6 house plans that rethink single-family living

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Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers.

June 03, 2012

5. Three-story Detached Plan


Donald F. Evans, AIA

The Evans Group





Total living area: 2,747 sf

Width: 24 feet

Detached living in today’s market isn’t just a four-corner, one-story box. We are designing homes that are 15 feet wide and up and one, two, and three stories in height. Three-story homes have gained acceptance in the marketplace with advancements in residential elevators. The elevation continues to be regional and contextual in its character, with the proper detailing and color palette. Featured is a 24-foot-wide, three-story detached single-family home that is lane oriented with 2,747 square feet.  The streetscape is southern comfort with a Savannah style.

A. The elevation of a narrow, 24-foot-wide home benefits greatly with lane orientation, providing a streetscape of architecture rather than a streetscape of garage doors.

B. The elevation of the home is accented by the “porch over porch over porch” design feature, which provides outdoor space on every level of the home, as well as cross ventilation and an abundance of light.

C. Advancements in the residential elevator business have made three-story homes marketable to a larger cross section of the market. Even for the young family, it provides ease of transport for the week’s groceries to the second-floor kitchen and the vacation luggage to the third-floor master suite.

D. The third floor features a master oasis with a master suite, evening deck, his/her walk-in closets, luxurious master bath, and adjoining study/den.

E. First-floor home office boasts direct access from the front porch and a private guest suite away from the living space on the second floor.


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