A Guide to Duplex House Plans

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The duplex house is a type of home that often gets overlooked in favor of single-family dwellings. But duplexes are just as — if not more — efficient than single-family houses, and they can offer a host of other benefits that single-family homes simply cannot.

Those who do consider duplexes typically want to purchase an existing duplex. It’s less common for people to want to build themselves a duplex using prefabricated house plans. The latter option affords you far more variety and creativity in everything from the architectural style to the interior layout, giving you full control so you can ensure you’re getting the home of your dreams.

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A Guide to A-Frame House Plans

A Guide to A-Frame House Plans

A-frame houses are some of the oldest and most iconic architectural styles. They’re found across the world and continue to pop up to this day. 

These long-lasting, sturdy buildings initially started out primarily as vacation homes, but you can now find A-frame characteristics in many different houses. Some stay true to the original format while others use the sturdy A-shape of this design to provide support without sacrificing aesthetics.

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4 Bedroom Craftsman Ranch Style Home Plan With 2708 Square Feet of Living Space

Craftsman Ranch Style Home Plan 41318 | Total Living Area: 2708 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 2.5 | Garage Bays: 3 | Dimensions: 78′ Wide x 67’6 Deep

A Ranch Style home blended with craftsman accents makes the exterior charming and inviting. We love the cedar shingles in the eaves paired with blue siding and stone.

Through the front door is a vaulted entry. The ceiling slopes up towards the great room, giving a grand feel to the entrance.

The dining room is well defined yet open, separated from the great room by a stylish wet bar that will impress any guest.

The great room is spacious with a bay of windows to let in natural light, and a cozy fireplace is nestled in the corner for the chilly winters.

The kitchen is large and functional, with a peninsula providing ample workspace and a corner walk-in pantry for storage. The peninsula separates the kitchen from a nook for a breakfast table or informal dining.

Down the hall from the kitchen and dining room is a functional utility room with a lot of counter space and a utility sink.

Down the hall a little more is the owners’ suite which is privately located from the rest of the house. The owners’ suite has its own access to the covered patio and a luxurious bath. A soaking tub sits in the corner under a window for a relaxing retreat. There is also a sizeable shower, dual vanity, private toilet, and an immense walk-in closet.

The opposite side of the house has two additional bedrooms, and just off the entry is a fourth bedroom which could function as an office as well.

The plan also has a three car garage with extra space for storage.

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing for this handsome Craftsman Ranch Style Home Plan at COOL House Plans.

3 Bedroom Ranch Style House Plan With 1300 Square Feet

Ranch Style House Plan 40675 | Total Living Area: 1324 Square Feet | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2 | Garage Bays: 2 | Dimensions: 70’6 Wide x 27’4 Deep

You’ll love the open design of this comfortable home floor plan.

Great room – Enter immediately into the heart of this Ranch home. This expansive space is open to both the dining and the kitchen, making it the gathering spot for all.

Kitchen – The family cook will surely be pleased with the layout of this kitchen. Open to dining and featuring a stand-alone island with countertop seating enables the cook to interact with others while preparing meals.

Dining Room – Connected to both the kitchen and great room, this room will surely be used to host many dinner parties as well as to serve the everyday family dinners. Sliding doors that lead to a gracious rear deck will encourage outdoor dining as well.

Master Suite – Being apart from the secondary bedrooms in the home gives this lovely room a touch more privacy. The suite includes a private bath to add comfort.

Secondary Bedrooms – Moderately sized, these rooms are just off the great room with their own hall and a centrally located bath.

A basement option is available, and the staircase is added between the master suite and the great room for convenient access.

Designed for the young family, this home floor plan keeps a good balance between private and public spaces. Its simple layout allows for an expansion to occur quite easily.

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing for Ranch Style Home Plan 40675 at COOL House Plan.

5 Bedroom Mountain Style House Plan With 5628 Sq Ft

Mountain Style House Plan 81261 | Total Living Area: 5628 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 5.5 | Dimensions: 164’8 Wide x 115’9 Deep | Garage: 3 Bay

With todays advances in technology and changes in the family dynamic, some homes need to be more than just after work and weekend retreats. This crisp rambler typifies the multifunctional home.

The floor plan serves on many different levels, beginning with ideal office and studio space for work at home professionals. The office, located off the gallery from the foyer, features double door privacy, built ins, and a next door bath.

For further separation and privacy, a studio is located next to a covered porch at the end of a family and game room wing.

Entertaining space flows from the open foyer to the sunken living room and to the formal dining room. Built ins, light and display shelves, and a fireplace are pleasing to behold.

For informal needs, a family and game room space flows off the kitchen and breakfast nook.

The fun of a family gathering can quickly spread outdoors onto a covered porch off the game room, where a fireplace and space for a built in barbecue grill await.

A wing on the opposite side of the home caters to children. Three children’s bedrooms surround an open play space, where toys can be contained and where children can conveniently watch a movie before bedtime.

The master suite is down the hall and includes a massive walk in closet, walk in shower, and spa tub.

Click here to see the plan specifications, pricing and more photos for Mountain Style House Plan 81261.

5 Bedroom Traditional Style House Plan With Outdoor Living Area

Traditional House Plan 83118 | Total Living Area: 2858 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 3 | Dimensions: 60′ Wide x 54’10” Deep | Garage: 2 Car

A fresh rendition of the classic two story, this home defines the style in a whole new way. Bright, clean white cladding, painted brick and dark stained timber accents combine to create a stylish façade.

A gabled covered entry with timber columns provide shelter from the elements and welcome all visitors.

The main floor is open, airy and anchored by the kitchen.

The kitchen has a large island and serves a large dining space and the vaulted family room.

The flex space is perfect for guests or the work from home member of the family.

The mudroom keeps coats, boots and book bags organized and convenient.

The covered porch adds extra living space to enjoy nice weather and the backyard.

The upper level houses all of the sleeping quarters including a luxurious master suite.

The master bedroom is vaulted with beams in the ceiling. The master bath has separate vanities, a large shower and a free standing tub. The master closet is spacious and will provide space for a complete wardrobe.

There are three additional bedrooms and a compartmentalized bathroom.

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4 Bedroom Farmhouse Plan With Covered Porches and Open Layout

This charming Farmhouse Style House Plan 82560 has everything you’re looking for and more. This home plan gives you just 2,294 square feet of living space complete with 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 half baths.

If contrast is what you are looking for, then the outside of this home is sure to wow you and anyone passing by. The exterior has crisp white-board and batten siding and rich black shutters. The home and porch are wrapped in a stone skirt that adds some diversity to an otherwise plain white farmhouse.

Before entering the home, you land on an 8-foot covered porch with a charming railing that wraps around. This picturesque area would be perfect for two rocking chairs and some porch plants.

If the outside has you saying wow, wait until you see the interior. As you enter the home, you find yourself in the foyer. This space features high ceilings that give it a lovely airy feeling. On the left side of the foyer is a well-sized dining room. This space features large windows that overlook the front of the home and give you a view of the beautiful covered porch.

From the dining room, you have easy access to the kitchen leading into the open floor plan.

As you pass through the dining area, there is a walk-in pantry perfect for storing excess groceries or cleaning supplies. Once in the kitchen, you find yourself in an open floor plan that begins in the kitchen and flows over the breakfast room and the great room.

The great room features a vaulted ceiling and warm fireplace. On the rear wall of the breakfast room is easy to access to the rear grilling porch.

The kitchen features a walk-in pantry that is so big that it has its own window. In the kitchen is a prep island, with a high low bar complete with seating for four. If this area is not large enough, there is a breakfast room space that has stunning windows that overlook the rear grilling porch and back yard.

On the right side of the plan, you will find bedrooms 2, 3 and 4. Each bedroom has a window that faces the rear, side, and front of the home, respectively, and has easy access to the bathroom and linen closet. For this bathroom, it comes finished with a jack and Jill sink and tub.

On the opposite side of the plan you will find the master suite. The master bedroom has easy access to the grilling porch, laundry room, and master bath. The master bath gives you a double vanity, a freestanding tub, and a corner glass shower. The walk-in closet has ample storage space and opens up to the laundry room which is convenient if you change and want to drop dirty clothes directly into the washing machine.

If you park your car in the garage after a long day at work, the first thing you want to do when you walk in through the side door is drop your purse and or book bags. In this section, you will see a bench with a hanging option perfect for just that.

Also direct beside the hanging bench area is a bathroom for that emergency “go before you go” moment.

This Farmhouse has everything a growing family wants and needs, all that’s missing is your family. Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing at COOL House Plans.

A Guide to Cottage House Plans

A Guide to Cottage House Plans

When you think of cottages, you might bring to mind images of fairytale homes in the countryside or quintessential small-town English homes. While these common and very popular ideas of cottages are accurate, modern-day cottage designs are versatile and unique, with few aesthetic rules.

Today, cottages are no longer reserved for vacation homes or rural areas. You can enjoy a luxurious cottage by the lake, a small English-style cottage in the countryside or a medium-sized cottage-style house in a metropolis. The common denominator in all cottage houses is the quintessential charm of cottage living.

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A Guide to Garage Apartment Plans

A Guide to Garage Apartment Plans

Whether it’s in an urban city core or a sparsely populated suburb, garage apartment plans offer a whole new range of housing solutions. 

Garage apartments are an efficient way to optimize your land by building upon existing structures. Even if you opt for new construction of a detached garage with an apartment above it, you can do it easily, providing your household with bonus living quarters that can be repurposed as needed.

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A Guide to French Country House Plans

A Guide to French Country House Plans

The French countryside brings to mind romantic images of rolling hills and cozy chalet homes, so it’s no surprise that Americans have been imitating that concept in French country house plans. Though French country homes have evolved over the centuries, especially when they made their way to the Americas, they maintain the rustic charm and eternal elegance that many people associate with rural France.

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