Plan 22210 - The Sweetwater - Artful Home with Flexible Spaces
3 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Sweetwater
On the outside, the Sweetwater’s interesting design feels sophisticated and artistic — the kind of curb appeal that makes a home the envy of a neighborhood. Inside, you’ll find more of this theme, but you’ll also find living spaces that were designed with the needs of a growing, changing family in mind.
Just inside the foyer, for instance, you’ll find a full bathroom and a den. This area doesn’t necessarily need to be a den, however. Use this room as office space, a guest bedroom, or an extra bedroom for the kids.
Further into the home, you’ll find yet another flexible room off of the kitchen and dining area. This room features built-in cabinets, tall corner windows and a doorway to the patio. What will you do with this room? Imagine your own home gym, or if you are a gardener, then this room can easily be your sunroom. Perhaps you require a large, sunny office or maybe you just want a peaceful place to work on hobbies. No matter what, this space will accommodate you.
Speaking of accommodations, the upper floor gives you two bedrooms for your children, separated by a handy laundry room in between, which will make it easy for you to keep up with the dirty clothes that never seem to stop piling up. On the other side of the upper floor, you’ll find the master suite, which features a beautifully designed master bath and a massive walk-in closet. The master bedroom itself is a bright and airy space featuring clerestory windows and a large picture window along the back wall. Here, you’ll spend many hours simply relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous forested view around your home.
Finally, there is the Sweetwater’s main living space to consider — and the family memories that you will make here. On Christmas morning, the kids will dash down the steps and into the great room where the Christmas tree is sparkling in the windowed corner. You and your family will enjoy many Christmas mornings in your pajamas, gathered around the fireplace, excitedly opening presents.
Later on, you’ll spend hours watching your kids play with their presents as you work in the kitchen, preparing them a Christmas feast. This kitchen is spacious enough that you can put your children to work decorating cookies around the island and still have enough space left to work on the evening meal along the counters. Or, maybe you’d rather the kids stay out from underfoot entirely. Send them outside to play, and you can watch them build snowmen and make snow angels all day long through the wide windows throughout the dining area and great room.
Upper Floor1218 SqFt
Main Floor1655 SqFt
Total Area2873 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)23'-1"
Garage Bays3 Car Garage
Garage Area710 SqFt
Roof MaterialMetal/Standing Seam Roof
Waterproof Membrane Roofing
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch3/12
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