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This compact, nostalgic-looking cottage home plan is as attractive as it is economical to build and maintain. Linked gathering spaces, an up-to-date kitchen, and a powder room fill out the ground floor. Three bedrooms, a laundry area, and two more bathrooms are upstairs. The owners' suite has a walk-in closet.
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Emerson sets the standard for cozy, compact
The two-story Emerson is as compact as they come, for a three-bedroom, 2-1/2 bathroom home.
Not only is it small (1331 square feet), but it also has an absolutely tiny footprint - 24 feet by 32 feet - and is cute to boot. Multipaned windows give the plan a yesteryear charm, while the lattice-crowned porch and end-detailed gables add even more personality.
Inside, the floorplan is not the least bit old-fashioned. The main floor is totally open, each area flowing naturally into the next. It even has a foyer with coat closet, a feature often missing in small homes.
Half-walls capped by posts provide a cased opening between the living room and dining room. Atrium doors in the dining room open onto a covered patio. Wide windows span the front and back, and narrow windows break up the remaining outside wall, so the entire family living space is naturally bright.
A work island adds to the counter space in the kitchen, and a powder room is mere steps away, hidden behind a pocket door. Sink, work island and range cluster together in a tight triangle for maximum efficiency. And the designers made excellent use of what could have been wasted space under the stairs, outfitting it as a walk-in pantry.
Bedrooms are all on the second level. The owners' suite, with two windows facing the front, has a walk-in closet, a second closet, and a private bathroom with oversized shower. The two other bedrooms share a bathroom with a tub and shower.
Utilities and linen storage are also upstairs in the Emerson, close to the sources of most dirty laundry.