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Shape, symmetry and a tiled roof give an Italian renaissance look to this European home plan. Family living spaces include a screened porch; bedrooms are upstairs. A central powder room is equally close to all living spaces, plus the utility room.
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Classy facade fronts traditional family home
Compact and spacious at the same time, the Houston is as economical to build as it is to heat. It's a fairly traditional plan, with bedrooms upstairs and family living spaces on the ground floor.
The front facade is totally symmetrical. At center, classic columns support a balcony that doubles as a front porch. Tile crowns the hip roof while shutters add a dash of color.
Casual living areas are at the rear, formal spaces up front. The family room, nook and kitchen are bright and entirely open. There are no barriers here to block conversation or movement. A large bay window, ideal for a wide window seat, expands the family room. Sliders in the nook open onto a large and sunny screened porch.
The U-shaped kitchen has plenty of counter and cupboard space, including lazy Susan shelving that allows full use of the corner cabinets. Utilities are close at hand, in a pass-through to the garage. Dishwasher, range and oven are all built in.
A small wet bar, nestled in the alcove under the stairs, is convenient to both the family room and living room. The powder room is centrally located as well, close to everything on the ground floor.
The spacious master suite that dominates the Houston's upper level is more than twice the size of either of the secondary bedrooms. Luxury amenities include a sitting room, balcony, and private bathroom with double vanity, spa, oversized shower and huge walk-in closet. The other two bedrooms share a bathroom. Linen storage and another closet are in the hallway.