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HOMESTYLE OF THE WEEK: THE AZALEA

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The Azalea 1 is equally well-adapted to housing a family with young children, a couple with grandchildren who like to sleep over, or a single person who wants a home that is compact and efficient to care for.

The master suite is far enough from the other bedrooms to provide a measure of privacy, yet close enough that a crying child won't go unheard for long. And if no children are in the picture, these rooms could easily be used as a home office and a hobby room, or whatever.The location of the utility room should please both the faction of homebuyers that insists laundry facilities should be close to the kitchen, and those that prefer having them near the bedrooms. Close to the whole works, and the garage to boot, the utility room has plenty of counter and cupboard space, a fold-down ironing board and a laundry sink.

The kitchen, living room and dining area are all combined in one informal great room, giving a spacious feel to what is basically a compact house. This, the first room you see once past the entryway, is a naturally bright area. Windows line both sides of the wide V-shaped eating nook. Sliding glass doors open onto a partially covered deck, and a wide garden window, sure to quickly fill with plants, looks out over the deck as well.

The cooking island adds to the available counter space while offering additional cabinets. Other storage areas include the pantry and a lazy susan in the corner cabinets.

The master suite has a large walk-in closet and a private spa, complete with skylight. A window seat could be built into the narrow window nook. The light here also make it an attractive spot for setting up a sewing machine.

For a study plan of the Azalea 1 (330-01), 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.