Dealing with a lot that slopes can make it tricky to build, but with the right house plan design, your unique lot can become a big asset. That’s because a sloping lot can hold a walkout basement with room for sleeping spaces, fun recreational rooms, and more. From simple unfinished storage spaces to elaborate guest quarters, walkout basements open up all kinds of possibilities.
Love entertaining? Walkout basement designs with wet bars get the party started, and can keep it going with room for a billiards table, big television, or even a sport court. Finished lower levels create private zones that guests will love, especially when the suites feature en suite bathrooms. Wine cellars fit nicely in walkout basements and are easier to keep cool under grade.
Scenic locations, like lakefront or mountain regions, practically beg for designs with walkout basements. Stash sports equipment like skis or sleds in lower-level storage areas, or simply store them on the patio in bins. The extra outdoor living that a walkout basement adds can effectively double your space for lounging outside on a beautiful day by providing an extra patio in addition to any deck or porches upstairs (and making it easier to host, say, an elegant wine-tasting party upstairs while kids play video games downstairs). For multi-season enjoyment, just add an outdoor fireplace and maybe a grill zone. Perhaps you’d like to add a hot tub to your outdoor options? A lower-level patio feels just right for that.
For the purposes of searching for home plans online, know that walkout basements don’t count as a separate story because part of the space is located under grade. That’s why, when browsing house plans, you’ll see some homes listed as having one story that actually have bedrooms on a walkout basement. Some two-story designs also include a lower level. Imagine the views from the top story!