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Cozy Elegance is the best way to describe the Brookshire Manor, with its striking exterior and warm, hospitable layout. Even with its grand facade, the Brookshire Manor feels like home the moment you step onto the extensive wraparound porch.

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, the house was a custom design for the builder, George Jenkins, with the understanding that Betz could make it available as a stock plan. Rusty Moody, principal architect for the Brookshire, was eager to discuss his sophisticated design.

"It was important that nothing detract from the effect of the gorgeous porches, so we put the garage to the rear of the plan. We also utilized a gambrel roof over the garage and master bath to resemble an old carriage house," says Moody. "That roof is one of the most unique aspects of this plan."

"My favorite phase of creating this design," continues Moody, "was the delicate blending of traditional Southern charm with today's complete amenities for active lifestyles." It's easy to see how successfully the design accomplishes that feat. It would take pages to cover all the dazzling features in this home, but the soaring domed foyer with a grand sweeping staircase is a fine place to begin. Your eye is instantly caught by the arches, one downstairs leading to the grand room and three upstairs designated to showcase art.

The grand room draws you in with its alluring curved wall of windows visible from the foyer. The room is certainly spacious but not impersonal. A boxed raised ceiling with contrasting deep red and off-white accents, intensifies the room's poise. Versatile built-in bookshelves flank the fireplace and add practicality to the graceful room. With a flair for continuity, Moody also uses arches to top off the built-ins.

Directly above the grand room is the exercise room. Although it's laid out exactly like the grand room with its own magnificent window wall, the best element is direct access to the master wing. This means the owners never have to let anyone see them sweat.

Even more than the kitchen, the master suite is the heart of a home. The Brookshire's master bedroom radiates relaxation from concept to decor. Tray ceilings separate the sleeping space from a friendly sitting area with its personal fireplace. The rich colors and cushy furnishings throughout the room seem to induce rest.

Back downstairs, the kitchen cannot be forgotten. It's another showstopper but in no way intimidating. Everything from gourmet meals to a child's first attempt at chocolate chip cookies can be prepared in comfort. The combination of vivid green walls, pale wood cabinets, and two-toned diamond patterned flooring is spectacular. Family and guests can pull a chair up to the tiered island and keep the cook company.

It's no surprise that Frank Betz Associates' Brookshire Manor won four awards, including Best of Show and Best Architectural Design, in the 1998 Street of Dreams at White Columns Golf Club.

Stunning outside and welcoming inside, the Brookshire Manor typifies Southern elegance and hospitality.

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Title Annotation:design of the Brookshire Manor by architect Rusty Moody
Author:Hutchins, Shelley
Date:Jun 15, 1999
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