Our hillside walkout home designs are featured in the August 2014 issue of Professional Builder Magazine.
By Susan Bady
excerpt from the August, 2014 issue of Professional Builder Magazine
“Hillside sites demand more attention by their very nature. Builders and designers who deal with such sites on a regular basis emphasize the need for collaboration—particularly between the civil engineer and the architect.”
Featured home designs in this article :
Best-selling hillside design among production builders
Arched openings over the garage doors and a metal accent roof are just two of the thoughtful exterior details that lend curb appeal to the Silvergate.
The details continue on the interior of the plan. The main level includes a great room and bedroom/study with coffered ceiling details along with an open kitchen and dining room arrangement that simplifies entertaining. The master bedroom features twin walk-in closets and a bay window that easily accommodates a sitting area. Outdoor living space is abundant, with a screen porch off the dining room and an oversized, sky lit covered porch on the rear.
Downstairs is a cozy rec room and two more bedrooms, one with a private bath. The ample unfinished mechanical/storage area can easily be converted to a home theater, exercise area, or for any purpose you desire.
A favorite hillside home design among custom/luxury home builders
Stone and stucco combine with multiple gable peaks and an impressive, front entry to create stunning curb appeal for this European home. The grand foyer greets visitors on the inside, while the dining room and bedroom/study flank the foyer on both sides. Further along, the great room includes a cathedral ceiling, porch access and wall of windows to view outdoor scenery. The breakfast room and kitchen are also open to the great room and one another, simplifying mealtime.
On the other side of the home, a large master suite was designed to pamper the homeowner. A bowed sitting area grants extra space in the bedroom, while the luxurious master bath features a corner shower, large soaking tub, his-and-her vanities and private privy.
In the basement are three bedrooms, each with their own full bath—and added treat! A large rec room with fireplace completes the basement and provides an additional gathering space in the home.
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This ranch home plan features a convenient layout and an expansive kitchen. Check out The Ramsey Plan #1347!
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.
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.
Find more details and information on the Ramsey Plan #1347 here.
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Conceptual Design #1409:
Now In Progress! NOW AVAILABLE!
Here are two different floor plans for the Sagecrest exterior – Plan #1226 and Conceptual Design #1409. Let us know which version you like more, and what features make the difference by leaving a comment!
Read on for more details on Conceptual Design #1409
Here’s a closer look at our newest conceptual design! Leave your feedback on this Craftsman plan in the comments!
Conceptual Design #1409 is a new take on the Sagecrest Plan #1226 with the same richly detailed Craftsman exterior. The vaulted great room features a unique library alcove with built-in shelving, perfect for a homework station or reading nook. The island kitchen is completely open to the great room and dining room, with plenty of counter seating, a walk-in pantry, and nearby e-space. The family studio provides functional space for household projects, and is a step away from the kitchen, front porch, bonus room, and two-car garage with dual storage areas. This split bedroom design has two bedrooms with walk-in closets and private baths just off the kitchen, and a bedroom/study and master suite across the home. The master bedroom takes in rear views through a bayed wall of windows, and accesses the covered porch. His-and-hers walk-in closets and a bath with walk-in shower, separate vanities, and linen storage complete the suite.
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Master Bathroom – The Silvergate #1254
The master bedroom enjoys an elegant bath with an arched window and a remarkable barrel-vaulted ceiling over the relaxing tub.
Dining Room – The Edelweiss #1013
A tray ceiling crowns the octagonal dining room, while a cooktop island keeps the kitchen open. A patio is off the breakfast nook, easily serviceable from the kitchen – perfect for springtime entertaining.
Great Room – The Provence #1005
This open great room is filled with architectural details – the perfect space for a pop of color. The family-efficient floor plan divides the sleeping and gathering quarters, while extra storage space can be found throughout. Columns, built-ins and a barrel-vault arch add custom touches.
Master Bathroom – The Northwyke #759
A cathedral ceiling enhances the master bedroom, which enjoys a large walk-in closet and bright and open bath. A glass walk-in shower, garden tub, and abundant counter space create a relaxing space.
Master Bedroom – The Rochelle #1204
In the rear of the home, the master suite accesses one porch and includes a charming window seat, two walk-in closets and an elegant master bath. Trim, texture, and accent lighting adorn the stunning tray ceiling.
Great Room – The Luxembourg #979
The grand portico leads to an impressive, open floor plan. Built-in cabinetry, French doors, and a fireplace enhance the great room, while transoms, an arched clerestory window, and an impressive vaulted ceiling opens up the space.
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