Compact Calhoun has nostalgic warmth

Farm Forum

The Calhoun would be so nice to come home to. Stone veneer bases provide natural-looking support for wooden posts on the vaulted porch, and wooden handrails add to the nostalgic and welcoming ambiance. It’s easy to imagine wiling away a lazy afternoon on an old-fashioned porch swing suspended here, with a good book and a cool drink in hand.

Its compact floor plan makes this home economical, to build as well as to heat. The footprint of the house and garage, not counting walkways or the patio, is a mere 40 by 40 feet. Gathering spaces fill the ground level; bedrooms and a large bonus room are above.

The kitchen is at the heart of the main floor, right where it should be. It is well-separated from the living room but open to the dining room, which has sliding glass doors that provide access to a rear patio. A generous step-in pantry expands storage space, and the eating bar is a good place to do homework, or just hang out, while chatting with the folks preparing food or doing cleanup.

A short hallway links the kitchen to the garage. On one side is a bathroom; on the other is a fully outfitted utility room, complete with cabinets.

Upstairs, the Calhoun’s largest bedroom faces the street. It has direct bathroom access and boasts a walk-in closet as well. Two more bedrooms line the back wall.

The unfinished bonus room over the garage is brightened by two windows, one nestled under the peak of a charming gabled dormer. Children (and young-at-heart adults as well) will love the cubbyhole feel of this space, which could easily be outfitted with a window seat.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Calhoun 30-479. For more information or to view other designs, visit or call 800-634-0123.