Classic details, modern convenience Recessed entry, angular design lend drama


April 18, 1993

Classic design details mingle handsomely with contemporar convenience in this two-story home.

The exterior of design E-31, by Homestyles Publishing, mixes attractive reverse gable elements with striking specialty windows into a broad, encompassing hip roof design. All of the forms, windows and details, such as the three walk-in angle bays, are traditional by design.

A clue to the drama inside is provided in the recessed angular entrance. The 8-foot-high entry doors, capped by a beautiful window, set under the roof for cover and angled to the inside, set the stage for what follows.

Inside, the excitement of this design unfolds. A breathtakingly beautiful panorama of the house is obtained by the diagonal entry into a two-story-high reception foyer.

This diagonal entry is echoed throughout the design. The angles are used not for the sake of having angles, but most effectively throughout to provide enhanced perspectives of the various rooms and spaces.

The circulation movements thus created enhance the feeling of spaciousness as one moves through this home, making it appear significantly larger than its 2,757 square feet.

A beautiful sloped-ceiling living room adjoins the foyer, and it in turn opens to an elegant formal dining room.

To the rear is a wonderful eat-in kitchen and adjoining family room. A cozy fireplace is at one end of that room. These rooms are designed open to each other in keeping with the contemporary buyer's tastes.

The kitchen includes an expansive wraparound counter and a large center island. A breakfast room is brightened by windows.

All rooms on the first floor without vaulted ceilings have 10-foot ceilings, and that includes the flexible den adjacent to the foyer.

The den can also serve as a convenient media room (almost an extension of the family room), office or guest room. A laundry and a two-car garage complete the first level of the home. The 53-foot 10-inch width of the first floor will enable it to fit on a modest lot.

Stairs lead to an unusual second-floor balcony. A master suite has two walk-in closets, a dressing alcove, a fireplace and a beautiful bathroom with with two basins and a vaulted ceiling. The bedroom features a stepped tray ceiling and an angled double-door entry.

Three other bedrooms and a bath complete the second floor. Two of the three also feature striking ceiling treatments.

Plans include a full basement or a crawl space.


A study plan of House of the Week Design E-31 is available for $4 from House of the Week, P.O. Box 1562, New York, N.Y. 10116-1562. Enclose a check. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. In case of problems with an order, call (212) 621-1825.


Enclosed is $4. Please send me a copy of the study plan for House of the Week Design E-30.

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