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Outdoor Living Week: House Plan Spotlight

10Jun 2019

Well summer is in full swing and that can only mean two things; mosquitos and oppressive heat. No, wait that wasn’t what I meant to write. I meant to say Father’s Day and Cookouts! Yes! Father’s Day is right around the corner kids and I hope that you have that perfect gift picked out for dad. And what do dads like to do? Grill out and give you unnecessary advice. So let’s celebrate dad this week with our Outdoor Living Week! Starting with some house plans that make you want to slap some hot dogs on the barby.


Here at Nelson Design Group we have loads of plans with Grilling Porches. These plans give you the perfect space to host outdoor get-togethers and just hang out until the sun goes down. I went through our collection and found three fantastic plans to showcase for you. What makes this even better is that 2 of these are some of our newest plans!

So let’s walk through these plans together and see if we can’t find THE perfect balance for that special guy we all know and love.



Riverrun (MEN 5207)

Riverrun (MEN 5207)

Take a look at our newest Rustic Style house plan! This home gives you all of that coveted rustic look with room for all of your modern amenities! This home gives you nearly 2,000 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. This gorgeous plan would be great in the middle of the woods or in the urban wilderness.

As you approach the home, you notice the wrap around covered porch with stonework columns. A bay window immediately draws your eye to the right side of the home while a gabled window and chimney give the plan a good middle ground for curb appeal.

Walking into the home you are immediately met with an open floor plan featuring a Great Room with a fireplace and a stairway leading to the second floor. The stone work fireplace gives you ample warmth on those chilly, windswept nights and the perfect ambiance for a late night snuggle with your loved one.

Moving through the Great Room, you find yourself in a large open Kitchen. The Kitchen features a Dining Space as well as a bar with seating for 4. This kitchen gives you ample room for the largest of refrigerators and dishwashers and plenty of counter space. You even have a pantry built right in!

The Dining Room features large windows that open up to the rear of the home. From the Dining Room you can step out on to the covered Grilling Porch. This Grilling Porch has plenty of space for grilling and entertaining as well as a storage area for all of those pesky grill implements.

Stepping back into the Dining Room, you can take a look into the Supply Room that has built in shelving for all of your household goods. It can also be used as a pantry! To the right of the Supply Room you find a short hallway that gives you access to the downstairs Main Bath. This full size bathroom features space for a linen closet.

Moving back into the hallway, you find space for a stacked washer and dryer. The last room on this floor is the Master Bedroom. Remember that gorgeous bay window I mentioned earlier? It is here in the Master Bedroom. It would be perfect for a window seat or to place a chair there for afternoon reading.

The second floor features Bedrooms 2 and 3 each with their own large closet. The secondary Bathroom is also up here and it, too features a linen closet. This home is perfect for those wanting to step away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Enjoy the simplicity of Rustic surroundings in your own living room!



Four Winds (MEN 5218)

Four Winds (MEN 5218)

Check out our newest Farmhouse Style house plan! This is a beauty! This house plan is the newest work of award winning home designer Michael E. Nelson. This house plan gives you over 2,000 square feet of living area with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. This home features a 2 car garage that allows you to enter the home and go straight into the kitchen. No lugging heavy bags of groceries across the whole house!

From the garage you can also make your way directly to the laundry room which has a space for a large farm style sink or you can go directly to the Master Suite. The Master Suite features a boxed ceiling and the adjacent master bath has room for a glass shower as well as a freestanding tub. The walk-in closet gives you plenty of room to store all of your clothes and is conveniently located right beside the Master Bath.

From the garage you can go down the hallway directly into the open floor plan featuring the Kitchen, Great Room and Breakfast Room. This large space features a vaulted ceiling with false beams and an island that gives you seating for 6. And let’s not forget the large pantry area that gives you plenty of room to store all of the goodies your family will ever need.

The Breakfast Room features a large bank of windows that give you an uninhibited view of the rear of your home. The Great Room features a centrally located fireplace so that you and your loved ones can cuddle up on a cold day. From the Great Room you can access the Dining Room and Foyer. The Foyer leads to the covered porch that greets your visitors as they enter your home.

The Foyer also opens up to a Guest Room that can also be used as Bedroom 4 or as a Study/office. This room has its own adjacent bathroom and a walk in closet. From the Great Room you can proceed to the hall leading to Bedrooms 2 and 3 which each have their own walk in closet and share the Jack and Jill hall bathroom.

The home is finished off with a large Grilling Porch with vaulted ceilings that has space for the optional gas fireplace. This plan gives you the perfect mix of a traditional farmhouse plan and modern entertaining. This space is perfect for late night bar-b-ques and drinks under the stars.

From this Grilling Porch you can walk under the covered walk directly into the Master Suite. This house plan also has space for an optional third garage giving you space for more vehicles or storage.



Telluride Retreat (MEN 5209)

Telluride Retreat (MEN 5209)

This house plan is luxury living meets rustic simplicity! The first thing you notice about this home is its beautiful front porch. It stands out with rustic style beam construction and stonework bases and the garage mimics this look giving the home a streamlined curb appeal.

This home gives you nearly 2,700 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 4 full baths. This plan features 1.5 stories and a 2 car garage. As you enter the home through the stonework covered front porch you find yourself in an open floor plan with a massive Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen combination.

The Great Room is open to the balcony above and features a massive stonework fireplace. Behind the fireplace is the stairway to the upstairs. The Dining Room features room for a large table with seating for 10, and possibly more! This is the home you need if you have a large family.

The Kitchen is nothing to dismiss either. This large corner kitchen features a massive pantry and bar with room for the large sink and bar seating for 6. The Great Room opens up to the Screened Porch on the rear of the house through 18’ wide folding glass doors. Panda Windows and Doors would be the perfect place to purchase exactly what you would need for this space.

This is the crème de la crème of outdoor living spaces. This Screened Porch gives you space enough to hold a small ball with its own dedicated Grilling Kitchen and Outdoor Fireplace. Yes, there is a fully functioning kitchen on the porch so that you can Bobby Flay your way to grilled masterpieces.

On the left side of the plan are bedrooms 2 and 3 which share a hall Bathroom with Jack and Jill sinks. The other side of the first floor of the plan is devoted to the master suite. This is a large master suite featuring large windows opening on to the rear of the home the Master Bath has a corner shower with a built in seat and room for a freestanding tub.

The Master Bath also contains room for a walk in closet and access to the large Laundry Room. Moving upstairs you will find the Loft with its own Bathroom. This is area is larger than my first apartment! Remember the Balcony I mentioned earlier? This is the hallway leading to the loft and it gives you a spectacular view of the Great Room below.

Let’s not forget the 2 car garage. This is a special area. It features storage on both sides of the bay, but the upstairs portion is what is really fantastic. Above the garage is a full studio Apartment with its own Kitchen and Bathroom. This is a perfect space for guests to stay over or to use for an older child or as a Mother-In-Law suite.

Here at Nelson Design Group we have thousands of plans for you to choose from. All of these plans can be customized to your exact specifications. That means that we did the heavy lifting and you can have your perfect dream home!

Here at Nelson Design Group, we are the place to get your house plans. We are experts in everything to do with planning and designing homes. If you are looking for floor plans, such as plans for a nice pool house, give us a call today at (870) 931-5777.

Maybe you're looking for just regular house plans? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Come check out Nelson Design Group’s collection of over 1,800 house plans. And come check out the past blog posts in this series:


Here at Nelson Design Group, we are always ready to make your dream home a reality. If we don’t have the plan that is right for you, we’ll make one. We are experts in our field and have been doing this for over 30 years. Give us a call today and we will be glad to help.



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