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Two Story Great Room Vs Adding a Bonus Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 04:09 AM

Two Ways to Organize Your Home Layout:

One of the most frequently asked questions about new home floor plans is: can I add a bonus room upstairs, instead of the two story living room?

For most floor plans, the answer is YES. See two versions of the same floor plan built in Raleigh, NC.

The first has a two story great room. The second has an upstairs bonus room. Which layout would you pick for your new home?

Great Room Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Side-by-Side Photos of the same Great Room:

 

Great Room Layout #1: Two Story Ceilings with curved window wall

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Great Room Layout #2: Bonus Room above the great room

Two Story Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

Bonus Above the Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

While each of these great rooms has a two sided fireplace that looks into the sun room, the first photo has an entry cut-out on each side of the great room.

The first version has a larger built in bookcase, wainscoting above the fireplace, and hardwoods throughout.

Transom windows give the second version more natural light and the full wall makes space for additional furniture and storage.

Great Room Layout #1: Two Story Foyer Overlook and Great Room Overlook

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Great Room Layout #2: Two Story Foyer (but no overlook to the great room)

Two Story Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

 Bonus Room Above Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

A two story ceiling calls for a hallway overlook along the great room. A single story ceiling makes room for a bonus space upstairs.

Upstairs Bonus Room

By keeping the downstairs great room to a single story ceiling height, you're able to add a second story bonus room with loft style overlook. The bonus room still gives you the second curved wall of windows, just in a separate space:

Upstairs Bonus Room Plans | Raleigh Brick Homes

Upstairs Bonus Room Plans | Raleigh Brick Homes

There are pros and cons to each layout. Which version of this floor plan is your favorite, the two story great room with huge window wall OR a bonus room above, which adds tons of square footage in a usable space?

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.

 

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Dining

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Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

Popular Floor Plan Ideas:

The Summerlake is 3284 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Popular floor plan elements include:

  • Island kitchen looking into vaulted family room
  • Downstairs master suite with his and hers closets
  • First floor office or 4th bedroom
  • Upstairs bonus room
  • Covered front porch
  • Large laundry with sink

Custom Home Pricing Information

 

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Photo Copyright Frank Betz/Builder.



Exterior Style Options:

Whether you love arts and crafts features or traditional home design, the Summerlake is a flexible plan with a range of exterior style options. 

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Photo Copyright Frank Betz/Builder.

Take a look inside the floor plan of the Summerlake:

Summerlake First Floor Plan

Downstairs, the a traditional layout opens from the foyer and formal dining room. The angled island kitchen overlooks the vaulted family room. A breakfast room and raised eating bar give informal eating space. The master suite is large, with connected his and hers vanities and separate changing area beside the shower.

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Summerlake Second Floor Plan

Upstairs, an open study loft / pocket office provide homework space for kids near the upstairs bedrooms and bonus room.

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake




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11 floor plans that say “Come over for the game!” | Custom Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

11 floor plans that say "Let's Watch the Game at Our Place"

Custom homes in Raleigh NC

Want everybody to gather at your place for the big game?

Design your floor plan to fit your fantasy football crowd. Here are 11 designs with wide open floor plans, leveraged for entertainment.

Floor Plan Idea #1: Second story game room

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NCGive your guests more options, with a Game Room that’s got Big Screen space – as well as a Great Room designed for lots of interaction.

The Harwood floor plan, a 5200 sq ft design by Alan Mascord, features a second floor game room with private staricase.

The Harwood game room is designed for game day gatherings, with:

 - A floor plan designed for a TV wall and plenty of seating space

 - A wet bar with sink and refrigerator

 - Private secondary staricase

Click here to see full floor plans for this home.

Request a price for this new home in the Raleigh, NC area.

 

Floor Plan Idea #2: Kitchen Island with Bar

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NCDo it big, in this 4700 sq ft plan with an open layout with no interference to everything you want to do.

This floor plan idea features a family room in reach of the curved kitchen island with serving bar.

 

Click here to see full floor plans for this home.

Request a price for this custom home in the Raleigh, NC area.

 

 

Floor Plan Idea #3: Three story floor plan

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

This 4500 sq ft plan is designed for outside stretches – with front and rear porches that accommodate wide receivers.

Inside, the High Country Farmhouse by Max Fulbright offers three opportunities for a game day room:

 - First floor family room

 - Second floor bonus room

 - Basement game room and recreation room

Click here to see full floor plans for this home.

Request a price for this custom home in the Raleigh, NC area.

Floor Plan Idea #4: Open Great Room

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NCThis 4200 sq ft home spotlights the game in a Great Room that takes center stage – and grabs attention.

Spread out in the Marlow, an Alan Mascord design.

The Marlow features:

 - A 19x21 great room

 - Kitchen seating bar

 - Arched entrances and an open, inviting design

Click here to see full floor plans for this home.

Request a price for this new home in the Raleigh, NC area.

 

Floor Plan Idea #5: Oversized Great Room with Built-In Wide Screen TV Center

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

 

The Peay, a Stanton Homes design, features an oversized 14x30 great room.

 

This 3500 sq ft home also has a two story foyer overlook to the great room and an open island kitchen.

 

 

The Peay, a version of the Dugan, is one of the most requested new custom homes in Raleigh designed by Stanton Homes:

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

 

This custom designed home features a full wall of storage with a built-in wide screen TV center.

The TV location was designed for universal visibility - from the kitchen, dining, and great room.

Enjoy a game day with tons of good food set out on the wrap-around serving bar. 

Floor Plan Idea #6: Two Story Great Room Open to Kitchen

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

The Treehouse, a Stanton Homes custom design, is a mountain house plan designed to fit a wooded hillside lot.

Two features were designed to make this Raleigh home game day ready:

First, The kitchen island was rotated to face the two story great room - so the sous chefs will never miss out on the action.

 

 

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

2. The great room entertainment center was custom designed and hand-built to incorporate a wide screen TV center with storage shelving below.

See more unique entertainment centers we've included in custom homes in Raleigh NC.

 

 

Floor Plan Idea #7: Four Game Rooms

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

The Mastrosimone, another custom Stanton Homes floor plan design, offers your pick of four game rooms to choose from on game day:

Game Day Room One: first floor great room

Game Day Room Two: first floor keeping room

Game Day Room Three: second story game room

Game Day Room Four: second story bonus room

 

Click here to request a floor plan and price for this popular option among custom homes in Raleigh NC.

 

Floor Plan Idea #8: Basement Game Room

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

Custom homes in Raleigh NC with a basement floor plan are highly requested, but difficult to find unless you build a custom home especially designed to fit your lifestyle and your lot. 

The Penelope, a Stanton Homes custom design, includes a walk-out basement with "man cave" game room.   

 

 

 11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

Learn more about basement home constuction in the Raleigh area

You'll feel like a winner in any of these Raleigh floor plans with a basement game room:

The Summerlyn - full basement custom home

The Treehouse - Walk-out basement with game room

The Country Manor - basement with game room

 

Floor Plan Idea #9: Open family room

11 floor plans that say "come over for the game"

The Maple Lane leverages a classic floor plan layout, with the kitchen, breakfast, and family room all close at hand.

This version of the Maple Lane leaves a large wall open for an entertainment center separate from the fireplace wall.

See a photo gallery of a version of the Maple Lane - click here.

 

Floor Plan Idea #10: How to rearrange a floor plan

11 floor plans that say "come over for the game"In this version of the Remington, a design by Living Concepts by Frank Snodgrass, the homeowners added a few custom modifications.

Stanton Homes was able to re-arrange the floor plan to accomodate game day festivities:

The keeping room fireplace was moved into the breakfast room - opening up space for a wide screen TV wall instead.

And the island was converted and rotated, to allow bar seating in view of the TV wall. 

The design team at Stanton Homes works closely with you to create an extraordinary custom home, with everything just the way you want it - read more about our custom home design team here and more about your personal consultant here.

Here is the modified Remington with island kitchen and keeping room

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NCThis kitchen is a perfect game day setting, with:

 - Island seating bar

 - Wine and beer frige

 - Built-in TV center

 - Vaulted, angled keeping room, fit for a game table

See a full photo gallery of this custom home in Raleigh NC.

 

 

Floor Plan Idea #11: Two islands

11 floor plans that say "come over for the game"

 

The Cannon, one of Stanton Homes' newest and most requested custom home plans in Raleigh NC, is a wide open floor plan designed for friends and family to interact, especially on game days.

The Cannon is 2,971 sq ft with four bedrooms and three and a half baths.

There are two great locations for a TV entertainment center in this floor plan: the nook wall and the great room wall. Each location is large and open.

The second story "play room" could also act as a more private bonus or game room.

 

 

11 Floor Plans that Say “Come Over for the Game” | Custom homes in Raleigh NC

 

In this version of the Cannon, the homeowners chose to include a second island in the kitchen.

The second island added:

 - A full height seating bar for serving drinks and appetizers

 - Built-in storage cubbies on both ends

 - Almost double the counter space, creating the  ability to spread out

 

More custom home ideas, tips, and trends in Raleigh NC:

Featured custom homes in Raleigh NC, with photo galleries

Floor Plans with an open concept - ready for entertainment

How to design an entertainment center

Choosing a home plan that fits your lot

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