The Walnut Cottage is a retreat that can host all of your family and friends.

FRITZ KAPRAUN

Why We Love It

This plan has been carefully designed to accommodate mega views and endless visitors. Designers Luke Sippel and Bill Holloway of Mississippi-based Lake and Land Studio oriented the main hangout spaces of the 3,500-square-foot plan to suit any scenic backdrop—whether lake, beach, or mountain—from the open-concept kitchen to the living and dining areas surrounded by porches. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the walls of the main living space, looking out over porches and landscape. This area is roomy enough so even a houseful of guests gathered around the fireplace won’t feel cramped. (But if they do, open the up the doors to the porch where they can spread out.) The tucked-away master suite on the first floor provides plenty of privacy for the homeowners. While guests stay up visiting in the main living room, the hosts can slumber undisturbed in their quiet quarters. Upstairs, you’ll find four bedrooms (and a hallway nook with built-in bunks) to sleep all the kids, grandkids, and friends you’re hosting. Think rustic charm meets creature comforts—hey, who says you can’t have it all?

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Wow Factor

This one’s easy: porch space—all 1,200 square feet. “It is just full of places where you can have totally different experiences,” says Holloway. So choose your ideal escape: Take a snooze on the cozy side porch, or spend a crisp autumn evening in front of the outdoor replace. “The porch wraps around on all sides, so you’ll never be trapped in any one corner of the house,” adds Sippel. In every direction you turn, there’s a spot begging for a rocking chair, and any outdoor space on the plan can be screened to keep mosquitoes at bay. In short, it’s hard to stay inside this house.

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