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Cambridge is count-styled but compact - Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion: Home Improvement

Cambridge is count-styled but compact

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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:00 am

(ASSOCIATEDDESIGNS) – The Cambridge is that rare exception to the rule – a compact country-style home. Typically, homes with gabled rooflines, dormer windows and a wrap around front porch are out of reach for first-time homebuyers and far too large for empty nesters. But this plan is designed for economy and efficient maintenance, making it equally well suited to the needs of singles, families with young children, or couples who’ve graduated from parenthood to grandparenthood. And placement of the front bedroom, adjacent to the front porch, makes it an ideal location for a home office. Relocating the closet would allow installation of a door for direct access from the porch. Day-to-day living takes place in a bright, vaulted family room/kitchen combination that faces the rear. Naturally illuminated by skylights, side windows and a high dormer, this area rarely needs electrical lighting during daylight hours. Sliding glass doors in the eating nook open onto a wide deck, allowing meals to move outside when days are warm. Utilities are just a few steps away, tucked in the passageway to the garage. Potted plants flourish on 8-foot-high recessed plant shelves that flank the vaulted entry hall, overarch the entrance to the family room, and highlight the passageway to the owners’ suite. Families with brown thumbs can use these shelves as display space. Luxury amenities in the owners’ suite include a large walk-in closet and twin basins in a dressing area separate from the toilet and shower. While the Cambridge lacks a formal dining room, it does have an impressive living room with a wide bay window. Built-in bookcases flank a wide-hearthed fireplace, providing display space for family mementos. Visit AssociatedDesigns.com for more information or to search our home plans. A review plan of the Cambridge 10-045, including floor plans, elevations, section, and artist’s conception, can be purchased for $25. Our home plan catalog, featuring more than 550 home plans, costs $15. Both are available online, by mail or phone. Add $5 s/h. Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 634-0123.

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