This charming Craftsman cottage feels spacious, yet its size and shape make it economical to build and maintain. The living room, dining room and kitchen flow together in an expansive gathering space that fills the front of the home. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms span the rear. A small covered patio nestles into an alcove just outside of the kitchen.
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Hopewell is both charming and economical
The Hopewell is a minimalist's dream. Besides being on the small side, its basically rectangular shape makes this compact Craftsman cottage as economical to build as it is to maintain. While equally appealing to young families and empty nesters, the plan is also designed with the idea of leaving a smaller carbon footprint than many newly constructed homes.
Slender posts set on brick veneer bases highlight a porch that sweeps across the front and wraps around to create an alcove on the right. Other Craftsman features include gridded window uppers, variously sized front-facing gables, a Craftsman door and a sidelight.
Inside, the entry is suffused in natural light that washes in through the sidelight and upper section of the door. A convenient coat closet and access to the two-car garage are straight ahead. The utility room to the right is outfitted with cabinets and a folding counter.
Turning left brings you into a bright and spacious informal gathering space where the living room flows into the dining area. And that's not the end of it.
A peninsular counter rimmed by a flush eating bar is all that separates the dining area from the kitchen, giving the large gathering space an even more expansive feel. A roomy walk-in pantry sits at the juncture of the kitchen and dining room. The covered patio off the opposite side of the kitchen could easily be screened, if pesky bugs are a persistent problem.
Bedrooms fill the rear section of the Hopewell. The owners' suite has a large walk-in closet and a private bathroom with a dual vanity and an oversized shower. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom, allowing two people to use it at once.