Four Bedroom Victorian Style House Plan - HOMEPW11706

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Four Bedroom Victorian Home Plan - HOMEPW11706

Cary, NC

Owner-specific modifications:

  • Extended front porch to wrap around both sides of study to garage
  • Moved utility room into space originally allocated for garage storage
  • Moved main-floor powder room to space originally allocated for utility room
  • Enlarged kitchen
  • Put stove in corner opposite sink; moved pantry to left of sink
  • Built breakfast nook with 90-degree angle
  • Removed columns separating foyer from dining room
  • Moved fireplace to rear of family room, where media center was located; installed flat-panel television above fireplace
  • Attached bayed alcove to master bedroom, rather than bedroom 2
  • Removed linen closet from master bath and enlarged shower
  • Moved walk-in closet in bedroom 3 to opposite wall, and built storage area behind closet
  • Added finished bonus room above master suite

From painting the porch ceiling blue (it's supposed to keep spiders away) to installing decorative covers for the floor vents to ordering antique transom-window operators, no detail was too small for home builder Craig Zeigler of Zeigler & Company, when it came to building Plan HOMEPW11706. Zeigler and his team built the Victorian-style home in true Victorian fashion, ornamenting both the interior and the exterior with carefully detailed design features. His team's meticulous craftsmanship, lead by artisan and friend, Dennis Wendt, paid off. The home, which was built for the Raleigh-Wake County Parade of Homes, took the Gold Award, the highest award in its class, along with an unprecedented four perfect scores.

The home's impressive Victorian ornamentation no doubt played a role in its award winning. The term "Victorian," which is actually a blanket term used to describe many different styles, refers to the time during the 19th and early 20th centuries when Queen Victoria reigned in England and advancement in machine technology gave builders access to mass-produced ornamentation, thereby allowing them to explore new approaches to building and design. Many Victorian-style homes built today use the same classic ornamentation, while incorporating modern amenities. Zeigler built Plan HOMEPW11706 in this fashion, including updated conveniences such as an intercom system and a home security system.

In addition, Zeigler made a few modifications to the plan's layout, lending the home a personal touch. The home's exterior, for example, originally called for a rather simple front porch. Zeigler extended the porch, wrapping it around the home. With a wraparound porch embracing the home, an unmistakably country feel is added to the otherwise Victorian look. Not that the Victorian features overpower the home; rather they seem to be veiled beneath a romantic glow created by the soft hues Zeigler used to color the home. The beautifully capped two-story turret blushes in the sunlight, while a blue shade was used to highlight the fishscale shingles, providing a double contrast of color and texture. Elegant 8-foot beveled glass double front doors offer a closer look at the home's beautiful detail, and extend a warm welcome to guests.

Inside, the ornamentation continues. Decorative trim adorns the baseboards and banisters. Crystal doorknobs grace the doors. Pretty patterns embellish the floor vent covers. Zeigler even found antique transom-window operators and made some of the transom windows operable, so they can be used to assist in air circulation, just as they were designed to do in the days before air conditioning.

In addition to dressing up the home in traditional Victorian ornamentation, Zeigler also made modifications to the layout in order to enhance the home with modern amenities. To accommodate the wraparound porch, Zeigler moved the fireplace to the rear of the family room, and installed a flat-panel television above the fireplace.

He also moved the main-floor powder room to the rear of the home, near the utility room. Not only did this get the powder room out of the center of the home, but it also allowed for the kitchen to be slightly rearranged to include an island workstation and more counter space. Zeigler did keep the pass-through, which connects the kitchen and the family room. In addition to creating a convenient way to serve snacks to the family room, it also lends more of the historic charm that is weaved throughout the home.

On the other side of the main floor, the study's bay boasts a unique arrangement, alternating built-in shelves with windows. The windows naturally brighten the room, while the shelves easily house books, toys and knickknacks, saving space that would have been taken up by bulky bookshelves. French doors on either side of the study close the room off from the family and living rooms, offering quiet and privacy.

Upstairs, the master suite was modified to include the bayed alcove that was originally located in a secondary bedroom. Because many of today's master suites boast elaborate luxuries, designed to duplicate the feel of a "pampering getaway," the alcove, which serves as a cozy sitting area off the master bedroom, helps the master suite attain this kind of ambience. The master bath is similarly pampering with a deep oval tub surrounded by windows on three sides. An ornate marble vanity with dual sinks lines the opposite end of the room. Zeigler left out the linen closet, and instead enlarged the shower, which he trimmed with a stained-glass window to match the one built into the bathroom's door. A huge walk-in closet rounds out the bath, providing enough room for clothes, shoes, linens and extra storage.

Three good-sized secondary bedrooms are also found on the upper floor. One of the rooms boasts a private bath, while the other two offer private access to a compartmentalized bath. A large storage area was another of Zeigler's additions, built off one of the secondary bedrooms.

Finally, Zeigler added a bonus room above the master suite. The room is spacious and flexible enough to serve as a playroom, an extra office, a media room or an additional bedroom. Or, the room can be converted to meet changing needs. When children are young, it can be used as a playroom and then converted into a study or media room after children have grown.

By combining historic features and Victorian ornamentation with updated amenities and modern rooms, Zeigler was able to create a home that maintains charm and beauty while accommodating the needs of today's family. And with a Gold Award and four perfect scores, this combination proves to be a winner!

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