared bathrooms and a distinct lack of privacy.
A mudroom (sometimes written "mud room") is what you might expect—a room, usually situated just off the garage, in which wet, muddy, dirty, or snowy items are taken off and stored. As you might expect, mudroom house plans are especially popular in cold and wet climates, where homeowners frequently need a place to drop off boots, coats, and umbrellas before reaching the nice hardwood floor or pristine carpet of the main living area. Parents also tend to appreciate home plans with mudrooms, as kids usually find a way of getting dirty regardless of climate.
Open Floor Plan
Homes with open layouts have become some of the most popular and sought-after house plans available today. Open floor plans foster family togetherness, as well as increase your options when entertaining guests. By opting for larger combined spaces, the ins and outs of daily life - cooking, eating, and gathering together - become shared experiences. In addition, an open floor plan can make your home feel larger, even if the square footage is modest. By eliminating doorways and widening the passages to dining and living areas, you obtain a sense of spaciousness that divided rooms lack. In this way, even a smaller, more affordable house plan can offer the spaciousness you seek.
Dreaming of a gourmet, luxury kitchen for your new home? Check out these Ultimate Kitchen designs. Today's kitchen is the heart of the home, for family and guests alike. These house plans offer open layouts that tie the kitchen to the great room, making plenty of room for cooking, entertaining, planning, and studying. For maximum versatility, look for designs with plenty of counter space, kitchen islands, snack counters, and walk-in pantries.
Upstairs Laundry Room
If you want all or most of your bedrooms featured on the second (upper) level of your new home, an upstairs laundry house plan may be perfect for you. Why? Because the location of your laundry room, like all other elements of a home, should complement your life. Just think: Does hauling loads of laundry from the kids' bedrooms (and your own) up and down a flight of stairs multiple times a week sound like fun? Probably not.
You don’t have to be a chef to appreciate a walk-in pantry house plan! A walk-in pantry is popular for the same reason a walk-in closet or storage in/off the garage is popular—because, everyone, at some point, needs a little extra space in which to put stuff.
Walkout basement house plans typically accommodate hilly/sloping lots quite well. What’s more, a walkout basement affords homeowners an extra level of cool indoor/outdoor living flow. Just imagine having a BBQ on a perfect summer night. The parents could be grilling and chatting with friends out back while still monitoring/being connected with activities happening in the walkout basement level—be it a game of pool between other visiting adults, or a school project the kids are working on.