By Luisella Alfonsina. Home Plan. Published at Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 - 12:55:09 PM.
Modern Farmhouse, Here's a good example of the red-hot modern farmhouse trend. Plan 933-8 takes a much-loved style and streamlines it to an easy-to-build box shape that gets extra curb appeal from vertical siding, a porch, and dark window frames. The kitchen island provides a ton of room for meal prepping and hanging out with friends or family. Upstairs, you'll find a huge shower in the master bathroom and a flexible office, as well as the laundry room.
Modern Plan 497-19, which is 43 feet wide and 74 feet deep, with a great room and separate living room on the ground floor and could work in a mid-block location. So what does building on spec in such a situation entail? Designer Monika Strunk interviewed one of Houseplans.com's customers to find out.
Circulation is something else to think about. As Dan Gregory points out in a post called Watch That Layout! the best house plans provide two ways in and out of the living room, dining room, and kitchen -- as illustrated here with Plan 929-1 by Donald Gardner. See how you can move from kitchen to dining area to great room and back to kitchen; the guest suite also has two ways in and out. That way you can conveniently escape after you finish talking with someone.
Similarly, if you plan to encourage visitors to go outside, it helps if the door to the porch or deck is located in the family room or great room. It’s less likely to be used if it’s in the nook or bedroom. Parties are the one time when your entry hall is put to the test. It’s nice to have enough space to greet guests at the door. Ample front-hall closets used to be a given in new-home design. These days, you need to double-check to make sure they are big enough for guests to leave coats, gloves, hats, and maybe even boots. Having an office or guest room near the front door for leaving these items is a nice luxury, as illustrated by Gardner Plan 929-29, above.
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