What do American dream homes have in common? They focus on comfort, relaxed entertaining, and the kind of amenities that will actually enhance your day-to-day life, not just show off for visitors.
This elegant Craftsman house plan checks all the boxes and then some. Ideal for a hillside lot that slopes towards the front, the layout begins on the bottom level with garage space and three different zones of storage, ideal for neatly stashing holiday decorations, sports equipment, and yard tools. A sink lets you rinse up after working on a car or gardening.
On the main floor, the open layout revolves around the great room. A fireplace and built-in storage focus your attention on the side wall in the great room, while the two-story ceiling enhances the feeling of spaciousness. French doors lead out to a patio with a trellis, giving you partial shade and a view of the backyard. To the right, a covered porch invites you to curl up by the outdoor fireplace on cool evenings and watch the stars come out with friends. Wood storage on the back side makes it easy to keep split logs nearby for an authentic outdoor feeling. An enclosed storage area makes a great place to stash outdoor furniture in the winter.
When it’s time for meals, head over to the big island kitchen. In fact, there are two islands, the outer one with a prep sink and the inner one closer to the six-burner stove for easy chopping and then sautéing. Your guests can hang out at the snack bar and chat, or get cozier at the built-in seating in the breakfast nook. Here, a door to the back porch makes it easy to take your coffee out to greet the day. Also convenient: a door that leads to the carport for easy unloading of groceries. In fact, the porte cochere has many uses: bring the car around here to simplify loading up for a big trip, or make it a designated carpool pickup spot for school-aged kids.
Other storage features around the kitchen keep everything organized, like the mudroom lockers and bench that make it easy for kids to drop their backpacks and take off shoes (and even use the powder bath here) before heading into the kitchen for an after-school snack. Nearby, the walk-in pantry holds many dry goods. The activity center offers a bright spot to sit and open mail, answer emails, or even have kids do homework within easy reach of the kitchen.
Beyond day-to-day living, this Craftsman home is prepared for more elegant entertaining occasions. Leading to the dining room, a butler’s pantry can store crystal glasses and such, with a sink available for fixing cocktails. Built-in storage in the dining room itself makes it easy to keep serving pieces at hand. The generous dimensions of this room create a festive feeling, perfect for holiday dinners. A bay window adds extra flair and allows for views.
Also on this floor, guests will enjoy their private suite with a large shower and walk-in closet. Separate access from outside adds privacy that will be especially appreciated by older children (say, a recent college graduate come back to live at home) or an elderly relative like an in-law. The nearby office, complete with built-in storage and view of the backyard, can be used as a private living area for such family members, or as a quiet place for anyone in the home to use for work.
When evening comes and it’s time to unwind, the master suite sits upstairs. From this relaxing and spacious retreat, homeowners can step out onto their private porch, or enjoy the view from the spa tub. The luxurious master bathroom also features two sinks, lots of counter space (perfect for showing off pretty cosmetics), a large shower, a water closet, and access to the enormous walk-in closet (complete with a safe). Two more bedrooms rest across the hall. Bedroom two boasts a window seat and bookshelves, perfect for the child (or visitor) who loves to read and gaze outside. Shelves also adorn the study a few steps away, which would make an excellent homework zone or craft room, or perhaps even a home gym with the addition of an elliptical machine or treadmill. Thoughtful features on this floor include linen closets in and near the hall bathroom and a privacy-preserving foyer for the master suite with built-in shelves to display treasured objets d’art. The laundry room is easy for the occupants of bedrooms to reach on this level, simplifying chores so that it’s only a few steps to throw in a load of sheets or clothing.
Building on a sloping lot? Consider this elegant Craftsman home plan for the ultimate in outdoor living, relaxed entertaining, and family-friendly amenities.
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