I love architecture and always have. Mom and Dad had a stack of house plan books hidden away in a cabinet when I was growing up, and I always enjoyed pulling them out and looking through them to find my dream home.
Back then I was torn between a big antebellum style brick home with large white columns and a Tudor style home. Both had a lot of square footage and were grand, especially to a little girl.
A lot has changed since then. First, I am now the primary house cleaner as opposed to when I was a little girl. When I think of a having a large house, I think about all of the cleaning that goes with it. And that’s something I want to escape from. Second, a smaller home with a good layout is better than a larger home with a chopped up floor plan. So I’ll take function over size any day of the week.
When we build out on the farm I’m looking to downsize quite a bit. However, I still want enough space for the boys and their future families to have room to stay with us—which makes downsizing a bit tricky.
My Wish List:
*Master on main
*Great room (open concept with kitchen, bar, dining and living room all together)
*No formal dining room
*Office on main
*Big pantry (any pantry will be better than what we currently have)
*Porches, porches, and more porches (must be covered and at least one screened in to keep the bugs out)
*Fireplace (that’s a given, right?)
*Basement (we’ll be building on a hill so we’ll have a basement no matter if the plans call for one or not which means a smaller floor plan isn’t ruled out.)
When I started looking at house plans, I decided to skip over the traditional style homes. I wanted something different. Something a little off the beaten track. Even something that was a little funky maybe.
I wanted something that looked and felt like a vacation retreat. However, this traditional style home ticks most of my boxes. And what it doesn’t tick can easily be fixed, in my humble opinion. We’ve done a full house remodel before so I’m quite familiar with being able to create plans that will fit our needs along with our budget.
And my motto is do it right the first time, because upgrading the second time wastes lots of moola. In other words, get the layout, room size, and finishes you want prior to starting the build process even if it means spending more money up front.
2156 Square Ft 3 BR, 3 BA + 2352 Square Ft Basement
I happened upon this house plan quite by accident. It’s a more traditional style house than what I originally was looking for but I like the floor plan.
The Exterior of the Flexible Luxury House Plan
The outside has nice curb appeal. I imagine we would do some Hardie plank siding on the bottom.
With Hardie shake shingles on the upper portions.
The porch ceilings would also have Hardie plank like this one:
Main Floor of the Flexible Luxury House Plan
I really like the open concept of this house along with the layout of the floor plan. I think everything flows nicely and would accommodate our lifestyle.
I think it would be easy to add on some square footage to the two bedrooms on the right side of the house to make them a little bigger. After all, we have to think about the boys coming back to visit with their families at some point in time and we would want enough space for them to sprawl out while they were there.
The dining room and living room would be turned into his and her offices or an extra bedroom. And the screened in porch would be extended to the end of the house.
Optional Walkout Basement
The basement option doubles the square footage of the house and having an in-law suite downstairs would be beneficial once we had grandkids come to visit.
This is something that we wouldn’t necessarily have to finish off right away or even finish it like it is in the plans. Either way, having extra storage is a huge bonus in my book.
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