Three Bedroom Ranch House Plan - HOMEPW03019

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Three Bedroom Ranch Home Plan - HOMEPW03019 - Front View

Birch Run, MI

Owner-specific modifications:

  • Built front-entry garage instead of side-entry
  • Used flat ceiling instead of tray ceiling in dining room
  • Added French doors to living room and turned it into bedroom
  • Replaced sliding glass doors with French doors in family room
  • Flipped master bedroom and bath; redesigned master bath
  • Used vaulted ceiling instead of tray ceiling in master bedroom

From the outside, it looks like an elegant, comfortable, one-story home. But the simple facade on Plan HOMEPW03019 masks a rich interior floor plan—big enough to accommodate a family with children, but small enough to maintain a cozy family atmosphere.

Gaynie Alterman, an office manager of a Harley-Davidson dealer near Birch Run, Mich., saw the potential of this home, and with the ability to modify it to accommodate all of her family's needs, she thought it would be "a much better value" than buying an existing home.

That's the beauty of stock home plans: There doesn't have to be anything "stock" about them. Each plan can be tailored to each customer's individual needs.

Plan HOMEPW03019 had a smart layout, which helped attract the Altermans to the design. The foyer is flanked by the dining room on the left and the living room on the right. A few modifications were made in this area. Gaynie opted to forego the dining room's tray ceiling, choosing a flat ceiling instead. She also added French doors to the living room, converting it to a bedroom for one of her three children. Two additional secondary bedrooms lie in their own hallway on the left side of the home.

The family room, kitchen and breakfast nook combine to create a large, open living area. A high, vaulted ceiling soars over this area, making the space seem larger. French doors anchor the back wall and lead to a relaxing back deck.

The master suite shows off several modifications, but the general theme was maintained. Gaynie flipped the bedroom and the bathroom, so that the bathroom is now at the rear of the home and the bedroom at the front. The bathroom was redesigned to fit Gaynie's needs to a T. In the bedroom, Gaynie again decided against a tray ceiling. The vaulted ceiling she chose instead opened up an already expansive space. She says the large master bedroom is her favorite room in the home, declaring, "I love the large, arched windows."

With her dream home now a reality, you'd think Gaynie would sit back and enjoy it, but she has more plans up her sleeve. "We will be finishing the basement [and] adding two bedrooms and completing the full bath," she says.

It seems there will be even more surprises behind the doors of this amazing home in the near future!

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