Plan 1246 - The Houston - Contemporary Ranch with Great Outdoor Connection
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2 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Houston
This stunning one-story home design features clean lines and lots of stone and glass. The rear of the home provides plenty of connection with the outdoors via numerous French doors and a patio living/grilling space. Some of the rooms also have high transom windows, set above stone or above French doors. The home’s exterior is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood, since it is unusually bold and attractive.
The interior of the home is also amazing, with a fresh and innovative layout. Stylish front doors welcome guests into the tall entry foyer, complete with a handy coat closet and a useful powder room. A 10-ft. ceiling visually expands the living and dining rooms and the island kitchen, which all flow together for ease of entertaining. Imagine hosting your relatives for the next holiday feast! They’ll love the crackling fireplace and the backyard views. Built-in shelves hold books, knickknacks and the latest media items; how about showing family movies from 20 years ago? Around the corner, a quiet office includes a built-in desk and high windows; you may be tempted to work from home a few days each week!
The sleeping wing of the home is along its left side. The master suite enjoys maximum privacy, yet with plenty of outdoor vistas. You’ll appreciate the built-in shelves in the sleeping area, plus additional shelves atop a built-in dresser. The walk-in closet sports a fresh, open layout for ease of use; you can walk straight through it without opening any doors. A dual-sink vanity is the highlight of the private bath. A handy linen closet is found on the way to the ample secondary bedrooms, which share a full bath. You'll find a convenient laundry/mudroom near a two-car garage with storage space, rounding out this exciting, fresh house plan.
Main Floor2159 SqFt
Total Area2159 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)12'-9"
Garage Bays2 Car Garage
Garage Area612 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch4/12
Modern Prairie homes are characterized by their horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs, and integration with the surrounding landscape. They often have wide, overhanging eaves, and may incorporate elements such as cantilevered balconies and large windows to bring in natural light. In modern versions of the style, materials such as glass, steel, and concrete may be used alongside traditional wood and brick. Modern prairie style homes often emphasize open, flowing floor plans and a connection to nature.
Our Prairie style houseplans feature a low pitched roof, usually hipped, with a wide overhang, and have boxed shapes with a horizontal emphasis. They typically feature clean lines with massive square porch supports, and casement windows in rows. Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized the American home when he began to design "Prairie" style houses characterized by low, horizontal lines that were meant to blend with the flat landscape around them. Our collection of Prairie Style homes exemplifies the style-- mixing timeless architectural elements with modern convenience, resulting in a wonderful home built to withstand the ever-changing 'vogue' of modern styles.
Our Ranch style house plan collection comprises single level homes with elongated elevations that suit placement on acreage or suburban lots, and the easy living open floorplans are ideal for families with both young and aging family members. The homes you'll see in this collection typically have a rectangular or L-shaped footprint, and low-pitched roof. They are ideal for placement of photovoltaics! Take a look and tell us what you think.
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