Just a tad over 900 square feet, this minimalist Craftsman home plan by guest designer Steven Duarte is ideal for singles or couples. Vaulted living room with fieldstone fireplace; arched opening leads to country kitchen. French door near kitchen offers access to side deck, handy for outdoor dining. Please note: Featured guest designers have different drafting styles, therefore construction drawing layouts and contents will vary according to the region from which they originate.
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Pinewald is a compact Craftsman design
Measuring in at just a tad over 900 square feet, the Craftsman-style Pinewald is notably smaller than most new homes. Guest designer Steven Duarte created this compact plan that is well-suited to the needs of singles, small families, and empty nesters looking to simplify their lifestyles.
Craftsman was the dominant style for smaller houses built throughout the country from about 1905 until the early 1920s. Easily identifiable features in this plan include the low-pitched gabled roof with decorative braces, distinctive window treatment (multiple upper sash, single below), and a porch supported by squared stone veneer columns.
Fieldstone was the chosen material here. You see it in the visible porch foundation, in the handsome square chimney, beneath the tapered wooden piers supporting the porch roof, and in columns that punctuate the simple wooden railings bounding the uncovered side deck/porch.
Entering, you step directly into the vaulted living room. The ceiling slopes down towards the fieldstone fireplace, which serves as a natural focal point. Daylight washes in through windows and doors on two sides of the room. The door to the right of the fireplace offers access to the side deck, handy for outdoor dining when warm weather beckons.
Arched openings lead into the Pinewald's comfortable country kitchen on the left, and the bedrooms on the right. The kitchen, too, is vaulted. In this case, the ceiling peaks about half way into the room. Four double-sashed windows capped by two clerestory windows fill most of the side wall, which rises to a triangular peak centered over the glass.
Utilities are nearby, in a pass-through space that leads to the rear door. If a basement is desired, the utilities would be downstairs with the stairs in this location instead.