Passive house plan with walkout basement

The Shooting Star offers a smart and very livable ground floor layout, and we've added an option with a walkout basement.

The Shooting Star offers a smart and very livable ground floor layout, and we’ve added an option with a walkout basement.

Flexible floorplans

Finding the right house plan for how and where you live is pretty critical when planning your new home. We’ve continued to develop our stable of more than 50 passive house plans for this very reason.

Even if you can’t find your perfect plan in our portfolio, you’ll probably be able to identify several plans with elements that you’d love to bring together in a new plan that’s perfect for you. Exactly the process many of our clients follow!

Our Shooting Star plan is a perfect case in point. It started life as a 1,232 sq ft bungalow with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as open plan living areas.

In its latest incarnation, we’re showing it with a walkout basement and a slightly different approach to the ground floor layout.

An exterior render of the Shooting Star home with walkout basement.
A home with a walkout basement is an affordable two-storey. Your basement becomes a fully functioning, light filled second level.

Revised ground floor

A black and white schematic of the ground floorplan for the Shooting Star.

Walkout basement plan

A black and white schematic of the basement floorplan for the Shooting Star.

Floorplan considerations

The floorplans shown above illustrate one approach to the ground floor and a possible basement layout, but we can change any of these details to best suit your lifestyle and needs.

The original ground floor plan, shown here, included his and hers closets, as well as a shared bathroom accessible from the master bedroom and the hallway near the second bedroom. A small utility / laundry room was tucked into the corner near the entrance.

The revised ground floor plan, shown above, shows a more conventional closet in the master bedroom, a centrally positioned shared bathroom with a single entrance, a second bedroom, as well as a small corner office with a tucked away space for laundry by the entrance.

In the original plan a powder room is positioned in tandem with a mudroom / entranceway, while in the revised plan a large pantry off the kitchen is placed here instead. Different priorities, different ways of living within the same overall space.

The original ground floor

A graphic of the original ground floor plan for the Shooting Star.

A perfect walkout basement

A walkout basement is really just a lower level, as it will enjoy much the same light as the upstairs of your home. (Again – it’s worth saying we can do a conventional basement if your lot won’t allow for a walkout!)

Thinking through this lower level floorplan is important and how it relates to both the upper level and the outside. This will decide things like room placement, door and window placement, and how you want the stair entry to the lower level to work.

We show a straight run of stairs, but stairs with a landing partway down and a turn could help to define the space below.

Lower levels can accommodate a mix of spaces, from extra bedrooms, a home office or study space, craft spaces, rec rooms, media rooms, and more. An in-law or rental suite are very real possibilities.

An all white walkout-basement with home office
A walkout basement provides many opportunities for bringing in the light.

Create flow from inside to outside

Our renders are meant to provide inspiration on how your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces might related to each other.

Shown here is the Shooting Star with a huge deck stretching across the upper level, access from stairs leading to the main entrance from lower down a slope. This upper deck provides a shaded seating area for the lower walkout level.

Depending on your site and how you live, you may need quite a different arrangement. Share your vision with us, and we’ll translate it into a highly livable house plan to pair with our passive house kit.

Build the smartest, most affordable to run home for your future with a smart design that will work for you now and down the road. Ready to talk? Please give us a shout!

A daytime exterior render of a walkout basement with a huge deck across the upper level.
See our post Customizing Your House Plan for more ideas on how your exterior might look.

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