People who feel drawn to simplicity will find much to appreciate in the Kent. Call it a cabin, a bungalow or a vacation retreat. Whichever designation you chose, this home is charming. And being small, it’s as economical to build as it is to maintain.
Slender wooden posts support and define a long front porch that wraps around to the right. Exposed rafter tails along the roof’s edge create visual interest there, while cedar shake shingles give a rustic texture to the exterior, above the batt and board siding.
Entering, you step through one of the two atrium doors into a surprisingly large and sunny vaulted great room. Windows line much of the side wall, and a kitchen with a large work island fills the rear. If a wood or gas flame stove is part of your dream, the front corner by the door is an ideal location.
Standing at the kitchen’s four-burner stove, you can easily serve up hot soups, cocoa, coffee and assorted culinary delights to family and friends perched on stools along the raised eating and conversation bar.
A stacked washer/dryer is nearby, hidden behind doors that front the hallway leading to the back porch. Shelves fill the other half of the alcove. Its lower half could be outfitted with a folding counter atop storage cabinets. More storage is available in a smaller alcove across from the bathroom.
Two rooms fill the rest of the left side. The Kent’s front bedroom is larger and boasts a wide closet. The second room could be used as a study or another bedroom. A pull-down ladder there provides handy attic access.
Visit AssociatedDesigns.com for more information or to search home plans. A review plan of the Kent 30-498 can be purchased for $25. Associated Design’s “Home Plan Collection,” featuring more than 550 home plans, costs $15. Both are available online, by phone at 800-634-0123 and by mail (add $5 s/h) at Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Drive, Eugene, OR 97402.