Three Bedroom Country Style Plan - HOMEPW03005
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- Did not include shutters or keystones on windows
- Added quoins
- Did not include horizontal trim underlining dormer pediments
- Built single columns, rather than double, on inner two columns of front porch
- Did not include east doorway leading from garage outside
- Did not build columns on rear porch
- Built daylight basement foundation, which changed look of rear view
- Changed rear dormer to match front dormers
- Installed French doors separating living room from family room
- Did not include closet in living room
- Added space between two windows in both dining room and living room (separated windows changed look of front view, as well)
- Built stepped, instead of flat, ceiling in dining room
- Did not include TV niche above fireplace in family room
- Replaced doors leading from family room to rear porch with windows
- Did not build columns bordering family room and kitchen/breakfast nook
- Replaced leftmost window in breakfast nook with door leading to rear porch
- Added doorway leading from breakfast nook to daylight basement
- Slightly changed some kitchen cabinets
- Moved oven to space originally allocated for pantry
- In master suite, did not include door to "his" walk-in closet; used space as niche for media center instead, and added window (window slightly changed look of rear view)
- Replaced door leading from master bedroom to rear porch with window; replaced rightmost window in master bedroom with door to porch
- Built tray ceiling to step up once, rather than twice
A unique floor plan with a traditional facade. An open layout with no wasted space. A pleasant and cozy front porch and a cool, fun rear deck. This home's got it all, but what really makes it irresistible is the great welcoming family room, which lies smack-dab in the center of the home, just waiting to invite you in.
It's true that even without the family room, from which almost all the other areas of the house can be accessed, the home, Plan HOMEPW03005, has countless attractive qualities. This is why Rhonda Clark, of Pendergrass, Ga., chose the plan. She loved how unique the floor plan was, showing off interesting angles that you don't normally see in a home, connecting every part of the home such that each room seems to flow into the next, and boasting an openness that represents the latest trend in home design. Plus, it fit her family, which includes her husband and their teenaged children, just right.
If you were a passerby, however, the home would catch your eye for a completely different reason. You'd never guess that what lies inside is an ultra-modern floor plan with a luxurious master suite, gourmet kitchen and private media room. Instead, you'd notice the trio of charming dormers perched on the roof. You'd imagine how nice it would be to spend a lazy summer evening on the wide front porch. You'd admire the craftsmanship of the handsome brick facade with its delicate details.
It's somewhat surprising, however, when the traditional, country-style facade opens to an impressive two-story foyer, which in turn opens to the grand family room. Crowned by the same soaring ceiling, the family room boasts the unique seven-sided shape of a heptagon. The northernmost point is occupied by a handsome fireplace, which would serve as the focal point of the room if it weren't for so many other eye-catching characteristics. For example, from the opposite end, the foyer is just steps away, so that the sidelights and arched transom framing the front door filter natural light into the room. The home's center dormer also sends streams of sunlight to brighten the space leading up to the two-story ceiling. In addition to the foyer, the family room opens to the living room, the hallway leading to the master bedroom, the rear porch, the breakfast nook and kitchen, and the formal dining room. Rhonda notes this accessibility as a key feature that drew her to the plan.
The home's formal rooms lie on either side of the foyer. Striking columns distinguish the dining room, and the living room is elegantly set off by French doors, which Rhonda added to the original plan. Rhonda also modified the original plan slightly by using a stepped, rather than flat, ceiling in the dining room, and leaving out the closet in the living room.
To the left of the family room, a brief hallway introduces the luxurious master suite, a secondary bedroom and a hall bath. The master suite is designed to please aesthetically, as well as practically. For example, a gorgeous tray ceiling, which Rhonda outlined with polished crown molding, caps the bedroom, while his-and-hers walk-in closets offer plenty of closet space. There was so much closet space, in fact, that Rhonda left the door off the smaller of the two closets and uses the space instead as a niche for a dresser and a television. A cozy sitting area is highlighted by a stunning window arrangement overlooking the back porch, and offers a door for direct porch access.
The master bath is equally pampering, providing his-and-hers vanities, a corner garden tub and a separate shower. In addition, a linen closet helps keep the bath uncluttered.
On the other side of the family room, the kitchen and breakfast nook offer a delectable combination. In addition to plenty of counter space for preparing meals, the kitchen also offers plenty of storage space for housing dishes, pots and pans and food items. A handy lazy Susan, a sizable corner pantry and lots of cabinets are neatly arranged to preserve the spaciousness of the kitchen while providing a spot for all your kitchen appliances. A convenient snack bar extends from the kitchen to the breakfast nook, which is lined by a wall of tall windows, creating a fresh, airy atmosphere to enjoy casual meals morning, noon and night. A French door leads to the rear porch, which extends to a deck. The porch design includes a summer kitchen consisting of a sink, a refrigerator and a cooktop. The design also suggests screening the porch, though Rhonda left it open.
While the porch offers cool shade for hot days, the adjoining deck is the perfect place for enjoying the warm sunshine. The combination of porch and deck serves as an ideal spot for entertaining a group or hosting an intimate dinner alfresco with close friends. Because of its size, and its seclusion at the back of the home, it creates a nice complement to the front porch, which offers a cozier, more relaxed atmosphere.
Back inside, a guest room/media room with an adjacent full bath is tucked into one corner of the home, just off the kitchen. With its private location, this room makes the perfect spot for overnight guests, a high-tech media room or even a quiet study.
Because of the design's versatility, both the guest room/media room and the living room can easily be used as bedrooms, instantly turning the two-bedroom home into a four-bedroom home with plenty of room to spare. In addition, a future area above the garage offers even more flexibility, allowing you not only to finish it at your leisure, but opening up extra space that can be used for virtually anything.
When it comes to unique floor plans, Plan HOMEPW03005 takes the cake. The interesting angles shaping the home do away with long hallways and wasted space, and create an open, airy atmosphere. High ceilings throughout the home enhance the openness, so that each room seems to flow seamlessly into the next. Flexible rooms accommodate personal needs and preferences. The luxury even spreads outside with fantastic outdoor-living spaces to take advantage of every morning sunrise and evening breeze. But at the end of each day, the family room is always at the heart of the home, making family gathering a central activity.