The Canterbury is a updated style of Victorian homes

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Queen Anne-style Victorian homes were popular throughout the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Canterbury, with its gingerbread trim, classical columns and conical tower, is an eye-catching update of this style.

On the ground floor, the octagonal tower houses the foyer. Windows fill three sides, making this welcoming space as bright as it is charming. Another side leads into the kitchen’s sunny eating nook, while two sides are open to the living room.

The living room’s fireplace nestles into a corner between banks of windows in the front and side walls. A wide doorway with arched transom leads into the dining room. Pocket doors allow total separation between the two spaces, when desired.

A long hutch and counter line the back of the dining room. Stationary book shelves are on one side, but the stack on the opposite side is mobile. It rolls out of the way to access stairs leading to the second story.

Everyday family living areas are on the opposite side of the house. The kitchen is easily spacious enough for three or four cooks to combine culinary efforts without bumping elbows. Its central work island with built-in prep sink is a big plus in this regard. Glass sparkles across the front side of the Canterbury’s nook, and an arched opening there feeds into a huge family room, expanded by a richly windowed octagonal bay.

A charming octagonal sitting area fills the tower’s upper level. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large utility room are also on this floor. Owners’ suite luxuries include: a fireplace, huge walk-in closet, oversized shower, deep soaking tub, dual vanity, and direct deck access.

Associated Designs is the original source of the Canterbury 30-516. For more information or to view other designs, visit or call 800-634-0123.