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DESIGN: COTTONWOOD

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Skylights are increasingly common these days, but most homes have two or three at most. The Cottonwood has a grand total of nine - three in the vaulted dining room, two in the nook and four in the family room. Natural illumination is more than adequate in these rooms during the day, most of the year.

Soaring vaulted ceilings add to the feeling of openness in the living room and dining room, located at the core of this plan. The complete lack of walls creates a great room effect. A quasi-octagonal hearth mirrors the shape of the wide, slightly bayed living room windows. Sliding glass doors in the dining room open onto an extended deck that's also accessible from the nook and family room.There's no door between the formal rooms and the kitchen, which makes for ease of movement. But at the same time, the clutter that sometimes accumulates on kitchen counters is well-concealed behind carefully placed walls.

Counter space is more than ample to accommodate multiple cooks. A range top is built into the central work island, and the long eating bar can easily seat four. Ovens, including a microwave, are tucked into an alcove next to a wide pantry.

The utility room is much larger than most. Features here include cabinets, a pull-down ironing board, a closet for hanging ironed clothes, and a counter for folding clothes. A utility sink is just around the corner, in the U-shaped workbench area of the garage - handy for use after gardening or working in the shop.

All of the bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house where closets and bathrooms provide some isolation between the master suite and the secondary bedrooms. The master bedroom is large, expanded and brightened by a bay window at front and a small octagonal window at the side. Luxury amenities in the master bathroom include an oversize shower, a spa tub with an outer wall of glass blocks, and twin vanities. The walk-in closet is huge.

The Cottonwood is built over a basement that could be used as storage or developed into additional living areas.

For a study plan of the Cottonwood (333-090), send $9, or for a collection of plan books featuring our most popular home designs, send $20, to Landmark Designs, P.O. Box 2307-DN84, Eugene, OR 97402. (Be sure to specify plan name and number when ordering.)