Brick columns and a brick facade give an air of humble but solid elegance to the Benedick. A circular driveway sweeping past the front of this semi-circular shaped home completes the image.
Family activities take place in the central section, which is comprised of an expansive array of rooms as large as many small homes. Sleeping quarters are in the left wing, garage and a huge utility suite on the right.The large kitchen has a unique pantry. In addition to the usual walk-in accessibility, items placed on shelves along one wall can be reached by opening cabinet doors in the kitchen. With the cook top and grill located in a center island, the long counters are left free for work space.
The eating nook is bright and cheerful, awash in natural light from the bay window. A woodstove warms both the nook and a family room large enough for couches, a homeentertainment center and even a pool table.
The living room, dining room and office are all located on the front-facing side of the group living area. The living room and dining room are not quite totally formal, however, as they are separated from the family room only by rows of glass shelves. Walls could be placed here if fully enclosed rooms are desired.
One of the many skylights scattered throughout the home brightens a utility suite that has two closets and space for both an upright and a chest-type freezer. Outfitted with its own bathroom, the area can serve as a mud room or a place to clean up and shuck greasy clothes after working in the garage.
The master suite has a huge walk-in closet. A pocket door separates the water closet, complete with shower and spa, from the double vanities in the dressing area, thus alleviating the steamed mirror problem. Three additional bedrooms share another compartmentalized bathroom with double vanities. One of the bedrooms opens onto a covered deck.
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