3 BR 2 BA Brick Ranch House Plan With 3 Car Garage and Bonus Room

Brick Ranch House Plan 93486 | Total Living Area: 1898 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 3 | Dimensions: 55’8 Wide x 66′ Deep | Garage Bays: 3

This striking and distinctive brick ranch with stone accents includes all the frills. From the inviting front porch to the screen porch and deck, this home provides dramatic spaces, luxurious appointments, and spacious living areas.

The bonus room and basement provide plenty of space for expansion, so this home is one that won’t soon be outgrown.

Listening to our customer’s requests, we’ve enlarged the garage to accommodate 3 cars.

Just beyond the porch is an entry with 11′ high ceilings.

To the left is the formal dining room which is open to the entry and family room.

The 18’x20’ family room has a dramatic 11′ high ceiling.

Stairs to the bonus room are directly off the family room.

The spacious kitchen, with serving bar, is open to the family room which features a cozy corner fireplace.

Tucked quietly in the back of the floorplan, the private master suite is loaded with amenities such as a double step tray ceiling, a sitting room, deluxe bath, and an oversized walk-in closet.

On the other side of the home, the spacious secondary bedrooms each feature walk-in closets and private baths.

Unless otherwise noted, the main level ceilings are 9′ high. The bonus room has 5’ high “knee” walls with ceiling sloping to 8’ high.

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing at COOL House Plans.

3 Bed 2.5 Bath Ranch House Plan With 1400 Square Feet

Ranch House Plan 40648 | Total Living Area: 1400 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5 | Garage Bays: 2 | Dimensions: 59’10 Wide x 26’7 Deep

You’ll love the open and airy feel of this Ranch Style Home Plan with its variety of windows which make the rooms sunny and bright.

Covered Porch – With stately columns and generous width, this covered porch area is certain to be a spot for gathering on warm evenings.

Foyer – Step from the covered porch into this open space that immediately welcomes you into the home.

Great Room – This immense room with its open floor plan and variety of windows will be airy and bright. It is open to the kitchen and features French doors to an expansive deck making the transition between the indoor and out seamless.

Rear Deck – The generous sized deck at the rear of the home will be the spot for many family dinners, and it offers you a wonderful spot for entertaining.

Kitchen – This kitchen is a cook’s dream. This spacious and well-designed kitchen features a 48” wide range, a plethora of cabinets and ample counter space making time spent in the kitchen a joy, not a chore. The large double window over the sink looks out on the rear yard and allows for lots of natural light, while the countertop seating area encourages interaction between the chef and family members.

Covered Breezeway/Rear Entry Hall – Connecting the garage to the home is an open, yet covered breezeway area. From this area you step into a large tiled rear entry that houses the utility room, powder room, and spacious coat closet.

Master Suite – Gracious in nature, this lovely suite houses a private bath that will provide you with added comfort.

Secondary Bedrooms –Two moderately sized bedrooms and a full bath help to complete the private areas of the home.

This spacious home is affordable to build due to its simple, yet elegant design. While this home has many lovely features, it can be easily expanded to meet the demands of a growing family.

Click here to see the specifications and pricing for Ranch House Plan 40648 at COOL House Plans.

New Farmhouse Home Plan With Bonus Room and 2-3 Car Garage

New Farmhouse Plan 82541

  • Total Living Area: 2269 SQ FT
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Garage: 2-3 Bay
  • Dimensions: 75’6 Wide x 63’10 Deep

This charming farmhouse style house plan is sure to win your heart. This home plan gives you just over 2,200 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 half bath. Unlike a traditional farmhouse house plan, this plan gives you a 2-car garage for your mechanical horses, and there is the option to expand to a 3-car garage size.

The outside of this home gives you lovely board and batten siding with stone accents and has a unique roof line that really ramps up the curb appeal.

On the inside of the plan, you will find a large great room that features a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. Throw open the French doors and walk outside to the covered grilling porch. Steaks and hamburgers made at home are better than any restaurant!

The kitchen is designed for the chef who appreciates having plenty of elbow room. The pantry measures 8′ x 6′, so go ahead and wield your coupons at the store and buy in bulk because you will not lack for storage.

The kids will enjoy having a snack at the island breakfast bar after school. When it comes to the family meal, you will gather in the breakfast room or opt for something more formal in the dining room.

The master suite has plenty of space and is located on the rear of the house for privacy and includes everything on your wish list: double vanity, free-standing tub, separate shower, and private water closet.

Mom and Dad will also appreciate the door connecting their walk-in closet to the laundry room. Now you don’t have to lug a laundry basket through the house. Chores just became that much easier!

When it comes to the kids though, they will be coming from across the house with their laundry baskets. Teach them to do laundry when they are young, I always say! The kids will share a Jack and Jill bathroom.

When you are ready to expand the living space, finish the bonus room over the garage, and make it into a bedroom or game room. The bonus room will certainly add more value to a house that is already a seller’s dream when it comes to real estate!

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing for New Farmhouse Plan 82541 at COOLhouseplans.com.

3 Bedroom Ranch Style House Plan With 1832 SQ FT and Carport

Ranch Style Home Plan 60106 | Total Living Area: 1832 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2 | Carport: 2 Car | Dimensions: 58′ Wide x 64′ Deep

This Ranch Home Plan welcomes you with a charming front porch. A dark metal roof, red brick skirting, and clean white vertical siding give this home farmhouse appeal. A pair of antique-style porch lights beckon you to the French doors which open into your new home.

In entering the front door, you immediately feel the openness of the vaulted great room, spacious kitchen, and dining area.

The fireplace in the great room adds to that open, inviting feeling. Just imagine a plush couch and a leather armchair arranged in a semi-circle and facing the fireplace. Your family will always remember the time you spend here together, and your friends will not want to leave at the night’s end.

The kitchen features an island with an eating bar. Here, the kids will sit in a row and compliment your cooking after a hearty breakfast of toast, bacon and eggs.

The kitchen is a blank canvas waiting for your choice of appliances, cabinets, counter tops, back splash and paint color!

Also, included off of the dining area is a large walk in pantry and spacious laundry room. The L-shaped counter offers a place to fold laundry, and cabinets can be added for storage.

A small closet in the hallway is a convenient place for brooms and cleaning supplies to keep them close-at-hand yet out-of-sight.

The split floor plan allows a nice escape to the master suite with generous master bath and walk-in closet. A double vanity gives the couple plenty of elbow room while preparing for the day.

Two other bedrooms on the left side of the house have closets and share a spacious bathroom. The bedrooms are almost exactly the same size, eliminating any fights the children may have about who gets the best room.

The back covered porch opens onto a large 2 car carport with storage room.

Best of all, you can enjoy the large basement as an extended family living area for a kids play room, home office, media room, or anything you’d like!

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing for Ranch House Plan 60106 at COOLHousePlans.com.

3 Bed 2.5 Bath Southern Style House Plan With Wraparound Porch

Southern Style House Plan 40678 | Total Living Area: 1704 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5 | Dimensions: 62′ Wide x 32’5 Deep

With such features as a wraparound front porch and small gabled dormers, this home design evokes the charm of an old fashioned farm house.

Covered Porch – An expansive wraparound porch adds to the charm of this home while providing a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. It also features French door access to two of the bedrooms.

Foyer – This large entry is open to the living room and features columns at the entrance to the dining room.

Kitchen – The step-saving design of this kitchen will make cooking a joy for everyone in the family. It features a snack bar which will host many an informal meal.

Dining Room –Adjoining the kitchen, this room has columns that flank the opening from the foyer, forming an elegant entrance. The sliding glass door that opens onto the rear deck will invite the family to dine alfresco.

Living Room – Features a bayed area with large windows that will wash this room in natural light. The open design and generous size will make this room a gathering place for the entire family.

Master Suite – With a large walk in closet and a private bath, this stylish suite offers you a bit of respite from the everyday. Luxuriate in the corner whirlpool tub and step out feeling relaxed and renewed. A French door to the front porch invites you step outside to enjoy some fresh air.

Secondary Bedrooms – Two additional bedrooms share a full bath. The front bedroom has a bayed area that mirrors the living room’s design and the rear features a French door to the wraparound porch. These are unique touches that will be sure to please all.

This distinctive Southern Style Home Plan offers plenty of space and charm and is designed for gracious living. Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing at COOL House Plans.

3 Bedroom Traditional House Plan With 2315 Square Feet

Traditional House Plan 72238 | Total Living Area: 2315 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 3 | Garage Bays: 3 | Dimensions: 77′ Wide x 96′ Deep

Neighbors and passersby will compliment you on your lovely Traditional House Plan with its Craftsman details. Multicolored brick and cedar shingle siding dresses up the exterior. An eyebrow window is front and center to add a little bit of storybook appeal, and its shape echoes the arched window on the garage side. This ranch home design features a nostalgic front porch, which promotes relaxation and conversation.

Look around the rear elevation where the angled arrangement of the home appears to embrace the outside attractions. Recline on a chair by the outdoor fireplace or take a dip in your new pool if it’s on your wish list.

Walk inside to note the formal dining room on the left where you will host elegant dinners with ease. A pass-through door to the kitchen is where you will look up to see Dad carry in the turkey on a silver platter come Thanksgiving Day.

Your kitchen is separated from the rest of the living space to preserve a traditional arrangement that sets it apart from most modern homes today. Your family will gather around the island for breakfast because there is seating enough for six!

While not open to the living room, the kitchen is open to the family room. Snuggle on the couch close to the fireplace and enjoy playing board games, or pop some popcorn to watch a movie together during a restful evening.

When you are ready to entertain, the fireplace adds ambiance to the living room, and sliding glass doors open to the breezy veranda of this lakefront house plan.

The quiet master suite is well-appointed and dreamy making it an ideal retirement house plan. Soak your cares away by relaxing in the large garden tub. The sitting room is a bright and sunny area where you can enjoy a book while keeping an eye on the kids who are playing in the back yard.

Two secondary bedrooms are unusual in that they are not side-by-side. This is an unrivaled feature which makes it the ideal multi-generational home design. Each bedroom has a walk-in-closet, and bedroom 2 has a private bathroom which makes it a great option for guests.

Down the hall is a large laundry room, and the staircase leads up to the bonus room and down to the basement if you choose that option.

The bonus room can be finished with a kitchenette, closet and bathroom. This will be perfect for your teenager, live-in grandparent, or even a tenant. Imagine the income and re-sale potential that such a space will add to your home. Leave the space unfinished to save money on the original construction, and then finish the space when time and budget allows in the future.

The basement is a blank canvas of potential. Aside from storage, you may want to finish the space with a billiards room, theater, gym or anything else that has always been on your house-hunting wish list!

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing for Traditional House Plan 72238 at COOL House Plans.

3 Ways a Deck Can Make Staying Home More Enjoyable

(BPT) – With so many people across the country staying put in their homes right now, a fun and functional outdoor space is more important than ever. Amusement parks and concerts are closed or canceled and spring is around the corner, beckoning families outdoors. Millions of people are working remotely and looking for a more natural option for their home offices. A well-thought-out deck could be the answer to making a staycation, whether forced or planned, more enjoyable.

Here are three ways a deck can improve the at-home experience.

Fewer screens, more fun

When kids are out of school, screen time usually goes up. Whether it’s TV, computers, video games, phones or tablets, screen time is usually a sedentary activity.

A deck can provide an alternative outdoor play space where kids can be active and stretch their imaginations, enjoy the outdoors and do things like bring their favorite toys like building blocks, action figures or doll houses outdoors.

Worried about splinters hurting those little toes and fingers? Composite decking is a beautiful option that makes sanding, staining, sealing and splinters a thing of the past. While composite decking has historically had a higher price tag than traditional wood, boards like Envision Ridge Premium deliver the exotic hardwood beauty and low maintenance of composites at a budget-friendly price.

Home office with a side of vitamin D

Millions of Americans have moved to work-from-home situations recently and are looking for a way to get out of their stuffy home offices in favor of a workspace with natural lighting and a great breeze. Soaking up a safe amount of sun every day can reap big benefits for your health, according to physicians and the World Health Organization (WHO), including elevating mood, improving sleep, promoting bone growth and strengthening the immune system.

With the right patio furniture, a deck can make a great option for an outdoor workspace to soak up the benefits of the sun’s rays. Choose a table of the appropriate height and a comfortable chair for extended work sessions, or a cushioned chaise lounge for shorter periods. Adding a screen or pergola to a deck can provide some protection from the wind (fewer important work papers blowing around).

Family time all year long

If there’s an upside to the increase in people staying home, it’s the ability to connect with the other people living in your home. Life can get so busy with work, friends and other commitments that it’s difficult to find time to connect or have a family game night. A deck is a great place to gather the members of your household for a laid-back evening of stargazing or a rowdy game night.

And those family connections don’t have to end due to summer’s heat or fall’s chill. By adding an outdoor heater, firepit or fans, you can extend your deck’s use as a family space to the majority of the year.

As you can see, a deck is a great way to expand the living space of your home and to provide an alternative space for all members of the family to enjoy.

Unlock the Smart Home You Never Knew You Had

(BPT) – With everyone hunkering down, many of us are thinking about how to maximize what’s already in our homes. What many don’t know is that the benefits and efficiencies of a smart home might already be at their fingertips. With a little research and time spent with your appliances and technology, you can start enjoying the convenience of the smart home features you never knew you had – with added benefits like tips and alerts that will help you take care of your appliances to avoid service issues.

Reacquaint yourself with your tech

Start online by doing a search of the make and model of your TVs, speakers and appliances to determine if your items have smart capabilities. If they do, you can easily locate online instructions for setup and user-friendly tutorials on how to use them to their full advantage. Have you recently purchased a premium new TV or appliance? If you have, there’s a good chance that it’s smart-enabled.

Start exploring your smart app

After selecting a smart-enabled appliance or TV that you’d like to focus on, download the accompanying smart app to your smartphone or tablet. Many brands have one central app for their appliances and electronics to make this even easier. For example, LG’s is called ThinQ. A central app is the easiest way to keep yourself organized.

Get notifications directly to your phone

Apps like ThinQ allow you to track the status of appliances like your Wi-Fi-enabled washing machine. Download unique wash cycles on the ThinQ app like the Waterproof cycle, which washes waterproof material like mattress covers and rain jackets. Through the app you can receive notifications to your phone when cycles are completed, and start and stop your machine. If you have a ThinQ-enabled LG TV, you can even receive these notifications directly on the screen – making sure you don’t miss any binge-worthy television.

Avoid service calls

You may be surprised just how advanced some of these features get; LG now offers customer support technology that alerts smart appliance owners to potential problems before they occur, which is more important than ever these days. For example, if you used too much detergent in an LG washing machine, “Proactive Customer Care” will send you an alert followed by specific care instructions to fix the problem. It can even tell you if your dryer vent needs cleaning or your fridge is not cooling properly, providing guidance for how to take the right action to avoid a problem.

Hands-free is carefree

Most smart appliances and devices can be connected to the Google Assistant and/or Amazon Alexa. Some smart TVs like those from LG have both built in. This feature lets you use voice commands to control your enabled appliances or devices so you don’t have to lift a finger!

If you recently bought a new appliance or TV, your home may be smarter than you thought. Interested in learning more about what smart appliances and smart TVs have to offer? Visit LG.com and take a look around.

6 Tips For Advancing Your At-Home Cooking

(BPT) – With everyone spending more time at home, the kitchen is becoming a major hub for daily activities. Whether it is dusting off an old cookbook, perfecting a family recipe, mastering the latest recipe to take over social media, or baking cookies with the kids, people are creating new memories in the kitchen.

That’s why we asked the cooking and baking experts in LG’s home appliance consumer insights lab in Chicago to compile a list of the best tips, tricks and hacks to help get the most out of your time in the kitchen right now.

Create recipes that need less cleanup time

With more cooking comes more cleaning. Try to ease the cleanup burden by creating one-pot meals. Casseroles are great dishes that require less cleanup. Pro-tip: Most casserole dishes should be covered for most of their cooking time, but you can remove the cover and continue to cook the casserole for 5 to 10 minutes until the top is browned.

If things do get messy

First, see if you can do a simple cleanup. Functions like “Easy Clean,” for instance, allow you to simply spray water inside your LG oven and then in 10 minutes wipe away any leftover grime without chemicals or high heat. And since you may have more time at home right now, it might be a good time to use the full “self-clean” cycle on your oven. Be sure to ventilate the area and take your next activity outside if you can! Before you start, make sure to remove all racks in the oven and don’t forget to check the lower oven drawer for anything you may have stored down there like sheet pans.

Get to know your oven’s settings

For example, convection mode is best for baking. Some ovens have specific settings to make baking better. The “ProBake” convection range from LG circulates the air inside the oven for even heat distribution on every rack. When baking, make sure to allow enough space around each pan and rack to let heat circulate properly.

A dish’s placement in your oven is important

Most smaller items benefit from being placed in the middle of the oven while larger items should be placed on the lower third. Tent your larger dishes with foil to avoid browning of the food before it is properly cooked.

Avoid cramming contents into a pan

It may be tempting to avoid using two different pans, but overcrowding your pan prevents even cooking. If you make this mistake, you might steam your food instead of browning it.

Try a recipe you haven’t been able to before

With more time on your hands to prepare food, you can try recipes that take longer like baking bread. While it can be a laborious process, the results are always worth the trouble. Create a moist environment for yeast doughs to thrive in when using the Proof function on the oven; this is achieved by placing a bowl of water in the oven with the dough while proofing.

Now more than ever, families across the country are spending more time in their kitchens – from trying new cooking techniques and recipes to maximizing baking and cleaning. For more information about ovens and ranges, check out lg.com/us/ranges-ovens.

5 Steps to Painting Like a Pro at Home

(BPT) – Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish, especially as they find themselves spending more time at home. With 71% of homeowners undertaking improvement or renovation projects that include paint, according to an iProperty Management Study, here are surefire tips to ensure you are painting like a pro.

Clean your canvas

Paint adheres better to a smooth, clean surface. While living room walls may only need a dry dusting, kitchens and bathrooms, where dirt, grease, oil or mildew can build up, need extra attention. Wash surfaces with soap and water, rinse well and allow to dry completely. For bathrooms, remove mold and mildew by applying a solution of one part bleach to three parts water and allow the solution to sit for 20 minutes. Then scrub mold and mildew with a soft-bristle brush, rinse the surface and allow it to dry. Be sure to wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when working with this bleach and water solution. For surfaces that are particularly grimy, spray with Rust-Oleum® Original Krud Kutter Cleaner & Degreaser, wipe off with a clean cloth and allow to dry.

Ensure a smooth surface

Now that the surface is dry, smooth down any uneven or rough surfaces with a bit of fine-grit sandpaper. Another pro tip is to shine a bright light at a low angle across the surface to spot any problem areas. After you have sanded or scraped the area, wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue and allow to dry.

Don’t forget the details

Anyone can paint over a wide, smooth surface, but it’s the attention to detail around windows and doors that truly gives a job that professional look. Start by removing any loose or cracked caulking from windows, doors and trim, and apply a fresh bead of sealant for a smooth, sealed surface. DAP ALEX FLEX™ Premium Molding & Trim Sealant is paintable in just 30 minutes, saving time and resulting in a seamless, more professional finish. Next, use painter’s tape to protect windowsills, molding, baseboards, door hinges and the ceiling perimeter, taking your time to ensure that all areas are properly covered.

Fill in imperfections

Now it’s time to tackle the main surface. Cracks, holes and dents will mar the finished project, so apply spackling to fill in these areas. Open a container of pre-mixed spackling compound and apply a small amount over the damage with a flexible putty knife. Spread the compound over the hole or crack in a smooth, downward motion. Overfill slightly and sand smooth using fine-grit sandpaper. Need to tackle a larger drywall repair? Reach for DAP® FAST DRY Premium Spackling. This professional-grade spackling compound is uniquely formulated to provide strength and durability while drying fast. Depending on the size of the repair, it can be painted in as little as 15 minutes.

Paint with precision

Make the job go easier and faster by having a variety of brushes and rollers on hand. Rollers are great for covering large, wide surfaces, but for a professional look around edges and corners, you’ll need smaller brushes for the right amount of detailed work. Allow the first coat of paint to completely dry, and then apply a second coat to ensure smooth, even coverage. Once the second coat is dry, carefully pull up any painter’s tape and voila! Your space is transformed!

For more information on DAP products for your next DIY project, visit DAP.com.