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This Victorian home plan by guest designer Rod Pfotenhauer can be built as vacation retreat or used as fulltime residence for one or two. Gingerbread trim and intriguing window treatments accent nostalgic look. Lofty two-story ceiling & circular hearth in window-bright living room. 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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Isabelle evokes turn-of-the century economy & grace
If you think the Isabelle looks like a home from another era, you're right. Its basic shape is that of the Gabled Ell, an L-shaped house style commonly built in small towns from 1880-1910.
Intriguing window treatments accent the nostalgic appearance, as does gingerbread trim on the steeply pitched gables. Decorative trim, of course, is always an optional feature, and can be omitted for those who prefer a simpler look.
Designed as a vacation retreat, this small plan is also fully equipped for use as a full-time residence for one or two people. Its open floor plan results in a surprising sense of spaciousness for a home that measures in at just over 900 square feet.
Entering, you step into a living room with a lofty two-story ceiling. A semi-circular hearth spotlights the fireplace nestled into an alcove created by the stairway behind it.
Light washes in through three windows: a tall multipaned window capped by a half-round, a set of panes in the door, and a rectangle of diamond-shaped panes set in a tiny gable over the door. Plants will thrive on the high shelf directly below this window.
Standing at the kitchen sink, you face into the living room. Walls flanking the sink buffer kitchen sounds and keep the food clutter out of sight. A small powder room is nearby, next to a pass-through utility room with an exterior door.
Cozy window seats expand both the Isabelle's dining room and the upper level master bedroom. Other features in this fully enclosed bedroom include a walk-in closet and direct access to a full bathroom that can be entered from the sleeping loft as well.