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Ranch-Style Gatsby Design Has Daylight Basement0 Comments
Craftsman details give a sentimental look to the Gatsby. From the street, this looks like a small ranch-style house, but looks can be deceiving.
Designed for construction on a down-slope to the rear, this home presents 2,100+ square feet of living space, more than a third of it in the daylight basement. Wide windows brighten each of the basement’s four rooms: family area, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The family room’s sliding glass doors lead out onto an extensive patio, partly covered by the main floor deck above.
Handsome 6x6 wooden posts, neatly trimmed out at the top and bottom, support the wide front entry porch. Three centrally positioned steps bring people to a front-door flanked by sidelights. From the inside, the door’s three glass panes near the top permit in still more light while letting insiders to determine who is outside. The stairway’s half wall escalates the foyer’s impression of expansiveness.
Wide windows complete most of the rear wall, inside the naturally bright combination living room/dining room straight-ahead of the foyer. The broadest of those expands nearly to the gas fireplace. A sliding glass door on the left slides open to offer easy access for the rear covered deck.
The kitchen is open to the dining room, divided just by a peninsular counter. A gently curved eating bar rims the counter on the dining room side. The Gatsby’s kitchen is full of both counter and space for storage, including a sizable walkin pantry. Garage accessibility, a utility room, powder room, and storage cabinet are also nearby.
The owners’ suite fills out the remainer of the ground floor. Features include: a large corner shower, two lavatories, an private toilet, as well as a good-sized walk-in cabinet.