Most Popular House Plans:
The Liberty Park, a floor plan design by Frank Betz, is a popular floor plan with features similar to many homes chosen for the Wake County Parade of Homes. What were some of the most common house plan features this year?
- Kitchen Island with Seating (with more than 50% accommodating seating for at least 4)
- Formal Dining Room
- Built In Drop Zone, many in a totally separate Mud Room
- An average porch size of 95 sq ft
- Laundry Rooms on the Second Floor
Take a look at the images and descriptions below, to see more new home building trends in North Carolina, using Cary NC parade homes as a representative "snapshot" guide.
Liberty Park Rendition Copyright Frank Betz.
The Liberty Park - Two Story Home with 2286 sq ft, Four Bedrooms, Two and a Half Baths:
The Liberty Park, copyright Frank Betz, is a great example floor plan that includes many of the most-requested floor plan features. Here are the top 7 layout, design, and special features.
House Plan Feature #1: Cost Effective Layouts (and Two Story Floor Plans)
Two story homes (with a second story master) are generally more cost effective to build when compared to similar homes with a the master suite on the first floor - find out why here.
All four bedrooms are upstairs in the Liberty Park.
House Plan Feature #2: Kitchen Island with Seating
Kitchens experience more traffic than any other room of the home. And more new home plans than ever are incorporating additional functions and features inside the kitchen, including creative ways to add eating space (island seating), homework stations (a built in desk), and home business technology hook-ups (with special gear built into walls) to accommodate modern needs.
The Liberty Park includes an 8' x 3' island with a raised eating bar designed for four (each seat requires 24'' of space). Here is a similar island:
House Plan Feature #3: Formal Dining Room
Inside the Liberty Park, the 13' x 11' dining room is well-designed to comfortably fit a formal table for family and guests. Looking for a more "casual" floor plans? See how many home buyers convert the formal dining into a home office, library, or multi-use space.
House Plan Feature #4: Built-In Drop Zone
Nearly all Parade Homes included a Built In Drop Zone. If there is no dedicated Mud Room area, the hallway off the garage or rear entry serves as a great place to include built in shelving, cubbies, and storage units.
The Liberty Park floor plan includes a drop zone between the garage and kitchen, ready for storing keys, purses, and other daily use items.
House Plan Feature #5: Front Porch
Homes in the Parade had an average porch size of 95 sq ft, perfect as a "rocking chair" layout. The Liberty Park includes a 19.5' x 7' front porch, or a total of 137 sq ft, above the average size.
House Plan Feature #6: Storage Space in the Laundry
The usability of laundry room space ranks high on homebuyer must-have charts. In this year's homes, more than half had Laundry Rooms on the Second Floor - which makes sense, given the high number of two story homes with all bedrooms upstairs. Buyers want to keep the laundry close to the master and kid's rooms.
The Liberty Park laundry room is roughly 6' x 7', with space for a base cabinet and folding counter (or a stack of open shelves) beside the washer and dryer and 6' of upper cabinets.
House Plan Feature #7: Attractive Staircase Tucked In
Steps to Build a Custom Home
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