Plan 1176 - The Aumsville - A Beautifully Detailed Craftsman Getaway
Main Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Aumsville
How will you use the Aumsville? This extraordinarily versatile home fits so many different lifestyles. If you’re looking for a vacation home, this home will become an idyllic personal resort. Empty nesters will enjoy the beauty and efficiency that the Aumsville provides. And, if you’re just starting out, this modest home makes a wonderful, cost-effective first investment.
This home’s charm starts with its gorgeous exterior. There are so many inviting elements, starting with the beautiful stone porch and chimney. Craftsman style porch pillars add even more charm, while dormered windows complete the Aumsville’s welcoming look.
To the rear of the home, you’ll find a matching back porch. French doors flanked by picture windows give the home such pleasing symmetry that you’ll want to spend hours enjoying the shade of this porch from a comfortable chair. In fact, few things will be more relaxing than the ability to look out over the rolling hills surrounding your cottage.
Inside, you’ll quickly discover that a compact, single-story home can have almost as many amenities as a home twice its size. Live revolves around the great room, an open space with enough windows to give you a beautiful view of the countryside. When you return from a brisk walk through the autumn scenery, start a fire in the great room’s fireplace so that you can warm up as you catch your breath.
Galley kitchens are known for their efficiency and ample work space, and this kitchen is no exception. Wraparound counters give you a place to prepare a feast for guests, but the compact size means that the range, pantry, fridge and more are all within your grasp.
Within this home’s bedroom, you’ll have lots of room for a king sized bed and dressers. Just outside the bedroom door is a compact laundry area that puts you close to closet space when it is time to put away clean clothes. Right next to this is a smart compact bathroom with a large, beautifully tiled shower.
One of the best features of this home is the guest bedroom. This room features a built-in guest bed that can be modified into desk space so that you have both a place to work and a place to host a friend that comes to stay. Shelving gives you a place to organize books and office supplies, while the picture window gives you or your guest a refreshing view of rolling countryside around your home.
Main Floor960 SqFt
Total Area960 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)14'-6"
Garage BaysNo Garage
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch8/12
This home is typical of the cottage style. In modern usage, a cottage is usually a modest, often cozy dwelling, typically in a rural or semi-rural location. However there are cottage-style dwellings in cities, and in places such as Canada the term exists with no connotations of size at all (cf. vicarage or hermitage). In the United Kingdom the term cottage also tends to denote rural dwellings of traditional build, although it can also be applied to dwellings of modern construction which are designed to resemble traditional ones ("mock cottages").
The Mascord collection of craftsman house plans highlight features that were first introduced with the Arts and Crafts movement, which thrived from 1876-1915, and continues to be celebrated today. These homes have great curb appeal, lots of detail and the amenities you need for modern living. Check out the collection for more great home designs.
This plan has been chosen as part of our vacation home collection. Vacation homes generally have central, open living spaces and offer a great connection to the outdoors, perhaps including an outdoor kitchen or BBQ area. Some homes will have just a few bedrooms, creating a cozy private get-away for your family. Other homes will feature many bedrooms, designed fords family get-togethers at the coast or in the mountains - a place you can invite friends and family to join you in outdoor fun.
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