The Alhambra, by guest designer Steve Duarte, is reminiscent of the Craftsman homes that originated in Southern California at the turn of the century. Distinctive features of this Craftsman home plan include dormers with decorative beams under the gables, a full-width porch supported by square columns on massive piers, and windows with multiple panes on the upper half. Please note: Featured guest designers have different drafting styles, therefore construction drawing layouts and contents will vary according to the region from which they originate.
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Alhambra reminiscent of turn of century Craftsman homes
The Alhambra, by guest designer Steve Duarte of Bordentown, N.J., is reminiscent of the Craftsman homes that originated in Southern California at the turn of the century. From 1905 to the early 1920's, the Craftsman house was the most popular and fashionable smaller home in the country.
Distinctive Craftsman features in the Alhambra include dormers with decorative beams under the gables, a full-width porch supported by square columns on massive piers, and windows with multiple panes on the upper half. The fieldstone chimney and piers are also typical.
Inside, the home is clearly a creation of the '90s. Family living areas and master suite are downstairs while two huge, identical bedrooms are upstairs.
A long closet runs the length of the hallway that leads from foyer to kitchen. Overhead, the ceiling is two stories high. From the landing at the top the stairs, you can overlook the entry hall and open stairway.
Contemporary features in the kitchen include lazy susan shelving and a built-in dishwasher, range and oven. Bay windows expand a sunny breakfast nook with a view of the back yard. Utilities and a small bathroom are conveniently close.
Formal dining room and living room are on the left. Both rooms are bright, with windows on two sides. The living room has a fireplace which could be clad in fieldstone to match the exterior.
The master bedroom is roomy, but not luxurious. It has a wide closet and private bathroom.
Each of the upstairs bedrooms is larger than the Alhambra's master bedroom. Both have built-in desks and deep dormers.