Plantation Style Southern Home With A View
|Total Above-ground living area||4059|
|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.
|73.833 W x 59.5 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
The covered front porch spans the entire front of the house before wrapping around each side. It is 8' deep, so there's plenty of room for furniture, and it can be accessed from inside via three pairs of doors – in the foyer, the dining room, and the mudroom/laundry. As you enter the foyer, there's a formal dining room on your left, stairs to the upper level on your right, and a short hallway straight ahead with a powder room and a coat closet that opens to the living room.
As you enter the spacious living room, there is a fireplace on the right, a wide opening to the kitchen on the left, and at the far end of the room three pairs of glazed doors open to a large screened porch. The ceiling – like all of the rooms on the main level – is set at a lofty 10'. The kitchen has a center island with a built–in cook top and room for casual dining or serving. There is a butler's space between it and the dining room that has a sink and wine chiller on one side, and a pantry on the other. An opening off the kitchen leads to a small office area with a built–in desk beneath wrap around windows, a door to the porte–cochere at the side of the house, and a mudroom/laundry room with a powder room.
The kitchen is open to a lovely sunroom/family room that is wrapped with windows on two sides. The tongue & groove wood ceiling is graced with decorative exposed beams that radiate off a central spine that runs diagonally through the room. A pair of 3'–wide glazed doors open to the rear screened porch, which has an optional fireplace at one end.
The right side of the house is dedicated to the master suite. The bedroom has a fireplace facing the bed, decorative exposed beams on the ceiling, and a pair of doors flanked by windows that open out to the screened porch. The bath features a soaking tub beneath three windows, a shower with a bench and a drying area, two sinks, a separate built–in vanity, and a private toilet room. And off the bath area there is a very large walk–in closet. Across the hall from the bedroom there's a sitting room that could also be used as a den, a guest room, or a home office. This room can also be accessed from the front porch.
The landing on the upper level provides access to up to three bedrooms. Each bedroom has windows on three walls for light, views, and cross ventilation. Bedroom 3 has its own full bath, while 2 and 4 share one. Bedroom 2 – which could serve several other purposes if you don't need four bedrooms – has three pairs of glazed doors that open out to a 12'–deep screened porch, and a ceiling that vaults in the center. The other rooms on this level have 9' ceilings.
Front Elevation For Plantation Style with a View
Rear Elevation For Plantation Style with a View
Side 1 Elevation For Plantation Style with a View
Side 2 Elevation For Plantation Style with a View
This beautiful home was modeled after the stately plantation houses found throughout the rural South. It features a wrap around porch at the front of the house, and a side–by–side sunroom/family room and screened porch that span the entire rear. Clearly, this is a house designed for families that love spending time enjoying the outdoors, and a site with a view to the rear. The combination of formal and casual spaces creates a place where one can unwind, have fun, and enjoy all this house has to offer.