By Courtney Pittman
Rustic and rugged, home plans in the Northwest and Washington State typically boast natural and earthy materials, such as stone and wood. With organic shapes, and contemporary (and open) floor plans, these home designs embrace nature and work well for all kinds of homeowners. You’ll notice Craftsman house plans, bungalow floor plans, mountain home plans, and even the ever-so-popular farmhouse style designs in this region. Modern floor plans are also common in this collection as Washington State, like most of the Northwest, tends to embrace sustainable design.
When we interviewed Rick McAlexander, president of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon, about popular architectural designs and styles in the Northwest, he delivered valuable information. See his interview below:
Is the Craftsman style still popular in the Northwest?
Craftsman style home plans are still very popular in the Pacific Northwest. In this region the idea of Craftsman style has been expanded to include some styles that are better described as "Northwest Contemporary" or "Lodge".
Craftsman style plan 124-691
How was the Craftsman style evolved over time?
Craftsman style was originally used to describe a general collection of styles which included Bungalow, Arts and Crafts, American Foursquare, Prairie and others. In general, styles that allowed artisan contractors to demonstrate their craft. Over the years many styles have adopted Craftsman elements and have become a blend of several styles. Very common to blend the lodge and Craftsman elements which some refer to as the Northwest Contemporary.
Craftsman style plan 124-1014
Being in the Northwest (where it is SO beautiful), are window walls an important asset when it comes to home design?
“Lots of windows” is always in the top 5 requests of any clients in the Northwest. We have the opportunity to experience all the seasons, springs blossoms, summer greenery, fall colors and winter wonderlands. And yes, we have our share of overcast days, which all adds up to a strong desire for connection to the outdoors. Big windows and large outdoor entertaining areas continue to be important features.
Craftsman style plan 124-753
Are there any specific architectural styles that are trending in your area at the moment?
I think like the rest of the country, we’re in love with the modern farmhouse. Followed very close by the modern style.
Farmhouse style plan 124-1105
Contemporary style plan 124-1111
What is your personal favorite architectural style?
I like the simple, clean lines of the more traditional prairie style. A great deal of value is gained from the simple roof lines. Big overhangs and low roof pitch help make the home easy to maintain and they can blend into their surroundings better than some more ornate homes.
Prairie style plan124-1065
Hello modern! The clean lines of this contemporary home (plan 1042-19) strike a warm balance between traditional and modern styling. Large windows provide wonderful views and plenty of natural light. A covered porch flows seamlessly into the gracious great room, creating a flow that emphasizes indoor/outdoor living.
Generous nine foot ceilings enhance the already spacious feel of the main level, while an open dining area connects to the kitchen (pictured above) with its over-sized island (perfect for food prep and informal dining). There is also a rec room and adjoining art room (complete with a small sink and outdoor access) for creative family members. Upstairs you will find three additional bedrooms, including the master, and a second level laundry room for convenience.
Plan 1066-43 (above) is full of fun amenities. Two master suites (one on each level, both with luxurious private bathrooms) means you have a versatile place to host in-laws, a grown child, or simply special visitors in this modern house plan. Also cool: a den near the front (a good location for a home office), a big island in the kitchen, and a handy workshop in the garage.
Plenty of windows allow homeowners to take in the breathtaking views that the Northwest has to offer, while cool modern styling stands out. A handy laundry/mudroom just off the two-car garage keeps things tidy and organized.
Overflowing with details, plan 929-937 (above) features all of the niceties that enhance family life. Ceiling treatments crown every living space on the first floor, and bay windows grace the screen porch, dining room, and master bedroom.
Easygoing and spacious, the kitchen offers plenty of prep space with both an island and a counter that serves the great room. The lower level features a private bathroom for each bedroom, making it the perfect retreat for overnight visitors or older children.
Designed to maximize sweeping views, plan 1042-17 (above) spreads out over two stories and features a finished walkout basement to give homeowners plenty of elbow room. The main floor holds the master suite, which treats you to a private deck, luxurious bathroom, and walk-in closet. The study nearby would make a handy home office, snore room, or quiet reading space.
In the middle of the home, a three-sided fireplace sheds warmth to both the great room (above) and large dining area. An island adds more prep space in the kitchen. Near the garage, the well-organized mudroom makes it easy to take dogs on a walk and then rinse 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, the large laundry room, and even a workshop.
A richly glassed vaulted great room with a wood-burning fireplace (and beverage bar) is at the heart of this stunning Craftsman home plan (plan124-988). A spacious kitchen opens to the great room and features a large work island.
Bedrooms reside at the rear of the floor plan, where the posh owners’ suite boasts a sky-lit bathroom with dual lavatories, spa tub, and walk-in shower. An unfinished bonus room upstairs could be turned into a home office or extra bedroom as needed.
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