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Bold columns with stucco detailing highlight the dramatic arched portico of this Mediterranean-style home. High arched windows fill five sides of a bright octagonal living room, which is partially open to the dining room. That room then flows into the family room and kitchen, which links to a huge screened porch via sliding glass doors.
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Bright, uplifting spaces fill sunny Velarde
Standing in the Velarde's living room, you almost feel like you're outside. This bright octagonal space has a 10-foot ceiling and high arched windows on five sides. If constructed in a scenic setting, the room offers a panoramic vista. On the other hand, because the Velarde is only 50 feet wide, it fits on a standard city lot as well.
The lofty entry portico makes a striking first impression. Its arched opening echoes the shape of the living room windows while sidelights and an arched transom frame the front door.
A family room with a 9-foot-high ceiling is at the core of this plan. You can get there directly from almost every room in the house - from the bedrooms, entry, living room, dining room, kitchen, and screened patio. The family room has an eating bar and a large entertainment center, part of which could be a wet bar.
The bright entry has a 12-foot ceiling and a coat closet. Columns define the boundaries of the living room, family room and dining room without sacrificing the feeling of openness.
Not all of the spaces between the columns are open. Shelves for displaying family mementos and objects d'art create visual separation between the formal living room and the informal family room. A pocket door allows the kitchen to be closed off from the dining room.
The Velarde's master suite has a large walk-in closet and a private bathroom with double vanity and enclosed shower and toilet.