Plan 2446 - The Toussaint - Mother's Suite wih Private Courtyard
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3 Car Garage
Main Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
A Walk Through The Toussaint
Unapologetically French Provincial, this home's hip rooflines stand majestically over its stucco and board-and-batten sheathing. Indicative of the style, a sentinel of second-story arched windows breaks through the cornice into the roof while the main-floor windows and shutters extend to ground level. Carriage-style garage doors are fitting on the recessed garage, which appears as more of a historic outbuilding than an appendage. The floor plan is wrought with tasteful detail. The foyer introduces views of a circular staircase and the formal living and dining rooms. A rustic and cozy theme in both rooms is accomplished through criss-cross ceiling beams, one forming square patterns and one forming triangular shapes. The kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room join together in an ell at the rear of the plan. Strategically, the kitchen is close to many key areas of the floor plan: it is near the laundry room and mudroom, which connect to the garage wing; it accesses a butler's pantry that services the formal dining room, and it is open to the breakfast nook and family room, so conversations can flow and children easily can be supervised. Two main-level suites are on opposite ends of the floor plan. The master suite is at the rear - off a hallway that leads past a quiet study. Bookshelves line the corridor that leads into the bedroom. Double doors open to the bathroom, which includes a spacious tub, walk-in shower, dual vanities, and a large walk-in closet. A self-contained mother's suite is at the front of the plan. A kitchenette contained within the bedroom allows the guest to prepare light dishes, if desired. A full bath and front courtyard adjoin the suite. Three secondary bedrooms on the upper level revolve around an open study/sitting area off the central staircase. A spacious exercise room rounds out the upper level.
Upper Floor1723 SqFt
Main Floor3624 SqFt
Total Area5347 SqFt
Beds and Baths
Height (to Midpt)26'-0"
Garage Bays3 Car Garage
Garage Area895 SqFt
Roof MaterialShake/Comp Roof
Wall Framing2 x 6
Main Roof Pitch12/12
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!
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