The two-story Dorset blends 1920s-era Craftsman-style charm with contemporary convenience and energy efficiency. The home's compact design generates long-term savings in the costs of heating and maintenance.

Its floor plan is charming yet simple. One open and spacious living area fills the main floor, served by a combination utility room/bathroom. Bedrooms, plus a bathroom and loft, are on the second level.

Handsome wooden posts atop tapered stone veneer bases support a wide covered porch. It's an inviting setting for summertime relaxation, which could include lazing on an old-fashioned porch swing.

Entering, you step into a small foyer. It opens into a naturally bright great room which fills the entire left side of the home. This large space comprises a living room, dining room and kitchen. Craftsman-style windows fill much of the front and rear walls, while two more windows line the side. French double doors between them access a patio that links to the front porch and wraps around to the rear.

A large wood stove pumps out plenty of heat in winter. If the owners chose a glassed-front model, it can also serve as a cheery focal point on dreary days and dark nights. Working in the C-shaped kitchen, you can converse with family and friends anywhere in the great room. Counters and cupboards line three sides, and a long conversation bar rims one edge.

Both of the Dorset's bedrooms have roomy closets that span their rear walls, plus access to attic storage, front and back. They share a bathroom that has a double vanity. Abundant natural light in the loft between them makes this an ideal study, sewing, or craft area.

For more information, call (800) 634-0123, or visit the Web site at www.associateddesigns.com.

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