On an upswing for a number of years, in-law suites come in all shapes and sizes - from a garage studio apartment, to a first floor master bedroom, a refinished basement, or a tiny cottage on the grounds of the primary residence. These “homes-within-the-home” are stylish accommodations for in-laws, returning children, or overnight/weekend guests.
The one-story home has slowly emerged as a trendy and attractive choice for a growing number of the American population. With no stairs to navigate in a one-story floor plan, people find several creative design options - including cozy Cape Cods, bungalows, ranches, artsy Craftsman, chic European, Mediterranean, comfortable Southern and country styles.
Why “size up” when so many are opting for a smaller footprint for their homes? With all the smart, efficient and trendy styles at a buyer’s fingertips, it’s easy to see why house plans 2500-300 square feet are attractive. Imagine the possibilities with a Ranch, Craftsman, European, Country, Victorian, Mediterranean, Traditional or Contemporary design.
Has the housing market really turned a corner that Americans are buying/building bigger? Why do home buyers want all that space? More than a desire for larger homes, the American homeowner is “sizing up” to accommodate family members or to build a “forever” residence that’s friendly to future senior living.
Industry trends for a single-family home plan are 2,598 square feet, according to the Survey of Construction (SOC).
Described in 1991 by The New York Times as the “the enticingly titled bonus room,” the distinctly American term for an extra room can serve as a family room, play room, den, home office, guest room, or anything the homeowner desires. Here’s a look at house plans with the very popular bonus room.
The ceiling has not totally collapsed on the Great Room. Perhaps the high ceilings and ornate light fixtures are gone - but its original concept of a free-flowing open space in a home where a family gathers together in comfort and ease remains a significant part of the American lifestyle.
With the days of “bigger is better” over, people are looking for homes with smaller footprints. And fear not… there’s nothing shabby about affordable house designs, ranging from a one-story ranch to a two-story country home. These house plans can be just as stylish, appealing and luxurious as those in a posh neighborhood.
Inside and out, the trend is toward the simple and sleek look – very modern with classic touches and accents. The design of the new American Home is relevant to today’s living and how we will live in the future.
Have you fallen in love with a coastal estate like Copper Beech Farm, a penthouse at New York’s Pierre Hotel, a compound in Beverly Hills, or even a sprawling mega ranch in Wyoming – but doesn’t quite fit in your budget? With a little imagination and creativity, you can work with these house plans to get your dream home started – just in time for Christmas!