As many homeowners seek to reduce their environmental impact when purchasing new houseplans through energy efficient appliances, solar panels, and utilizing eco-friendly building materials like bamboo, sustainable landscaping is also gaining popularity. Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Pronounced “zeer-i-scape,” it’s a combination of two Greek words: “xeros” (dry) and “scape” (view). At Modernize , they love the benefits of xeriscaping and how you can incorporate elements of this ecologically sustainable landscaping into the outdoor space of houseplans.
The Bartlett Plan #1372 is a thoughtful Craftsman design with an angled garage.
The Bartlett #1372 – This thoughtful Craftsman design is angled with stone, arches, and decorative cupolas. The foyer opens to a spacious study with front views. The island kitchen has a large walk-in pantry and is open to a single dining room. An e-space and powder room offer convenience and the screened porch with skylights is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The great room is cozy with a fireplace and coffered ceiling and offers patio access.
The Wheeler Plan 1404 is small cottage, packed with useful spaces!
The Wheeler – 1404: An efficient, open floor plan and roomy service areas highlight this charming Craftsman cottage. A large master suite is secluded at the rear, and a pantry and e-space are tucked into the passages connecting the garage and huge utility room to the kitchen area. A large screen porch and skylit rear porch extend the living space out of doors.
This two-story cottage features a courtyard entry garage with a third, golf cart bay!
A sweeping gable highlights this two-story cottage house plan. The formal living spaces are open with a staircase separating them from the hearth and breakfast rooms. An e-space, butler’s pantry, mud and utility rooms are all near a two-car garage with golf cart bay. Upstairs are two bedrooms with private baths and a bunus room with dormer window and walk-in storage.
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: