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HOMESTYLE OF THE WEEK: AZALEA 3

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Designed to fit the needs of a large, active family, the Azalea 3 offers a variety of spacious living areas and plenty of opportunities for privacy as well. It's a contemporary home with a country flavor.

Just about every amenity imaginable can be found in the huge country kitchen. It has a large work island with vegetable sink as well as a long eating bar with built-in cook top and grill. A garden window looks out over the deck into the back yard, and an appliance center keeps a multitude of small appliances ready to use, yet out of sight. The double ovens are large enough to handle big Thanksgiving get-togethers, while the trash compactor will keep refuse to a minimum no matter what the occasion.And there's more. The kitchen also has a pantry, freezer, built-in desk and eating nook that opens onto a small deck. The utility room is close enough to toss laundry into the machines during meal preparation and cleanup, an important time-saver in families where both parents work outside the home. A small bathroom is centrally located between the entry and the kitchen.

Sure to be the most popular room in the house, the family room is positively huge. Bathed in beams of light streaming in through skylights in the high vaulted ceiling, it looks even larger. A long hearth that stretches across the entire far end of the room draws the eye to the oversize fireplace, a great place for fanny-warming and long conversations on cool winter evenings. Glass doors open onto a large deck, also accessible from the master suite.

In the master suite, his and her walk-in closets keep the peace while also providing sound insulation between the sleeping area and the water closet. A sliding door provides privacy in the toilet area, but the rest of this large space is wide open. It has a shower, spa and double vanities. Access to a small home office is right across the hall from the master suite.

From the two-story vaulted entry, a few steps to the left takes you directly into the living room, then on into the formal dining room. Turn to the right instead, and you're on your way upstairs. The landing at the top of the stairs is open to the entry below. This helps in talking to people below without running down the stairs.

One of the bedrooms upstairs is a full guest suite complete with walk-in closet and private bathroom. This large room has a wide bay window, perfect for a window seat. Two of the other three bedrooms also have walk-in closets, and the bathroom they share has two sinks. Laundry dropped down the bathroom chute ends up right where it needs to go - in the utility room.

For a study plan of the Azalea 3 (330-03), send $5 to Landmark Designs, P.O. Box 2307, Eugene, OR 97402. (Be sure to specify plan name and number when ordering.) Designers, architects and readers with plans they would like to see featured also are invited to contact Landmark.