They’re Not McMansions, but These Larger Homes Meet the Needs of a Growing Family
For families who have outgrown their starter homes and the limited space, there are a variety of appealing options to “size up” in style, functionality, and luxury. The perfect solution to the desire for the stately but practical, homes with 3,500–4,000 square feet of living space can more than accommodate a family’s lifestyle and particular needs.
Without the feel of an opulent McMansion, 3,500–4,000-square-foot house plans are large enough to feature up to four bedrooms, four baths, and open floor plans highlighted by Great Rooms, modern kitchens, entertaining space, and outdoor living elements. Their exterior facades are eye-catching and interesting, and their interiors are stylish, modern, and innovative.
This charming 2-story European home plan with Coastal influences comes with 3,746 square feet of living space, a red-tiled hip roof, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a 2-car garage bay (House Plan #175-1123).
1. Impressive Foyers with Staircases - Not just for manors and mansions, spacious foyers on the grand scale with showcase staircases are also some of the features in two-story plans with 3,500–4,000 square feet of space. Staircases can have wrought-iron railings with elaborate workmanship or elegant, dark, heavy wood with classic decorative details.
Open the doors of this 2-story, 4-bedroom French style home plan and walk into an elegant foyer with an intricately-designed staircase. The 3,924-square-foot home also includes 4.5 baths, a reading room, and a game room (House Plan #195-1184).
2. Open Floor PlanGreat Rooms and High Ceilingsgo hand in hand – From the entrance, the floor opens into a bright, airy huge room decked with floor to ceiling windows, mid-to-low hanging pendant lights or chandeliers. Without constrictive walls, there is a smooth and easy flow from the living area to the kitchen and dining room.
A 1-story, 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath Craftsman-style home plan with 3,815 square feet of space comes with this open floor design with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and an abundance of light filtering throughout the entire home (House Plan #108-1789).
3. Chef-inspired Kitchen with the latest facilities – There’s always room for a dream kitchen with plenty of counter space and eat-in nooks in a house plan with all this square footage. Expect modern stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, and breakfast corner, kitchen islands that serve as additional dining areas or prep stations – plus built-in cabinets, drawers, and shelves for storage.
With its white and beige color motif, this modern kitchen in a 2-story, 4-bedroom 3,897-square-foot home plan with Craftsman influences has a timeless look (House Plan #161-1067)
4. Stylish Master Suites – A private space as well as a retreat with all the conveniences, a master suite on the main floor continues to be a popular trend. The suite usually comes with a signature master bath equipped with both a tub and an enclosed shower, plus his and her walk-in closets, lots of cabinets, and drawers for storage. Other creature comforts may include a sitting area, small refrigerator, and a coffee/breakfast station.
Here is a master suite that is a perfect hideaway: This room in a 1-story, 3-bedroom Contemporary home plan has a fireplace and a very modern ensuite bathroom with all the trimmings, as you can see in the photos below (House Plan #195-1182).
5. Spa-Like Master Bathrooms – While there are many innovations in bathrooms, the master bath still reigns supreme with all its modern facilities and comforts. Within the master bath – which is bigger, brighter, and trendy – one can have both a soaking tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower. There are double vanities, unusual sinks (vessel, pedestal, wall-mount, console), mirrors, and lots of closet space.
Left: This very roomy and modern bath – with a soaking tub – connects to the master suite of a 1-story, 3-bedroom Contemporary home plan. Right: Check out the bright and airy space with its natural light, huge mirror, and drawers for storage (House Plan #195-1182).
6. Hideaway Spaces (Including Sitting Areas and Reading Rooms) - The beauty of a spacious home plan is that it can accommodate all the specific demands of family members, including the need for “alone time” away from all the social activities. You can fashion cozy, private hideaways for relaxing or basking in the beauty of the outdoors and quiet little corners where you can sit and read a book – or meditate.
Want some quiet time away from the family? Sit, relax, and enjoy a good book to your heart’s content in this private “hiding” spot in a 2-story, 3-bedroom Tuscan style home plan with 3,687 square feet of living space (House Plan #101-1353)
7. Home Office/Study – Among the many options for the extra room is a dedicated home office or study. As a growing number of the U.S. population spends more time working at home, it makes sense to convert one of the bonus rooms into an office – furnished with all the tools to run a business from the home.
Work and meet with clients/customers in this very modern and well-appointed home office in an elegant 2-story, 4-bedroom European style home plan with 3,888 square feet of living space. (House Plan #138-1163)
8. Media Room – If a full-blown home theater is not your style – but you want a space where the family can watch games and movies – a simply furnished media room is the answer. A finished basement is a good location for a media room. It provides privacy and the necessary space to put in a large-screen wall TV and furniture for everyone’s viewing comfort.
A step down from a full-blown home theater is a dedicated media room – as in this spacious area in a 2-story, 4-bedroom luxury home plan with Craftsman touches (House Plan #161-1067).
9. Family Room/Lounge Area – While the kitchen is the hub of all social activities – from family gatherings to other social occasions – the family room is the place where everyone can unwind and lounge around away from the main action. In this space, the immediate family can gather around and just enjoy each other’s company – or relax and stretch.
A combination family room/lounge area is the best place to enjoy time with the immediate family. Check out this space – complete with a bar – in a 2-story, 4-bedroom European style home plan (House Plan #138-1163)
10. Modern Laundry Room – Whether it remains in the basement or moves up to the main floor mud room or even the second floor, the laundry room is no longer a design after-thought. Today, large home plans can afford to include a designated area for a laundry room – with plenty of counter space for folding clothes along with built-in shelves for storing baskets and clothes containers.
Take a look at this well-lit and beautifully furnished laundry room in a 2-story, 4-bedroom Texas style home plan. It comes with a sink, cabinets, and built-in shelves (House Plan #136-1030).
11. Outdoor Living Spaces – From the interior features, we move into the outdoor area where diverse attractive and trendy options await the homeowner. And you can have them all within the 3,500–4,000 square feet of living space. Start with an inviting front porch or a rear patio where you can sit, enjoy the breeze, and watch magnificent sunsets.
Open the French doors of the master suite in a charming 2-story, 4-bedroom Tudor style home plan, and bask in the sunlight on this rear patio (House Plan #195-1135).
You can also extend the indoor entertaining area with a deck or an outdoor kitchen/grilling porch where you can sit with friends and guests for a relaxing meal and conversation.
This outdoor kitchen in a 2-story, 3-bedroom European style home provides additional entertaining space. (Plan #153-1897)
And the ultimate in outdoor features that bring the “resort” feel into your home: a hot tub and swimming pool.
Remember, you can go with bigger 3,500–4,000-square-foot home plans that are elegant, stylish, and trendy – and most importantly fit your family’s lifestyle and growing needs.
Footnote: the top photo inthe lead image is of a 3,615-sq.-ft. Traditional style home plan (House Plan #170-1406). For more informationn, click here. The bottom photograph in the laed image is of a 3527-sq.-ft. European style home plan (House Plan #142-1141). For more information, click here.