Plan 21102 - The Miranda - 2 Story Cottage Plan
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2 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Miranda
This picturesque cottage is brimming with enchanting details, from the stone chimney stack to the cedar-shingle accents. A dormer window over the two-car garage is also a nice touch. Though moderate in size, this home is very accommodating. It offers a vaulted living/dining area with fireplace, a kitchen with and island and a 42" eating bar that separates it from the living area, a nook with patio access and a built-in desk and a service area with laundry, pantry, half bath and large linen closet.
The master suite is secreted away behind the garage and features a walk-in closet, a wall closet and a bath with spa tub, separate shower and dual lavatories. The upper level holds two additional bedrooms. One has a walk-in closet. They share a full bath and a linen closet.
Upper Floor505 SqFt
Main Floor1256 SqFt
Total Area1761 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)22'-9"
Garage Bays2 Car Garage
Garage Area429 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch10/12
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").
Some of the features of this home are 'European'. European homes come in many guises, since the term reflects homes styled after those in many countries; English Tudor, French Country, and Dutch Gable, to name a few. Beyond the country of origin, there's also the period of history from which the style emerged; Georgian, Victorian, Greek Revival; the list is almost endless. The homes shown in the collection below feature elements inspired by those found in countries across the Atlantic.
Live a fairytale life in a storybook home! Most storybook homes are based upon a fanciful interpretation of medieval European homes, or traditional English cottage style, with some fantastic exaggerations. Storybook homes are often constructed to appear as though built up gradually over time, one addition per hundred years or so, or built primarily out of stone with battlements and turrets to resemble a castle. Have fun with your dream home and check out these great designs!
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