STORYBOOK HOME PLANS...
Once-Upon-A-Time Designs for Today!

The enchanting storybook home plans included here feature fairy tale cottage styling combined with interior floor plans and amenities designed for present-day living. Blending period charm with modern day convenience gives you the best of both worlds . . . and few stock plan providers do it better than the aptly named design firm of Storybook Homes!

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                                                    Photo Credit: Hanna McLeod,
                                                         Ever After Portraiture


Based in Lynden, Washington, USA, Storybook Homes specializes in French and  English-inspired cottages based on authentic cottage architecture of rural France and England.    True to the Storybook Style, this firm's pictur-
esque designs feature stone or stucco walls  --  or a  combination  of  the
two -- with or without half- timbering.   Steeply pitched roofs with varying roof lines covered in tiles or thatch  --  or shingles designed and  arranged
to  simulate  thatch  --  are  punctuated  by dormers and large decorative chimneys with ornamental clay chimney pots.  Shuttered, multi-paned win-
dows  and arched entry doors add to the charm of these architectural jew-
els.

In addition to its stock storybook home plans, the firm  offers  custom  de-
signs.   The charming cottage style home pictured above, right, and below
is a custom designed home for one of its discerning clients.

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Photo Credit: Hanna McLeod, Ever After Portraiture

The two small cottage house plans that follow are one  level  designs  that range from 941 square feet to 1,732 square feet in area. Each has a lovely thatched roof with an eyebrow dormer.

"Rowen's Thatch," pictured directly below, features a stone and stucco ex-
terior with a rustic -- albeit charming -- wood entry door, window trim and shutters.  A large stucco chimney crowned with a decorative clay chimney pot soars above the roof line.

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Inside, an efficiently arranged 1 bedroom, 1 bath floor plan with a spacious Great Room makes it appear larger than its 941 square feet would  normally dictate. This cottage plan features two fireplaces -- one of which is in the bedroom.     The Great Room, which also features a fireplace, includes two sets of double French doors that lead to an outdoor stone terrace.

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"Pardiggle,"  the storybook home plan  that  follows,  simply  oozes  period charm with its "layering" of architectural elements!     Multiple front-facing gables grace the stone facade, as well as  a  proliferation  of  multi-paned windows, including a large bay window. Pairs of shutters flank the windows with arched tops, and an arched wooden door provides a welcoming entry. Two large stone chimneys of varying heights -- each capped with a pair of individually styled clay chimney pots which also vary in  height  --  lend  a picturesque silhouette to this fairy tale cottage design.

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At  1,732  square  feet  in  area,  the interior of this storybook home plan features 3 bedrooms,  including the master suite,  and 2 full baths.    The kitchen and dining area flow into the parlor (living room) to create a large open space.   A walk-in closet, dual sinks and a separate tub and shower complete the master suite.

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A Note About Thatched Roofs:

Though still quite common in the U.K., only  a  handful  of  firms  in  North America use thatch as a  roofing  material  today,  due  to  the  extensive training and years of apprenticeship required to become a Master Thatch-
er. One such firm currently operating in the United States with the experi-
ence  and  proper  credentials  is  MgGhee & Co. Roof Thatchers, based in Staunton, Virginia.

Alternatively,  a  good  way  to approximate the look of a thatched roof is with steam-bent wood shingles. Custom Cedar Solutions of Lake City, Flor-
ida is one North American firm that does outstanding  work  of  this  type. Pictured below is just one example from their incredible portfolio!

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Each of the two storybook home plans that follows is one and a half stories in height with two levels of interior living area ranging from 2,706  to  3,999 square feet. Instead of thatch, tile is used as a roof covering.

The "Canterbury,"  shown below, is another highly picturesque design from Storybook Homes.  It features a stone and stucco exterior with decorative bargeboards  and  half-timbering  on the upper level of the front-facing ga-
ble.    Rows of quaint diamond-paned windows illuminate much of the lower level,  while natural light penetrates the upper level through gable and dor-
mer windows with divided lights that are mostly square, but rise to a point-
ed  arch  at  their  tops.  Prominent twin stone chimneys of varying widths
and heights soar high above the rooftop and send billows of smoke through their ornamental clay chimney pots.

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Pictured below are cottage floor plans for both the main and upper levels of the "Canterbury."  The main level plan of 1,547 square feet flows from room to room around a central staircase and, in addition  to  a  bath,  in-
cludes  a  library with a fireplace and coffered ceiling, a parlor with a fire-
place, and a dining room with a beamed ceiling.  The plan also features a gourmet kitchen with a center island, larder and butler's pantry,  as  well
as a sunny breakfast nook.

Upstairs,  an  additional  1,159 square feet encompass a guest room and
full bath, along with the master suite,  which  also  includes  a  fireplace.
The master bath features dual vanity sinks, a private toilet room, a sepa-
rate shower and tub, and a large walk-in closet.

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Up to this point,  the storybook home plans we've looked at do not include garages. Not to worry. Storybook Homes also designs carriage house style garages  in  keeping  with  the character and look of their storybook home plans. Pictured below is a sampling of the firm's garage designs.

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At just under 4,000 square feet of living area,  the "Nottingham,"  pictured below,  is the largest storybook home plan showcased here.    With pictur-
esque stone, stucco and half-timbered exterior walls,  it features a playful roof  line  of  both  hips  and gables of varying heights, pierced by multiple decorative chimneys with chimney pots, as well as dormers, finials,  and  a cupola.     A profusion of diamond and square-paned,  arched-top windows punctuates the facade, including a large bay window on the main level and a small oriel window on the gabled jetty, or overhang, directly above it.

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Inside,  the main level encompasses 2,297 square feet of living area which includes a library, parlor with fireplace, and dining room -- all with beamed or coffered ceilings -- a powder room, and a kitchen with a cozy breakfast nook. Also occupying the main level is a huge master bedroom suite with a sitting room,  fireplace,  bath with dual sinks,  separate  tub  and  shower, large walk-in closet, and "His" and "Her" private toilet rooms.  An attached two car garage completes Level 1.

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The upper level adds another 1,702 square feet of living area to the home and includes 2 full baths and 3 bedrooms  with  an  abundance  of  closet space.    Between the bedroom wings is a large "Loft Room" with a built-in window seat and a corner fireplace!

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A Note About Tiled Roofs:

As  with  thatch,  the  use  of  clay tiles as a roofing material dramatically enhances the beauty, value and "character" of a storybook home. And like thatched roofs, a clay tiled roof is highly durable, with a life expectancy of 70 to 100 years. Imported from Europe and around the world, clay roofing tiles are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, shapes and colors.  One of  the  largest  suppliers of clay roofing tiles in North America is Northern Roof Tiles, based in Ontario, Canada.   The charming English cottage style home pictured below sports a beautiful tiled roof from Northern Roof Tiles.

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