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Do you like getting the most out of your lot? If so, build a house with three stories.  Here’s a collection of beautiful houses with three levels above ground.

5-Bedroom Three-Story Beach Style Home with Narrow Footprint and Elevator (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,906 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Stories: 3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom three-story beach style home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-bedroom beach style home offers a narrow footprint designed on wood pilings providing an outdoor living space in front and parking for two cars at the …

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Three-Story 5-Bedroom Contemporary Home with In-Law Suite and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,553 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 4.5-6.5 Stories: 3 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 5-bedroom contemporary home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story home is adorned with a contemporary exterior showcasing pristine white stucco beautifully contrasted by dark wood panels. It is further enhanced with multiple gables, a sleek …

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Contemporary Style 4-Bedroom Three-Story Home for a Sloped Lot with Balcony and Wraparound Porches (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 6,135 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5.5 Stories: 3 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a contemporary style 4-bedroom three-story home. Here’s the floor plan: Stone and stucco exterior, metal roofs, and a multitude of large windows enhance the contemporary appeal of this 4-bedroom home. It features a courtyard entry garage and …

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Three-Story Transitional 4-Bedroom Contemporary Home for a Sloped Lot with Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,319 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 2-3 Stories: 2-3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story transitional 4-bedroom contemporary home. Here’s the floor plan: This transitional contemporary home offers a multi-level floor plan designed for sloping lots. The ground level includes a double garage with direct access to the main level …

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3-Bedroom New American Style Three-Story Home for a Sloped Lot with Loft, Elevator, and a Large Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,684 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4.5+ Stories: 3 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom New American style three-story home. Here’s the floor plan: A combination of cedar shakes, stone, and siding brings an immense curb appeal to this 3-bedroom New American home. It features a rear walkout basement with …

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Three-Story 5-Bedroom New American Home with Balcony Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,882 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Stories: 3 Garage: 2-3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 5-bedroom New American home. Here’s the floor plan: A blend of horizontal and vertical siding, stone accents, and decorative gable trims bring an immense curb appeal to this three-story New American home. A covered entry …

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Three-Story 3-Bedroom Arianna Tower Cabin with Wraparound Porch and Sleeping Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 360 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 3-bedroom Arianna tower cabin. Here’s the floor plan: The Arianna tower cabin offers a three-story floor plan that’s eco-friendly with its solar panels fitted on the gable roof. The house also features a wraparound porch that’s spacious …

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Modern Three-Story 5-Bedroom Farmhouse with Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,999 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4.5+ Stories: 3 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a modern three-story 5-bedroom farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: A combination of horizontal and vertical siding accentuated with dark bricks adds an exquisite appeal to this three-story modern farmhouse. It is further enhanced by two symmetrical gables …

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6-Bedroom Three-Story Northwest Craftsman with Open Living Space and Detached Carriage Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,952 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom three-story Northwest craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story Northwest home delivers a craftsman appeal with its shingle shake siding, brick accents, and a gabled entry lined with tapered columns. The main level is occupied by …

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6-Bedroom Contemporary Three-Story Colonial Home with Courtyard, Wet Bar, and Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,618 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7 Stories: 3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom contemporary three-story colonial home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story colonial home offers a spacious open floor plan that enables comfortable living and convenient gathering. Enter from the garage where you’ll find the mudroom and …

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Three-Story Southern 4-Bedroom Traditional Home for a Sloping Lot with Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,163 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2-3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story Southern 4-bedroom traditional home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom Southern home exhibits a traditional appeal with its clapboard siding, a center dormer, and a deep front porch lined with decorative columns. As you stepped inside, you …

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5-Bedroom Three-Story Exclusive New American Home with a Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,145 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2-3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom three-story New American home. Here’s the floor plan: Buy this plan Buy this plan Steeply pitched gables add a Gothic flair to this three-story New American home. The home showcases a welcoming entry porch and …

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7-Bedroom Three-Story Luxury Mediterranean Home with Elevator, Courtyard, and Bonus Room(Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 10,639 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 9 Stories: 3 Garages: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 7-bedroom three-story luxury Mediterranean home. Here’s the floor plan: The three-story Mediterranean home boasts an exquisite facade adorned with hipped rooflines, decorative arches, charming dormers, and a grand entry flanked by beautiful courtyards. Inside, a circular …

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Three-Story 3-Bedroom The Palm Lily Beach Home with Plenty of Balconies (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,390 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 3-bedroom The Palm Lily beach home. Here’s the floor plan: Multiple gables, arched windows, and dark garage doors flanking the striking bifurcated staircase create a stunning symmetry to this 3-bedroom beach house. The charm continues inside showcasing …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom The Peekskill Cabin Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,953 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom The Peekskill cabin home. Here’s the floor plan: This elegant cabin is loaded with curb appeal featuring an arched entryway, charming dormers, an inviting front porch, and an angled garage making way for a beautiful courtyard. …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom Tamano Contemporary Style Home with Courtyard (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,754 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 3 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom Tamano contemporary style home. Here’s the floor plan: This contemporary home is overflowing with high-end curb appeal showcasing a front courtyard, decorative arches, and multi-level decks complemented with winding staircases. Inside, you have an …

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3-Bedroom Three-Story Alliance Modern Style Home with Study Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,045 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom three-story Alliance modern style home. Here’s the floor plan: A three-story modern style home with a great open floor plan that maximizes the home’s space as it gives you optimum convenience. It is perfect for …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom Beach Home with Elevator and Optional Bunk Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,810 Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2-3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom beach home. Here’s the floor plan: Three-story beach home with a small footprint that’s packed with lots of amenities. Enter the house through the lower level with a garage and a foyer complete with …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom The Amelia Southern Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,793 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom The Amelia southern home. Here’s the floor plan: A three-story southern home with a narrow floor plan features a hillside walkout foundation highlighting the basement entry garage and a handy residential elevator. A deep front porch …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story Altair Contemporary Style Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,668 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom three-story Altair contemporary style home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story contemporary style home boasts a free-flowing floor plan designed for narrow and limited lots. It is installed with lots of glazed walls that help …

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Three-Story 5-Bedroom Colonial Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,556 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 5-bedroom colonial home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story Colonial home exudes a timeless look with its dormer windows, two chimney stacks, and a warm red brick exterior dominating the house. Inside is a great …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom Georgian Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,347 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2-3 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom Georgian home. Here’s the floor plan: A symmetrical Georgian home graced with gray exterior siding, a welcoming front porch, and gable roofs topped with alternating dormers and brick chimneys. It boasts a great flexible …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom The Palm Vista (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,441 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom The Palm Vista. Here’s the floor plan: This elegant beach house has a well thoughtful floor plan that includes amenities perfect for a big family. It shows off a breezy and cozy design with its beautiful …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story Mediterranean Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,568 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom Mediterranean home. Here’s the floor plan: This Mediterranean home flaunts an elegant classic exterior with its clay tile roofing, welcoming verandas, and decorative archways that create a distinctive charm. Relaxing lanais and balconies are available on …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom House with Plenty of Outdoor Living Spaces (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,769 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom beach house. Here’s the floor plan: This charming beach house has an interesting floor plan that focuses on outdoor living. It is packed with impressive outdoor spaces such as the front screened porch, relaxing balcony with …

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5-Bedroom Three-Story Beach House with a Lookout (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,814 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom three-story beach house with a lookout. Here’s the floor plan: Light blue exterior siding, decorative columns, and beautiful white trims depict this raised beach house. White framed windows covered in hurricane shutters add style and provide protection against the …

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Three-Story 3-Bedroom The Ocean Dream House (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,521 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story three-bedroom The Ocean Dream House. Here’s the floor plan: This beach house flaunts a pleasing symmetrical aesthetic along with a wide-open floor plan that enables great convenience and allows natural light to freely flow around the home. …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story Rodeo Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 7,503 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5.1 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom three-story Rodeo home. Here’s the floor plan: This European mansion flourishes an old country charm with its masonry facade and decorative arches framing the windows and home’s entry. Inside, the circular foyer has convenient access to the …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom West Winds Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,680 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom West Winds beach style home. Here’s the floor plan:   This beach-style mansion exhibits a sleek architecture featuring its box exterior accentuated by brick columns and breezy balconies. It has a unique reverse floor plan that …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom Craftsman Style The Chancellor Home with Elevator and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,267 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom craftsman style The Chancellor home. Here’s the floor plan: The 4-bedroom craftsman home boasts a luxury floor plan that provides you with roomy spaces and a handy elevator that makes navigating to the three levels a …

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Three-Story 2-Bedroom Riverhaven Cape Cod Home with Gambrel Roofs (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,045 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 2-bedroom Riverhaven Cape Cod home. Here’s the floor plan: A truly luxurious floor plan that’s loaded with a striking curb appeal showcasing its distinctive gambrel roofs, a ridge turret, and intricate railings encasing the Cape …

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5-Bedroom Three-Story Modern Northwest Home with Balconies and 2-Bed ADU (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,975 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom three-story modern Northwest home. Here’s the floor plan: The three-story modern Northwest home exhibits a captivating facade adorned with stone accents, wood panels, aluminum steel, and large glass windows. Enter the home via the front …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story Exclusive Modern Farmhouse with Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,752 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5+ Stories: 2-3 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom three-story modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Loaded with curb appeal, this modern farmhouse boasts rich details inside and out. Twin gables sitting above the wide front porch create symmetry to the home. Inside, the …

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Three-Story 6-Bedroom New American Home with Kids’ Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,569 Bedrooms: 5-6 Bathrooms: 4-5 Stories: 2-3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 6-bedroom New American home. Here’s the floor plan: Cedar shake siding, white brick trims, and steeply pitched gables adorn the three-story New American home. A covered entry porch lined with double pillars creates a warm …

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6-Bedroom Three-Story Modern Craftsman Home with Kids’ Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,421 Bedrooms: 5-6 Bathrooms: 4.5-5.5 Stories: 2-3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom three-story modern craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This modern craftsman home is clad in contrasting siding making its natural wood accents stand out. It has a well laid out floor plan that includes a …

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6-Bedroom Three-Story Modern Country Home with Kids’ Loft and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,251 Bedrooms: 4-6 Bathrooms: 4.5-5.5 Stories: 2-3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom three-story modern country home. Here’s the floor plan: Three-story country home with a modern appeal showcasing its pristine white siding, brick accents, decorative brackets, and gray trims framing the entry porch. Inside, a spacious foyer …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom The Gatlin Modern Farmhouse with Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,641 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom The Gatlin modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Multiple gables along with a board and batten siding embellish this three-story modern farmhouse. An entry porch bordered by tapered columns creates a warm welcome. As you stepped …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom Contemporary Home with Open Living Space (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,662 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5+ Stories: 2 Garages: 1 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom contemporary home. Here’s the floor plan: The tri-level contemporary home flaunts a stunning facade clad in stucco, stone, and horizontal wood siding. Sleek glass windows enhance its modern appeal. The main level is occupied …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom Modern Farmhouse with a Large Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,645 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Stories: 2-3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Classic board and batten siding, shed dormers, decorative trims and brackets, and an inviting front porch grace the 4-bedroom modern farmhouse. Upon entry, you’ll immediately see the formal …

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5-Bedroom Three-Story Craftsman Home for a Narrow Lot with Office Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,920 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6.5 Stories: 3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom three-story craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: The three-story craftsman home features a well-laid out floor plan ideal for a narrow lot. It is wrapped in a vertical siding accentuated with cedar shakes. As you …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story The Rockledge Craftsman Home with Oversized Bonus Room and a Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,949 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom three-story The Rockledge craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom craftsman home exudes an old-world charm showcasing a combination of stone and siding, shed dormers, and a portico graced with a gentle arch and stately double …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom The Peekskill Craftsman Home with a Wet Bar and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,953 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom The Peekskill craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom craftsman home is a classic beauty featuring its horizontal siding, an angled garage topped with dormers, and an inviting front porch adorned with a stunning center …

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Three-Story 2-Bedroom Contemporary Carriage Home with Artist’s Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,727 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 2-3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 2-bedroom contemporary carriage home. Here’s the floor plan: This 2-bedroom carriage home showcases a contemporary exterior with its sloped roofline and a clean box architecture. The ground floor consists of a bedroom, a full bath, …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story Southern Coastal Home with a Loft, Wet Bar, and Elevator (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,439 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5+ Stories: 3 Cars: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom three-story southern coastal home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story Southern home is clad in stucco siding and is perfect on coastal lots since it is built on a CMU block foundation. The home is …

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4-Bedroom Three-Story Beach-Style The Summercrest Home for a Narrow Lot with Balconies (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,228 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom three-story beach-style The Summercrest home. Here’s the floor plan: This beach-style home offers a free-flowing floor plan designed for narrow lots. It features plenty of covered porches to maximize the views as it extends the living space. …

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5-Bedroom Three-Story The Hedlund Craftsman Home for a Narrow Lot with Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,347 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom three-story The Hedlund craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of stone, cedar shake, and siding along with sloping gables and arched elements give this two-story craftsman home a whimsical character. It features a well laid …

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3-Bedroom Three-Story Luxury Contemporary Mediterranean Home with Elevator and Balconies (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,556 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 5 Stories: 3 Garages: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom three-story contemporary Mediterranean home. Here’s the floor plan: Stucco siding, metal roofs, and large windows lend a contemporary influence to this three-story Mediterranean home. The first level of the home consists of a massive storage …

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Three-Story 4-Bedroom Luxury Chateau Home with Balcony and Bonus Level (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,952 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 Stories: 3 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 4-bedroom chateau home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story chateau-style home boasts an impeccable facade graced with steeply hipped rooflines, classic stucco siding, large windows, and a grand entry. The elegance continues inside showcasing an …

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Three-Story 5-Bedroom Neoclassical Home with Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,135 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6 Stories: 3 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 5-bedroom Neoclassical home. Here’s the floor plan: Buy this plan Buy this plan This Neoclassical home shows off a castle-like exterior with its classic brick siding, clay tile roofs, decorative arches, and a charming turret …

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Three-Story Contemporary 4-Bedroom Home for a Narrow Lot with Bars and a Balcony (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,041 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 Stories: 3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story contemporary 4-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: Buy this plan Buy this plan This contemporary home features a symmetrical facade showcasing twin gables, an arched dormer, and a glazed entry door adorned with intricate iron …

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FAQ for 3-Story Floor Plan Houses

What Are Some Advantages of Building a Three-Story Home?

Three-story homes have some distinct advantages compared to their shorter counterparts. For one thing, you can get more square footage on a smaller footprint, squeezing more house onto a smaller lot. That can be huge when building in areas where land is at a premium and lots are small. If you’re building in a downtown area or on a historic lot designed for a small home, multi-level may be your only option to get the square footage your family needs, especially if you’d like a yard for pets or kids. One popular feature of multi-level homes, especially in cosmopolitan areas, is a roof-top balcony if your home is tall enough to stand above the homes around it. Tall houses can lead to great views and impressive cityscapes, perfect for relaxing with loved ones or celebrating with friends. Balconies or rooftop outdoor spaces are especially important if your lot is too small to allow for a yard.

What Design Features Can I Expect in a Three-Story Home?

With the right design three-story homes can boast impressive design features. Multi-level foyers or living rooms with sparkling chandeliers high above heads can impress your guests. Vertical spaces also make the home feel larger and less cramped, even if the spaces aren’t quite as open other homes. Tall walls also lend themselves to picturesque windows, impressive fireplaces, large pieces of art, or other feature pieces.

On the outside, three-story homes can make a towering impression. You’ll have more design options to consider than in shorter homes, like showpiece stonework, tall windows, or vertical landscaping. Modern designs are especially popular for three-story home, but you can choose any style and tailor the design to the look that works for you.

Do Three-Story Homes Present Maintenance Challenges?

Maintenance can be difficult in three-story homes, both inside and outside. Painting a three-story exterior is no picnic, nor is changing lightbulbs in multi-level living spaces. You won’t have a lot of fun cleaning your gutters or hanging Christmas lights either. But when you do get those Christmas lights hung they’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. Cleaning on the inside will involve lugging your cleaning supplies up and down multiple levels.

Are Three-Story Homes Easy to Renovate?

When it comes to changing floor plans, three-story homes may not have as many options as other types of homes since each floor has a more limited amount of space. It may also be more expensive to renovate a three-story home since spaces are tighter and more duct work, plumbing, and electric lines are needed to support all three stories.

Even moving furniture can be tricky in a three-story home since there are often stairs involved. A laundry room on the top floor with your bedroom sounds fantastic until you have to move a washer and dryer up to flights of stairs.

How Can a Three-Story Home Improve Sleep?

One unique aspect of a three-story home is dedicated spaces that are truly separate from the rest of the home. Research tells us that those defined spaces may actually be better for our mental health as well as our sleep habits. When your bedroom is designated only for sleep– a retreat separate from the rest of the home where your day to day worries are addressed– you tend to get better sleep since your mind knows that entering your bedroom means that it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. Three-story homes that have a floor dedicated as a primary bedroom retreat, or dedicated to all the bedrooms in the home, can help protect the sanctity of rest and promote better sleep habits.

Who Should Stay Away from a Three-Story House? 

One of the most obvious qualities of a three-story home are the multiple flights of stairs. Three-story living typically means that bedrooms, living spaces, and kitchen and dining spaces are all on different floors, making it hard to avoid those stairs for long. If stairs bother you for mobility or aesthetic reasons, stay away from these multi-level homes. Even if you don’t face mobility difficulties now, consider whether you intend to live in the house into your later years when stairs may look less and less appealing. Frequent guests with mobility issues may not appreciate the stairs either.

Families with small children seem on the fence when it comes to three-story homes. The layout can be great in some respects, keeping kiddos in a more confined area and away from rooms they shouldn’t visit (at least for a while). But the multiple levels also mean you’ll be running up and down stairs a lot and may end up sleeping on a different level than small children–something some parents may not find ideal. Without the clear sightlines of more wide open floorplans you may have more limited supervision of small children, depending on the layout of the home. Bottom line: if you have little kids go into a three-story home with a critical eye to determine if they layout will truly work for your family, both now and in years to come.