Craftsman House Plan with Finished Daylight Basement

This brand new craftsman House Plan 9451 is perfect for a sloping lot. The finished sloping lot house plans includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchenette and wine bar, as well as a large open game room and plenty of extra storage space. This 3,602 square foot home has an open 1st floor plan with vaulted ceilings throughout. The kitchen has plenty of cabinetry and counterspace, as well as a large island for seating. It opens to a vaulted dining room and great room with fireplace. There’s a rear deck with grilling station. A mudroom is conveniently located off the 3-car garage next to the private master suite.

Construction drawings for this beautiful craftsman home start at $1000. Like all house plans from house plans, you can work direct with the architect or designer to customize your home. Customizing a pre-drawn house plan is much faster and more affordable than hiring a local architect to design you a new home from scratch. To learn more, contact a home plan specialist at 877-895-5299.

Surprise Mom with a Dream Home Plan!

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Shown above is a beautiful dining area with a double-sided fireplace that warms both the great room and dining room in La Casa Bella House Plan from Direct from the Designers. Explore 35 photographs of House Plan 4912, a luxury European-influenced home with a magnificent kitchen design, as shown above.

What Makes a House a Home?

When you think about the home that you grew up in, you can easily recall the physical attributes like the color of the home, the interior features, decorations and rooms, but with some reflection it’s the memories that were made there that made it a ‘real’ home.

I have many fond memories of sitting by the fire playing bingo, trivia and card games and laughing at all my parents stories. My mother loved to cook! I would spend hours with my mom watching and learning as she prepared the most delicious authentic Italian dishes. The holidays were my favorite. Special baked goods and dishes that were only made for certain occasions. The smells that came from the kitchen lingered in every room in our small ranch home. You couldn’t help but fall asleep with a smile knowing what wonderful food was going to be served the next day.

As for trinkets, my mom loved to collect souvenirs from all of our family trips. Our home had as many built-ins and shelves that the walls could hold.

If you’re looking to start your own family and build your dream home, a great place to start is with a beautiful house plan from Direct from the Designers’ collection of thousands best-selling residential homes. These designs incorporate all the special touches, functional spaces and eco-friendly features that you and your family would want in your new home.

A great place to start your search is the New House Plan Collection, Best-Selling Designs, Fabulous Kitchens and Affordable Home Plans. All house plans by Direct from the Designers can be customized to include all your desired changes.

In honor of Mother’s Day we would like to offer $100 off all house plans.

We may not all be able to surprise our Mom’s with such a grand gift as Ashton Kutcher, but we can certainly give Mom the blueprints to build her dream home.

Tips for Selecting the Perfect House Plan

If you’re planning on building a new home, the first step in this exciting project is to find the perfect house plan that fits your family’s lifestyle, budget, personal taste and lot. Stock house plans from companies like Direct from the Designers, allow homeowners the opportunity to build and customize their dream home at a fraction of the cost of commissioning a local architect and designer to draw your plans from scratch.

House Plan 9167 was inspired by Direct from the Designers’ best-selling luxury craftsman House Plan 2297 to create a more affordable floor plan. Plan packages start at $995 for this 2,905 square foot home.

Free modification estimates are available on all of the house plans on After purchase, consumers and builders are set up with the designer, architect or modification team for a one-on-one phone consultation to review the changes and costs. During the modification process, clients will be emailed PDF drawings of their changes to review before the final blueprints are drawn.

Before you begin shopping online for house plans, start with these helpful tips to ensure that the home you choose requires minimal changes:

Find your land. Finding your land first is key in selecting a home plan that will fit your lot and require minimal changes. Ask about property setbacks and other limitations to ensure you select the right garage placement and foundation. For example, if you have a sloping lot, you will most likely need a walkout or daylight basement. Depending on where you live and extent of the slope you may be able to utilize a crawlspace.

Think about the future. Carefully consider functionality. You want to choose a floor plan that accommodates your families needs and lifestyle, not just for today but years down the road. Choosing an open floor plan with options to expand is a definite plus. Take note of the location of bedrooms. Having all the bedrooms grouped together when the children are small may sound like a good idea until they are teenagers and you wished you selected a home with split bedrooms (meaning the master is separate from the additional bedrooms).

This stylish ranch House Plan 4937 features a spacious interior with volume ceilings. The large kitchen can be made even larger by grabbing some space from the breakfast room. Like all house plans from Direct from the Designers, you can customize these design for an additional fee. The estimate however is free.

Write a “Wish List.” Put together a “wish list” of all the features and amenities you would like so when you’re looking through house plans you can see if they’re already included. Little touches like re-designing the kitchen or master bath or adding more built-ins and windows are easy changes that can be facilitated on-site by your builder.

Have a budget. It’s always a good idea to find out what your home building budget is by utilizing a free mortgage calculator and getting pre-approved for a construction loan. Another helpful tool when searching house plans is using a cost estimator that is based on the house plan and your building zip code. Research some local builders to see what they are currently charging per square footage for new home construction.

Find out local building requirements. Before you purchase your house plans obtain a list of required items from your local building department. Some areas like Florida, California, North and South Carolina and Nevada require an engineer seal where a local licensed engineer will analyze the design and provide additional structural detailing required by your local building department. Stock house plans do not come with a professional engineer stamp. CAD packages are available for most stock house plans which make it quicker and more affordable to have them engineered. They are also great for major modifications.

Start searching house plans. As you start to browse for house plans, look for companies that offer advanced search options, high quality renderings and floor plans so you can quickly find and review house plans that fit your criteria. Make sure you create a free account so you can save your favorite house plans.

Consult with a builder. It’s a good idea to consult with a few builders in your area about the current cost to build. Once you’ve selected a house plan, have a builder review the home prior to purchasing to ensure you order the right plan and options, that it will fit on your lot and meet your local building requirements.

Purchasing house plans. You can expect to pay from $750 to $1,200 for a full set of constructions drawings. The price can vary depending on the size of the home, additional plan options selected and the plan package. If you’re not sure what plan package you need, ask a home plan advisor. You cannot make copies of printed sets so be sure you have enough sets – packages are typically available in 5 or 8 sets. Other options include a PDF Plan Package, reproducibles and CAD files.

If you need help finding a house plan, please call 877-895-5299 or email Direct from the Designers and a home plan specialist will be happy to assist you.

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Are You Building a Green Home? 5 Things to Consider Before You Build

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If you’re planning on building a new, green home, here are 5 important tips to consider:

1    Green, Sustainable House Plans

Start with ENERGY STAR® blue, with ENERGY STAR® approved house plans from Direct from the Designers. All the plans in this collection are designed to inspire consumers and builders to build an energy-efficient and eco-friendly home that utilizes all the latest green building techniques and building products.

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The Evergreen Cottage House Plan is an award-winning ENERGY STAR® approved home. Green, energy-efficient features include 6″ SIP exterior walls. Both active and passive energy saving technology is used in this design including a wind generator and grass roof – perfect for practicing golf. Learn more about this craftsman, eco-friendly cottage by viewing the designer notes on the plan page.

2    Size and Site Matters

A smaller home typically costs less to heat and cool and is more affordable to maintain. The trend toward larger houses is decreasing as homeowners continue to assess how many rooms they actually need for their family and lifestyle. If your dream is to build a large home, you can design a very energy-efficient home by incorporating the latest green building techniques and home building products.

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This traditional house plan is perfect for a growing family. This home is packed with extras including a detached apartment studio, open floor plan, home office, large bonus room, mudroom and spacious, private master suite and front and rear outdoor living spaces.  At 3,215 square feet this flexible home is perfect for homeowners starting out on a smaller budget.

3    Eco-Friendly Construction

Use eco-friendly building techniques and sustainable materials like energy efficient windows and roofing. ENERGY STAR® appliances and heating and cooling systems will greatly reduce the energy consumption of your home. Don’t forget about your interior by using eco-friendly flooring, low- or no-VOC paints and finishes and WaterSense® products for your faucets, toilets and showerheads. Be sure your builder uses the right insulation and house wrap to create a tight building envelope for your home.

4    Green Home Builders

When you’re shopping for a home builder, look for a builder that is experienced in sustainable building. Check their portfolio to see what green elements they use to construct new homes.

5    Consider Extra Green Factors

There are many extra green products and techniques you can incorporate into your new home like wind turbines, solar panels, radiant heat, passive cooling and much more. It all depends on how ‘green’ you want to go.

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House Plans Similar to Homes of American Presidents

In honor of Presidents’ Day Direct from the Designers has assembled a list of homes that our Presidents have called their own. Discover their taste in home design. We’ve matched these famous homes with similar house plans from our Luxury Collection so you can build your own presidential dream home.

Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port

One of America’s most famed summer getaways is the Kennedy Compound on Nantucket Sound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  It consists of 6 acres of waterfront property and is currently owned by Ted Kennedy. To learn more about the Kennedy’s life on Cape Cod, you can visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.













Home away from home: John F. Kennedy Jr. and Jackie O pictured in 1953 after announcing their engagement vacationed at the Kennedy Compound frequently

Build your own waterfront estate. Two of our most popular luxury beach cottage house plans are The Retreat at Waters Edge and the Chatham.

The Retreat is a 9,820 square foot shingle-style estate that features five structures connected by trellised arbors and covered roofs. There is a cabana that doubles as a guest house and a magnificent combination of outdoor/indoor living spaces perfect for entertaining. This home was “Best of Show” winner at both the 2006 Seattle Street of Dreams and the 2007 AIBD Design Competition. Enjoy 55 photographs of House Plan 3236.

The Chatham embodies the essence of coastal charm with its shingle-style gables, gambrels, columns, turrets, balconies and verandas combined with the very best in modern amenities for a busy lifestyle. This two-story home features 7,900 square feet of well-appointed living spaces including plenty of rooms for entertaining like a home theater, game room, formal living and dining rooms, a large open gourmet kitchen and covered outdoor living spaces.

This award-winning design took Best of Show honors at the 2005 Seattle Street of Dreams and a 2006 Best of American Living. Enjoy 40 photographs of House Plan 3235.

President Obama’s Chicago Mansion













Former residence of President Barack Obama is located on the south side of East Hyde Park Boulevard in Chicago. It’s a beautiful 6,200 square foot Georgian revival mansion and popular tourist hot spot. It’s where his family lived while he served as Illinois senator and ran for the presidency.

This two-story Colonial home is 4,094 square feet and perfect for an urban neighborhood with its narrow, but deep design. There’s even a third story bonus room perfect for overlooking the city. View the floor plans to House Plan 4149.

 Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua Colonial Home

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton purchased this Dutch Colonial home for $5.95 million in 1999 just after leaving office. The 5,200 sq. ft. colonial boasts five bedrooms on a gorgeously landscaped lot in one of Westchester County’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

This luxurious 5-bedroom Colonial house plan would the perfect addition to any high-end neighborhood. The first floor features 3,927 square feet, which includes a large master suite in one wing and a guest suite on the other. A large kitchen, nook and family room occupy the rear of the home with a formal dining room, living room and office flanking the foyer. The second floor features 1,771 square feet featuring three well-appointed bedrooms and a media room. View House Plan 4342.

Here are some house plans that were inspired by the White House!

This Old World two-story home with regal columns, Palladian windows and stucco exterior make this an elegant design. View additional photographs and the floor plans to House Plan 8079.

This lavish estate features 3-floors of magnificent living spaces including a a sky room and terrace to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Take a tour of House Plan 6018.

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Our Most Popular Budget Friendly House Plans

The decision to rent vs buy vs build is a common one, and one that can be a major life event. Renting allows you more flexibility and buying allows you to build equity. But building your own home allows you to create exactly what you want!

For those of you who are leaning towards building your own home but don’t want to break the bank, we’ve put together a list of our most popular budget friendly house plans.

10. Plan HHF-7139


This country craftsman style house is one of our most popular because of it’s smooth layout and efficient use of space. This plan features front and rear covered porches, a great room with vaulted ceilings, fireplace, and built-in cabinets, and a tucked away master suite that will make anyone jealous.

9. Plan HHF-3059


This 1,457 square feet ranch has 3 bedrooms and 2 bath and features a 2-car garage with work area, an open floor plan that highlights the kitchen, and a master suite with vaulted ceilings.

8. Plan HHF-3061


This spacious 1,666 square ft, 2-story cottage features beautiful front and rear porches, a drive under-garage and a second floor media room for the kids.

7. Plan HHF-7138


One of our most popular cottages, Plan 7138 features front and rear covered porches, a master suite with his and hers, get this, walk in closets, and a great room with a fireplace and built-in cabinets.

6. Plan HHF-2808


This compact design uses every inch of space efficiently. This cottage is 1,380 square feet and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bath.

5. Plan HHF-4718


Classic architectural elements adorn the facade of this fresh one-story design which has a great room large enough for any gathering.

4. Plan HHF-5458


This simple country home has front and rear porches, and a simple open floor plan to go along with 3 bedrooms and 2 bath.

3. Plan HHF-6262


This country style design features front and rear covered porches, a 1-car garage with a work and storage space, and a great room with a fireplace and vaulted ceilings.

2. Plan HHF-3800


This tiny cottage uses every square foot wisely – in just 1,080 square feet, this floor plan includes 3 bedrooms and 2 bath.

1. Plan HHF-2259


And last but certainly not least, our most popular house plan for those on a budget. Plan 2259 is an open floor plan that features a kitchen for entertaining, a basement with a game or media room, and a master suite that opens to the rear lanai and outdoor fireplace.

Which of these budget friendly house plans was your favorite?

Let us know in the comments below.

3 Popular Bungalow House Plans

If you want a home that can guarantee privacy and still look modern, you might want to consider a bungalow house plan. A bungalow is typically a one to one-and-a-half story home with low-pitched roofs and wide overhanging eaves. The term bungalow is widely used and has different meanings depending on the location. The term originated in India from a Hindi word literally translating to “house in the Bengal style.” Bungalows were adapted from the Indian style by the British and made their way to America in 1880. They remained popular for fifty years and are notable in American architecture for making good design affordable.

Our most popular bungalow house plan features a comfortable lanai and porch and a covered front porch. This enchanting fairytale style house plan has beautiful curb appealland is a wonderful place to entertain friends in a cozy atmosphere.
Our most popular bungalow house plan features a comfortable lanai and porch and a covered front porch. This enchanting fairytale style house plan has beautiful curb appealland is a wonderful place to entertain friends in a cozy atmosphere.

Depending on where you live, the word bungalow was used differently. From about 1905 to 1930 Americans used the term bungalow for any house that used space efficiently. In the United States however, the interior of a bungalow house plan often features a living room at the center, connected rooms without hallways and built in cabinets, shelves and seats. The space efficiency in a bungalow style house plan is believed to have originated from army tents and rural English cottages. The idea was to cluster the kitchen, dining area, bedrooms and bathroom around a central dining area. What we think of today as an open floor plan.

Another popular bungalow house plan is this small cottage. With an entertainment space downstairs and a private master suite, it is the perfect living space for a small family with the opportunity for future expansion upstairs.

While many different styles of bungalow homes developed were based on materials available in the area, the first bungalow house plans were built during the Arts and Crafts movement. Bungalows often feature natural woodwork such as exposed rafters and built in cabinetry or bookcases. These bungalows are known as craftsman bungalows and were heralded for their cozy appeal.

Additionally, these homes are popular for their heat reducing features. Its roots in India and warm climates explain why these homes are such great heat reducers. Since a large foundation is needed for this single floor house, the roof has a vast surface area, allowing the attic to trap most of the summer heat and making a bungalow the perfect solution for a warmer climate.

Our third most popular bungalow house plan is this piece of Americana. This bungalow rests on 1,380 square feet and packs a whole lot of value into its space. This three bedroom and two bathroom home also features a great room, sunny porch and recreation and media rooms.
Our third most popular bungalow house plan is this piece of Americana. This bungalow rests on 1,380 square feet and packs a whole lot of value into its space. This three bedroom and two bathroom home also features a great room, sunny porch and recreation and media rooms.

Bungalows are a house plan style that sits at the heart of American architecture. With its simple, cozy, homeliness these houses are sure to delight home buyers and builders who want a lot of bang for their buck.

These Beautiful Modern House Designs Will Make You Contemplate Moving

Clean, glass, light and minimal all come to mind when the term modern design comes up. Modern house design is also starting to incorporate green building materials and more efficient use of living space.

Here are 8 of our most popular and unique modern house designs that will certainly make you think about bringing your home into the 21st century.

8. Plan 3082


One of our most popular modern homes, Plan 3082 is a cozy 1,391 square feet that feels much larger due to its wide open floor plan.

7. Plan 5311

Plan 5311 is a sprawling 4,600 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bath. An open floor plan and floor to ceiling glass make this home feel even bigger if you can believe it!

6. Plan 8236

This modern design is one of our newest plans added to our collection. Plan 8236 is 2,047 square feet and has 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath and an office.

5. Plan 4765

One of our most popular modern designs, Plan 4765 has a ton of curb appeal. At 1,788 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bath, this home is perfect for a small family.

4. Plan 3075

Plan 3075 is one of our top selling modern homes. This home is 1,388 square feet and has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bath. A wide open floor plan with the master on the first floor along with plenty of outdoor living space make this home feel much more expansive.

3. Plan 5550

Glass, glass and more glass. This home screams modern design and is one of our favorites in the collection. Plan 5550 is 4,366 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bath. It also has room to store 4 cars in the garage for all your toys.

2. Plan 3359

Plan 3359 is a beautiful 4,102 square feet and has 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bath and a 3-car garage. A wide open floor plan and a ton of outdoor living space make this one of our favorite modern designs.

1. Plan 5540

Now this is a modern design! Boxy, clean lines and beautiful. This drive under modern home is 3,104 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Which one of these modern house plans was your favorite? What did you like or dislike about these 8 designs?

Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation over on Facebook.

7 Amazing Craftsman House Plans That Will Make You Jealous

Have you ever dreamed of building your own home?

From picking the floor plan to fit your lifestyle, carefuly choosing the perfect layout for maximum comfort and accessibility. To choosing the materials used for the exterior, flooring, tile, paint colors – putting your mark 100% on every detail of the home.

Below are seven Craftsman style home plans that many of our customers have chosen to build just like that over the past few years.

7. Plan 4422

Fypon’s 1st Annual National Curb Appeal Month

National Curb Appeal Month is dedicated to helping homeowners focus on ways to add value and design appeal to their home’s exterior.

During the month of August, Fypon, the creator of National Curb Appeal Month, offers daily curb appeal tips on its Facebook and Twitter pages along with detailed curb appeal information and color advice from national color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color.

Below is an infographic all about curb appeal they asked that we share: