By Daphne Nathanael. Floor Plan. Published at Wednesday, November 08th, 2017 - 13:54:40 PM.
The dining room is becoming a dinosaur, but if it's still important for holiday gatherings, why not treat it as an alcove off the main living space, where it can add spaciousness even when not in use.
Everyone wants to move outside in good weather so a well-designed and convenient porch, screen porch, pergola, patio, lanai, or deck is essential. It lets a small house live large. The trick is to make sure that such a space is ample enough for sitting and convenient to the kitchen or great room for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Is there room for furniture around it? I like the way the great room fireplace in modern prairie style, below is part of a wall with built-in storage for media and books. A fireplace too close to a doorway is not very useful.
The "split" here is real estate speak for a floor plan that sets the master suite apart from the other bedrooms, for greater privacy, either on the other side of the great room, or on a separate floor. Often such a design works for families with older children.
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