With its arched openings, red tile roof and stuccoed exterior this home evokes the relaxed ambiance of sunny Spain wherever it is built.

With its arched openings, red tile roof and stuccoed exterior this home evokes the relaxed ambiance of sunny Spain wherever it is built.

Real Estate

Richmond blends traditional and modern, elegant and informal

By From page C6 | June 01, 2012

The Richmond blends traditional and present day Mediterranean styling in a plan that is at once elegant and informal. Traditional elements include a tile roof, arched windows, and stucco relief. Bold columns, a cameo window and planters overflowing with vegetation provide contemporary flavor.

Vaulted ceilings create a sense of openness in the formal living spaces at the core of this plan. Widely spaced columns support plant shelves that delineate the boundaries of dining room, living room and hallways. A small powder room, tucked into the passageway to the kitchen, is close to everything.

Everyday activities take place in the large, open family room/kitchen. The cooking island is set at a diagonal to create a uniquely shaped triangular kitchen. Having the vegetable sink right across from the range offers increased efficiency in food preparation.

The eating bar adds still more counter space. Utilities and a walk-in pantry are conveniently located between the kitchen and the garage. On the far side of the kitchen, a glass door in the nook leads to a veranda that opens onto a terrace.

Bedrooms are clustered together at the left. Luxury amenities in the owners’ suite include a large walk-in closet, a private bathroom with two lavs and an enclosed toilet and shower. Glass blocks form the shower stall and brighten the bathing alcove.

Each of the Richmond’s secondary bedrooms has direct access to a dual-compartment bathroom. The bedroom closest to the entry porch could be outfitted with French doors and used as a den or office.

Visit for more information or to search home plans. A review plan of the Richmond 11-048 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.

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