So you’re interested in creating a custom build of the luxury home you’ve been fantasizing about for years from a home floor plan or blueprint, but how can you be sure the house plan you’ve chosen will really be your dream home? Sometimes just looking at a home plan and a photo or rendering alone isn’t enough to help you visualize what the finished product will look like.
Taking a virtual home tour by watching a video – or better yet, a virtual reality (VR) 3D video tour where available – is one of the easiest and most effective ways to visualize whether a home or a house plan is right for you. That’s why virtual home tours (sometimes called 3D home tours) are so important.
They can really help potential homeowners (and home builders) understand what the layout and feel of the final product will really be like.
Here, we’ll go over the most important features of mansion and manor homes and suggest a few great tours to choose from.
This aerial view of a large luxury European (maybe French?) inspired home – which could be described as a mansion or manor home – gives you an idea of what to expect when you take a video tour that includes an overhead view of a potential dream home (Photo by Daniel Barnes on Unsplash).
7 Top Features of Mansion and Manor Homes
Consider this article a great introduction to the various types of mansion and manor virtual home tours that are available at The Plan Collection. If you’re looking for inspiration for an upcoming home build or simply planning your dream home, the links to the houses that follow should give you plenty to think about and great ideas to get started. Just click on the link, then click on the “watch video” link under the house photo when you land on the page (on your smartphone or tablet, touch the link and then on the plan details page touch the video triangle symbol between the question mark and the envelope icon under the photo and directly under "About Plan # xxx-xxxx").
In the meantime, here are the features you should be top of mind in your “ultimate dream home” search:
1. Plenty of Space to Eat
When you take a video house tour, you should always be on the lookout for certain features. One of them is making sure that there are always plenty of places to eat. Typically, those who own larger mansion or manor homes do lots of entertaining.
Because of this, you should be conscious of homes with superior dining spaces, like the house below.
For example, among its other amazing features, this home not only features a cooking island but takes things a step farther and includes plenty of space for a breakfast (or hors doeuvres) area on the far side of the island.
If homeowners or their guests choose to take things outside, this plan also features an elegant covered patio, which is perfect for entertaining outside during the summer months.
But what about when things cool down? No worries! There is also a stylish outdoor fireplace to keep the space accessible all year round.
You can learn more about the exciting features of this 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 2-half-bath home by taking a video tour here (Plan #161-1071).
2. A Master Bathroom to Die For
One of the most important things to look for when you plan to build a larger home is an excellent master bathroom.
As the owner of the home, you will start and end your day in the master bathroom. It’s where you’ll prepare yourself for family dinners, holiday gatherings, and important business meetings.
The master bath of this plan offers a large walk-in closet with plenty of room for two sets of wardrobes, if needed. It also features a large tub for relaxing after a long day, as well as a separate shower if you just need a quick rinse off instead.
The plan’s master bathroom also boasts dual vanities, so there is always enough space for everyone to get ready at their own pace.
The stellar master bathroom in this 5-bedroom, 4-bath, 2-half-bath luxury European Country Manor style home isn’t the only amazing feature about the plan. Feel free to take the virtual home tour to see for yourself (Plan #161-1030).
3. Incorporates Surroundings
One of the great things about building a mansion or manor home is the ability to incorporate the surrounding environment into the home.
As you would be able to see from taking the video house tour of the house below, the home is expertly married to its environment. It’s a perfect fit for more hilly areas of the country, as it incorporates a unique multi-story design to take advantage of a sloped lot.
Yet this home is truly made great by its two-story ceiling and curved wall of windows, so everyone (no matter which floor they are on!) has a great view of the surrounding landscapes.
You can get a great idea of just how well this 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 3-half-bath Contemporary luxury home (and those like it) increase the value of sloped lots by taking a quick house plans virtual tour here (Plan #161-1000).
4. Customizable Features
Another great aspect of 3D home tours is having a chance to see where you might add or subtract features of a home to truly customize it and make it really your own.
For example, when you take a tour of the luxury house below, you can see that the stately European-inspired manor has an elevator to ensure easy access between the home’s two floors as well as a library space fit for a king.
However, sometimes these features aren’t fit for your particular lifestyle, or you would prefer to alter them to make them a bit more “you.”
If you take a home tour (even digitally) before purchasing a home or building a similar one, then you’ll have an idea of what you want to change up at the beginning of the process. This will make things significantly easier for everyone involved.
To see this 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 2-half-bath house in action, you should click here to take a video tour of it (Plan #106-1154).
5. Dream Catching
Building a custom-made home is truly an exciting experience. This is mainly because you finally have the chance to build your dream home and customize it however you would like to. You can really draw inspiration from anywhere.
For example, a popular house plan like the one below relies on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for inspiration on a classic look.
This presidential plan has a very nice open feel with plenty of room for meetings and entertaining (in true political form). It also boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. There is also a stellar spiral staircase in the entry hall, so anyone who enters the home will never forget his or her first impression.
And the best part? It even comes with its very own oval office. That sure makes answering those work emails from home significantly more exciting!
Whether you have a large family or simply love to entertain, another perk of mansion and manor homes is the number of bedrooms that easily fit within these plans.
As you watch various virtual home tours, be sure to keep an eye on for the number of bedrooms, their size, and their relative location to each other.
The home below, for example, has seven bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. The bedrooms are expertly split over three stories. The home also utilizes a split bedroom layout concept, meaning that the master suite is isolated from all of the other resting areas by either communal living spaces or an entire story.
As you can see from the house plans virtual tour, this castle-like French-chateau-inspired manor, which is available here, creates a nice, spacious floor plan that makes the most of the square footage that it has available (Plan #180-1034).
7. Guest Friendly
One of our favorite things about taking a house pans virtual tour is being able to see what entertainment spaces various homes – especially mansion and manor homes – have available.
Does the home have an entry hall large enough to host a cocktail hour? What about a large patio space for outdoor events? Is there space for a proper home theater, not just an intimate media room?
When you take a tour of home like the French-chateau-inspired manor home below, you’ll see that it has all these things and more available.
Whether you plan to host a family wedding, business mixer, or simply Thanksgiving dinner, by taking a virtual tour of the home by clicking here you’ll soon have a better idea of just how many amenities this 5-bedroom, 5-bath, 2-half-bath European-inspired luxury home expertly fits into its square footage (Plan #106-128).
Taking a 3D home tour is one of the best ways available to really get a feel for the home you are interested in purchasing or building. These mansion and manor home plans are a great starting point as you begin the exciting journey toward your luxury dream home!