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Well-suited for use as a vacation retreat or minimalist year-round residence, this fun-size Victorian cottage, designed by guest designer Rod Pfotenhauer, is as charming as they come. Double doors on the covered porch open into a front living room linked to a rear kitchen/nook. A mini-bathroom is on this level, while the two bedrooms above share a larger one.
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Pearl is a charming gem that invites you to relax
If you spotted the Pearl sitting on a slight rise across a lake, you might well be struck by its similarity to a jewel. Hence, the name.
Guest designer Rodney Pfotenhauer created this small Carpenter Gothic cabin for use as a beach-front cottage, but it could be built in many other settings. Singles or couples wishing to simplify their lives may also find this plan appealing.
Gothic Revival homes of the mid-1800s were typically built in rural settings. Identifying features found in this plan include: a steep-pitched front-facing gable with fanciful, decorative trim; a window that extends up into the gable; a full-width front porch with side bracket supports that mimic Gothic arches; and vertical board-and-batten siding.
Planter boxes attached to the porch rails add to the rustic charm. It's easy to imagine gliding lazily back and forth on an old-fashioned porch swing here, sipping hot or cold drinks while appreciating the scenery.
Double doors swing open into a wide living room, one of only two rooms on the ground floor. At center, the bottom flight of an open stairway descends into the passageway leading to the kitchen, opposite enclosures that house a powder room, water heater and coat storage.
The Pearl's small kitchen is brightened by a window over the sink. A handy combination washer/dryer unit is stacked in the corner alcove across from the refrigerator. Rear steps lead to the back yard.
Two bedrooms and a full bathroom complete with linen closet are on the upper floor. Both bedrooms have wide closets that fill one entire wall, nestled under the down slope of the ceiling on one side.