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Video Tour: The Arbordale Plan

Take the new video tour through this Modern Farmhouse

This beautiful farmhouse with prominent twin gables and bays adds just the right amount of country style to modern family life.

Large open living spaces

The main floor is bright and open, with bay windows, columns, and a two-story ceiling in the great room. The master suite is quietly tucked away with no bedrooms directly above, and the cook of the family will love the spacious U-shaped kitchen with ample cabinets and pantry.

Video Tour: First Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

 

Flexible space upstairs

The bonus room is easily accessible from the back stairs or second floor, where three large bedrooms share two full baths. Storage space abounds with walk-ins, hall shelves, and a linen closet upstairs. A curved balcony borders a versatile loft/study that overlooks the stunning two-story great room.

Second Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

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NOW AVAILABLE: The Ramsey Plan #1347

This ranch home plan features a convenient layout and an expansive kitchen. Check out The Ramsey Plan #1347!

The Ramsey - Plan #1347

Front rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Laundry room is central to all 4 bedrooms.
  • Large island kitchen with e-space.
  • Screen porch with fireplace and summer kitchen.

 

 

Special details, inside and out

This European-influenced ranch design is family-friendly with attractive details that add warmth and character. Bay windows and tray ceilings adorn the dining room, master bedroom, and bedroom/study, while a cathedral ceiling tops the great room and opens up to a rear wall of windows to bring in sunlight.

Functional and efficient

A mud room, powder room, and walk-in pantry sit between the garage and the expansive kitchen, and a spacious laundry room is central to all the bedrooms for convenience. The two-car, side entry garage includes two storage bays and a personnel door for outside access. An e-space in the kitchen is an easy place to charge phones and look up recipes.
The Ramsey - Plan #1347

Extra living space

The bedroom/study can serve as a guest room, library, office, or family room. A bonus room with skylights offers flexible space, and a cozy screen porch with fireplace is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Outdoor living extends to the covered porch and optional patio space beyond.

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Dog-Friendly Home Ideas

Any house plan can be dog-friendly with a little creativity, planning, and design!

From small space savers to over-the-top suites, there are many creative ways to incorporate living space for your Best Friend into your new home. Especially when it comes to the mud room or utility room. Here are 5 ideas from around the web to inspire you:

1. A pet spa in the utility room
A dog spa like this one makes bath time easy…no bending over, and a handheld hose for rinsing. Having bath time in the utility room keeps messes out of the bathroom and makes for simple clean-up.

Dog Spa in the Utility Room

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2. Built-in feeding bowls
This idea is perfect for taking advantage of the unused space at the bottom of kitchen or utility room cabinetry. Install it under the cabinet where you plan to store dog food and other supplies to save time in your daily routine.

Built-in Dog Dish

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3. Puppy Suite
This glamorous layout is perfect for families with several dogs, or for people who provide foster homes for dogs in need. These “bedrooms” can be installed in a converted garage, finished basement, or even an extra bedroom. Easy-to-clean flooring and surfaces are essential!.

Dog Bedroom

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4. Utilize any extra space
What might have been a small storage area, or even wasted space, can be transformed into a dog bedroom. Neutral colors and dog-themed decor add charm, and can easily blend in with the rest of the living space.

Dog Room Under the Stairs

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 5. Hidden doggie door
Doggie doors don’t typically blend in with home decor, so consider hiding it behind cabinet doors. Plus, it’s easy to close when you don’t want anyone going in or out!

Hidden dog door

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Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Extend your living space with an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are the perfect way to extend living space so you can prepare and enjoy meals outside. Porches and patios offer a great deal of flexibility, and an outdoor kitchen can range anywhere from a small grill with cabinets and counters nearby, to full chef-quality arrangements with refrigerators, warming drawers, and more.

Outdoor Kitchen - The Firenze Plan #5025

The Firenze Plan #5025

This summer kitchen from the Firenze plan sits just outside the large family room and provides an extra 18′ x 12′ of relaxing entertaining space. Sleek cabinets hide grilling supplies and anything needed for dining al fresco.

Basement Floor Plan of The Cedar Ridge - House Plan Number 1125-DScreened Porch of The Cedar Ridge - House Plan Number 1125-D

 

The Cedar Ridge takes advantage of Mother Nature with a sunroom, rear deck and screened porch on the main level, and a second covered porch and screened porch with summer kitchen on the lower level. This all-in-one unit includes a grill, sink, and refrigerator for the ultimate in easy outdoor meals.

The Peyton Plan #1289

The Peyton Plan #1289

A screened porch is an ideal location for an outdoor kitchen, like this one from the Peyton plan. The screens keep pests away, while skylights bring in the sunlight and a cozy fireplace allows outdoor enjoyment year-round.

Search our collection of home plans with outdoor kitchens to find designs in all styles and sizes with kitchens already shown, or find more ideas on setting up your own outdoor kitchen by browsing our Outdoor Home Ideas board on Pinterest!

Enjoy Front and Rear Porches in this Two Story Home

Plan #916 The Hickory Ridge

Front exterior of the Hickory Ridge Plan #916 with country porches

Front Exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Country farmhouse features large front and rear porches
  • Lots of storage with two pantries, utility room and linen closet, plus walk-in closets in the bedrooms
  • 281 sq. ft. bonus room for expansion
Rear exterior of the Hickory Ridge Plan #916 with country porches

Rear Exterior

The minute you see this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath country home you’ll be impressed. Notice the inviting front porch as you enter The Hickory Ridge. Inside, you’ll find a living room/study off the foyer. You’ll then see the immense great room with columns, two story ceiling and fireplace.

The kitchen, breakfast room and separate pantry areas flow together to create a warm and inviting space to entertain and prepare meals. The kitchen has an open view of the great room and country porch beyond. The utility room is conveniently located nearby and includes counters, cabinets, and a handy sink. The garage includes a large storage area that is the perfect place to set up a workshop, along with an additional closet to keep clutter at bay.

On the first floor, the massive master suite (20’ x 14’) features dual walk-in closets and a luxurious master bath with decorative tray ceiling. Upstairs you’ll find three more generously-sized bedrooms, two with full baths. Bonus room access is nearby — Use your imagination — Create an upstairs rec room for the kids, or a hobby or TV room.

Love the outdoors? Come outside and relax on your front or rear covered porches.

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