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Two-story houses get you more living space with a smaller footprint compared to a single-story house.  That’s the appeal.  There are far more 2-story houses than single-story.  We have a very carefully selected collection of stunning 2-story house floor plans. Check them out below.

Country Style 6-Bedroom Two-Story Home with Loft and Basement Expansion (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,807 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a country style 6-bedroom two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: This country-style home offers a two-story floor plan with basement expansion perfect for a growing family. It is embellished with board and batten siding, cedar shake accents, …

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6-Bedroom Contemporary Two-Story Euro Style Home with Loft, Balcony, and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,321 Bedrooms: 3-6 Bathrooms: 3.5-5.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom contemporary two-story Euro style home. Here’s the floor plan: This contemporary European home is adorned with stone and smooth stucco siding, metal paneling, sleek gables, and a covered entry porch. The house offers a spacious …

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6-Bedroom Two-Story Mountain Craftsman Home with Jack & Jill Bath and 5-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,146 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom two-story mountain craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This 6-bedroom mountain home is a craftsman beauty showcasing board and batten siding, brick accents, gable peaks, a large shed dormer, and rustic timbers. An oversized 5-car …

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Two-Story Modern Style 4-Bedroom Farmhouse with Balcony and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,121 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story modern style 4-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of stone, brick, and board and batten siding adorns this two-story modern farmhouse. It features a sleek entry and a side-loading garage complete with a …

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Two-Story 5-Bedroom Traditional Home with Balcony and Walkout Basement (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,781 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 5-bedroom traditional home. Here’s the floor plan: A white painted brick exterior, varying gable peaks, shuttered windows, and an attractive front porch lined with round columns embellish this two-story traditional home. Upon entry, a two-story …

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Two-Story Modern Cottage Style 1-Bedroom Carriage Home with Balcony and Three-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,165 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story modern cottage style 1-bedroom carriage home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story carriage home is adorned with a modern cottage exterior showcasing stone and stucco siding, classic gable peaks, and arches framing the garage doors. …

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Craftsman Style 6-Bedroom Two-Story Home with Bonus Room and Balconies (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,232 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 4.5-5.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a craftsman style 6-bedroom two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story home is a craftsman beauty showcasing its horizontal lap siding, cedar shakes, stone accents, and gable rooflines adorned with decorative brackets and arches. Porches and …

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Luxurious Two-Story 4-Bedroom Modern Mountain Home with Courtyard and Wraparound Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,214 Bedrooms: 1-4 Bathrooms: 1.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom modern mountain home. Here’s the floor plan: Slanting rooflines, expansive glazing, and mixed siding enhance the modern appeal of this luxurious mountain home. Side-loading garage and a wonderful wraparound porch add to the home’s …

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Compact 3-Bedroom Two-Story Contemporary Craftsman Home for a Narrow Lot with Front Porch and Double Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,591 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a compact 3-bedroom two-story contemporary craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: Board and batten siding, gable rooflines, and a charming shed dormer sitting above the covered entry porch embellish this compact contemporary craftsman home. A foyer with …

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Contemporary 3-Bedroom Two-Story Craftsman Home for a Narrow Lot with Flex Room and Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,177 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 1 Welcome to photos and footprint for a contemporary 3-bedroom two-story craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This contemporary craftsman home offers a free-flowing floor plan with under 2,200 square feet of living space and 32′ width making it perfect for narrow lots. It …

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Two-Story Modern 4-Bedroom Northwest Home with Jack & Jill Bath and In-Law Suite Above the Double Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,428 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story modern 4-bedroom Northwest home. Here’s the floor plan: A beautiful blend of siding, clean lines, and huge windows bring a modern appeal to this Northwest home. It includes a sleek entry and a rear-loading garage …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Farmhouse Cottage with Loft and Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,846 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story farmhouse cottage. Here’s the floor plan: This farmhouse cottage radiates a traditional charm with its horizontal siding, stone skirting, gable rooflines, and an inviting front porch bordered by white columns. A french door welcomes …

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6-Bedroom Rustic Two-Story Country Home with Loft and In-Law Suite Above the Angled Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,761 Bedrooms: 5-6 Bathrooms: 3-4 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom rustic two-story country home. Here’s the floor plan:   Beautiful wood siding, exposed rafter tails, shed dormers, and stone-based columns framing the angled garage and covered porches bring a rustic charm to this two-story country …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Contemporary Home with Bonus Room, Bar, and Finished Basement (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,594 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom contemporary home. Here’s the floor plan: A combination of horizontal and vertical siding, stone accents, and low-pitch hipped roofs bring an immense curb appeal to this two-story contemporary home. A raised covered front porch …

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5-Bedroom Transitional Two-Story French Country Home with Loft and Basement Options (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,089 Bedrooms: 2-5 Bathrooms: 2.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom transitional two-story French country home. Here’s the floor plan: This transitional French country home oozes with style showcasing its steeply pitched gables, stately stone exterior, dark wood accents, and sleek entry porch. Inside, a formal …

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Barndominium-Style Two-Story 2-Bedroom Carriage Home with Open Living Space and Covered Patios (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,275 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Garage: 3-4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a barndominium-style two-story 2-bedroom carriage home. Here’s the floor plan: This barndominium-style carriage home offers a spacious floor plan with over 1,200 square feet of living space. The main level is occupied by a mudroom, a full …

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Two-Story Transitional 4-Bedroom Home with Bonus Room Above the Courtyard Entry Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,988 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story transitional 4-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom transitional home is embellished with a stately stone exterior, steeply pitched gables, charming dormers, and rustic timbers framing the covered porches and the courtyard-entry garage. As …

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Two-Story Rustic 3-Bedroom Country Craftsman Home for a Wide Lot with Multiple Bonus Rooms (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,173 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1-2 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story rustic 3-bedroom country craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This country craftsman home radiates a rustic charm with its warm wood siding accentuated with stone skirting. Three shed dormers above the inviting front porch add …

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2-Bedroom New American Style Two-Story Carriage Home with Front Porch and RV Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,870 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 2-bedroom New American style two-story carriage home. Here’s the floor plan: This New American carriage home showcases an attractive facade with beautiful stone accents and large gables above the garage doors. A central front porch creates …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom The Mahoney Cottage with Balcony and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,769 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom The Mahoney cottage. Here’s the floor plan: A beautiful blend of stone, siding and wood accents brings an immense curb appeal to this two-story cottage. It includes decorative arches and charming dormers flooding the interior with …

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Traditional 4-Bedroom Two-Story Country Home with Open Living Area and Side-Loading Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,528 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1-2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a traditional 4-bedroom two-story country home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story country home exudes traditional charm with its clapboard and board and batten siding, stone skirting, pitched roofs, and an inviting front porch topped with a …

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6-Bedroom Transitional Style Two-Story Home with Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,914 Bedrooms: 5-6 Bathrooms: 4.5+5.5+ Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom transitional two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: A stately brick exterior combined with stone and stucco siding brings an exquisite curb appeal to this two-story transitional home. A large covered front porch in front along …

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Craftsman Style 4-Bedroom Two-Story Home for a Narrow Lot with Wraparound Porch and Jack & Jill Bath (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,008 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a craftsman style 4-bedroom two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story craftsman home features a charming facade with stately stucco siding, stone accents, large gables, and a welcoming front porch framed with tapered pillars. As you …

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4-Bedroom Rustic Two-Story Barndominium for a Wide Lot with Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,064 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom rustic two-story barndominium. Here’s the floor plan: Board and batten siding, stone accents, gable rooflines, and timber posts framing the covered porches bring a rustic charm to this 4-bedroom barndominium. The interior is modern showcasing …

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Two-Story Traditional Style 3-Bedroom Home with Loft and Optional Basement Apartment (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,815 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story traditional style 3-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: A stately stone and stucco exterior along with multiple gables, bay windows, and a covered entry framed with an archway adorn this two-story traditional home. Upon entry, …

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4-Bedroom New American Style Two-Story Home with Balcony and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

I love this house design because it’s an elevated design for a seemingly “regular” suburban home.  First of all, there’s the two contrasting exterior color scheme.  It’s brilliant.  The two-constrasting color scheme is also contrasted with exterior materials – siding for dark and white-painted brick for the white.    Seriously, this is not a fancy …

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7-Bedroom Two-Story Farmhouse for a Wide Lot with Loft, Wraparound Deck, and Barn-Like Angled Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,648 Bedrooms: 4-7 Bathrooms: 3.5-5.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 7-bedroom two-story farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story farmhouse boasts an exquisite curb appeal with its horizontal siding, stone accents, gable rooflines, and an angled garage adorned with a classic red barn style. The garage …

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Two-Story Modern Style 5-Bedroom Home for a Wide Lot with Balcony and 3-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,484 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story modern style 5-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This 5-bedroom modern house offers a sweeping floor plan with an open layout designed for wide lots. It is embellished with mixed sidings and expansive glazed walls …

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4-Bedroom European Style Two-Story Melrose Home with Balcony and Side-Entry Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,500 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom European style two-story Melrose home. Here’s the floor plan: The Melrose home exudes a European charm with its stately stone and stucco exterior, steeped gables with varying peaks, a charming turret, and decorative arches framing the windows …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Traditional Style Edencrest Manor for a Wide Lot with Bonus Room Above the Angled Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,638 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom traditional style Edencrest manor. Here’s the floor plan: The Edencrest manor exudes a traditional charm with its stone and cedar shake siding, multiple gables, stunning turrets, shuttered windows, and decorative columns bordering the expansive porches. As …

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6-Bedroom Craftsman Style Two-Story Achasta Home with Angled Garage and Jack & Jill Bath (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,130 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom craftsman style two-story Achasta home. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of stone, shake, and timber accents brings an exquisite curb appeal to this two-story craftsman home. It is further enhanced with various roof pitches and tapered …

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Country Style Two-Story 3-Bedroom Autumn Dew Barndominium with Loft and Balcony (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,717 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a country style two-story 3-bedroom Autumn Dew barndominium. Here’s the floor plan: This 3-bedroom barndominium exudes a country charm with its board and batten siding, stone accents, decorative wooden trims, and covered porches that maximize the home’s views and …

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4-Bedroom Modern Two-Story Northwest Home with In-Law Suite and Jack & Jill Bath (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,428 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom modern two-story Northwest home. Here’s the floor plan:   A combination of stone, concrete panels, and wood siding adorns this two-story modern Northwest home. It features a sleek entry porch and a rear entry garage …

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Transitional Two-Story 4-Bedroom Farmhouse with Wraparound Porch and Side-Loading Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,010 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a transitional two-story 4-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This transitional farmhouse features an eye-catching facade graced with board and batten siding, multiple gables, huge windows, and a corner-wrapping front porch. A side-loading 3-car garage accesses the …

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6-Bedroom Two-Story Modern Home for a Wide Lot with Balcony and Multiple Garages (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,166 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 2.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 4-5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom two-story modern home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story modern home offers a sweeping floor plan with over 2,000 square feet of garage space perfect for car enthusiasts. It includes a walkout basement expansion that …

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Architect Designs Stunning Barndominium with Massive Warehouse-Like Garage that Looks Like a Regular House

Check out that barndominium. It looks like a really nice, fairly large house. Thing is, more than half of it is a massive two-story garage/shop/warehouse (with tons of space with these cool mezzanine kits for even more square footage).  If you’re looking for a barndo to call home, this is a terrific option. Check out …

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4-Bedroom Transitional Two-Story Brick Home with Jack and Jill Bath and Open Concept Design (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,048 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom transitional two-story brick home. Here’s the floor plan: A painted brick facade embellishes this 4-bedroom transitional home. Cast stone porch and multiple gables add to the home’s appeal. A covered front porch welcomes you into …

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Modern 6-Bedroom Two-Story Farmhouse with Balcony Loft and Open Living Space (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,418 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a modern 6-bedroom two-story farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Board and batten siding, brick accents, varying gable peaks, and metal roofs give this modern farmhouse a great curb appeal. A covered entry porch creates a warm welcome. …

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3-Bedroom Traditional Two-Story Home with Bonus Room and Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,614 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom traditional two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: This 3-bedroom home features a traditional charm with its classic horizontal lap siding and a wooden entry porch topped with two nested gables. It includes a double garage …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Modern Farmhouse for a Wide Lot with Bonus Room Above the Angled Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,416 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5-5.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Board and batten siding, stone skirting, gable rooflines, and charming dormers embellish this 4-bedroom modern farmhouse. It features an angled 3-car garage with a bonus room above. The …

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You’ll Fall In Love with this Utterly Charming 3-Bedroom Modern Farmhouse Layout and Interior

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,702 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for this charming 3-bedroom two-story Glenville modern farmhouse with a cottage-style veneer. This could be ideal for a vacation cottage or family home. Here’s the floor plan: Now, let’s take a look at the detailed 3D renderings of what this …

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Must-See Grand Old-World Charm Spanish-Style Home with Courtyard (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,463 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 6-bedroom Spanish colonial home with spectacular courtyard and pool. Here’s the floor plan: Pristine white stucco siding, barn shutters, captivating arches, and ornate railings adorn the two-story Spanish colonial home with one of the coolest …

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Craftsman Style 6-Bedroom Two-Story Home with Bar, Balcony, and Elevator (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,926 Bedrooms: 3-6 Bathrooms: 4-5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a craftsman style 6-bedroom two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of siding along with multiple gables of varying heights brings an immense curb appeal to this two-story craftsman home. It features a luxury floor plan …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Walkers Cottage with Wet Bar and Jack & Jill Bath in the Walkout Basement (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,484 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story Walkers Cottage. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom lake home radiates a warm cottage vibe with its board and batten siding, stone skirting, and gable roofs adorned with rustic wood trims. A covered entry …

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Two-Story 5-Bedroom Rustic Barndominium with Open Living Space and Basement Options (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,106 Bedrooms: 3-5 Bathrooms: 3-6 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 5-bedroom rustic barndominium. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story barndominium shows off a classic barn look with its red exterior siding, shuttered windows, wood trims, and a large gable crowning the double garage. Both the …

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Modern Style 4-Bedroom Two-Story Farmhouse with Balcony and Walkout Basement Option (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,231 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2-4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a modern style 4-bedroom two-story farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story modern farmhouse features an impeccable facade graced with board and batten siding, stone accents, and rustic timbers highlighting the shuttered windows and covered entry porch. …

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3-Bedroom Modern Two-Story Cottage with Balcony and Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,181 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom modern two-story cottage. Here’s the floor plan: A blend of shingle and clapboard siding embellishes this 3-bedroom modern cottage. It features a covered entry porch and an expansive sun deck that wraps around the home’s rear. Inside, …

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Modern 4-Bedroom Two-Story Farmhouse with Bonus Room and Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,084 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a modern 4-bedroom two-story farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Vertical and horizontal siding, metal roof and stone accents, large windows, and wooden brackets accentuating the gables and garage bring an impeccable curb appeal to this modern farmhouse. …

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3-Bedroom Two-Story Country Style Chatmoore Cottage with Front Porch and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,237 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom two-story country style Chatmoore cottage. Here’s the floor plan: Board and batten siding, shuttered windows, multiple gables, and a welcoming front porch framed with tapered columns give this 3-bedroom cottage a country appeal. Inside, the foyer opens …

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Two-Story Country Style 3-Bedroom Creekside Cottage with Wraparound Porch and Open Living Area (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,241 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story country style 3-bedroom creekside cottage. Here’s the floor plan: The 3-bedroom Creekside Cottage shows off a country charm with its board and batten siding, stone skirting, gable rooflines, and timber posts bordering the wraparound porch. A breezeway …

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How many total square feet do I need?

There are advantages and disadvantages to larger homes.  The average size house is 2,500 square feet, but what is right for one family may not be best for another.  More bedrooms, bathrooms, a home office, a craft room, and a play room may sound alluring, but it costs more to heat, cool, furnish, and clean more rooms.  It often becomes more of a question of functionality instead of size.  Families who are designing homes can think about their current home.  What works and what does not, what would you change?

How many bedrooms and bathrooms are ideal?

Obviously, everyone living in the home will need a bedroom.  Also ask yourself if you plan to have more children, if so, make sure there are more rooms.  Also think about how often guests visit your home.  It is a good idea to have one or two guest rooms.  Another thing to consider is including a multipurpose room.  Make a room that can be used as a craft room or play room, but has a hideaway bed or futon ready for a guest.

It is a little trickier to decide on the number of bathrooms.  One bathroom per person is not needed, but a good minimum to consider is one bathroom per floor, plus a private bath off the primary bedroom.  Also think about if you would like a private bathroom near a guest room or a powder room located near your lounging or dining area when entertaining guests.

Which floor should the bedrooms be located on?

Think about what is ideal for your situation.  If you have small children and want to be near them, having all bedrooms on the second floor might be best.  If you are getting older, consider putting the primary bedroom on the main level so that you can limit trips upstairs.  A guest room on the main level could also be a great idea, especially if you often entertain elderly guests.

Where should the laundry room be?

The most important considerations for the location of the laundry room is access to electrical, plumbing, and ventilation.  Don’t forget the draining and ducting needed, plus the laundry room will need a sturdy and level floor.  Placing the laundry room next to a kitchen or bathroom makes use of water supply lines and drainage.  The location should also be somewhere that is close to living areas to save time doing laundry, but far enough away that the noise from the machines will not be disturbing.

Which foundation is best?

The three main types of foundations are slab, crawl space, or full basement.  There are pros and cons of all types of foundations and some are better suited for certain lot conditions or climates.  Crawl space foundations are better for dry climates and for use on sloped lots.  Slab foundations are not a good idea in cold regions, however slab foundations are more energy efficient, less expensive and are cheaper to maintain.  It is more difficult to remodel homes built on a slab, as it is difficult to reach the plumbing that becomes embedded in the concrete.  Basements can provide more living space and a shelter for extreme weather, but are susceptible to moisture and water damage.  If basements are mostly unused, they are also wasted square footage.

What special features should I consider?

A few special features to consider include vaulted ceilings, adding a pantry and mudroom, utilizing southern exposure, including outdoor living spaces, utilizing normally wasted space for storage, built in shelving, a designated home office, including his and hers closets, a central vaccuum system, extra outlets, and an expanded garage.

What is the best layout for entertainment?

An open and flowing floorplan is best for entertaining.  Think of a main floor with a great room that flows right into a custom kitchen and dining area.  It is also a great idea to have one of these spaces open up to an outdoor living area so that guests can move freely and mingle in all areas.  Also be sure to include a powder room nearby for guests to utilize when visiting your home.

What is the best place for the water heater and furnace?

When building a new home, it is a huge advantage to be able to choose where these large appliances go.  If your home will include a basement, this is a great place to create a room for the furnace and hot water heater.  If not, the garage is a nice place to include an alcove that can be designated space for these appliances.  A final option to consider is to build a utility room somewhere in the home.  This can be a joint room with laundry facilities or a separate one.  If there is no room to spare, a crawlspace or attic can be used, but are not ideal spaces.

How can this home be modified in the future?

It never hurts to leave flex space for future additions to the home.  One never knows when elderly parents or adult children may need a place to live.  Think about an unfinished basement, space above the garage, or the ability to extend out the back of the home if ever necessary.

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