Drive Into A Snow Free Zone: Great Garage Plans



Drive Into A Snow Free Zone: Great Garage Plans

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Drive Into A Snow Free Zone: Great Garage Plans

Published at December 03 2020 by JFord

One thing that you can always count on with mother nature is that the weather is never going to stay the same way for very long. I read a sign the other day on a plant nursery that has made me giggle every time I’ve thought about it. The sign read, “Autumn was definitely my favorite day this year." The reason it made me laugh so hard was because its so true! One day it was a nice balmy day, then the next day it was cooler, and the leaves started turning and it seemed like the very next day we had snow in the forecast and the leaves on the trees abandoned ship. One thing that is a lifesaver this time of year is a garage.


Drive Into a Snow Free Zone

We don’t get very much snow here in Arkansas. It’s mostly a nice, cold, soaking rain or that same rain gets just a bit colder and turns to ice. Now I’m not saying that snow is easier to deal with that cold, nasty rain because I know it causes all kinds of problems in other parts of the country. All I’m saying is just once I would love a pretty Christmas Eve snow.

No matter what kind of weather you deal with in the winter, a garage is going to be a great investment to helping you maintain your home and your vehicles. A garage is going to give you a place to come in where it is dry and warm and let you transition into the house safely.


Willow Way (MEN 5036)


Willow Way (MEN 5036)Willow Way (MEN 5036) Floor PlanWillow Way (MEN 5036) Floor Plan
This traditional Farmhouse house plan from Award Winning Designer Michael E. Nelson gives you everything that you would ever need to live out your rural dream. This home design features just over 3,300 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths situated in 2 stories. The exterior of this home packs a one two punch for curb appeal with its lovely board and batten style siding that can be painted any color and the wraparound covered front porch. On the inside you will find a space that is surprisingly modern with an open floor plan that encompasses the kitchen, great room and dining area.

This house plan has some stellar curb appeal. Board and batten siding with that lovely wraparound front porch give this home charm and class that can only be found with a farmhouse style plan. Unlike most farmhouse style house plans this one features a 3-car detached garage that is connected to the home through a breeze way.

This garage gives you plenty of space for your mechanical beauties and makes it easy for you to get in and out no matter how many guests may arrive. The garage also features a large storage area in the rear that provides plenty of space to store seasonal items and decorations.

As you approach the home, you step onto that gorgeous front porch. You just can’t have a farmhouse style plan without a covered front porch! It just isn’t done!

Entering the home, you find yourself in the foyer. The foyer is open to the second floor which gives this area some much needed space. The foyer also features the stairwell leading up to the second floor. (This is the traditional placement of a staircase for a farmhouse style house plan.)

To the right of the foyer is the dining room. This large space features double casement windows on two walls that face out to the front and side of the home under the covered porch. The dining room is perfect for entertaining and has enough room to hold a large table.

Stepping further into the home, you find yourself in an open floor plan. This open floor plan encompasses the great room, dining area and kitchen. This modern touch opens up the room and gives you some flexibility about furniture placement and room usage.

The great room features a large brick fireplace along the left wall and large windows on the rear wall of the space as well as French doors that open up to the outdoor living area at the rear of the plan. The outdoor living area gives you a covered grilling porch lending new possibilities to entertaining.

Between the great room area and the kitchen area is an informal dining area that can be used for family meals, hurried breakfasts and everything in between. The kitchen is separated from the rest of the open floor plan by a large kitchen island.

This kitchen island gives you bar seating for 4 as well as the perfect place to wash up from mealtimes. The sink and dishwasher both face the great room and informal dining area, this gives you the ability to keep an eye on the comings and goings as you wash up from the meal.

The rest of the kitchen features space for a large range and an open countertop along the rear wall that features a window that looks out onto the rear of the property. Adjacent to both the dining room and the kitchen is a butler’s pantry. This makes it easy to move food to and fro in the space as well as provide drinks. The kitchen also features a large pantry with plenty of room for everything that you might need to store here.

Between the kitchen and the breezeway are a half bath and a bench with hanging storage. Like a traditional farmhouse style house plan, this is used as a mudroom and gives you a stopping off point to get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be carted into the house.

On the other side of this space you will find the master suite and the laundry area. The master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling with a private entrance to your own covered porch that looks out onto the rear of the property.

The master bath gives you a freestanding tub, corner shower, double vanities and a large walk in closet. The bathroom also opens up the laundry room which has plenty of space for sorting and its own sink for soaking those really tough stains.

The second story features bedrooms 2, 3 and 4. Bedroom 2 is located on the western side of the plan and gives you large windows on both sides of the room as week as a very large closet. Bedroom 3 is located in the middle of the plan and has double casement windows that look out onto the front and side of the home over the front porch.

Bedroom 4 has its own in-suite bathroom and gives you a long bank of windows that look out over the rear of the home. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a hall bathroom. The stairway is open to the first floor and the hallway is as well.


La Maison Point (SMN 1022)


La Maison Point (SMN 1022)La Maison Point (SMN 1022) Floor PlanLa Maison Point (SMN 1022) Floor Plan
This European home is a best seller by Seth Michael Nelson and features 2,503 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a 2-car garage. This house plan delivers a massive dose of curb appeal with its unique roofline and picturesque mix of exterior materials. Inside you will find some of Seth’s signature Contemporary Modern stylings with an open floor plan that includes the great room, dining room and kitchen. Don’t forget about the large master suite and outdoor living area that combines both a covered porch with a vaulted ceiling and an uncovered patio with a fire pit.

The first thing you notice about the home is the mix of traditional elements with Seth’s signature Modern stylings. It creates great curb appeal and will have you be the envy of the neighborhood.

Entering the home from the front porch you find yourself in the Foyer. If you turn to the left, you see a dedicated Office Space with storage under the stair well. This space gives you two windows and a coffered ceiling. Moving back into the foyer you can proceed to the Great Room.

And let me tell you, the vaulted ceilings in the Great Room give you a “Great" feeling. This open floor plan combines the Kitchen, Great Room and The Dining Room. The Great Room features two French doors bracketing a wood burning inserted fireplace. The doors lead out onto the Covered Porch which has vaulted ceilings as well. The Covered Porch combines with a Patio, featuring a fire pit right in the middle, to create an absolutely stunning outdoor space.

The Kitchen features an island with seating for 5. The Dining Room features exposed false beams and a bank of picture windows looking out onto the Patio. If you continue out of the Dining Room you find yourself in a hallway that will lead to the Garage, the Laundry Area, and the Master Suite.

The Garage features a storage area that is used for electrical wiring and the water heater as well as space for anything you need out of the way. The Garage is conveniently located close to the kitchen and laundry area and features a small closet to help store any outerwear that needs a home. The Laundry Area features a long table and hanging area to help with the sorting and folding.

The Master Suite features vaulted ceilings in the Master Bedroom. The Master Bath features a large glass shower, his and hers sinks and a free-standing tub. The adjacent walk-in closet gives you a pass through from the closet to the laundry room saving you many steps.

On the other side of the home you will find Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4. The bedrooms share a centrally located hall bath and all the bedrooms have vaulted ceilings and large closets. Bedroom 2 also features a built-in desk and window seat to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to brave the seasons.

The second floor features a large Bonus Room which would be ideal for a large bedroom or for a playroom for children. Especially since it has storage area covered with barn doors and full bath with a glass shower on the same floor. This house plan gives you all the room a growing family will ever need and it’s easy to see why this plan is so popular.


Cumberland Trace (MEN 5229)


Cumberland Trace (MEN 5229)Cumberland Trace (MEN 5229) Floor PlanCumberland Trace (MEN 5229) Floor Plan
This French Country House Plan gives you just over 1,700 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. This floor plan also features an attached 2-car garage. This home gives you some amazing curb appeal with a unique roofline and the mixture of exterior elements. The stone and brickwork pop against the darker wood of the garage and the shutters. On the inside of the home, you will find an open floor plan that includes the dining room, kitchen and great room. The master suite gives you plenty of space to relax while the other bedrooms give the kiddos plenty of space to grow.

As you approach the home, the first thing that you notice about this plan is the mixture of exterior elements that are used. This home mixes light colored brick with natural colored stonework that lets the darker wood of the garage door and shutter pop against them.

As you enter the home, you find yourself on a covered porch that features brickwork steps and columns and a beaded ceiling. This space also gives you a sense of refinement due to the closed in space and the dark wood of the door. Moving into the home, you are in the foyer. The foyer features a tall ceiling and a closet that is perfect for storing outerwear.

Stepping from the foyer, you make your way immediately into the open floor plan the includes the great room, kitchen and dining area. The great room features a vaulted ceiling with rustic exposed beams as well as space for an optional fireplace along the left wall of the space.

Along the rear wall of the space you will find large windows that face the rear of the home and the covered grilling porch and a large brickwork fireplace that dominates the space in this room. The covered grilling porch continues the traditional look from the rest of the house with brick columns.

This kitchen island gives you bar seating for 4 as well as the perfect place to wash up from mealtimes. The sink and dishwasher both face the great room and informal dining area, this gives you the ability to keep an eye on the comings and goings as you wash up from the meal.

The rest of the kitchen gives you plenty of countertops for prepping meals and room for both a large range and a pantry. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room. This space features high ceilings and is wide enough to accommodate even the largest of family gatherings.

The dining room also features a wall of windows that look out onto the rear of the property. This space also boasts the entrance to the back-grilling porch.

At the front of this plan you will find Bedrooms 2 and 3. Both of these bedrooms have identical closet space and access to the hall bathroom on this floor. Bedroom 3 has a vaulted ceiling and a bit of a larger space for a mirror. Directly off the garage is the laundry room This gives you the perfect place to get rid of some mess before you step any further onto those clean floors. (Anyone else hear that in your grandmother’s voice?)

The rest of the first floor is the master suite. The master bedroom has a tall optional 10-foot ceiling. The master bath gives you a double vanity, a freestanding tub and a corner shower. This master bath also gives you a large walk in closet that has plenty of space for even the biggest shopping trip.


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