With five bedrooms upstairs, a full spectrum of family room areas downstairs and abundant storage space, the Sheppard is definitely designed with the needs of a large family in mind.
At its hub is a spacious country kitchen, the heart of family life. Like spokes, the family room, eating nook, dining room, utility room and stairway to the upper floor radiate out from this center.No need to miss out on family fun while cooking or cleaning up here. Jutting out at odd angles, the twin eating bars are all that separate the food preparation area from a bright eating nook and a family room large enough for whatever you can think of to put in it - a pool table, Ping-Pong table, computer and video game center. Whatever.
French doors provide access to the deck from a family room with a fireplace and its own storage closet, for games, folding chairs, etc. A walk-in pantry is tucked into a corner of the nook. Glass double doors on the opposite side open onto a long, wide country-style wrap-around porch complete with columns and rails.
Utilities hide behind pocket doors in a room that could be an exercise room, a den, study or hobby room as easily as a utility room. A chute from the upper floor feeds into the laundry hamper in the corner.
Columns flank the entry arches to the dining room and living room, bringing an ambience of formality to this area in an otherwise informal contemporary home.
The master suite has all the luxury amenities including a large walk-in closet and spa and a double vanity in the bathroom. No need to be shocked by shower water that's too hot or too cold here. The nozzle of this shower is turned on and adjusted outside the walk-in stall.
Four other bedrooms share a compartmentalized bathroom, allowing two or three siblings to bathe and primp at the same time. The unfinished storage area over the garage has a dormer window to match the one in the bedroom next to it. Combining the two rooms would create a large bright play room or studio.
The deep double garage is roomy enough for cars, storage and a work bench.
For a study plan of the SHEPPARD (400-01), send $5 to Landmark Designs, P.O. Box 2307, Eugene, OR 97402. (Be sure to specify plan name and number when ordering). Designers, architects and readers with plans they would like to see featured also are invited to contact Landmark.