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Square columns supported by tapered fieldstone piers give a nostalgic look to this bungalow home plan created by guest designer Steve Duarte. Arched openings between the columns add a graceful contemporary touch. 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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Alvarado blends grace, no-nonsense design
If the lazy rhythm of a porch swing suits your fancy, the Alvarado may be just the ticket. Square columns supported by tapered fieldstone piers give a nostalgic bungalow look to this plan created by guest designer Steve Duarte of Bordentown, N.J. Arched openings between the columns add a graceful contemporary touch. Gables, exposed beams and a half-round window draw eyes to the upper level as well.
Built over a full basement, this small home has plenty of modern amenities but few frills. People who view master suites with large, luxurious bathrooms as an excessive use of space will be delighted at the no-nonsense facilities in this plan.
You step into an entry brightened by sidelights that flank the front door. The two-story ceiling imparts a sense of spaciousness, and a wide coat closet is just inside. More multipaned windows, set on both sides of the fireplace, illuminate the living room.
A cozy window seat expands the dining room, while the old-fashioned planter box outside is designed to be filled with colorful blooms. Placement of the kitchen sink, facing into the rear yard, allows parents to keep an eye on kids and dogs playing in the back. The kitchen has space for a dinette. Utilities are mere steps away, accessible from the back yard as well.
One bedroom fills the Alvarado's entire upper level. At the front, it is open to the entry and stairway. This loft-like section can be outfitted as a sitting room, sewing nook, or study.