Great Views: Enjoying the Fall Foliage
One of the best things about fall is the leaves turning. It is always something that seems to start slow and then suddenly every tree is covered in this crown of gold, orange, and red. It always amazes me. I may be a grownup but the changing leaves and the piles of them in the yards just make me feel like a kid again.
I love being able to look out the rear of my home and see the fall foliage in all of its glory. I have a lovely little deck on the back of my house and it is just perfect for sitting and watching the birds. I don’t get to do that very often. Where is that perfect place in your home?
Great Plans with Great Views
Sometimes the best plans are the ones that give you the best views of your property. So I’ve gone through and found the best of them and gathered them here for you.
Timberline Ridge (MEN 5016)
This rustic house plan gives you just over 5,000 square feet of living space and features 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 1 half bath. It also gives you the versatility of a 2-car garage. This home gives you everything you want in a modest mansion including a large closet and luxurious bathroom in the Master Suite, a huge Great Room with exposed timber trusses and a large walk out basement that gives you plenty of room for your family.
You can enter the home from the Covered Front Porch that features a vaulted ceiling and stonework and exposed beam detailing and find yourself in the large Foyer. The vaulted ceiling from the Front Porch continues through the Foyer and on into the Great Room and even to the Covered Porch directly to the rear of the Great Room.
The Great Room features a large gas fireplace that is bracketed on each side by built-in shelving. Like any good rustic home, the Great Room features both exposed beams and large patio doors on the rear of the home that open up into the Covered Porch. The Covered Porch gives you more of that lovely rustic styling with stonework and columns and a vaulted ceiling.
To the right of the Great Room you can find the Hearth Dining Area and Kitchen. This wide-open space gives you plenty of room for your family to enjoy meals together. The Hearth Dining Area features room for a massive table and opens onto both the Open Deck and Grilling Porch on the rear of the home.
The Grilling Porch is covered and features a vaulted ceiling with a fireplace and a place to put in a state-of-the-art grill with a vent-a-hood. The Hearth Dining Room also features a refreshment bar with room for both a refrigerator and a microwave. This would be a perfect place to keep kiddos juices and cold snacks or for the adults a great place to keep the alcoholic refreshments.
The Kitchen features a large “C" shaped countertop that wraps around one of the walls and gives you plenty of prep space as well as room for a large range and dishwasher. It also features bar seating for 4 and a large island for prep work.
The Hearth Dining Area opens up to the Guest Bedroom. This Bedroom features large openings to the side of the home as well as its own in-suite bathroom with corner shower. The Kitchen opens up to a hallway that can double as a Mudroom, especially as it comes directly off of the Garage.
This hallway features both a closet for coats and a bench with hanging storage for all of your gear before it makes it into the rest of the home. This area also features a large office space that is perfect for someone to work from home, do some quick research before supper or for the kids to do schoolwork or homework. This area also features a large Pantry and Laundry Room.
On the other side of this plan you will find the Master Suite. The Master Bedroom features boxed ceilings and patio doors that give you access to the Open Deck on the rear of the home. The Master Bath features both a free-standing tub as well as a large shower with a seat. And I love the walk-in closet on this plan. Not only does it give you plenty of room for all of your clothes, but it also has a window and an area for a seat in the middle.
Moving to the walk out basement, we step from the stairs and into a large Game Room that features a gas fireplace. This game room also has its own mini bar with a refrigerator and sink. You can also access the second Laundry Room here. The basement also gives you Bedrooms 3 and 4 each with their own linen closet, large closet for clothes and in-suite bathrooms.
There is room for an optional bunk room which would be perfect for those nights when all of the kids wanted to stay at your house and two large storage rooms. The basement also has a large hobby room. This is perfect for those school projects that require a ton of glue and glitter. Having a place to keep all of that mess contained is great for those of us with kids. (Just ask me about the glitter tutu I made for the youngest’s Halloween costume last year. I was vacuuming glitter until May.)
Spring View Circle (SMN 1025)
This sprawling house plan is country living at its finest. It gives you just over 4,100 square feet of living space and features 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths. If that isn’t enough for you, this plan also gives you a 3-car garage! This house plan doesn’t stint on the luxuries either! The Master Bath is absolutely amazing, and the Kitchen gives you plenty of space to lay out that spread.
The first thing that you notice about this home is the wrap-around Covered Porch. The porch gives you some serious country vibes with its curves and boxed columns. You enter the home through the Foyer and notice that the doorway to your left is covered by a Barn door.
Moving through this door, you find yourself in the large Office. This Office features a large picture window facing the front of the home as well as a closet for all of those documents that you just know you’ll need some day.
Moving further down the hall you can enter the Den. This large space gives you an impressive bank of patio doors facing the rear of the home that look out onto the Covered Porch. The Den also features a large gas fed masonry fireplace with built-ins on either side. The Den opens up into the large Kitchen area.
The Kitchen features a large island in the middle with lots of room for prep work as well as counter tops on each wall. The Kitchen also features access to the large Pantry. This gives you plenty of space for storage. The Dining Area is adjacent to the Kitchen and gives you plenty of space for a large table. The Kitchen/ Dining Area opens up to a large Sunroom which lives up to its name.
The Sunroom features a large bank of windows on both walls facing the outside of the home. From the Kitchen you can access the hallway which can double as a Mudroom with a bench with hanging storage. This hallway also gives you access to the Safe Room. Here you will find Bedrooms 2 and 3.
The Bedrooms each have their own walk-in closet and in-suite bathroom. The hallway ends in a Reading Nook with large windows facing the side and front of the home.
On the other side of the plan, you find the Master Suite. This Master Bedroom features plenty of windows to let in natural light and is large enough for anyone to enjoy. The Master Bath features both a large whirlpool tub and a large corner shower with room for a bench. The walk-in closet isn’t anything to sneeze at and features an access to the Laundry Room where you will find plenty of space to sort and fold all of your laundry.
Auburn Dale (NDG 1390)
This home has such an imposing curb appeal. It’s like one of those people that have such charisma that you can’t help but stare at them. This house plan has so many unique features including the impressive roofline and the pull through to the rear of the home.
This house plan gives you 4,300 square feet of living space with 3 Bedrooms and 4.5 Bathrooms. (I love a house plan with a lot of bathrooms. I’m a mom of 2 girls.) It also features a 3 car Garage for your motorized beauties.
You enter the home from the Porch and find yourself in the Foyer with a grand staircase to your right. This staircase doesn’t just look nice, it also features a large storage area under it. To your left, you will find the Dining Room/Office. This room features a coffered ceiling and a large picture window that faces the front of the home.
If you move further into the home, you find yourself in the Butler’s Pantry that gives you a perfect place to prep for your large events and formal gatherings. There is also a regular Pantry that is large enough to store groceries from the largest shopping trip.
Stepping from the Butler’s Pantry you find yourself in a large open floor plan featuring the Kitchen, Great Room and Breakfast Room. The Kitchen features plenty of counterspace with room for both a refrigerator and a freezer. It also has 2 islands, one that is simply there for prep space and one that features both a sink and seating for 4.
The Breakfast Room is directly adjacent to the Kitchen and features both an exit to the Covered Porch and Grilling Porch/Outdoor Living area as well as a large picture window facing the rear of the home. The Great Room features large windows facing the rear of the home, a double door access to the Covered Porch and a large stonework fireplace bracketed by built-ins on each side.
The Grilling Porch/Outdoor Living Area features a wood burning outdoor fireplace, an outdoor grilling kitchen and outdoor bar seating for 7. The fireplace is actually a passthrough that you can enjoy from either side and gives you some warmth so that you can lounge on the patio and enjoy it as well.
Moving further to the right side of this plan you will find a storage room with a space for a refrigerator that would be perfect for those hot days of playing outside in the sun. This room passes through to the Bathroom that features a large glass shower. Again, perfect for cleaning up after being outside for a long while. This leads to the Guest Room. The Guest Room opens up to the Mud Room/Crafting Room. This gives you plenty of space for all of your Pinterest inspired crafts!
From the Great Room you can move down the hallway to a large space that can be used for either a Media Room, an Exercise Room or a Study. It includes a closet to be used for Equipment Storage. This area of the home also features a half Bath.
The remainder of the first floor is taken up by the Master Suite. I love the Master Bedroom in this plan. It is octagonal! Yes, so it has views on 3 sides that look onto the rear of the home. The Master Bath features a large glass shower that connects to the whirlpool tub. Can anyone say, “Spa Day"?
The Master Suite also features 2 large walk-in closets and the Laundry Room. The smaller walk-in closet is also a FEMA sized Safe Room. This gives you a place to be in case of a severe weather situation. The larger of the walk-in closets is larger than my entire bedroom. It’s huge! It features an area for a desk or a vanity and an island with drawers.
On the Second Floor of this house plan you will find Bedroom 3 and an Optional Media Room. Bedroom 3 doesn’t have an in-suite bathroom, but there is a large Bathroom and walk-in closet. The Bathroom features both a tiled shower and a large whirlpool tub. The closet also has a built-in computer desk area that is perfect for homework or working from home.
The Optional Media Room features space for shelving and has room for theater style seating. This could be your own personal theater. This plan also gives you space for an optional Equipment Room. The second floor gives you a wonderful balcony that overlooks the Great Room below.
Be sure to check out the photos of this home! We are grateful to our clients for providing us with gorgeous pictures of this home after it was built.
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