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Rustic Bismarck features great rear view

By From page HS7 | January 17, 2014

A hexagonal great room is at the core of the Bismarck, a vacation home designed to take full advantage of a panoramic view to the rear. Families that enjoy staying in touch with nature will appreciate this plan.

Its rustic styling blends naturally into the landscape, whether constructed in a forest, at a canyon’s edge, or by a river, lake, or seashore. Built as a vacation rental, it would surely be in high demand.

Log posts and beams support a dramatic covered porch that frames a French door entry. Stepping inside, you’ll have a hard time suppressing an appreciative, “Wow!”

At the rear, this wide open great room is more windows than walls, with a view out across the wrap-around deck, into the great beyond. The central portion of the deck is covered. Log posts and beams, similar to those in front, provide support.

A long eating bar is all that separates the great room from the large kitchen. A central work island, added to already generous counter space, provides plenty of elbow room for multiple cooks working together to feed a crowd.

Off in a wing of its own, the Bismarck’s owners’ suite is well isolated from the other bedrooms. Its private bathroom, located between the great room and the sleeping area, provides additional sound buffering. It should be quiet enough to sleep here, even when other family members choose to stay up late.

The bunk room has two sets of bunk beds, allowing family members to invite friends for overnighters. Bedroom two could be similarly outfitted, or furnished more conventionally.

Visit for more information or to search our home plans. A review plan of the Bismarck 10-329, including floor plans, elevations, section, and artist’s conception, can be purchased for $25. Our home plan catalog, featuring more than 550 home plans, costs $15. Both are available online, by mail or phone. Add $5 s/h. Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Drive, Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 634-0123.

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