The Astoria, a mid-size four-bedroom Victorian home plan by guest designer Steve Duarte provides plenty of space for a contemporary family to spread out. Family gathering spaces and utilities are downstairs and bedrooms are upstairs. 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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Astoria provides plenty of space for contemporary family
Fishscale shingles and gingerbread trim give a Victorian flavor to the Astoria, a mid-size four-bedroom home designed to provide plenty of space for a contemporary family to spread out. In creating this plan, guest designer Steve Duarte of Bordentown, NJ, tapped into his experience as a father of four children.
Family gathering spaces and utilities are downstairs, bedrooms are upstairs, and an old-fashioned gabled attic is another flight up. An optional stairway allows easy access to this storage space and makes it a great place for kids to play when messy weather keeps them inside.
All of the rooms are generously sized, but the family room, downstairs, and the master suite upstairs are the largest. Both are expanded by street-facing bay windows that could be fitted with window seats. These bright alcoves are also ideal for a desk or a sewing machine.
Were this a traditional Victorian home, living room and dining room would not flow together as they do here. The living room would be a fully enclosed parlor, and probably fairly dark. In the Astoria, it is brightened by windows are two sides. One set flanks the fireplace. The dining room is equally rich in glass and has sliding doors that open onto a wide deck.
The U-shaped kitchen has a built-in range and oven. Utilities are just a few steps away, accessible from the deck as well as the kitchen. A wet bar and powder room are tucked into the passageway between the kitchen and family room.