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HOME PLANS: LA CROSSE

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Handsome architectural columns buttressing an expansive front porch, symmetrical lap siding exterior and a wood shake roof combine to give a dignified charm to the 2,012 square-foot La Crosse.

The entry, framed in glass, brings you inside a medium-size home well suited for empty nesters who could close the second floor off when not in use, or couples with children old enough to need their own privacy.In the first floor design, the living room and dining room are open to each other. Windows galore shed plenty of sunlight, when available, on the activities here.

The walk-through kitchen, with an eating bar, mixing center, garden window and all the built-ins, is in a central location for easy food preparation and serving. More formal meals may be eaten in the dining room, casually served at the eating bar, or at the permanently fixed table in the adjacent nook. Nearby are a handy pantry and a utility room with access to a large back deck with room for a hot tub. Good weather will bring the family out here.

The master suite is a delight. Kept snugly warm by a built-in fireplace, this good-size room features ample closet space and a skylit bathroom with twin basins. Adjoining the master suite, and completing the first floor design, is a small home office, where household accounts can be kept up to date.

The second floor design is unique. T-shaped, the middle section is dominated by a big skylit family room. With vaulted ceilings and a built-in entertainment center, this is the place for family and friends to gather for some television watching, board games, or perhaps you'll want a ping-pong table here. On either side of the family room is a large bedroom, also skylit. Each has a walk-in closet. A full bath is in the hall.

Need more storage space? The La Crosse has both a large unfinished basement and an unfinished attic. The two-car garage contains a recycling center and extra room for storage or a shop.

For a study kit of the La Crosse (334-080), send $9 to Landmark Designs, P.O. Box 2307-DN84, Eugene, OR 97402 (be sure to specify plan name and number).