57002-B600Cottage Curb Appeal

The best of both worlds meet in House Plan 57002, which offers the beautiful curb appeal of a century-old southern cottage combined with a contemporary floor plan that is designed with the needs of a modern family in mind. Tall windows and a deep porch with Victorian trim recall old house charm, and a sleek metal roof with brick foundation and steps complete the exterior of this up-to-date plan. Manicured landscaping and a white picket fence only add to the attractiveness of this 2,457 square foot Gulf Coast Cottage.

Entertaining

Upon entering, your guests are ushered into a two-story foyer and through a center hall that leads back to the great57002-P1 room. A fireplace and vaulted ceiling lend a traditional touch to this open and welcoming space. Built-in bookshelves and cabinets can hold a television, photos and family keepsakes. Elegant French doors provide an inviting view of the terrace/deck area and allow for plenty of natural light. A bar separates the kitchen from the dining room, keeping the host/hostess close to the guests during meal preparation. Moving into the separate dining room brings an element of formality to the entertainment.

Family

The master bedroom, measuring 17’8″ x 14’4″, takes up much of the main floor and is accompanied by a generous bathroom and deep walk-in closet. The room is a bright, light-filled space thanks to two tall windows and a set of French doors that open to the patio. On the second floor, two comfortable bedrooms share a full bath.

57002-P4The kitchen features a built-in pantry and an adjoining breakfast area. A little round table would be perfectly positioned by the bay window for all casual meals.

Toward the back of the house is the small side porch entrance. Children or teenagers that have been enjoying the outdoors can deposit their coats in the closet and move straight to the utility room to leave muddy clothing behind if necessary. Your children’s companions can immediately bound up the stairs to the rec room above the two car garage if you choose to finish the bonus room.

Rental

The space above the garage could also be converted into a small studio apartment and rented by a college student or similar tenant. The renter will have privacy as well as access to the washer and dryer, and the homeowner has the potential for added income.