“This is home and home is not something you remember, it is something you see every day and every moment. “– Rick Bragg
Hello Low Country home dreamer! Low Country does not mean low down or lowly at all – especially when Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts House Plans puts his hand to paper to create one. This Low Country home, Glenlake (D-3141A) proves the home style of traditional coastal or resort assumption, has evolved into daily living with high satisfaction. Low Country homes offer exciting visual impact as well as relaxing comfort, as this plan shows you. From covered porches, broad hip roofline (a sheltered, shaded area over wide-covered front porches by columns or pillars), shutters, transom windows and lush landscapes, you will feel right at home here, no matter your locale. With 3,235 square feet in 1.5 stories, 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths, this house will suit a growing family or an empty nester that has guests begging to come and visit.
From your first drive up, this home, like the soft roll of ocean tide, gently pushes its curb appeal right at your feet. The dormers on the second floor, the shutter-framed windows, the arched line of the covered front porch all draw you in immediately. Imagine shrubs along your walkway that can bloom and fragrance your Spring days and put some color into your Fall nights. Perhaps you’ll find a spot for a trellis so you can plant the yin-yang of day and night flowers. Good day Morning Glory. Good Evening Moonflower,. These are both beautiful and the moonflower emits the prettiest night scent from its full-bloomed ‘full moon’ petal face. Your covered front porch is a perfect place to hang some ceiling fans to create a breeze when old Mother Nature is too hot and tired in July to do so herself. Brew your sweet-tea and sit in your wicker chair to watch the world a while.
Once you step off your portico and into your foyer, you’ll notice a powder room to your immediate left and a dining room to the right. Stairs to your left tuck up neatly and squarely to your second floor.
The dining room is large and has windows to the front of the house. Typical of a low country style home, soft neutral colors of greys, blues and greens might be the prevalent theme in here. Maybe a drift-wood colored dining room table, flanked with chairs and matching bench suit you? Paint the walls softly in blues or greys or find a beachy picture, calming or kitschy, making this space welcoming, fun and ready for brunch of eggs benedict or sausage and gravy.
Memories in the Making
Straight in front of your foyer is your large and welcoming family room. This room will provide hours of comfort, togetherness, quiet solitude or whatever you need. With a large, warm fireplace and flanking built-in bookshelves, you will be certain to make your comfort zone here. There is a partial wall shared with the kitchen that would be perfect for a little bar area. Large windows on the back side of this house will bring your beautiful backyard into your daily living. There is a large, long covered lanai with access straight from your family room. Potted plants and fresh herbs or even potted tomatoes will be perfect here. A long dining table, a hanging light and outdoor grill with a countertop and small outdoor refrigerator will all have enough space here.
From the family room, walk into your kitchen and separate breakfast eating area. Plenty of counter space and an island with cooktop inserted make meals, prep, and hanging out with friends easy. There is a second stairwell rising from your kitchen that hugs a wall and doesn’t intrude into the space. This is certainly convenient for late night snack sneaking from the second floor. There is also a small pantry for quick access to your staple ingredients and cookbooks. Your eating area is surrounded by windows, so align your chairs wisely to take advantage of the outdoor view. From the eating area walk through a door to your master suite.
Your master suite is a large, comfortable space offering again, a wall of windows to your backyard. The master bath area has (2) two small linen closets perfect for keeping bed linens and towels separate. A long vanity with double sinks, a soaking tub and a separate shower make this space your daily go to for peace, relaxation and prepping for tomorrow. An outer door accesses your covered lanai in the back as well. Feel the need for a hot tub? I know just the spot! A large walk-in closet rounds out this space completely. While there is no direct access to your laundry room from the master suite/closet area, the laundry room back wall is the same wall as your walk-in closet.
Rounding out the last nook of the first floor, from the kitchen, is your area for the laundry room, a closet for hanging jackets, the second stairwell up and a door to your two-car garage. While it isn’t marked, adding a utility door from your garage to the outside would be an option.
Taking the stairwell from your foyer to the second floor, your space is wide open. There is a hallway that looks down to your family room and your open foyer. There are three suites up here, 2 bathrooms and a large bonus room. The first suite on your left could be a great office. With a bump out bayed window that opens to yawn with you for an easy, mid-day snooze, a wide window-seat might suit you. Or, situate a desk on a long wall with a semi-outdoor view and hang a hammock in the bayed nook for that easy, breezy afternoon siesta. Perhaps you listen to a meditation podcast while you take a mid-day break? There is a jack and jill bathroom here connecting to another suite and offers a double sink vanity. This is ideal for connecting kids’ bedrooms, if that’s your need. Suites 2 and 3, referenced here, each have a walk-in closet.
From suite 3, the door leads out to the hallway to the second stairwell that leads down to the kitchen. This hallway also takes you to the bonus room, which is on the front side of the house. With a large wall of windows on the side, this could also be a great office space or room for aging parents. There is an attached bath, jack and jill style, between the bonus room and suite 4 up here. Suite 4 is on the front of the house and two of the three dormers let plenty of light into this room.
Here it is, your low-country styled home with all your touches and grace within. Better get the dishes out and the menu’s planning – in the Low Country, there’s always room for one more friend at the table and I bet yours will overflow.
Make this your own. Welcome Home.