A-frame brings vacation house to neighborhood block

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While the Gerard’s rear elevation has the richly windowed, A-frame look typical of a vacation retreat, its front facade and full-featured interior make it equally well suited for year-round residency.

Painted shutters and a covered porch give the home a welcoming look. An old-fashioned, wooden porch swing can fit in nicely here. The wide-railed porch wraps around to span the entire left side, and transitions into a V-shaped deck at the rear. If toddlers live here or come to visit, all or part of the porch and deck may be gated to create a safe outdoor play area.

Entering, you’ll see a stairway on your right, and an expansive vaulted, two-story great room to your left. A handsome square post connected to an exposed beam marks the passageway into the L-shaped kitchen, straight ahead.

Cupboards and counters wrap around two sides, and lazy Susan shelving provides easy access to the corner. A raised eating bar rims one side of a work island, and the island has a built-in range and oven.

Abundant natural light washes into the great room through a bank of sparkling windows, stacked three high, plus two atrium doors that provide deck access. Across the room from the doors is a home entertainment center. There’s plenty of room for a wide-screen TV at center, over the direct-vent gas fireplace.

A nice-sized utility room and full bathroom are on opposite sides of the short hallway leading to the two front bedrooms at the rear. Utility room amenities include: cabinets on two sides, a deep sink and a long counter, handy for folding clothes. The Gerard’s owners’ suite is upstairs, as is a study linked to the vaulted loft.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Gerard 30-288. For more information or to view other designs, visit www.AssociatedDesigns.com or call 800-634-0123.

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