A wide wrap-around covered porch welcomes family and friends to this country-style home plan, while decks and a screened porch span the rear. The parlor/study can be totally enclosed, but the other gathering spaces-dining area, great room, kitchen and nook-are more open to one another.
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Charleston a country jewel
Arched windows put a contemporary spin on the Charleston, a country-style home complete with gables and a wrap-around porch. The placement of parlor and dining room on both sides of the entry is traditional, but the entryway, with its lofty two-story ceiling, is not. The great room and dining room have high ceilings too, in the 12-14 foot range. Clerestory windows in the entry and dining room provide extra illumination.
Columns and arches mark the boundaries of the bayed dining room. Double doors close to provide complete privacy in the parlor, which could just as easily be furnished as a home office. Shelves and a desk are built in.
Informal living spaces are at the rear. Two sets of French or atrium doors brighten the great room all year round and can be left open in summer. A fireplace, flanked by built-in shelving, provides warmth and color in winter.
The large country kitchen has all of the most popular amenities: large work island, walk-in pantry, built-in appliances, windowed eating nook, and a corner sink with a view. The three-season porch is perfect for protected outdoor dining. Utilities, basement stairs, and a small powder room are close to the Charleston's center of activity.
Double doors open into a good-sized owners' suite. Features here include a huge walk-in closet, a small deck, and a two-section bathroom with dual vanity and oversized shower. Two upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom. The front-facing room has a walk-in closet and an arched window that could be outfitted with a window seat.