OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVictorian Dream House Plan 86291 boasts 3131 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms on two sprawling levels. Shown on the front elevation is a southern farmhouse replete with elaborate trim on the gables and porches. Pointed rooftops cap the cupola, turret and corner gazebo. White wicker seating on the gazebo provides the perfect place to sit and wave to passing neighbors. Wisteria climbs along the double porch, waiting to bloom in the spring with a sweet fragrance. This is the home that you dreamed about as a child- the beloved destination for summer vacations when visiting grandparents. Imagine your family growing up here and enjoying holiday celebrations gathered around the formal dining room with its flowered wallpaper, matching blue trim and beadboard wainscoting. This particular homeowner built in North Carolina and chose to do without the fancy millwork and blue shutters, opting for a simpler style with white paint and black shutters.

While the veranda invites you to enjoy the good weather outside, a look through the front door insists that youOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA explore the Victorian era rooms and decor. A bay window allows generous light over the living room with its blue wallpaper and hardwood flooring. A glass paneled door separates the living room from the sun room, allowing these spaces to share natural light while also providing a noise buffer for the television. Located in a rotunda with Victorian seating, marble topped coffee table and a chandelier dripping with crystal, the sun room décor gives homage to the home’s architectural style. Central to the living space is a kitchen with oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances and white tile counter tops. The island offers plenty of prep space. From the kitchen is easy access to the breakfast area, formal dining room, butler’s pantry, laundry room and exit out to a two car garage.

All of the bedrooms are located upstairs, and access to the turret is from the master bedroom. It may be hard to keep the kids from running in and out as they pretend to be standing in the tower of a castle. The master suite is complete and comfortable with fireplace, sitting room, whirlpool tub, walk in closet, shower and double vanity. Lack of a hot shower is one thing we are happy to leave behind in the Victorian era! Bedrooms 2 and 3 enjoy a walk in closet and access to the front covered porch while bedroom 4 has a private bath and charming window seat.

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Contributing Author: Bonnie Drew is a blogger and customer support/sales specialist for The COOL House Plans Co. and Family Home Plans. For more information or questions about our plans, you can reach Bonnie at bdrew@garlinghouse.com.