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Easy Fireplace Upgrades

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8 Cutting-Edge Exterior Features

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Budget Curb Appeal

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Home Plans With Bonus Rooms

Discover 16 house plans that have bonus spaces "built" right into the design. Our selection of home plans with bonus rooms will give you all sorts of design ideas.


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    • Flexible Craftsman

      This beautiful Craftsman design features an upstairs flex space that can be used as a home office, playroom, or dining room. Other highlights include:

      --Three over-sized bedrooms with large walk-in closets

      --10' tray ceiling in the great room and sliders to the covered porch and patio

    • Private Master Suite

      Enjoy a private master suite on the first floor with an 11' tray ceiling, walk-in closets, a sitting area, and spacious bath. The home plan also features:

      --Two upstairs bedrooms, a bonus room, and lots of storage space in the attic

      --Front entry that leads to an elegant dining room and private study/guest room with large bay windows

      --Screened porch and large deck surrounding the kitchen and breakfast area for easy outdoor dining

    • Generous Floor Plan

      This stylish exterior has dormers with brackets, a double gable roof, shake and stone siding, and an angled sprawling three-car garage with a bonus room above. More details include:

      --Additional bedrooms upstairs with walk-in closets and a shared full bath

      --Foyer that leads to a corner office

      --Columned entrance that leads guests to a large vaulted great room

    • Open Country Plan

      This traditional country home has lots of exciting angles and a unique use of available space. What makes this home stand out:

      --Flex room tucked behind the covered porch that makes a great study, office, or guest bedroom

      --Foyer that opens into a large living room and breakfast area

      --Amenity-filled kitchen

    • Inviting Home Plan

      If you're looking for extra space, this traditional country home has a flex room next to the foyer and an optional, upstairs bonus room. This home boasts:

      --Open great room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace

      --Breakfast and kitchen area with a center island and eating bar

      --Front and rear covered porches to enjoy outdoor living

    • Lovely Expandable Plan

      This charming split bedroom plan has a private master suite with two smaller bedrooms across the great room and dining room. Other highlights include:

      --Cozy breakfast area with bay windows that overlook the terrace

      --Concealed two-car garage

      --Large expandable space on the attic floor

    • Spacious Recreation Room

      This quaint country home has front porch and side porch entries. The second floor is highlighted by a spacious recreation room and full bath. More reasons to consider this design:

      --Open kitchen and dining area

      --Great room with cathedral ceiling, fireplace, and access to the large deck

    • Popular Design

      This one-story has a well-designed floor plan and comes with an additional 1,000 sq. ft. for future expansion upstairs. It features:

      --Spacious kitchen with island and snack bar

      --Impressive great room with fireplace

      --Front and rear covered porches and brick patio for plenty of outdoor living space

    • Appealing Design

      This home has an interesting design with a corner family room adjoining the kitchen and breakfast nook that overlooks the covered porch. Additional details:

      --Front door entry that leads into a living room with 14' ceilings and built-in media center with fireplace

      --Stairway behind the attached three-car garage leads upstairs to a bonus room

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      Great Floor Plan

      Through the columned entranceway there is a large vaulted family room with fireplace and built-ins that shares a view with the dining room and cozy breakfast nook. This home also boasts:

      --Great flex space on the upper floor with full bath

      --Large covered patio, green house, and garden area to enjoy the great outdoors

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      Great for Entertaining

      You'll enjoy decorating this home because it has lots of interesting angles and flex spaces, including an upper-level theater and recreation room. What makes this home noteworthy:

      --Formal dining room with vaulted ceiling and access to the large veranda

      --Vaulted family room with fireplace

      --Large master suite with sitting area and luxurious bath

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      Room for Expansion

      The second floor of this grand European plan has three bedrooms, an attic space, and two large rooms for future expansion. It also features:

      --Foyer that leads to a gallery and center great room that adjoins the patio area

      --Breezeway to the double garage and an optional full basement floor plan

      --Cozy master suite with fireplace

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      Country Cottage

      This charming cottage has a dining room that flows into the family room with corner fireplace and a cozy breakfast room. Other highlights include:

      --Stone front porch, rear deck, and screened porch to enjoy the great outdoors

      --Two-car garage with a workshop and optional bonus room

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      Classic Country Home

      This country home has great curb appeal with its wrap-around porch and side entrance three-car garage. It features:

      --Second floor has a future game/flex room with optional floored attic space

      --Large great room that overlooks the covered porch

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      Comfortable Floor Plan

      The foyer of this European cottage opens into a spacious great room with fireplace and dining area with access to the patio. Other details:

      --Optional stairway to the upper floor bonus space

      --Master suite tucked behind the two-car garage

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      Classic Mediterranean

      This elegant Mediterranean has a unique floor plan with graceful open spaces such as the octagonal living room and family room that flow into the kitchen area and nook. The home features:

      --Master suite with sitting area that occupies the left wing

      --Three-car garage behind the side entrance has a stairway to the bonus room

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