This mountain home is overflowing with curb appeal and thoughtful details. The barrel-vaulted foyer ends in a single column, presenting the open great room/dining room/kitchen area. A cathedral ceiling extends through the great room and out over the rear porch, with sliding French doors bringing in light and views. A screened porch, bedroom/study, peaceful master suite, and generous utility room complete the main level. Both stairs and a home elevator lead to the finished walkout basement, where two guest rooms and a rec room enjoy access to porch and patio space.
In a previous blog article (April 2015) , I talked about homeowners doing more with less, and making creative use of the square footage they had available. Another great way to extend one’s living experience is through the addition of a walkout, or daylight, basement. Walkout basements are typically built on a sloped yard so that a portion of the basement can be above ground to allow for doorways (often sliding glass) and windows to allow light in. They offer flexible space and are ideal for creating additional square footage. Oftentimes walkout basements are open to allow for a number of potential uses—including an extra family room, an additional bedroom, an entertainment room, or even a storage or utility room.
The following are just some suggestions for converting your basement into functional space:
An arched window in a center, front-facing gable lends style and beauty to the façade of this three-bedroom home.
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An open common area that features a great room with cathedral ceiling, a formal dining room with tray ceiling, a functional kitchen and an informal breakfast area separates the master suite from the secondary bedrooms for optimal privacy.
The master suite is expanded by a dramatic cathedral ceiling and includes access to the back porch, abundant closet space and a bath with enclosed toilet, garden tub and separate shower. Access to a versatile bonus room is nearby.
The exterior of this hillside walkout plan is rich with detail, from the stone arches to the shed dormer over the garage. A beamed cathedral ceiling tops the living area from the island kitchen to the cozy fireplace with built-in cabinetry. The bedroom/study displays a coffered ceiling and has its own private bath, while the master bedroom enjoys a cozy fireplace and porch access. The lower level is perfect for guests with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and a spacious rec room with fireplace and wet bar.
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An angled courtyard entry and large bracketed dormer lend dramatic curb appeal to this gorgeous hillside cabin. The massive central great room divides the master suite from the public areas of the home.
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The open island kitchen is a chef’s dream, and easily accesses a huge pantry, a utility room with plenty of workspace, and a bayed dining room with tray ceiling. A skylit screen porch with outdoor kitchen completes the main level.
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Upstairs, two bedrooms share access to a huge 543 sq. ft. bonus room. The lower level has another bedroom tucked away – perfect for guests or an older child – and a rec room with wet bar and fireplace. An elevator makes navigating the three levels a breeze for older family members.
This home works for a large family, people who like to entertain and those who have in-laws or extended family staying with them. Indoors and out, this home offers all of the amenities you could want in a new home.
This small house floor plan combines stone and siding for a striking façade that is fitting for any suburban or mountain lot. Inside, decorative ceiling treatments enhance the great room, dining room, master bedroom, and the study/bedroom. A fireplace, kitchen pass-thru and French doors complement the great room, and the bonus room provides expansion space.
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.”
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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.
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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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