3-Story & 4-Story House Plans
3-story house plans offer some of the same benefits that 2-story ones do, such as additional privacy for the master suites that are often not located on the ground floor, given the obvious additional privacy from being raised slightly above the ground.
Unlike ranch style homes, these can be built on narrow lots in cities where the cost of land is high. Given their inherent height, you will likely not find many 1,000 or 1,200 square foot homes that also tower 3-stories, but you may find 2,000, 2,500 or 3,000 square feet homes with this style.
Whether you’re building a 3-story, 4-story or 2-story home, there are various different things you may want to look into, such as.
|Features to consider|
|Small & luxurious||With porch||Tower|
|Small, 2 bedroom||Walkout basement||Tiny, with loft|
|Small ranch||Tiny||With 2 master suites|
If you’re located somewhere where the superb views are reached by having 3 stories, then this may definitely be what you’re in the market for. Although you may have to prepare yourself for a bunch of stairs, they can also be built to practical in various ways. Of course, you do always have the option of adding an elevator should you be less so inclined to deal with that amount of stairs.
Having the additional square footage also means that you may be able to make your dream come true of making that big luxurious kitchen you always dreamed of.
Browse the many plans offered on our website, and be sure to check back regularly if you do not find the 3-storied home perfect for your dreams and desires, as we keep adding additional designs.
Whether you’re building your ultimate mountain home, or a more modest cottage, our sloped-lot house options can help you get started on your home building project.
While some homeowners may think it’s a pain to build on a lot that isn’t flat, it also provides you with certain opportunities that you may not otherwise be able to live out, like building a man cave in the basement that actually gets daylight.
Rather than seeing a sloping lot as something negative, we’re getting the most out of it and enabling you to get that magnificent walkout basement that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. These basements can be turned into entertainment heavens if used correctly with anything from your own personal gym to a bar.
Whatever is the cause of your sloping property, now is the time to turn it into your advantage when creating your dream home.
Enjoy scenic views overlooking your surroundings and find high ceilings that you will soon be spending time with those you love in. Our recommendations – always consider options that get lots of natural light.
As the name suggests, multi-generational house designs are blueprints specifically created to not just allow a traditional family with two kids to live under the same roof but also offer the amenities needed to accommodate more generations, which could include two master suites, if you expect your Mother-in-law to come and live with you for an extended period of time.
If you’re expecting your adult children to make it home briefly after they’re finished with college before they figure out all the more serious things in life, this option of having additional master suites can add to the comfort of the various family members.
Whatever your reason is for considering a multi-generational house, we think we have an option that could make your dream come true.
It’s additionally important to figure out why you’re wanting this option. If you have an aging family member who will stay there, or someone who is having issue climbing stairs, you may either want a single-story option, or a two-story option that has a good bedroom on the ground floor.
Are you feeling a little bit more excited than simply going for the usual rectangular houses, then round houses may be what you’re looking for. It offers a unique touch to a home that is often left out in today’s building industry, as well as the possibility of easily making the center of the house the place where everyone choose to come together for a cozy time, perhaps in front of a fire place. This can easily be the option that leaves your neighbors in awe when the building is complete, hoping they themselves would have chosen a round house.
It may not be for everyone, and it could make it harder to add a guest house, but it also does have its charm.
Tower houses are definitely not as common as your average 1,400 to 1,800 square foot single-story home, however they do have their charm and may just be the right option for you, why we put together this page that has listed all the various tower houses currently available through Passion Plans, although we are adding more on a continuous basis.
Tower houses, just like any other home, come with a variety of different options – including 2 or 3 bedrooms, and provide a lot of the advantages of more regular two-story or 3-story homes – the views from the top may be absolutely phenomenal. Some are small, and some may be bigger than your medium sized 2,200 sq foot home, so it’s just your imagination setting the boundaries. Some are built on sloped lots, on the side of a mountain, while others may require a flat surface to rest on.
If you do choose to go with this specific type of design, you’ll end up with something truly unique that your friends and relatives will be forced to tlak about. Imagine the view from the top of the tower should you choose to build such a creation of art as a your lakefront residence.
If you are building as much up in the air as you typically will do when you’re building a 3-story home, many people may find that it is convenient to consider whether or not the floor plans ought to also include an elevator in them. While the elevator will take up square footage of the home, they’re also ensuring that you can in fact be using the home for a longer period of time, if you are already at the age where accessibility starts to become a consideration for your building needs.
It is at least a feature we find users are looking for with regards to these floor plans.
With a 3-story home, your options are many, but there are still certain factors that will impact your final choice when it comes to the house design that you’re picking. Here are a few of them.
|Special factors to consider|
|Wrap-around porch||Hillside||With a view|
Should you be including a rooftop deck or terrace?
Houses with roof decks are very popular options when it comes to lots that have gorgeous views at elevations, and the 3-storied options are definitely no exception. You can find a lot of great, modern options that include straight, clean lines, while creating that rooftop terrace that you have always wanted to eat your breakfast on every single morning. How about you even consider the addition of an elevator into the floor plans so as to get the best out of both worlds and ensure that you won’t spill your food on the way to the top?
Putting a garage underneath, also known as drive-under homes
If you have a relatively narrow lot, a lot of people like to include their garages underneath the home, on the lower level, and these 3-story options are no exceptions for people’s preferences for this. If you have a garage installed in your home too, you also won’t be finding it inconvenient having to move between the home’s different levels when you’re walking in with all your groceries. Drive-under homes are great ways to use your home’s lot as efficiently as possible.
Contemporary and modern, or something entirely else?
There are certain floor plans that just lend themselves better to more modern layouts, such as the typical open floor homes. While it may be easier to get a more open floor layout using a single-story home, that is not to say that there aren’t great modern additions that can be done with these several-story homes, like the installation of kitchens with beautiful appliances.
Floor plans specifically for those families with narrow lots
Having a narrow lot is one of the main reasons why families choose to build 3-storey homes, because they may still want to have those additional bedrooms, without necessarily having to spend what it would take in order to get the lot that would accommodate it. If you have specific dimensions that you require the floor plans be within, what you can do is set up those parameters on the platform and you will only be shown the homes that are relevant for you.
Do you want a basement?
Homes with basements are very popular, and they remain popular when it comes to selling your property in the future. While the square footage they provide may not be possible to count towards the overall living area of the place, it is an incredibly useful space for basically any type of home, providing various types of functionality, such as storage, being that guest room you would have otherwise wanted, or being the place where you put your home gym. It is no surprise that it is a criteria for many people when they are looking to buy a home, and not just when they are working on building one.
Tiny vs large – 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms?
While you will end up building a 3-story home, you are also likely to end up with a significant amount of square footage, why it is possible to find tiny ones, they do tend to at least be of your average size home, and some of them end up being rather large. It is a very important consideration how many bedrooms you are hoping to get when you build, and we are finding that our users tend to prefer the plans with either 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms.
Rectangle vs Victorian – what’s your favorite?
Just because you’re building up doesn’t mean you need to build something boring. Our floor plans include both the more traditional rectangle homes, but you can also find the appropriate, beautiful Victorian-styled homes, those that you are entirely sure will be standing out and making a statement in your neighborhood.
The most common sizes
If you’re trying to find a home, it is not that uncommon that the dimensions of the lot are really what is limiting your possibilities in terms of what you are able to do and build. As we pointed out in an earlier section, the easiest option is definitely to use the various parameters on the site to find the best fit, but we know from experience and from our data that a lot of folks out there seem to be enjoying the 3-story house plans that are either 25 feet by 40 feet or 30 feet by 60 feet. If you’re building homes with this footprint, you can really get some size in and ensure that you are avoiding having to give up some of those crucial features in your home.
While the options are many, we hope that this article has helped give you a little bit of a better understanding of the options available to you, and all that now awaits is for you to start looking around until you find what matches your wishes.
3-story homes still have a lot of options in terms of style, whether you want something Colonial, French country or more modern:
|Styles to consider|
|English cottage||French country|
Do you want a house that has a walkout basement?
If you’re not building on a plot of land that is flat, one of the most popular features that users request are walkout basements. These may serve a range of options, but can be great places if you’re not desiring building an individual guest house but rather have a space that can be accessed from the outside, providing its users with a great amount of features. There’s nothing more comfortable to be able to invite the guests over that you desire having visit your family, while still being able to feel that you have the space necessary to avoid a crowded feeling in the house.
This type of home can also be great for the family that has a teenager living in the house who will enter the house at all hours of the day, as it may be able to give them a bigger sense of privacy.
Alternatively, houses with this feature can also be great if your desire is to have your own home gym on the lower floor, while still letting in a bunch of sunlight. Perhaps you even want to install a hot tub outside that you can walk into as you’re done, or have a man cave that will still get a lot of light, even in the later hours of the day.
Want a luxurious option?
There are times when you may not have the luxury of building an elaborate mansion as your property may not be able to accommodate it given its size. However, with these 3-story homes, you may still be able to get a home with the size that you have been hoping for, without the need to find a new plot of land.
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