Southern Home With Porches Galore
|Total Above-ground living area||3268|
|Lower level living area|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|50.167 W x 61.333 D|
|Number of stalls|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
|FOY HALL, STU|
If your family enjoys spending outdoors, this just might be the ideal house. The front covered porch is almost 30' long and nearly 8' deep; the rear covered porch is 45' long and a generous 12' deep; the covered porch on the upper level at the rear of the house matches the porch below it, and it continues around the right side of the house; and there's even an 18' wide and 10' deep screened porch on the right side as well.
As you enter the house from the porch, the front door opens to a foyer space with a coat closet, powder room, and a sun–filled study with a window seat beneath a bay window on your left; stairs to the upper level straight ahead; and a formal dining room to your right. The study has a lofty 12'4" ceiling, and windows on each side wall. The dining room – like the rest of the rooms on the main level – features a 10' ceiling, and two large windows looking out to and through the front porch.
A hallway off the foyer leads past the stairs to the great room. There is a large centrally–located fireplace in this room, and a pair of glazed doors open to the rear porch. The kitchen is conveniently situated between the dining room and the great room. A large island in the center of the room has a sink and an L–shaped raised counter for casual eating and serving. It's open to a charming breakfast nook nestled into bay windows that let in abundant natural light as well as views. A pair of doors on one side of the nook open to the screened porch, while a pocket door on the opposite side provides access to the laundry room.
The master suite occupies the other side of the house. The bedroom has a total of three windows on two outer walls – for light, views, and cross ventilation – and a pair of glazed doors open to the rear porch. The bath has a large shower and a private toilet, and a door opens to a large walk–in closet.
The upper level also has 10' ceilings. There are two bedrooms upstairs – each with its own full bath and walk–in closet – and a large open sitting area. All of these rooms have several windows on the outer walls, and glazed doors that open to a huge covered porch.
There is a two–car detached garage that was connected by a breezeway in the original house. Exterior stairs lead to a bonus area above the garage that was left unfinished.
Front Elevation For Porches Galore
Rear Elevation For Porches Galore
Side 1 Elevation For Porches Galore
Side 2 Elevation For Porches Galore
Elevation 1 For Porches Galore
Wide and deep covered porches are featured not only at the front and rear of this classic southern home, but also on the upper level, where another porch spans the rear of the house and wraps around most of one side. Both the main and the upper levels have lofty 10' ceilings, and all four outer walls are filled with windows, so the interior feels open and spacious. There's even a window–filled bay projecting from the kitchen, and another from the study at the front of the house.