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Country Elegance Meets European Luxury

4th Apr, 2017 | Filed under Articles, Blog

For most of us, country living conjures up images of lazy summer days sipping lemonade on a shady front porch, cozy kitchens filled with the smells of home-cooked meals, and rolling hills and green valleys. Country house plans are one of the most popular styles of home design, and for good reason. Their famous nostalgic look lends them their enduring appeal year after year. Picture a home in a Norman Rockwell painting, and you’ll likely be imagining a country house plan with all the traditional trimmings: porches, gables, lap siding, shuttered windows and cozy facades. Who wouldn’t want to relax on the porch and let the world drift by?

“It’s not hard to see why country home plans are so popular,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “They are both elegant and soothing, complete with all the traditional architectural details that make for a great home.”

Country-style designs rarely fail to catch the eye, but blending the traditional country look with a little European flair takes the traditional home design to a whole new level of luxury. This is the essence of Associated Designs’ Delfino house plan 31-062

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“The Delfino home plan blends two unique styles into a compelling design that’s both modest and spacious,” McAlexander said. “It offers tons of functionality while still highlighting those traditional country elements and features. It’s modesty, elegance and luxury all in one.”

At first glance, the Delfino is rather inconspicuous. Bold stone accents, graceful wood beams and smooth stucco blend seamlessly along the front of the home, giving it an altogether modest appearance. A vaulted covered porch is the centerpiece to the exterior design. You would be hard-pressed to consider this home anything more than a simple modern upgrade to the traditional country living style. But it’s the interior of this three-bedroom, where the Tuscan-vineyard inspired home really shines.

The vaulted foyer welcomes you into a grand living area with a double set of sliding glass doors that allow you to expand the living area to the covered patio on nice days when a soft breeze is just the thing. The open-style great room flows into a dining area, which is also open to the vaulted kitchen. From there you walk into a vaulted piano room. Don’t have a piano or play the piano? That’s OK. The room can easily be used as an additional seating area or cozy secondary gathering space. It’s the perfect set-up for those who love to entertain.

“It’s the details that really make this home special,” said McAlexander. “Beautiful ceiling treatments adorn the walls, adding that extra touch of class to the open living space, but it’s not overpowering. It’s modestly elegant.”

Walking back through the house, the den catches the eye – and rightly so. This is no ordinary office space. Glass French doors allow the den to open up to the rest of the great room with built-in shelving and storage closet.

Just off the kitchen area is a large walk-in pantry featuring built-in shelves and freezer space. Down the hall from the pantry, the two secondary bedrooms each have their own walk-in closets and dressing areas. A Jack-and-Jill style bathroom, offering both privacy and versatility, connects the two bedrooms to each other.

Walking back down the hallway, the Delfino features a mud bath and extensive utility room, but the real star of this luxury home is downstairs in the lower floor. Since the home is designed on a partial basement foundation, the lower space holds a very special addition that any wine enthusiast would love: a built-in, 300-square-foot wine cellar.

“No Tuscan-inspired home should be without a wine cellar,” said McAlexander.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the house, the owners’ suite features a vaulted ceiling, double doors that lead to a vaulted patio, a walk-in closet with solar tube lighting, and a large master bath with his and her sinks. But functionality and modesty are still present even in so luxurious a room. For instance, the owners’ suite features an exercise room just off the bathroom and walk-in closet. Get home from work, change clothes, get in a workout and end with a luxurious shower – all without walking more than a few feet from room to room.

The Delfino home design is evocative of blending two unique styles into a home that’s both functional and luxurious. And while the exterior boasts elegance in all the right spots, it’s the amenities of this country home that really get attention.

So yes. There’s more to this home than meets the eye.

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