"The Diplomat" was designed by guest designer J.D. Graham, president of Oasis Designs, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla. Graham is a licensed builder who brings more than 10 years of construction experience to each home design. His plans utilize simple, proven building techniques which maximize aesthetic appeal while minimizing construction cost.
This sprawling tile and stucco home is designed for a warm climate. The exotic Moroccan-flavor Diplomat is fit for a sultan, with three minaret-like turrets and a fan in almost every room.The largest of the octagonal turrets, boasting a 22-foot ceiling and octagonal clerestory windows on four sides, serves as entryway and doubles as an atrium. The entire floor is ceramic. To the right is a walk-in entry closet and living room that looks out over a front courtyard with planters and a fountain. To the left is a half bath, wet barwith refrigerator and the passageway to the dining room.
An eating nook turret, with 12-foot ceiling and octagonal clerestory windows, is the focal point for the less formal group living area at the back of the house, with kitchen and family room on either side. The ceramic tiles in the entry turret carry over into the eating nook, kitchen, utility area and the connecting hallway.
A built-in desk tucked into one corner of the kitchen could accommodate a home computer and there's also a spacious walk-in pantry. Occupants of the luxurious master suite, located at the opposite end of the home from the other four bedrooms, have plenty of privacy. The ceramic-floored master bath features both an oversized tub and a wide, uniquely shaped glass-enclosed shower with a tile seat.
Twin vanities are located in a separate dressing area outside the bathing facilities and toilet. A walk-in closet large enough to house a small elephant features a pass-through window opening to the laundry room.
And, of course, the sleeping area opens into the remaining high-ceilinged turret, ideal as a quiet retreat for reading, sewing or just dreaming.
Each of the other four bedrooms have ample storage space and fans. One of them, equipped with a private bathroom, could be used as a guest room or to house an aging parent.
For a study plan of the Diplomat (299-10), 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.