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Two-Story Traditional 4-Bedroom Farmhouse for a Wide Lot with Bar, Balcony, and 4-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,081 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story traditional 4-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of stone, cedar shake, and siding bring an immense curb appeal to this two-story traditional farmhouse. It features a wide-open floor plan and multiple garages perfect …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom The Sedgewicke Cottage with Bonus Room Above the Double Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,384 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 1.5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom The Sedgewicke cottage. Here’s the floor plan: The Sedgewicke cottage exhibits a traditional appeal with its horizontal siding, grand gables, shuttered windows, and a barrel-vaulted entrance graced with round columns. As you stepped into the foyer, …

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

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,385 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1-2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story modern 4-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Vertical siding and steeply pitched gables give this 4-bedroom modern farmhouse a striking curb appeal. A welcoming front porch ushers you into the foyer which opens into the …

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Two-Story 6-Bedroom Mountain Craftsman Home for a Sloping Lot with Wet Bar and Bonus Room Over the Angled Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,284 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 4.5-5.5 Stories: 1-2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 6-bedroom mountain craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: A perfect blend of stone, brick, and cedar shakes enhances the craftsman appeal of this two-story mountain home. Inside, the foyer ushers you into the great room …

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Two-Story Mediterranean Style 5-Bedroom Luxury Home with Wet Bars and Balconies (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 7,700 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 7 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story Mediterranean style 5-bedroom luxury home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story Mediterranean home is adorned with luxury detailing showcasing its stucco exterior, clay tile roofs, decorative arches, and plenty of large windows bathing the rooms …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom Country Home with Bar, Wraparound Front Porch, and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,099 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom country home. Here’s the floor plan: A stately stone exterior, hipped dormers, and decorative columns bordering the wraparound front porch adorn this two-story country home. Inside, the foyer is nestled between the study and …

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Two-Story European Style 3-Bedroom The Rousseau Home with Balcony Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,549 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story European style 3-bedroom The Rousseau home. Here’s the floor plan: The Rousseau home radiates a European flair with its stone and siding, steeply pitched gables, and a sleek covered entry highlighted by arches and double columns. Inside, …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom Transitional Home for a Narrow Lot with Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,587 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom transitional home. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of board and batten siding, red bricks, metal roofs, and shed dormer bring an immense curb appeal to this two-story transitional home. Upon entry, you are welcomed by …

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4-Bedroom Traditional Two-Story Country Home with Side-Entry Garage and Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2.917 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom traditional two-story country home. Here’s the floor plan: A stately brick exterior, multiple gables, arched windows, and a covered entry lend a traditional influence to this two-story country home. Enter the home through the side-entry …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Colonial Home for a Wide Lot with Bar, Loft, Elevator, and Balconies (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 7,094 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom colonial home. Here’s the floor plan: Clad in a brick exterior, this 4-bedroom colonial home offers a sprawling floor plan with multiple garages and lots of outdoor space for the family to enjoy. A …

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3-Bedroom Two-Story The Appleton Traditional Brick Home with Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,023 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1.5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom two-story The Appleton traditional brick home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story traditional home flaunts a classic charm showcasing its brick siding, gable rooflines, and double columns highlighting the arched entry. Inside, the foyer flows into the …

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Two-Story Country Style 4-Bedroom The Bentonville Farmhouse with Bonus Room and Wraparound Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,658 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 1.5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story country-style 4-bedroom The Bentonville farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story farmhouse is graced with a country flair showcasing its horizontal siding, shuttered and Palladian windows, and a wraparound porch topped with gable dormers. The charm continues …

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Traditional 3-Bedroom Two-Story The Barclay Home with Bonus Room Above the Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,861 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1.5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a traditional 3-bedroom two-story The Barclay home. Here’s the floor plan: The Barclay traditional home is a classic beauty with its stucco siding, tapered columns, and a barrel-vaulted entry mirrored in the dramatic arched windows and gables. The charm …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom The Gasden Traditional Home with Balcony and Skylit Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,202 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1.5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom The Gasden traditional home. Here’s the floor plan: The Gasden traditional home is reminiscent of an old-world charm with its stone and siding, arched and shuttered windows, varying gable peaks, and a barrel-vaulted entry flanked by …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom Mediterranean Home with Courtyard Entry Garage and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,165 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom Mediterranean home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story Mediterranean home boasts a lavish facade embellished with stucco siding, clay tile roofs, bay windows, large dormers, and an arched entry. An oversized courtyard-entry garage creates …

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3-Bedroom Two-Story The Creston Farmhouse with Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,972 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom two-story The Creston farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: The two-story Creston farmhouse exhibits a traditional appeal with its horizontal lap siding, stone accents, prominent gables, a Palladian window, and a welcoming covered porch. Upon entry, you are …

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

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,249 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom transitional style two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: Main level floor plan Horizontal siding, brick skirting, gable rooflines, shed dormers, and tons of windows bathing the interior with an abundant amount of natural light bring …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom Contemporary Home for a Narrow Lot with Open Living Area and Balcony (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,944 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 1 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom contemporary home. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of horizontal lap siding, stone, glass, and wood accents enhance the modern appeal of this two-story contemporary home. As you stepped inside, you are welcomed by …

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Two-Story Traditional 3-Bedroom The Willowbrook Home for a Narrow Lot with Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,689 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story traditional 3-bedroom The Willowbrook home. Here’s the floor plan: The Willowbrook traditional home exhibits a storybook charm with its double gables and a covered porch with a hipped roof and round columns. Enter the home through the …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Farmhouse for a Narrow Lot with a Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,889 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Horizontal lap siding, metal roof accents, exposed rafter tails, and a large shed dormer with a trio of windows bring an immense curb appeal to this two-story farmhouse. A …

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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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