House Plan of the Month: Four Gables
If you've ever wished you could live in a famous painting, here's your chance! The Four Gables (pictured above) looks like it came straight from Grant Wood's American Gothic -- you know the picture with the couple (and their pitchfork) standing in front of their farmhouse. We're charmed by the idea to live in such a quintessentially American cottage.
The Inspiration: For this plan, Mitch recalls the traditional styling of the beloved Folk Victorian farmhouse. "It gets the name Four Gables from the four identical intersecting gables that form its major roof structure. The simple lines and open floor plan work great whether on an in-town lot, at the lake, in the mountains, or just out in the countryside," says Mitch. "I created this plan while daydreaming in church, so i hope it has heavenly inspiration."
Expansive Floor Plan: One of Mitch's primary design goals was to simplify the floor plan to reduce any wasted square footage while at the same time maximizing livability. Rooms are large and open, especially the arrangement of the kitchen, eating, and living areas, these three spaces combine providing very long sight lines and making the main floor feel much larger.
Southern Style: Big porches front and rear are the hallmarks of this design. The rear porch is large enough for two or three furniture groupings and there's ample space for an outdoor fireplace or perhaps a summer kitchen can be easily added.
Addition Potentital: Intersecting gables allow for three graciously sized bedrooms upstairs. There's attic space that may be finished as an additional closet or larger rear bedroom. And in the adjacent bedroom, there's extra space in the attic that may work as the perfect study niche, built-in desk, or toy nook. If site conditions allow, there's also the option to build a basement beneath the home.
The Floor Plan:
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