By Denisha Cousin. House Plans. Published at Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 - 06:29:55 AM.
A walkout basement offers many advantages: it maximizes a sloping lot, adds square footage without increasing the footprint of the home, and creates another level of outdoor living. Families with an older child (say, a newly minted college graduate looking for work), a live-in relative, or frequent guests will appreciate the privacy that a lower-level suite gives. For maximum accessibility, consider a layout with an elevator.
The timber-frame construction is often clad in clapboard siding or unpainted wood shingles that weather to gray. The Cape Cod house plan calls for a simple paneled front doorway that leads to a main hallway and symmetrical interior that is warmed by a massive central chimney, although modern floor plans may vary. Steep rooflines limit build-up of winter precipitation, while second-story side-gables admit light and help circulate air throughout the home.
Designed for a narrow lot with rear access to the garage, this plan has all the essential ingredients of a best-seller. However, in some markets, a basement is a must-have. Besides adding this option, we also provided optional living quarters above the garage. This independent dwelling space is ideal for guest quarters or for an older child who is moving back home. In areas where codes allow it, this can also be used as an income-producing rental unit.
Whether homeowners want a secure space for emergencies, an area to safeguard precious valuables, a place to wait out a storm, or simply a fun hidden room, these unique layouts offer more than meets the eye. These spaces may be tucked away in the basement, set off the garage, or even accessed through a secret cabinet. Designs in this collection are perfect for homeowners who desire an extra, secret layer of home security or a unique conversation-starting amenity.
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