The Perfect Kitchen For You

Some people see the kitchen as a place to put leftovers and make sandwiches, whereas others see it as the heart of their home. If you’re culinarily inclined, you’ll want to make sure that your kitchen offers everything you need to make your cooking experience a pleasant one.

Outdoor Entertainer

Is firing up the BBQ your favourite thing about summer? Many homes at Houseplanhunters.com have generously-sized decks that can accommodate nearly any size of outdoor grill, but these two show how to take outdoor entertaining to another level:

House No. 320611Plan No. 320611

This modern plan features two patios; one in the front, and one in the back. The back door patio is also adjacent to the kitchen/dining area, making transporting food from indoors a breeze.

House No. 512000PlanNo.512000

 

Not only does this cozy home have a large verandah, it also features an outdoor cook-top built into the chimney!

Gadget Fanatic

When you have a lot of toys, you need a lot of space to store them. These kitchens both include large walk-in pantries:

House No. 141514PlanNo.141514

 

This cute 2 bedroom home features a corner pantry.

House No. 326611PlanNo.326611

An ultra-modern and compact design includes a pantry for all your kitchen goodies.

Private Chef

Whether you prefer to cook in private or just need a bit of a barrier between you and your guests, these partitioned kitchens are for you.

House No. 360401Plan No. 360401

Efficient and compact, a galley kitchen may not have the most counterspace, but it provides a much more private setting for food preparation.

House No. 510230PlanNo.510230

A peninsula counter allows the living area to remain open, but also provides a modicum of separation for protective cooks. This plan also features a skylight directly over the kitchen.

House No. 171211Plan No. 171211

This cute design uses an island counter to separate the kitchen area from the dining area. Island counters also add extra counter space, and with barstools are great for guests to sit at while you prepare snacks or drinks.

House Plan of the Week #13

Emerging from the mirage, a beautiful home that mixes the great desert environment with modern comfortable living.  The layout contains 2 courtyards and 4 bedrooms and the ICF concrete wall system gives excellent structural and energy saving benefits and is widely available in North America.

Inviting Adobe | House No. 195010

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Mission Style Houses

Nearly everyone is familiar with “mission-style” architecture, but what exactly does it mean? Where did it come from? What does it look like now? HouseplanHunters.com has a variety of beautiful mission-style houseplans, and this guide will take you through what exactly makes them that way.

A brief history of Mission Revival architecture

The term “mission” comes from the Spanish Catholic missions of the 1700s. Monks and priests came to newly settled Mexico and California with the intention of spreading Catholic influence, teachings, and values to the “new world”, but were at a loss when trying to mimic the baroque architecture that was common in Spain. By using adobe (a type of dried mud construction) and clay tiles to build their missions, they blended a local resource with a classical architecture style that results in the mission-style that we know today. It enjoyed a revival in the 1950s and 1970s, where certain elements of the style were incorporated into modern housing and business architecture. This style is particularly popular in the southwestern United States.

Mission Features

The two biggest tells of a mission-style house are the material and color of the exterior walls and roof. Some houses can be called mission-style simply because they have stucco or adobe-look walls in an appropriate terracotta color or clay roof tiles. However, there is much more to a mission-style home than the walls and roof.

A key hallmark of the style is the inclusion of a central courtyard. While less essential in our current age of air-conditioning, a central courtyard was key in maintaining a cool central area of the home in the hot, arid environments where this style of mission got its start.

Another easily identifiable trait of a mission-style house is the inclusion of architectural features such as gables or even a bell-tower.

HouseplanHunters.com | Mission-Style Plans

Spanish Retreat

Plan No. 327511The Spanish Retreat is a lovely plan with lots of features reminiscent of mission-style houses. While it doesn’t have a central courtyard, it does have a covered outdoor living area and a distinctive bell-tower shaped chimney.

Inviting Adobe

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The Inviting Adobe home relies on its adobe construction, unique roofline and semi-enclosed courtyards to give it a mission-style flair. This easily accessible, single-floor plan is fantastic for families or for entertaining.

Open-Courtyard

Plan No.523360This house plan hits every mark for a traditional “mission-style” home. From the petite bell-tower on the centre of the roof to the completely enclosed central courtyard, this home epitomizes mission comfort and style.

Secondary Suites – A Sweet Addition to your Home

There are all sorts of reasons to add a secondary suite to your home. Renting out a secondary suite (if it’s legal in your area) can be a great way to offset mortgage payments. Some build a second suite to host elderly relatives or kids returning from college, and others prefer to have a guest suite for visitors or to use as a bed and breakfast. Whatever your reasons, HouseplanHunters.com has a variety of suite options that will suit nearly anyone.

Duplex

Perhaps the most extreme form of “secondary suite”, building a duplex combines two full houses into one. If you have a large lot, this can be the best way to go, especially if you’re looking to rent out the other half to people you don’t know. Some great duplex plans that HouseplanHunters offers include:

Cozy DuplexThis modern duplex may be compact, but it’s definitely not small on features. Each unit has a master suite with ensuite, two additional bedrooms, and a covered deck over a single bay garage. The two units are offset slightly, giving a bit of style to the overall design.

DuplexThis simple duplex plan mirrors a great starter home to boost potential income and livability.

Basement Suite

Basement suites are what most people think of when “secondary suites” are mentioned. These semi or fully private living spaces are great for lots that don’t have a lot of extra room, and for homeowners who are okay with a more integrated living experience with whoever inhabits the downstairs suite.

Plan No.141972This beautiful basement suite sits below a lovely house full of features. The basement suite can be entirely separated from the main living area, and has its own entryway.

Detached Cottage

When modifying an existing house, sometimes it’s easiest to simply build a totally new structure for guests or tenants. If your city allows laneway housing, these small cottages might be just the thing for you.

Plan No. 323305This beautiful little cottage makes an excellent guest house or studio. Its small size might discourage a long-term tenant, but it makes a charming place to house guests for a couple of nights.

Plan No. 415189This tiny house takes up just 448 square feet! However, the detached living area and bedroom makes it a good choice for renting out to singles.

Carriage House

Can’t decide between building a garage or renovating the basement into a suite? There’s no need to decide when you build a carriage house. HouseplanHunters.com has some great garages that incorporate suites above the garage area.

 

Plan No. 136254This two-bay garage has a generously-sized single bedroom suite overtop, making it a great option that allows both owner and tenant to keep their cars under cover.

Plan No. 195201This compact carriage house combines a double-garage, a single-bay carport, and a single-bedroom suite! Excellent for maximizing space and livability, it also features a vaulted livingroom ceiling that belies its small size and an area for laundry facilities.