By Courtney Pittman
With easy access to the great outdoors, lake house floor plans and mountain home plans are perfect fall getaways. These rugged (and sometimes modern) designs are great for vacations or living in the wilderness (if that’s more your thing). Boasting open layouts that bring the outdoors in, lake house floor plans and mountain home plans excel at bringing nature closer to home. Plenty of decks, porches, and verandas make entertaining easy, while large windows allow owners to capture scenic views and autumn breezes.
Lake house floor plans and mountain dwellings are places of comfort and relaxation that invite you in and make you never want to leave (work who?). These retreats usually feature open gathering spaces, walls of windows to take in views, and cozy fireplaces to warm up to at the end of a long day. Let’s take a look at these charming lake house floor plans and mountain home plans.
This spacious yet cozy lake house floor plan (plan928-304) from Visbeen Architects boasts an eye-catching exterior that includes a distinctive side entrance and stone accents, as well as an abundance of windows for both outdoor views and interior rooms bathed in natural light. A spectacular angled front porch allows for plenty of visits from friends or quiet afternoons with a book.
Designed for both ease and elegance, this home (also designed by Visbeen Architects) features a sunroom that takes full advantage of the nearby outdoors, an adjacent private study/retreat, and an open-plan kitchen and dining area (with a handy walk-in pantry filled with convenient storage). Not far away sits the private master suite with its own large bathroom and closet, a laundry area, and a three-car garage. The upper level includes three cozy bedrooms, each with its own private bath. Both the unfinished basement and the bonus area over the garage provide plenty of potential for expansion or storage.
This lake house oasis (plan928-310) caters to homeowners who love entertaining friends and family. A large screened porch (with retractable screens) features ample room for lounging and an outdoor dining space that opens to the kitchen and living areas, making hosting guests a breeze and brings the outside in (and we are here for it).
Large and in charge, the kitchen (pictured above) is loaded with features (just look at all that storage space!). The generously sized kitchen island seats up to twelve and provides plenty of room for entertaining friends and family. Vaulted ceilings in the living room make the space feel bright and airy, while wood beams evoke cozy touches. An elegant floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace warms the room and allows for relaxed evenings in.
Bunk beds (like the ones in plan 928-310 , pictured above) are a smart option for sleeping multiples in vacation homes (such as a lake house floor plan). Combining function and fun, bunks are space savers and provide dreamy sleeping quarters for kids and guests alike.
Designed to maximize sweeping views, this mountain home plan (plan1042-17) spreads out over two stories (with a finished walkout basement to give owners plenty of elbow room). The main floor holds the master suite, which treats owners to a private deck, luxurious bathroom, and walk-in closet. The study nearby would make a handy nursery, home office, or quiet reading space. In the middle of the home, a three-sided fireplace sheds warmth to both the great room and large dining area (perfect for cozy fall nights).
An island adds more prep space in the kitchen, while the well-organized mudroom makes it easy to take dogs on a walk and then rinse their muddy paws in the nearby shower. Three bedrooms rest upstairs, while the finished lower level holds a versatile multi-purpose room with a wet bar. You'll also find a full bathroom, a large laundry room, and even a workshop on this level.
Natural materials and plentiful outdoors spaces on this rugged home (plan942-30) suit it beautifully for a scenic location in the mountains or by the lake. Inside, the open layout makes it easy for family members to gather, whether relaxing by the fireplace in the great room, hanging out in the kitchen, or enjoying a fresh breeze on the impressive back porch.
Drenching the home with sunlight, large windows provide expansive fall views and comfortable outdoor living in plan 47-871 (above). Designed to maximize space, a vaulted ceiling in the living room includes full-height windows that overlook the deck and connect the interior and exterior.
Additional highlights to this plan include: three beds, two baths, fireplace, sliding glass doors to the deck, and private access to the deck from the master suite.
This lake house floor plan (plan47-937) makes sure you get plentiful amounts of natural light (with an expansive wall of glass overlooking the front deck), while the main living areas flow organically into one another for an easy livability.
A triangular snack bar in the kitchen provides space for casual meals (or makes a great spot for kids to do homework). With a split bedroom design, homeowners can escape chaos and retreat to their own private master oasis.
Imagine relaxing on the porch of this lake house floor plan (plan23-2609), holding a cup of coffee and enjoying the crisp autumn air (sigh). On chilly evenings, head inside to the open living areas. The kitchen's large island makes cooking a social activity, while windows over the sink continue the outdoor connection.
The master suite sits on this floor and invites you to relax in the large shower. Upstairs, three more bedrooms and a hall bathroom offer plenty of room for family and friends. Other highlights include: the large walk-in pantry, a walk-in closet in the master suite, and the spacious laundry room.
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