Even with the compact footprint this two-story cottage home plan still has a remarkable spacious feel. The ground floor is entirely open from living room, through dining area to kitchen. Upper loft is windowed on two sides; links to master suite and second bedroom.
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Economical Watkins feels roomy inside
The compact, two-story Watkins is designed to fit on a narrow lot with room to spare. It is as economical to build as it is to heat and maintain, yet still has a very spacious feel, especially in the main floor gathering spaces.
A front porch spans the entire front facade. It has the ambiance of old-fashioned porches, where families and friends passed time together enjoying the breezy shade on hot summer afternoons. In fact, a wooden porch swing would be a great addition here.
The stairway across from the front door creates a protected entry. When you turn to the right, you move into an expansive space that is totally open from the living room's front window to the kitchen's rear window. Windowed on two sides, the room is naturally bright.
Square columns mark the boundary between the living room and a dining room that is open to the kitchen. Counters and cabinets wrap around two sides of the kitchen, and there's plenty of room for a large freestanding table at the center. From the kitchen, sliding doors provide access to a covered patio that can be screened, and double doors swing open to reveal a roomy set of pantry shelves.
Laundry appliances are nearby too, in a pass through space that leads to an exterior door. A powder room is right across the hall. This area can be closed off to serve as a mudroom and/or pet sleeping area.
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a loft fill the upper level. A wide bay window brightens and expands the Watkin's master suite, which also has a generously sized walk-in closet and private bathroom. Pull-down stairs provide attic access.