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The Wilshire 4024 - 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1673 square feet

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THE Wilshire is an intrepid adventure back to the past. Built on the war-cry of all or nothing we decided that some things are just too important to go half-way. Take for instance the half-timbering and stucco, an important aspect of Tudor. Especially important on the second floor, the first floor is open to interpretation. "A chimney?" you say. Again, an important hallmark to the style. But have no fear on cost. It is easily framed and veneered in thinbrick to strike a balance between good looks and good budgeting. If it's not worth doing it right, it's not worth doing it at all.

Feeling like many of our other plans, the downstairs is a simple study in cubes. The parlor takes a few with its fireplace and exposed beams. The kitchen is a simple yet effective cube. The dining room is stout in its position. Finally the garage which is backed by a pantry and powder room. If you find that you need a bigger garage the powder and pantry can be released back into the wild. Some folks might ask if the casement windows are necessary given their higher price tag. The answer is a simple YES! All or nothing, my friend, all or nothing. Anything else would be heresy.

Upstairs are three beds and two baths with a little twist. Instead of standard framing for the master bed we used attic trusses. This is necessary to gain the variety of massing that is so important to the Tudor style. Otherwise you'd end up with one large contemporary box. Bad form. The loft extends a full 3' over the first floor. Again, the massing concept comes into play, but this also allows for a covered area over the front door without posts.

The laundry closet utilizes an interesting deviation. Instead of the usual side-by-side arrangement we've opted for a skinnier setup. Stacked units would also be appropriate.

All plans include four elevations, floor plans, foundation plans, at least two building sections, framing plans for the second floor and/or roof, and notes and construction details. This is everything you will need to build, but may not be everything you need to get a permit. Check with your local jurisdiction. Electrical layouts, cabinet elevations and engineering are not included.

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