Who doesn’t love a house with a good wrap around porch?
They remind me of homes from years gone by.
Of beach and mountain vacation homes.
Of the draw to sit outside to read a book instead of being cooped up inside the house watching t.v. or playing on the computer.
Many old, traditional style Southern homes have wrap around porches. While the porches are aesthetically pleasing, they were actually built with a purpose–as a place to escape the summer heat trapped inside before air conditioning came along.
One house plan I’m sharing is beam and timbers–which is a style that is very popular today. However, I think it’s overly done. The other plan is a traditional farmhouse which would suit our Sweetbriar Farm to a T.
Sweetbriar Farm…A Distant Dream
Last week I started a series on house plans for the farm. It’s gonna be several years before we’re ready to build but I’m a planner.
And what’s more fun than looking at house plans?
Day dreaming about all the possibilities.
Without worrying about the price tag…for the time being, of course.
The house we build will be situated on a hill overlooking the pond. And we plan on having a basement even if the plan we choose doesn’t call for one.
I’m wanting to keep this house simple. An open floor plan where everyone can mix and mingle along with the following…
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.)
House Plans with a Wrap Around Porch
Please click on the title of each plan to see more pictures and details.
2109 Square Ft
This house plan is about the same size as the one I shared last week although it feels much smaller. While it really doesn’t tick as many of my wish boxes, I still love the porches and the curb appeal.
I could see having a porch swing and rocking chairs on the front porch.
Or maybe a vintage metal glider like I had at the old house.
The layout of the downstairs is simple with an open concept floor plan. A basement addition would provide the extra storage I want with a man cave/workshop that Stew wants.
The Floor Plan
2556 square feet heated living area, 415 square feet bonus room, + basement
This reminds me of an old house that was across the street from the house I grew up in. I like the simple clean lines, the tin roof, and the wrap around porch. I could see myself sitting out on the porch, sipping some cold lemonade while watching Stew work.
And those steps leading down to the yard would be perfect for pumpkins and mums in the fall.
The back deck I would turn into a screened in porch that would run across the width of the house. By July we need protection from the mosquitos and ceiling fans to help make the heat and humidity more tolerable.
The Lower Level
Since I don’t want a formal dining room, I would probably extend the kitchen into part of the dining room and make the other part a big pantry.
I would increase the size of the master bedroom and would use the other downstairs bedroom as an office.
The Upper Level
Two bedrooms and a shared bath are upstairs.
Along with a good size rec room where the boys could hang out.
And the back of the house…