The Boddington, Your European Home
The Olympics have started, and I am not getting much done at home. Glued to the TV, in fact. You know how that is-you hold your breath until the swimmer touches the side of the pool or the diver (gasp!) completes that inward three and a half somersault. Or that game winning shot in the basket. Searching for a home plan can feel like an Olympic event, but it shouldn’t be. The Boddington, a European home plan by Living Concepts, might just put you on the podium. This house plan includes three bedroom suites, four full baths and one half-bath in 3359 square feet.
Your European Home-the Front of the Boddington
European Home-Exterior and Garage
First, let’s look at the front of the home. Brick and stone wrap around the house, while the warm colors of the shutters on the arched windows and cedar shakes on the dormers help to create that European feel. Stone surrounds the kitchen bump-out. Then, concrete tile on the roof (lightweight, energy efficient!) and timber trusses at the front entrance create an inviting welcome. Finally, the wooden garage doors and flower box beneath the front window on the right all murmur yes, oui, entrez. And so we shall.
Your European Home- First Floor of the Boddington
European Home-Laundry, Powder Room and the Foyer
To start with, enter the home through the garage. On your right, you will find the laundry room, with spaces for washer, dryer, a utility sink and cabinets to store your washing supplies. However, a left turn will take you into the powder room (very European, even the name- check out its history here). Across both of these rooms is a closet under the stairs. Turning left again, and only steps away, you enter the foyer. The groin vault ceiling reflects incoming light; the arched door and foyer entrance invite you inside.
Looking outward and through your front window, the double sink in the kitchen is centered in the bump-out, with the dishwasher on the right side. Timber trusses frame the window above the sink, and another one (ceiling) separates the kitchen from dining. Your refrigerator is on the right side and the range/oven is on the left. The large, two-tiered kitchen island (with room for a wine cooler) anchors the room. Finally, a walk-in pantry (on the plans) can be found in both corners of the kitchen. Let’s see, spices on the right and baking pans on the left. Plus flour, vanilla paste- you’ll have room for it all.
The Dining, Family Room and Study
Walking from the front of the home to the back, you will next enter the dining room. Timber trusses also define this room and yet, it blends seamlessly into the family room. A fireplace on the left wall is flanked by built-in bookcases, which can hold either your bound books or treasures from near and far. A timber truss above the window on the outside wall mirrors the one on the kitchen wall. Before walking outside, you will want to swivel left and peek into the study. Bookcases line the wall, and yet there is still room for a few chairs and a side table. Best of all? The master suite has access to this room, too.
The Veranda or Covered Lanai
The covered lanai extends nearly the width of the Boddington home. A raised fireplace with an arch, space for an outside barbecue (if desired, and in the plans), and then add your favorite outdoor furniture-indeed, this is the best of outdoors living. Included is access to the master suite with a door on the far right.
The Master Suite
The master suite, as seen in the picture below, implores you to rethink furniture. Whereas before, you might have gone for the light and airy feel, the European home asks you to reconsider. In fact, heavy, darker furniture, especially mid-century, may be the direction you choose. Either way, light pours into the master suite, adding that desired balance.
Two Walk-in Closets and the Master Bath
The first walk-in closet is available as you approach the master suite from the foyer and right after the stairs going to the second level. Then, when you enter the master bath, you will see on either side, a single sink with ample counter space and storage above and below the countertop. The toilet area is enclosed, and the bathtub is surrounded by tile and/or marble (your home, your choice, right?). The walk-in shower is in the corner of the master bath. Finally, the second walk-in closet is found after passing through the master bath and going towards the front of the home.
Your European Home- the Second Floor
European Home-The Loft and Bonus Room
Walking upstairs will take you to the balcony and then, looking left, to the loft. This area is large enough for chairs and a side table, or even an area for you to work comfortably from home. Around the corner, you will find the bonus room- but before entering, you will find the bathroom on your left, with a sink and walk-in shower. Finally, when you enter the bonus room, on your immediate left is a counter with room for a utility sink and fridge. The bonus room is an opportunity for you to add another layer of comfort with furniture you can sink into (and perhaps, a game table by the window, as shown).
The Second and Third Bedroom Suites
Both of the upstairs bedroom suites have their own walk-in closet. Each has its own bath, too- a shower/tub combination, single sink and toilet.
Your European Home, the Boddington
One Last Look
The Boddington home plan from Living Concepts is both European and French Country. The house is impressive inside and out; adding furniture that is complementary to this grand home is reasonable. Take one last look- this European home is quite the Olympic feat in planning, and for you- it could be an easy step up.
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