Plan 23110 - The Milwaukee - Charming Contemporary Design for Sloped Lots
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3 Car Garage
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A Walk Through The Milwaukee
The right hillside home comes with an amazing view of the valley below you and plenty of places from which you can enjoy that view. The Milwaukee is no exception here. The front of this home gives you several great spots to enjoy the sparkling lights of the city below you at night, and the clear blue sky above you during the day.
Start by sitting out on the front deck, which gives you both sun and shade options. Pull up a chair in front of the great room’s picture windows to enjoy the warmth of sunlight, or retreat to the alcove in front of the dining room with a book to sit in the shade and spend the afternoon relaxing.
As the weather turns chilly, the great room welcomes you with a toasty fireplace and the same wonderful view through a massive wall of windows. Invite your friends over and let them be impressed by the scenery that you get to enjoy each day.
If you’d like to really wow your guests, put the Milwaukee’s kitchen to work preparing them a gourmet feast. The wraparound design, spacious island and walk-in pantry gives you all of the space and convenience you need to create culinary masterpieces. Host your guests in the dining room so that they can look out onto the valley below your home as they enjoy the spread you’ve set before them.
Once dinner is done, take everyone downstairs and treat them to the games room. It’s up to you how when it comes to putting this room to use. Perhaps you and your friends like to play cards, or maybe you are a movie buff that has always wanted a home theater. Either way, this room gives you a chance to include friends in your favorite pastimes.
Once they’ve seen everything that your home has to offer them, your friends won’t be able to stay away. Your home will be the one where they’ll want to spend their weekends, and with two bedrooms and a full bath in the upper floor’s loft, you’ll be able to accommodate them. Each morning, they’ll wake up and be treated to the sumptuous view into the great room and out through the floor-to-ceiling windows. With this home’s ample master suite — complete with a walk-in closet and bath featuring both a tub and shower, you’ll be well rested enough to treat your guests to the coming day’s fun.
Upper Floor641 SqFt
Main Floor1989 SqFt
Total Area3146 SqFt
Bsmnt (Unfin.)+ 49 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)22'-11"
Garage Bays3 Car Garage
Garage Area691 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch4/12
Additional Code ComplianceCity of Portland
Our Contemporary House Plans collection presents modern homes designed around light and space: open, airy and with an abundance of windows in various modern styles, these homes are generously appointed to bring ample light indoors. Unique rooflines and asymmetrical designs create rooms that feel as grand as they are innovative. With a focus on maximizing square footage and minimizing costs, these pioneering modern homes are as reasonable to build as they are pleasant to live in, which we're sure you'll love.
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