Guest designer Steve Duarte uses slender balusters capped by a simple wooden rail to accent the clean, uncluttered lines of this mid-size country home plan. Wooden steps intersect the railing on the right, near an entrance flanked by multipaned windows. 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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Clean, practical plan features front porch
Gazing at the Demerara, one of the first things to catch your attention is the front porch. Guest designer Steve Duarte, of Bordentown, N.J., uses slender balusters capped by a simple wooden rail to accent the clean, uncluttered lines of this mid-size country home.
Wooden steps intersect the railing on the right, near an entrance flanked by multipaned windows. Another set of stairs on the opposite side ascends near French doors that open into the master suite.
The porch wraps around three sides of a large vaulted living room that is expanded by bay windows at both of the street-facing corners. Cased openings frame the steps down to the sunken living room.
A fanlight-style window, tucked under the peak of the front gable, adds further illumination while a brick fireplace, flanked by bookshelves, provides an interior focal point.
More shelves are recessed into the other side of the brick wall, facing into a living space that could be used as either a dining room or family room.
In the adjacent U-shaped kitchen, the sink nestles into a window bay. African violets thrive in this light. A pantry is next to the garage access and across from the basement stairs. Utilities are downstairs, in the partial basement.
The Demerara's master suite is larger than the other two bedrooms, with a simple and practical layout. It has two closets and a dual vanity, outside of the enclosed toilet and bath.