Perfect for a large family or one with frequent guests, this sophisticated hillside house plan unfolds over three levels, including a finished walkout basement. The layout includes a variety of spaces for both formal and casual entertaining, with plenty of room devoted to private retreats as well. Outdoor entertaining takes priority, so you can maximize views and enjoy every minute of the season (and even when it gets cold, thanks to a fireplace-warmed screened porch). An elevator that accesses every level makes it easy to age in place.
Shingles wrap around the exterior of this rustic house plan to create a smooth look that’s punctuated by rugged stone accents under the front gable and adorning the prominent chimney. Timeless brick adds a traditional touch to the arches along the patio in back. Also in back, the striking turret draws eyes up.
Take advantage of a sloping lot with the versatile finished basement, which opens outside to a covered porch that includes room for a hot tub. On chilly nights, a fireplace warms up the screened porch, which opens out to the porch and inside to the game room.
Guests (especially those with children) will love the extensive living areas down here, including their private bedroom and bathroom, the latter opening out to the hot tub area. The bathroom also features a second entrance to the porch, making it useful during hot tub parties, when guests may have wet feet and therefore shouldn’t be tromping through the hallway! A wet bar includes a generous, angled island for sitting and relaxing with snacks and a drink in between watching movies in the family room, fun competition in the game room, or even billiards tournaments on the opposite side. A powder bath adds extra convenience for players. The generous mechanical/storage area opens to the back, making it easy to access yard equipment or outdoor furniture without going into the garage upstairs.
An elevator whisks you up to the main level (an especially handy feature for elderly guests who may wish to avoid stairs), or take the stairs. On this level, elegant entertaining reigns. The formal living room doesn’t feel stuffy at all, thanks to French doors that open to the terrace. A cozy fireplace creates warm ambiance, especially around the holidays.
Outside, the terrace invites everyone to step out and take in the day, or wander out with a glass of wine to enjoy the sunset. This spacious outdoor living area features a staircase down to the lower level (where the hot tub sits) and even wraps around to join with the relaxed gathering room in the kitchen zone. With so many ways to get outside, the layout makes summer parties a breeze.
The everyday hangout will certainly be the kitchen, though. Here, an island offers extra prep room, with the sink in the middle of the counter for easy rinsing of veggies before chopping and throwing into a pan on the stove. A curving wall of windows draws light into the breakfast book, creating a bright and inviting space for coffee with friends or simple repasts. For formal dinners or holiday feasts, the dining room is accessed from the gallery and also opens to the foyer. A powder bath sits in the hall nearby for the convenience of dinner guests.
Another fireplace creates romantic atmosphere in the master suite, which also rests on this level. The extra-large bedroom includes a variety of windows for views from many angles. In the private bathroom, unwind in the tub (which offers a view of the backyard) or in the shower. Two sinks and several closets (one of them a walk-in) keep everything organized. A door to the terrace invites you step out in the morning to greet the day.
Upstairs (also accessible via the elevator), you’ll find three suites and a spacious bonus room with a balcony. Suite 4 is perhaps the most luxurious, with a splendid light-filled sitting area inside a bow window. An in-law or older child will especially enjoy the extra privacy of this suite, which also includes a walk-in closet and a private bathroom. The other two suites on this level also feature private bathrooms, taking away any potential awkwardness over bathroom sharing when grown children and their spouses come to visit for the holidays. Suite 2 features generous dimensions and an alcove with a window, making a bright sitting area for relaxing with a novel. The bonus room would make an excellent teen lounge or perhaps a homeschooling room, with the balcony making it easy to enjoy fresh air while studying or hanging out.
Other highlights of this rustic house plan include the split three-car garage (one of the bays includes extra room in back, making it suitable for auxiliary storage or tools or holiday decorations) and a large laundry room with a sink and counter space.