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Presence From the Past - Part 4

Covered Porches, Patios

To help occupants tolerate Washington's rainy seasons, most of the exterior porches and patios are covered, including both of those entered from the master suite. An overhang covers most of the main back porch as well, but there is a large section left uncovered for barbecuing and enjoying summer sunshine. The home's front veranda is fully covered, enabling guests to reach the front door without having to spend much time out in the weather.

Covered Porches"We tried to include everything anyone would ever want in this plan," Prendergast says. "That's what a home on the Seattle Street of Dreams is all about -- making dreams come true."



People-Pleasing Features

Builder Greg Prendergast and architect Cindy Bienz have a combined building experience of more than 26 years. Here are some features they say make homes the most marketable:

Pleasing Features- Broad front porches. The porch on this home is 8-10 feet deep and 60 feet wide, and makes guests feel instantly welcome, Bienz says. It is wide enough to accommodate a love seat or some comfortable rocking chairs.
- Classic columns and traditional exteriors. Cedar-shingle-look siding is common in the Northwest and New England and dates to homes built in the 1800s. "These classic features give homes a timeless elegance and prevent them from ever looking dated," Bienz says.
- Multilight windows. As classic as columns, multilight windows add architectural interest and bring beautiful divided light into this home's interiors, creating a sparkling ambience.
- Two-story foyers. "Open entries add beauty and elegance to any home, whatever the square footage," Bienz says.
- Great-room-style kitchens that are open to the family and breakfast areas. "Plans with kitchens open to the family room like this one are by far the most popular sellers," Prendergast says.
- At least one semiformal entertaining space that can be used as a dining area or living area. Prendergast says that owners of even modest-size homes aren't willing to give up a separate dining room or living room. "It's wonderful to have that overflow space when you're entertaining family and friends," he says.
- Four or more bedrooms. "Plans with three bedrooms and a master suite are the most commonly requested," Bienz says. "Clients like to have a room for each child and a spare for guests."

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