Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
6 house plans that rethink single-family living
Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers.
3. The Alpine
Living area: 4,674 sf
Porches: 671 sf
Width: 60 feet
Depth: 60 feet, 10 inches
Equipped with living and working spaces, as well as room to spare for guests and for entertaining, this home is ideal for a typical American family. A large eat-in kitchen that opens up to the separate family room is where the conversations begin. Large doors and windows open up the family room to the outdoor room, which features a fireplace. The Alpine also has a separate detached garage with living quarters above.
A. Separate entrance to home office
B. Formal living area opens to the second floor
C. Great room with large windows and doors that open out to the porch
D. Warming room for intimate dinners
E. Combined hobby/craft space with utility room
F. Large hidden storage space with built-ins
G. Garden tub with fireplace in bath
H. Friend’s entry with mudroom
I. Outdoor room with fireplace
J. Detached garage with living quarters above
K. Guest room/in-law suite with separate entrance