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The Sky is the Limit with a Walkout Basement

Rec Room with billiards and wet bar in the walkout basement of The Clubwell Manor - House Plan #5037

By Chuck Tripp

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:

Upgrade Your Dream Home: 7 New Garage Products

Is your Dream Home ready for some garage upgrades?

You’ve found the perfect dream home plan, decorated it perfectly, the landscaping is immaculate. But you may have ignored the garage and it’s potential functionality. Laura Hunter with Builder Online brings you these upgrades that will help you make better use of this often neglected space.

Dream home The Sorvino

The Sorvino #1222

UPGRADE THE GARAGE WITH THESE 7 NEW PRODUCTS

Dream Home Plans: Mediterranean Style

Dream Home Plans with Mediterranean influences!

Dream home plans the firenze front exterior

The Firenze #5025

By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

Oceanfront porches. Warm sea breezes. Gently lapping waves.

Open, free-flowing design. Whether you live on the beach or not, Mediterranean House Plans capture the magic and romance of the Greek Isles and are ever-increasing in popularity with homeowners, especially in warm locales like the southeastern United States. Mediterranean floor plans give families a multitude of options in terms of features and design. Typically, this style lends itself to rectangular floor plans, lots of windows, and large, impressive exterior facades with grand columns and porches.

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Dream House Plans: Southwestern Home Design

Dream house plans - 986 front exterior

The Sedona Ridge #986

When searching Dream House Plans, Southwestern house plans are one of the most easily recognizable designs in the United States.

By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

With an architectural history that dates back to the Spanish Colonial era,

Southwestern home designs are especially prevalent in warmer, arid climates, such as Arizona, California, and New Mexico, among others. Southwestern dream home plans have evolved over the course of several centuries and have incorporated a range of influences, in particular classic Spanish Colonial, Mission, and Mediterranean.