Plan 21127 - The Sunnycrest - A Charming Cottage with Plenty of Curb Appeal
1 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Sunnycrest
The Sunnycrest is well suited to narrow lots, but you’ll want to build this home in a quiet rural area. Surrounded with fruit trees and flowers, this home will be your quaint little escape from the stresses of day-to-day life. You’ll start to unwind the moment you step onto the front porch. The colorful petunias hanging from baskets will make you want to spend a few moments in the rocking chair you’ve placed in front of the windows.
Once you head indoors, the first thing you’ll do is stop by the den to drop off the day’s mail. Then you’ll make your way to the great room, where you’ll have several options. Sink into your favorite armchair, enjoy the view through the glass doors or head into the kitchen and make yourself a snack. You could even grab a good book and spend the rest of the afternoon out on the back patio, taking in some sunlight as you catch up on your reading.
Speaking of the kitchen, you’ll love the wraparound design that manages to save room while giving you lots of counter space to work with. As you stand at the sink, you’ll be able to converse with your family in the great room or dining area, or you can simply enjoy the view through the dining room’s beautiful bay window. With conveniently placed appliances and fixtures, you’ll spend more time cooking the things you and your family love and less time cleaning up all the mess. Plus, since the garage opens directly into the kitchen, you’ll never dread hauling the groceries in after a long day of shopping.
On the Sunnycrest’s second floor, you’ll find two bedrooms, a bathroom, the laundry area and the master suite. When your kids are grown, they’ll have fond memories of the time they spent in these bedrooms, having sleepovers with friends or playing with their toys.
The master suite will be your own private space to retreat. Two windows let in sunlight and moonlight and they let you look out over the gardens and orchard you’ve worked so hard to cultivate. Organizational details like the walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath means that you and your partner can streamline your morning routines. Between all of these things, you’ll sleep more soundly than you ever have and you’ll wake up to stress-free mornings.
Upper Floor928 SqFt
Main Floor887 SqFt
Total Area1815 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)19'-5"
Garage Bays1 Car Garage
Garage Area295 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").
Country house plans are similar to farmhouse style plans. They are usually two story with a covered front or wrap around porch. Quite colonial, the footprint is often boxy or rectangular shaped. Many country house designs feature a centred entryway with stacked single hung windows.
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.
Traditional homes freely borrow from a number of historic styles and combine them to relay a new expression. Many historic styles are also 'traditional' in nature, and are incorporated into the Mascord Collection. Colonial, Tudor, Craftsman, Cape Cod - in this collection of home plans you'll discover floor plans that reflect modern lifestyles with spacious rooms, flexible spaces and modern conveniences, but mixed with distinct architectural flair, curb appeal and modern aesthetic. Expect elements such as free-flowing kitchens, breakfast nooks, and family room combinations.
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