By Delano Ollivier. House Plans. Published at Friday, March 15th, 2019 - 07:46:24 AM.
Today’s family lives, works and plays in a different world than our parents and grandparents and with this difference in lifestyle comes different requirements for our homes. First floor master bedrooms are gaining popularity and are uniquely designed for the pleasure and comfort of the homeowners and most often include a suite of rooms. These master suites typically feature spacious bedrooms; sometimes, a separate sitting area, an oversized walk-in closet or double walk-ins and an exclusive spa inspired en suite bathroom.
Southern house plans are truly an American style of home born of the original homes British immigrants built, once they settled in the Southern half of the United States, during the colonial period and thereafter, when a larger wave of European immigrants began arriving in the United States. This new wave of people crossing the Atlantic Ocean were looking for economic and religious relief but they were greatly influenced by the architecture of the first half of the 19th century. This type of architecture was heavily shaped by Georgian, Neo-classical, and Greek revival style plantation homes and mansions, as well as French Colonial and the Federal style. Many various architectural styles and design components encompass the Southern House Plan designation and they provide features favorable to regional climates in the southern portion of the United States; although, you will find these comfortable and inviting homes across the United States as well.
Popular in the 1950’s, Ranch house plans, were designed and built during the post-war exuberance of cheap land and sprawling suburbs. During the 1970’s, as incomes, family size and an increased interest in leisure activities rose, the single story home fell out of favor; however, as most cycles go, the Ranch house design is on the rise once again. Affordable, efficient and offering functional layouts, today’s modern single story homes feature a host of amenities that are compatible with today’s families and their lifestyles.
As the population ages, more families will become caretakers for elderly parents or relatives. These house plans with in-law suites offer the needed space (often on the first floor, ideal for a person with limited mobility). Of course, in-law suites can be used by buyers in many different situations, from owners who simply want comfortable guest accommodations to those with nannies or live-in caretakers. The suites themselves range from a simple bedroom and bathroom to more elaborate apartments suitable for semi-independent living (older children, perhaps returned from college and looking for a job, will especially appreciate the latter type). Some of these suites are even detached for the home for greater privacy. Either way, a house plan with an in-law suite offers outstanding versatility for the future. Adding onto an existing home? Consider one of our garage plans with apartments.
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