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While it looks like a charming two-story single-family home, this plan is actually a duplex with units on two levels. Each has a large great room open to a kitchen. The lower unit has two bathrooms, three bedrooms and a utility room. The upper unit is smaller and has two bedrooms and one bathroom.
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Disguised duplex is homey and practical
Who'd ever suspect that the Tupelo is a duplex? Two sets of porch steps and front doors are the only exterior clue. One faces the street; the other is around the corner to the left. This is an ideal set-up for a family that wishes to provide supportive but independent housing for an aging relative, or wants income from a rental they can easily supervise.
From its tapered porch supports to its low-pitched side gables and large centered dormer, the Tupelo's exterior styling harks back to Craftsman homes of the early 1900s. Inside, both of the duplexes have contemporary floorplans.
The ground floor unit is larger. In addition to the great room/kitchen, it has an owners' suite, two secondary bedrooms, and two bathrooms. A small utility room is tucked into an alcove just inside the front door. An eating bar defines the boundary between the kitchen and a great room with patio access and a large walk-in storage closet.
To enter the second floor unit, you step into a bright ground-floor foyer outfitted with a coat closet and a bench for removing and storing boots. Natural light streams in through sidelights. More light washes down from the dormer window above, brightening the staircase and spilling over into the great room as well.
Kitchen, nook and great room flow together, unimpeded by barriers of any kind. Next to the stairs is a pocket-sized utility room, designed to house a stacked washer/dryer combination. The small kitchen in the Tupelo's upper unit can be built with a door that opens onto a second-level deck, if one is desired.