In less than twelve hundred square feet, this plan manages to contain all the room and privacy required by a busy family, plus amenities such as a formal dining room, an elegant foyer, two baths and numerous closets-all through the efficient allocation of space. The problem of privacy in the room areas that is sometimes encountered in single story homebeds has been solved, while the ease of single-level living has been retained.
The square, roomy foyer is centrally located, offering easy access to all parts of the dwelling while dividing public areas from private quarters.
The foyer boasts two matching arches on axis to each other; one leads to the front door, the other to a bath room (nearby, but not in plain sight) and then to the bedroom passage beyond. A larger arch separates these two, presenting a view down the length of the living room toward a fireplace at its far end. To the left may be glimpsed the dining room; from there, the kitchen and its pantry, stairs to the basement and to the attic, as well as the buildings rear entrance may all be reached.
The bedrooms are each worthy of note. Bedroom number three has had the openings into it so placed as to accommodate the greatest amount of furnishing options. Each of the walls in bedroom number tow are different, yet each are symmetrical unto themselves -- a subtle detail not often found in modest homes. Snugly situated in the quietest and most secluded corner of the structure, the large master bedroom is the soul of the orderly planning; the entrance door and a window answering it on axis are at one end of the rectangular room, allowing for much flexibility in furniture arrangement. Doors to two closets, a linen closet, and a private master bath room are neatly grouped around an elegant, arched recess; this signature alcove design feature of the author eliminates the difficulty of furnishing a chamber into which all these doors would ordinarily intrude.
The careful location of the stairs anticipates the possibility of either a large separate apartment or garage below, as well as (depending on the type of roof chosen) the future completion of additional rooms above.
GAMBREL (Plan C Design No. 7) ~
This cozy evocation of our nations past employs a commodious gambrel roof popular with early New England settlers. The half-dormers rhythmically punctuating the eave would have required far too great of an unnecessary effort in that harsher era however, and would not have been done; here though, they compliment the building and prevent it from merely replicating history.
The roof shown provides, at minimal cost, space into which the owners might choose to someday expand. This design makes no attempt at impressing the neighbors, only to charm them with its sense of home.
It may be built broadside or gable-end to the street; either way it is a picturesque, comfortable-looking (and affordable) family seat. A separate apartment may be included within a raised basement (to allow for large windows). A rear porch and an attached garage would also be welcome, affordable additions.
~ SPANISH MISSION (Plan C Design No. 8) ~
Although precluding the use of the attic for future expansion, the low-slung tile roof adds color, texture, style and character to this house, and its sense of solidity and permanence imparts to the smooth stucco walls below a feeling of strength and thickness which they might otherwise not have. It should be noted that these materials require next to no maintenance for many years at a time.
Although a symmetrical house, this style lends itself well to numerous asymmetrical future additions which can be situated in whatever way best suits the building site. Trellises and terraces offer at only a modest cost the joy of living outdoors in good weather, and will enhance the effect already felt in this design of a home which is securely anchored to, and at one with its surroundings.
~ TUDOR (Plan C Design No. 9) ~
Rising dramatically from a sloping site, this interpretation of the English Tudor style provides for a pair of garages below, and for future expansion in the large roof above; all while covering but 1,156 square feet of land. For generations one of the most popular styles in American construction, the acceptance and desirability of Tudor design will surely continue far into the future; this residence will not go unnoticed in even the finest of neighborhoods.
With regards to afford ability, it is expected that the expense of the half-timbered stucco walls will be offset by the standard, regular dimensions of this buildings parts, and by the simplicity of its rectangular outline. It is not difficult to image this dwelling happily existing in any number of settings.
A wonderfully well adapted home for small building plots or limited budgets, this three bedroom home satisfies the customary needs of a household through a resourceful disposition of its rooms, an economy in the use of its materials, and a methodical elimination of wasted space.
Every home should include a few frills none-the-less, and this house provides those as well.
Areas ordinarily reserved for foyer and staircase here blend smoothly into one end of the living room, augmenting its size and increasing the real and apparent dimensions of what is already the major space in the building. A fireplace signifies this rooms importance; the four windows guarantee that it has a feeling of airiness as well. Aligned with the fireplace, an archway flanked by closets having paneled doors leads to the dining room beyond. From here access is gained to the kitchen, the stairway to the basement, and french doors to the rear yard. Pocket doors are used to change the informal, flowing arrangement between the kitchen and dining room to one of decorous formality when guests are entertained.
Upstairs, an extra-wide passage leads to bath and bedrooms, attic stairs, and a laundry closet. The master bedroom occupies one end of the building, and is large enough to accommodate the inclusion of a private bath if the owners so choose. A palladian window over the most likely location of the headboard is one of the special features of this home, as is the ceiling here, which is open to the roof ridge above. The entrance door, palladian window and roof ridge all align perfectly along the centerline of the room, and a pair of matching closets discretely answer each other from opposite ends of the chamber.
The minor bedrooms are remarkable in that their matching entrance and closet doors are both located along the same wall to reduce circulation areas. Bedroom number two has separating these doors an arched recess holding either shelves or a built-in dresser, thus providing a maximum amount of freedom in furniture placement. Construction of this residence on a raised basement, or on a slope will allow for a garage, additional rooms, or a cozy separate apartment on that level.
~ GARRISON (Plan D Design No. 10) ~
17th century settlers in New England used as models for their dwellings building types with which they were already familiar. The Garrison style home shown illustrated has antecedents stretching back to medieval European walled cities, where limited space led to structures whose upper stories overhung narrow streets below. Details, such as the wood pendants at the front corners of the overhang, were simple and few. Some liberties have been taken here to accommodate modern desires; large sash windows allow in ample sunlight, as does a triple window in the gable of the master bedroom; sunny, useful additional rooms are provided by the raised basement, and a broad porch is shown added to the rear. In colonial times, the end wall often faced north and was shingled for superior warmth, while the other exterior walls were clad with more easily constructed clapboard -- a detail repeated in this design.
~ SHINGLE (Plan D Design No. 11) ~
The warmth and beauty of natural materials, as exemplified by the 'Shingle Style' popular during the last decades of the nineteenth century, are here once again used to good effect. Shown with a garage added to one side, this residence evokes in the onlooker a sense of compatibility between the building and its surroundings. Both economical and charming, shingles are a time-honored method of construction in which buildings seem to improve with age. The visitors benches at the entrance, the Dutch door, the half-dormers crowned by delightful wood finials, and the chimneys variety of masonry materials combine to create a residence with character and interest. The wide wood trim illustrated is an important feature and should not be omitted; it wraps, presents and emphasizes the many details of the house.
~ SWISS CHALET (Plan D Design No. 12) ~
There is nothing shy about this house. The porch and garage have been purposely located so as to create a bold silhouette. Using no more than an ordinary amount of materials, the arrangement of its parts into a bold geometric shape will make this Swiss-inspired home a recognizable landmark no matter where it is constructed. Features include deep eaves which enliven the walls below with changing lines of shadow, shutters and window boxes against the smooth stucco -- offering the opportunity to introduce splashes of color, and the welcoming and charming visitors benches flanking the Dutch door entrance. The generously proportioned porch has room for ample amounts of outdoor furniture, and its location just off the living room makes it ideal for summertime entertaining.
Should the budget necessitate, the porch and garage may be added later.
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