Inviting covered porch wraps around the Karsten

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A parade of tapered Craftsman columns creates a colonnade effect while highlighting an inviting covered porch that wraps around two sides of the Karsten. It's spacious enough for dining, and great for simply relaxing in the afternoon breezes.

This compact Craftsman-style, single-level plan could be built as a get-away cabin, but it is equally well-suited for use as a year-round residence. Gathering spaces fill the left side; bedrooms (or two bedrooms and a den) are on the right.

Entering, you step into a bright and spacious, vaulted living room. A coat closet is tucked into an alcove just around the corner to the right. Plenty of natural light washes into the living room through wide windows on two sides. The ceiling flattens and drops to eight feet as the space flows into the dining room and kitchen.

Working at the kitchen sink, you have a view to the rear though windows that fill the back corner. Potted plants can't help but flourish in the bright triangle of space that fronts the sink. Meals and snacks can be served up directly from the cook top to the eating bar with no wasted steps. This counter also doubles as a buffet for the dining area.

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A roomy pantry adds to the storage space, and laundry appliances are nearby, in a good-sized utility room that links directly to the garage. The owners' suite has a private bathroom plus a large walk-in closet with built-in shelves in one corner. Additional shelving rims the walls, extending over the long rods. Double doors open into the Karsten's front bedroom, or den. This space could also be used as a home office.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Karsten 30-590. For more information or to view other designs, visit www.AssociatedDesigns.com or call 800-634-0123.