Traditional American House Plans: Part 1
Veteran’s day is always a hard day for me to describe. I have family that have served in our military, but I never have. When I was in high school, I was required to take the ASVAB. We weren’t given any warning about it. Just one day during our junior year we were brought into the auditorium and there were several men in Air Force uniforms handing out test booklets. I scored remarkably well for a woman and was instantly on their radar.
They wanted me to become a linguistics expert. Even then I had a way with words and playing with languages had always been fun to me. I thought it might be a good idea. Then my great uncle who had served in the Korean Conflict sat me down and talked to me about what it was really going to be like. Far from home. Always afraid. Never really knowing what was going on. Always wondering if you were going to make it home. It scared me. I know now that it was meant to. I went to college instead. There are those who did decide to go that route. And I can’t imagine the strength and courage it takes to do that.
Traditional American House Plans
One of the things that our brave men and women who are overseas think of constantly is coming home. Home to things that are normal and usual to them. So, for their hopes and dreams, lets look at some great plans that give you the same feelings as baseball and warm apple pie.
Willow Lane (NDG 590)
This traditional house plan gives you 2,146 square feet of space with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 half bath. This plan has great curb appeal with a unique roofline and lovely covered front porch. This traditional home also gives you a great master suite with a large walk-in closet. This home also features a large pantry in the kitchen and a formal dining area for entertaining.
As you approach the home, the first thing that you notice is the beautiful covered porch. This covered porch gives you a perfect entryway to the home. Stepping inside the foyer you find yourself in a space that is bracketed on each side by the dining room and the great room.
On your left you will find the dining room. This space is perfect for entertaining and features a large double casement window that looks out over the front of the home. The great room is on the right side of the foyer and features a large brickwork fireplace along the right-hand wall directly across from the door.
This fireplace would make the perfect centerpiece for a family entertainment center and already has a built-in entertainment center along one side. The great room also features a large window that faces out onto the front of the home and an entrance to the grilling porch on the side of the home.
The kitchen gives you plenty of counterspace to prep meals and has a large pantry to help you keep up with large shopping trips. The kitchen also gives you bar seating for 3 and has a breakfast room with three large windows that look out over the grilling porch.
Moving further into the home you will find the laundry room and the kid’s nook. The laundry room gives you storage over the washer and dryer hookups and the kid’s nook, which comes off the garage, would be perfect to be used as a mudroom.
The master suite is also on this end of the home. The master bedroom features a 10-foot boxed ceiling and an entrance to the grilling porch. The master bath is accessed through French doors and gives you two sinks, a whirlpool tub and a shower with a seat. Don’t forget about the large walk in closet! This gives you plenty of room for all of your things.
The second floor gives you bedrooms 2 and 3. Bedroom 2 has smaller closets with a desk built in between them while bedroom 3 has a larger closet. Each bedroom has access to the second-floor bathroom with his and hers sinks.
Ambrose Boulevard (NDG 882)
This beautiful traditional house plan gives you just over 3,300 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. This plan features a large master suite, a huge great room and a lovely open concept area that includes the kitchen, breakfast room and hearth room. This plan has style and grace that will make people stop and take a second look.
As you enter the home, you find yourself on a covered porch with brickwork columns. You enter the home through the foyer which is open to the second floor. To your left you will find the dining room.
The dining room features a picture window that faces the front of the home and gives you a great view. Moving further into the home, you find yourself in the great room. The great room features a brickwork fireplace along the right wall with built in shelving on one side.
The great room features a patio doo that opens up to the grilling porch on the rear of the home. To the left of the great room, you will find an open concept area that includes the kitchen, breakfast room and hearth room. The kitchen gives you plenty of space with a pantry and a curving island in the middle with a sink for washing up and bar seating for four.
The breakfast room features a large window that faces the left side of the home while the hearth room is dominated by a corner brickwork fireplace. This side of the home is finished off with a large laundry area with plenty of counter space and a soaking sink as well as a kid’s nook directly off the garage that is perfect for storing coats, hats and bags.
The other side of the home gives you a large guest room with its own in-suite bathroom. This guest room features a bay window that looks out the front of the home with a walk-in closet. The master suite is also on this side of the home.
The master bedroom features tall boxed ceiling with a large picture window facing the rear of the home. The master bedroom also gives you a private entrance to the grilling porch on the rear of the home. The master bath features his and hers sinks and walk-in closets, a whirlpool tub and a shower that face each other.
The second floor of the home is accessed via stairs by the great room. Here you will find bedrooms 3 and 4. Both of these bedrooms have a large window that face the front and side of the home, respectively. Each of the bedrooms have a walk-in closet and access to the hall bathroom with its double sinks.
The second floor also gives you space for a home theater. You enter the home theater space through French doors, and it features a sloped ceiling with a window facing the rear of the home.
Augustus (NDG 1222)
This colonial classical home gives you just over 2,600 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. This home features a front porch and a balcony over the front porch that gives it great curb appeal. On the inside, its chock full of surprises including a kitchen with tons of counterspace and an extra-large dining room that could have enough room for hoop skirts.
The first thing you notice about this home is the front porch and second story front porch. This home gives you double the front porch without sacrificing any square footage. As you enter the home through the front porch, you find yourself in the great room. The great room features a large brickwork fireplace with a media center on one side. The great room has two windows that face the front of the house and one that faces the side of the home.
Moving further into the room, you find yourself in the dining room. This space is large enough for any dinner party that you might want to host and cozy enough for family gatherings. The dining room features two windows that face the side of the home.
Past the dining room, you will find the kitchen. This kitchen gives you a ton of counterspace in a “U" shaped pattern. It also features bar seating for 6. Just past the kitchen is the breakfast room. This space is perfect for informal meals or to make study time easier. The breakfast room features windows on two of the walls and an entrance to both the grilling porch and the garage located on the rear of the home.
The pantry and laundry room are located side by side off the kitchen. The pantry is plenty large enough to store all of the provisions that your family may need. The laundry room gives you ample space for the washer and dryer.
The guest room, which can also be used as a study sits at the front of the house and can be accessed through the great room. This guest room, or study, has its own in-suite bathroom and large closet it also features windows that look out onto the front of the home.
The master bedroom sits in the rear of the home and features tall boxed ceilings and windows that face the side of the home. The master bath gives you space for both a whirlpool tub and a stall shower with a walk-in closet nestled under the stairs.
Moving upstairs, you find yourself in a loft space that is perfect for a second living area. Off of the loft space you can access the second covered porch. This gives you a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood.
The loft leads to both bedrooms 2 and 3. Bedroom 2 gives you 3 windows facing the front and side of the home and a large walk-in closet. Bedroom 3 gives you two windows that face the front the home and a large closet. There is a bathroom on this floor which the two bedrooms can share.
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- Contemporary Modern House Plans
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- Mountain and Cabin House Plans
- Examining House Styles: Pool Houses
- House Plan Spotlight: Pool Houses
- Examining House Styles: The Florida Collection
- House Plan Spotlight: The Florida Collection
- Outdoor Buildings: Garages and Pool Houses
- American Style House Plans
- Starter Homes Spotlight: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
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