Stone planters give Elmhurst eye appeal
Unusual rounded planters draw eyes to the Elmhurst, a midsize, single level home, ideal for singles or empty nesters. Stone veneer lends its variegated textures to the planters, wainscoting and columns. High on the roof, the parade of clerestory windows nicely echoes the grid on the garage door.
This plan is designed for construction on an upsloping lot, but it could also be built on flat ground. No living space would be lost, only basement areas.
Entering from the right, you walk between a planter and a nearly rounded bay window to reach the railed porch. Inside the foyer, diffuse light streams in through a transom and sidelight. Mirror-image double doors open into the library/study on the right, and the office on the left.
Straight ahead is a bright and spacious vaulted living room. Display shelves with recessed lighting wrap around three sides. During the day, more light washes in through the high row of clerestory windows facing front, as well as skylights and wide windows at the rear. A gas fireplace and home entertainment center fill part of the left wall.
Openings into the dining room and kitchen are on the right, as is a pass-through in front of the kitchen sink. A raised eating bar provides partial separation between the dining room and kitchen, while the walk-in pantry and central work island add to the ample cupboard and counter space.
Laundry appliances are nearby, in a large utility room complete with a deep sink and drop-down ironing board. The small powder room is equally handy.
The Elmhurst's luxurious master suite, plus a guest room with private bath, fill the left wing.