Plan 1408 - The Jorgenson - French Country Estate Plan with High Ceilings
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Take advantage of views and make best use of a hillside lot by selecting this impressive home reminiscent of a French country estate. Not just another pretty face, this design offers a floor plan filled with amenities and special appointments. High ceilings grace the rooms on the main level; the kitchen and master bedroom are vaulted. The great room is appointed with a fireplace, a media center and double doors to the rear deck. A butler's pantry, with wine storage, separates the formal dining room from the everyday breakfast nook. Around the corner is an elevator to the lower level. The kitchen has an island work center and a built-in desk and allows access to the deck. A sumptuous bath complements the master bedroom. It features a walk-in closet with ironing center, space for a stacked washer/dryer, a spa tub, and a curved shower fashioned of glass block. A den and half-bath round out the main level. A games room, laundry or craft room, and three family bedrooms are on the lower level. Special elements on this floor include a wet bar, a wine cellar and art niches. All lower-level bedrooms have private baths.
Main Floor2604 SqFt
Total Area5033 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)20'-7"
Garage Bays3 Car Garage
Garage Area648 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch10/12
French country is a style of home design inspired by the rural, rustic homes of the French countryside. It is characterized by its use of natural materials, such as stone, brick, and wood, and by its emphasis on comfort and warmth. French country homes often have a picturesque, charming appearance, with steep pitched roofs, arched windows and doors, and ornamental details such as shutters and window boxes. The exterior may be finished in a soft, muted color palette, and the interior may feature exposed wood beams, stone or brick fireplaces, and comfortable, welcoming furnishings. French country architecture often incorporates elements of traditional French design, such as formal gardens, patios, and courtyards, and may also include outdoor living spaces such as balconies, porches, and terraces.
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