The Marion creates an impression of warmth and understated refinement

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Painted columns support the Marion’s lavishly windowed front porch. Shutters and a plant shelf add to the charm.

This large two-story home with side-opening garage is designed to fit on a narrow corner lot, but the garage could just as easily open to the front.

Entering, you step into a two-story foyer, brightened by a gabled dormer and two skylights. Plants thrive on the high shelves near the front door.

In the living room, high windows on both sides of the fireplace cap built-in shelves, useful for displaying photos, objets d’art, books, you name it.

Kitchen, eating nook and family room are all of a piece, one function flowing naturally into another. This large area is richly glassed at the rear. The French or atrium door opens onto a breezeway and covered patio supported by more columns.

A work island with built-in range and overhead pot rack is at the center of the spacious kitchen. Counters wrap around three sides. Other features include a large appliance center, walk-in pantry, prep sink, and built-in desk with storage shelves. The dining room and a large utility room are right across the hall.

Amenities in the well-appointed owners’ suite include two large walk-in closets, double vanity, private toilet, custom walk-in shower, and deep soaking tub.

On the Marion’s upper level, skylights brighten a library that overlooks the entry. Dormer windows add charm to identical bedrooms. The two large unfinished attic spaces could be left as storage, become more bedrooms, or be put to other uses.

Visit for more information or to search our home plans. A review plan of the Marion 30-174, including floor plans, elevations, section, and artist’s conception, can be purchased for $25. Our home plan catalog, featuring more than 550 home plans, costs $15. Both are available online, by mail or phone. Add $5 s/h. Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 634-0123.