Plan 2432 - The Douglas - Classic 4 Bedroom Plan with French Doors
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3 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Douglas
Nearly estate-sized, this elegant plan is designed to meet the demands of a site that slopes slightly to one side. The main entry is spectacular, with a French door flanked by tall arched windows. The entry foyer is a classic with curved staircase and doorways to the formal living and dining rooms. The living room has a fireplace; the dining has a recessed area for a hutch. The rear family room is massive and has a box-beam ceiling, a fireplace and a media center. It functions well with the nearby kitchen and nook, which open to a covered porch with outdoor fireplace. A butler's pantry and a walk-in food pantry are nice touches in the kitchen. The laundry and mudroom, plus a half-bath, are near the entry to the garage. A study is located on the far right side of the main level and has a vaulted ceiling and fireplace with built-ins. The upper level holds wonderful elements: a bonus room, a skylit children's study, three family bedrooms with private baths, and a luxuriously appointed master suite with private deck and his and hers closets. Note the exercise room in the master suite.
Upper Floor2608 SqFt
Main Floor2553 SqFt
Total Area5161 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)28'-9"
Garage Bays3 Car Garage
Garage Area756 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch10/12
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.
French country is a style of home design inspired by the rural, rustic homes of the French countryside. It is characterized by its use of natural materials, such as stone, brick, and wood, and by its emphasis on comfort and warmth. French country homes often have a picturesque, charming appearance, with steep pitched roofs, arched windows and doors, and ornamental details such as shutters and window boxes. The exterior may be finished in a soft, muted color palette, and the interior may feature exposed wood beams, stone or brick fireplaces, and comfortable, welcoming furnishings. French country architecture often incorporates elements of traditional French design, such as formal gardens, patios, and courtyards, and may also include outdoor living spaces such as balconies, porches, and terraces.
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!
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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