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Downsize and Upscale

A planned community’s modest model home raises the bar for production houses

This picturesque spec house, with its steep roof and shingled gable, is a great example of how traditional shapes, colors, and textures can be re-arranged into a house with a contemporary floor plan. In this case, the plan is aimed at empty-nesters who are ready to downsize to a more manageable home that still has room for visiting family. The article includes a sidebar on affordable details that have a big impact, and advice on how to make a great outdoor space on a small lot.


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