This week’s house plan Catalina 11-002

Stepping into the Catalina’s generously proportioned great room, you get the impression that the home must be fairly large. Vaulted ceilings increase the sense of openness in this lofty, informal space, which wraps around the kitchen and flows into the vaulted dining area.

But the Catalina is actually designed for people who want a home on the low end of the size range -- a small, economical and efficient living space. Just the same, the plan is packed with contemporary features. And it’s bright. The great room is richly illuminated by sunshine spilling in through the screened porch at the back.

Expanded by a bay window, the horseshoe-shaped kitchen is also naturally illuminated. Amenities include a pantry, generous cupboard and counter space, a built-in dishwasher, range and oven. The walk-through utility room has cabinets, a folding counter and access to a garage with a small workshop.

Bedrooms are all on the left, where an archway marks the entrance to the sleeping quarters. If three bedrooms aren’t needed, the room to the left of the entry is in a good spot for a study. Arched multi-paned windows give the secondary bedrooms a touch of graceful elegance. Outside, the windows echo the curved arches of the entry colonnade. A raised planter adds color.

Luxury features in the Catalina’s vaulted owners’ suite include a walk-in closet, twin basins, separately enclosed shower and toilet, and direct access to the back yard -- particularly important, if a pool is part of the plan.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Catalina 11-002. For more information or to view other designs, visit or call 800-634-0123.