A steep, gabled roof shelters Our Piedmont House, and the lean-to porch gives it a comfortable, rustic flavor. Local materials-stone and cedar-also add to the look.
An easygoing, compact floor plan brings cottage details inside. A short, L-shaped hallway joins three major areas of the downstairs plan. The living room has the feeling of a country lodge, with a stone fireplace and built-in bookcases. Pine paneling, which may be given a natural stain or painted for a dressier country look, covers the walls. The dining room features an appealing box bay with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and recessed downlights.
The family-style kitchen is roomy. Two sets of French doors into the sunroom allow a circular traffic flow and enable the kitchen, breakfast room, and sunroom to work together as a casual activity center. A wraparound deck stretches this family living area even more. Small but special details add to the plan's appeal. A skylit desk tucked into the hall across from the laundry serves as an office, while a deck with lattice screening may be added off the master bedroom.