Plan 22128 - The Kensington - Victorian Style Plan with Wrap-around Porch
- 2518 (+332 Bonus)
2 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
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A Walk Through The Kensington
Victorians are such a cherished style, it's impossible not to admire them. This one begins with all the classic details, and adds a most up-to-date floor plan. Start with the wrapping porch, which surrounds the entry and the turret housing the den and Bedroom 2, and then continues around the side and back of the plan. The great room overlooks this porch; the breakfast nook offers access to it. The nearby kitchen contains gourmet appointments with an island countertop, a large pantry and a work desk built in. A formal dining room connects directly to the kitchen for convenience. A bedroom (or make it a home office) is tucked away behind the two-car garage and has the use of a full bath across the hall. Three additional bedrooms are found on the upper level, along with a large bonus space that could be developed later into Bedroom 5. The master suite features a fine bath with spa tub and separate shower.
Upper Floor1054 SqFt
Main Floor1464 SqFt
Bonus+ 332 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)25'-2"
Garage Bays2 Car Garage
Garage Area566 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch12/12
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.
This home features in our Farmhouse plans collection. Farmhouse is a general term for the main house of a farm. It is a type of building or house which serves a residential purpose in a rural or agricultural setting. Most often, the surrounding environment will be a farm. Many farm houses are shaped like a T. The perpendicular section is referred to as the ell. Architectural styles vary, but very often they are of Cape Cod design. In general styles vary from region to region, but more often the style is simplistic so to serve the needs (and the budget) of the owners.
This home is represented in theVictorian style homes collection. The Victorian collection comprises homes with an Asymmetrical facade, steeply pitched roof, turret, dormers, wrap around porches decorated with spindle or fretwork, bay windows, and homes with highly decorated exteriors with patterned shingles. If you're looking for highly detailed traditional homes with the qualities of the victorian period, these are the homes for you.
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