3 story house plans often come in handy if you’re working with a narrow lot. Why? Because 3 story plans are often taller and deeper than they are wide (not always, but the basic concept of a 3 story design, i.e. build up, not necessarily out, lends itself well to narrow lots). So, urban dwellers where lot space is usually slim, this collection might be just what the doctor ordered!
Three story home plans offer terrific separation of spaces. A luxurious example of this could be—story one features the kitchen and living areas; story two features the guest bedrooms and office space; and story 3 is dedicated solely to a large, luxurious master suite. Some 3 story floor plans may also feature three levels of outdoor living space. Take house plan 930-18, for instance. This 3 story home blueprint offers a patio on level 1, a lanai on level 2, and a deck on level 3. Pretty cool!
One thing to keep in if you plan to build a home with three stories (or, frankly, any plan that’s more than one level), is where you want to place the master suite. Modern plans often feature the master suite on the main level. Why? Because main level masters (sometimes called "master down house plans") allow homeowners to more easily age in place. No one likes to discuss aging, but the fact is, it’s a devil we will all have to face at some point. Furthermore, think of it like this--when you build a home, it’s kind of like getting married. The idea is to do it once! If you build your dream home now, you’re not going to want to move out of it 20, 30, 40 or 50 years down the road, are you? So, it’s best to plan for the future now. However, with all that being said, if a second or third story master is an absolute must-have in your book—we understand! Sometimes having that upstairs oasis—far away from clanging pots and pans in the kitchen and front door deliveries that make the dog go crazy—is a non-negotiable requirement. If that is indeed the case, consider a house plan with an elevator. Note that an elevator can be created by stacking closets on top of each other. That means—if you select a 3 story house plan with an elevator now—you could use the elevator space as closet space for the first decade or two (or more) that you live in the house. Then, if the time comes when stairs become too loathsome to handle, you could easily-enough remodel the closet space into an elevator shaft.
Related categories include: Narrow Lot House Plans.