A warm invitation radiates from this attractive country Tudor home. Tudor style architecture has a definite association with old world charm. It also conjures up images of castles and more genteel days.In design A-15, architects Herman York and Ray Schenke have focused their efforts on a house that could adapt to a variety of family situations. For example, its versatility as an expansion type home makes it ideal for the newly married, the growing family and the retirement years.
The location of the master bedroom on the first floor is a basic factor in such versatility. As a result, second floor bedrooms can be added at a later time, ideal for a growing family. Upon retirement, the owners can revert to the original one-floor living style, with the second floor reserved for overnight visitors.
The exterior is a blend of rusticity. Rough-sawn timers are united with the porch railing, posts and decorative wood brackets. Windows and trim work are also framed with similar wood finish.
The front entry features a batten-type door with wrought iron hinges set in a brick wall, all under cover. Stucco panels and ``wavy wood siding' applied to the sides and rear of the house unify the entire structure.
Strategically located foyers are an asset to every plan. From the foyer, all major living and sleeping areas of the house can be reached. A large coat closet is also part of the foyer.
As you enter the foyer, you have a sweeping view of the living and dining room. The length and width of this room is impressive, but the finishing touch is a cathedral ceiling 17 feet high. Adding to the drama is a brick fireplace centered on the side wall. A log bin is built-in. Flanking the fireplace wall are two casement windows with quarter-round window heads. The front and rear walls include floor-to-ceiling casement windows in a box bay window treatment.
A handsome cottage kitchen should satisfy the demands of any family. Many hours of meal preparation and family gatherings will no doubt take place here.
Sliding glass doors open directly onto the rear terrace and also allow plenty of sunshine to enter the room, for a bright and cheery atmosphere. The dining room, dinette and terrace are served by a well-equipped kitchen that includes an island counter. A window over the twin sinks permits supervision of the rear yard. The adjoining pantry space with a work counter, cabinets and freezer compartment are an additional bonus.
The architects prefer to locate the laundry and the lavatory areas to the rear of the garage and directly off the kitchen. This area offers convenience, and is a perfect buffer between the outside and the inside. Expedient use of the lavatory is available for indoor-outdoor activities, as well.
As noted on the plans, all walls that separate heated space from unheated space are 6 inches thick, allowing for increased insulation efficiency.
A private hall, off the foyer, leads to the master bedroom, which is somewhat isolated to ensure quite privacy. The room is generous in size, and offers excellent wall space for furniture arrangement.
A picturesque box bay window and large walk-in closet complete this well-proportioned room. An additional closet and linen closet are available in the private hall. The private bath includes a double-sink vanity and whirlpool tub with shower. If desired, the bath can also double as a guest powder room.
The expandable second floor has the option of a loft area open to the living-dining room or it may be developed into a two-bedroom arrangement, as indicated. A cleverly designed bath has access from the bedroom and from the loft or hall.
Design A-15 has a living room, dining room, cottage kitchen, three bedrooms, two baths and a foyer, totaling 1,925 square feet of habitable space. There is a garage behind which is a laundry and lavatory. Sliding glass doors led from the kitchen to a rear terrace. The overall dimensions of 60' by 29'8' include the garage. The house has a cellar.