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Family-Friendly House Plan on the Drawing Board #1412

Conceptual Design #1412 offers a family-friendly layout on one level.

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Family-Friendly Conceptual Design #1412

Home Design Quick Facts:
  • Walk-in closets in every bedroom.
  • Columns keep living spaces open.
  • Oversized garage with extra storage.

Conceptual Design # 1412 is a one story plan adapted from a popular hillside walkout plan, the Whitford #1298-D. The Craftsman exterior features a mix of stone, shake, and siding, with multiple gable peaks and a clerestory window above the front porch. A cathedral ceiling draws the eye through the foyer and great room to the porch, displaying rear views. The kitchen is U-shaped with an angled counter facing the great room and dining room. Built-in shelving and a walk-in pantry provide additional storage space. The utility room has counter space with a sink and outdoor access with a covered porch.

Bonus Room Plan - Conceptual Design #1412
The oversized garage is large enough to accommodate extended wheelbase trucks. The master suite is surrounded by windows and steps out to the screened porch, and enjoys his-and-hers walk-in closets and a large bathroom. The secondary bedrooms flank a handy e-space, and each have a walk-in closet and share a convenient Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

First Floor Plan - Conceptual Design #1412. Family-friendly home plan

Rear Elevation - Conceptual Design #1412

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NOW AVAILABLE: Craftsman Bungalow #1360-D

The Amelia Plan #1360-D

This charming bungalow is packed with special features.

The Amelia - Bungalow Plan Number 1360-D
4 beds, 3 baths, 2793 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Rear entry garage on the basement level.
  • Designed for a home elevator.
  • Vaulted great room with loft and fireplace.
Designed for narrow lots

Basement Floor Plan of The Amelia - House Plan Number 1360-D

This narrow-lot bungalow design has a hillside walkout foundation with a basement entry garage at the rear and a convenient home elevator. A mix of stone and siding, along with a deep front porch and prominent gables, creates a welcoming Craftsman exterior. The island kitchen is flanked by the dining room and breakfast room with pantry, e-space, and window shelves. The master suite and bedroom/study complete the main floor.

First Floor Plan of The Amelia - House Plan Number 1360-D

The second floor includes a loft that overlooks the great room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. The elevator provides easy accessibility.

Second Floor Plan of The Amelia - House Plan Number 1360-D

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Similar plans:

The Willamette - House Plan #1203The Willamette Plan #1203 has a similar front exterior and a one-story layout. See it here.


The Ramsey Plan #1347The Hemphill #1208 is a two story plan with a rear entry garage . See it here.

New House Plan on the Drawing Board #1411

Conceptual Design #1411 has it all!

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Conceptual Design #1411 - House Plans on the Drawing Board

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • 4 bedrooms plus a large study .
  • Walk-in pantry and big utility room.
  • Oversized garage with extra storage.

Conceptual Design #1411 - First Floor Plan, House Plans on the Drawing Board

Conceptual Design #1411 is a sprawling ranch with a European style exterior. The split bedroom layout has a stunning master suite set apart with dual walk-in closets and a spacious bathroom, and three separate bedrooms with walk-in closets along with two full bathrooms.  A study just off the foyer is the perfect home office or library. The kitchen and large dining room are open for conversation flow, with an octagonal tray ceiling and bay window adding drama to the dining space.

Conceptual Design #1411 - Bonus Room Floor Plan
Outdoor living areas include a covered porch and a screen porch with skylights, a fireplace, and grill area. An e-space, walk-in pantry, and a large utility room provide storage and workspace. The three car garage is oversized to accommodate extended wheelbase trucks, and features extra storage and a personnel door.



Conceptual Design #1411 - Rear Elevation

Looking for something similar? Check out the Peyton Plan #1289

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Bonus Room Ideas

Ways to utilize your bonus room that add flexibility to your home.

More than just extra storage, a bonus room can become the ideal space for crafts, hobbies, or entertaining. Cheerful colors and dormer windows help create an open feel for a play room or rec room. Or, use darker colors and rich details to create an intimate entertaining space. Check out these bonus room photos from a selection of Don Gardner home plans:

The Yarborough Plan #964
Bonus Room of The Yarborough - House Plan Number 964
415 sq. ft.

Dormer window seats and light, neutral colors make this an inviting game room. The perfect spot for Foosball, board games, or an arcade machine, without taking up space on the main level.

 The Amherst Plan #753
Bonus Room of The Amherst - House Plan Number 753
481 sq. ft.

This bonus room is large enough for a billiards table. Darker colors are softened by white wainscoting with a built-in entertainment center that anchors the space.

The Clarkson Plan #1117
Bonus Room of The Clarkson - House Plan Number 1117
498 sq. ft.

An alternative to the bright and sunny bonus room, this media room can be completely darkened to enjoy movies on the big screen. Set up with surround sound, dimmer lights, and cozy couches, with a wet bar for snacks and drinks so there’s no need to run downstairs during the show.

The Rowan Plan #1366
Bonus Room of The Rowan - House Plan Number 1366
568 sq. ft.

A more traditional option is to set up a bedroom or guest room. This bonus room is pre-designed with a full bathroom and plenty of space for one or more beds. Dormers provide the perfect spot for a desk to make guests feel at home.

The Churchdown Plan #867
Bonus Room of The Churchdown - House Plan Number 867
481 sq. ft.

Because it’s separated from the rest of the home, the bonus room is a great place to get creative with your design and color choices. This playroom is a kid’s dream with vibrant colors, bunk beds, and plenty of room to play!

The Irwin Plan #297
Bonus Room of The Irwin - House Plan Number 297
345 sq. ft.

Move band practice from the garage up to the bonus room where it’s climate controlled. Older children can practice their instruments with less worry about the noise level bothering others in the home.

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