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Breaking tradition with craftsman details

March 21, 2009

Breaking with tradition puts the Strathmore's floor plan more in tune with the preferences of contemporary families. Its vaulted, informal, and naturally bright great room is at the front, rather than in the more customary rear location.

From the street, this home looks like a bungalow cottage with a single-level, ranch-style profile. Craftsman details include the gridded window uppers, tapered columns atop stone veneer supports, and decorative corbels accenting the front gable ends. Its welcoming front porch wraps around to the side.

A trio of gridded windows sparkles across the front of the dormer. Inside, light entering through those windows washes down into the vaulted entry and great room, while more light spills in through the angled corner window bay. This bright space is open to the dining room/kitchen area, which is also vaulted.

The dining room's sliding glass doors provide easy patio access. A large walk-in pantry nestles into an alcove across the room.

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A long eating bar is all that separates the kitchen from the dining area. Counters, cabinetry and appliances wrap around four sides, and a side door offers direct access to the garage. This allows safe entry for the family and convenient unloading of groceries, both of which will be particularly appreciated after sunset and in inclement weather.

Bedrooms, bathrooms and a utility room fill the left wing. The owners' suite has a roomy walk-in closet and a private bathroom with a double vanity and enclosable toilet and shower.

Secondary bedrooms share the Strathmore's main bathroom, which has a combination tub and shower. In the utility room, shelving fills the wall opposite the laundry appliances, and more storage space can be found in the closet just outside the owners' suite.

For a review plan, including scaled floor plans, elevations, section and artist's conception, send $25 to Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402. Please specify the Strathmore 30-638 and include a return address when ordering. A catalog featuring more than 550 home plans is available for $15. For more information, call (800) 634-0123, or visit our website at www.AssociatedDesigns.com.

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