Filled with unique details and surprising amenities, this striking large house plan from Visbeen Architects can expand over three levels if you finish the basement. Spacious and comfortable bedrooms make this home an especially good choice for families with older children or live-in relatives. Elegant entertaining spaces on the main level are nicely balanced by the fun and relaxed recreation rooms downstairs.
The large house plan's exterior is influenced by historic Shingle style. Interesting roof shapes include the arching entry, echoed by eyebrow dormers far above. Shingle siding covers most of the exterior, complemented by rugged stone along the bottom, on the front, and on the two chimneys. Plentiful windows lighten everything up. An entrance on front is joined by another more-casual way in on the left, making this a natural fit for a corner lot. The three-car garage sits discreetly to the side to preserve the splendid curb appeal of the front.
The versatile layout unfolds over four levels, including the basement that can be finished now or later. This lower level holds a variety of fun spaces. Everyone can enjoy a movie in the home theater, with breaks to make popcorn in the kitchenette. Afterwards, discuss the movie over drinks at the bar, or head over to the billiards room for a rousing game. The great room invites everyone to get cozy around the fireplace. At bedtime, visitors can retreat to the bedroom after showering in the bathroom. This level also holds a variety of practical storage areas: off the hall, a mechanical area links to the garage via a staircase, while the main stairway upstairs holds more storage under.
On the main level, the garage is tucked away around the side to the back (the better to preserve the elegant curb appeal) but connects to the kitchen through a network of practical areas. First, the mudroom, where you can sit down and take off your boots before dropping mail in the home management room (a handy pocket office with a view of the patio). Then hang your coat in the closet, use the powder bath if needed, and head into the spacious kitchen. A built-in booth creates an intimate and charming corner that’s perfect for tea with your best friend, or for fun pancake breakfasts with kids on Saturday mornings. Storage on both sides of the windows lets you display pretty serving pieces or elegant glasses. There’s also room for a round table in the kitchen (flanked by serving stations, making it easy to present cookies or cake for grazing), along with seating at the island.
When it’s time to relax with your coffee, step out back to the patio, which connects to the three car-garage, or go through the great room to the screened porch for more protection in less-than-perfect weather. Generous dimensions mark the great room as a special zone for entertaining, with room for a piano and chairs by the graceful bow window. A see-through fireplace connects from this room to the study, where you can work from home or spend time reading or crafting. This room would also make a great homeschooling space.
On the second level of this large house plan, you’ll find the deluxe master suite and (at a comfortable distance to preserve everyone’s privacy) a spacious guest suite. The master suite stretches out over a number of rooms, including the versatile sitting room that would make an easy-to-access nursery or a quiet reading area. A fireplace makes this a particularly cozy place to curl up with a book in the winter, while double doors provide easy access to the hallway. In the bathroom, a large shower and central tub invite you to unwind and relax, while dual sinks give each partner plenty of space. Two walk-in closets provide plenty of room for clothing, with a dressing room including a sit-down vanity area for relaxed makeup application or trying-on of jewelry before going out for the evening.
Across the hall and past the an extra storage area and a loft (a good place for some comfy easy chairs and a table to create a reading zone), the guest suite includes a study, full bathroom, and walk-in closet. In-laws and special visitors (or live-in relatives like an in-law or older child) will appreciate the privacy and the view from the study. Both bedrooms on this level also enjoy views of the backyard.
A third level holds two additional bedrooms, each with plenty of space and a walk-in closet. The hall bathroom features two sinks so that children can brush their teeth at the same time. Each bedroom looks out to a different side of the home.
Other notable details of the home include windows on all the stair landings, the well-equipped laundry room on the main floor, and extra storage above the garage.
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