“He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.”- Lao Tzu
Your heart beats loudly, you feel its rich pulse and thuds in your chest, your breathing might be short, and a scream or squeal just barely contained in your soul. You have the energy of a sprinter to just dash around madly, without reserve, because this is a most exhilarating, one-of-a-kind, feeling – homeownership.
Whether this is your first or last (or somewhere in between) home, it is enough and worthy of a quickened heartbeat and happiness. The Selwyn (A-1911) by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts House Plans, brings you just shy of 2,000 square feet. Single story living is a real bonus and with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, room for guests, an office, entertaining, and dining, this is an ideal anytime home.
From the curb, this traditional home, understated, still offers classic elegance and classic lines for anyone to put a stamp of their style into. That is the beauty of traditional style, it’s so easy to make yours. A side load garage with front-facing windows gives the impression of a larger home and clean lines to the eye. Let’s go in, you must see this.
Stepping into your foyer with a closet on the right, you can hang your jacket, take off shoes and swap them for slippers or cozy socks. There’s a lot of wall space here too for hanging pictures or for a small table for a floral arrangement.
Walking straight ahead through the foyer, you come to your open dining room, kitchen, and gathering room. Together, let’s check them out.
Kitchen, Dining Room, Gathering Room & Covered Lanai
You can call this an open floor plan if you wish, it is, just not in the ‘one room, one long view’ type of openness. The kitchen has a beamed or coffered ceiling, adding visual interest and either a formal or casual feel to the room. Remember, the beauty of a traditional-style home is having latitude to make it your style. There is so much counter space in this kitchen, as well as an island so that you won’t feel crowded or cramped for space. You could use under the island space for storing pots and pans. The sink faces the dining area and if you raise the counter to bar height, you’ve added more seating and an intimate feel to the kitchen.
The dining room offers plenty of space for a long table and chairs as well as a sideboard or hutch for holding dishes and serving pieces. Daily meals here and times shared with family and friends are sure to be enjoyed in this welcoming space.
The gathering room is centered by a warm fireplace. Since this area is in the back corner of the house, one wall is all windows. Imagine the fun nights you’ll have here while watching movies, your favorite binge show, or just hanging out with people you enjoy. While the spaces, including the dining area and kitchen, might feel too open to be cozy, your style of furniture and placement can prove otherwise.
There is a sliding glass door from the gathering area out to your covered lanai. Set the table for ideal outdoor dining. Light your grill, invite friends, and making some noise with a playlist will turn the meal into an event. With a few steps to your backyard, perhaps you’ll extend the outdoor living area by adding a stamped concrete or fieldstone patio.
Den and Guest Suites
An angled wall and entryway from the dining area open to a space you can use as an office or guest bedroom. Feel free to put double doors here for privacy. There is also a closet for office supplies, clothes, or storage. You can also make this a combination space if you install a Murphy-style bed.
A full bath is here as well and connects, via another door, to a hall/nook space between another guest suite and an opening to the foyer. The guest suite in the front of the house has a closet, although not a walk-in one.
Between the kitchen and dining area is a little cove that takes you to your master suite. This space faces the backyard and has a door to the covered lanai. A nice, soft chair can sit in the corner of this room while your bright and airy bed linens always make the room feel fresh. Once in your master bath, you have a double sink vanity, a garden tub under a window, and a separate shower. A large walk-in closet rounds out this space, just as you need.
Laundry, Another Porch & an Unexpected Breezeway
From the kitchen, head toward the front of the house to an area for storage, another closet, and your laundry room. With a separate door to the laundry room, add some shelving or an L-shaped countertop and cabinets for storing necessities.
A door from here leads to another porch and a step down to a covered breezeway. This area can be your private hiding spot when you need a break outside. A chair, pot of flowers, and a little table for a glass of lemonade will fit perfectly here.
From the breezeway, you walk to your 2-car garage. The nice thing about this space is that while the garage is separate from the house, the nice walkway still provides you with cover from any weather.
First, last or always this home is a gem. Selwyn is manageable in size while providing what you need for comfortable living and entertaining.
Make this your own. Welcome Home.