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Magnolia Place

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

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  • Donald Ruthroff

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2,083 sq. feet


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Challenge: Bring a cluster-style development to suburban community that believes itself to be rural in nature and demands historically-based design as part of entitlement process and change the originally-approved architecture to fit builder client’s preference with regard to floor plan arrangement. Solution: This home occupies front corner of a four-pack cluster. Plan must address paseo on one side and interior community street on other. A wrap-around porch was employed to bring the architecture around the corner to street from paseo. Homebuilder wanted small entry vestibule to separate it from open plan kitchen, dining and great room space. Generous windows were provided to give spaces a light and airy characteristic. Small rear yard is unique for this type of cluster home in that it is adjacent to carriage lane that serves the garages. It borrows a more open feeling from that area and is not stuffed in-between houses in small side yard area. The two-story character of home was ideal to adopt a modern take on traditional farmhouse-style of architecture. Metal roofing on porch roof gives a nod to agrarian roots and character. Steep-pitched gable roofs remind us of homes that once graced large farms that were a part of this community when it was founded. A charming little home in a more dense community.
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