The Forsythia is ideal for lot with a great view

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From the front, the Forsythia has the appearance of a typical contemporary ranch-style home. A bird’s-eye view of the floor plan tells a different story. A large, dramatic hexagonal space forms its core, with wings jutting out to the right and left.

This home offers broad vistas to the rear, making it ideal for construction as a vacation retreat with a view. But it is equally well-suited for construction in a more urban setting, with a view of a nicely landscaped rear yard.

Framed out twin columns support the roof of the lofty, covered porch. Double doors open into a high-ceilinged entry, naturally illuminated by a wide transom. An art niche is ahead and to the right; an open passageway is ahead and to the left. It leads directly into the bright and spacious great room, where six pie-shaped ceiling sections slope up to a central apex.

Windows, wide and high, fill most of the three rear wall sections, offering stunning vistas from anywhere in the great room. A free-standing wood stove provides warmth when needed.

Counters wrap around four sides of the G-shaped kitchen. One long, angled counter is open to the great room, while a raised eating bar rims another peninsular counter. Sink and dishwasher are built in on the kitchen side.

The Forsythia’s owners’ suite serves as a quite retreat, entirely filling the left wing. Sliding doors in the vaulted sleeping area provide direct access to the rear deck. Bathroom features include: a roomy walk-in closet, a spa tub with a shower head, and a totally private toilet.

Secondary bedrooms, a bathroom, and a utility room are in the right wing.

Visit AssociatedDesigns.com to search home plans. A review plan of the Forsythia 10-426, including floor plans, elevations, section, and artist’s conception, can be purchased for $25. Home plan catalog costs $15, available online, by mail or phone. Add $5 s/h. Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 634-0123.