New American Plan with 3 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths - HOMEPW21637
Case Study in Home Building
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- Added windows to living room
- Added laundry chute
- Increased size of garage to accommodate three cars
- Added extra storage area above garage and dining room
- Added wraparound deck
- Moved family room fireplace from rear wall to corner
- Built full basement with future mother-in-law suite
- Added extra door linking garage and kitchen
The Carlisle family of Cartersville, Georgia, is a true testament to the notion that patience pays off. Looking for a very specific home to build as their last home—and unwilling to settle for anything less—they searched for several years for a home with the exterior they wanted. Once they found the right exterior, the Carlisles spent another year looking for a floor plan that would fit their needs.
This floor plan turned out to be Plan HOMEPW21637, by Homeplans. "A friend of ours had [Plan HOMEPW21637] on a CD-ROM and we ordered the plan from there," said Randy Carlisle, the owner of a fire and safety business.
The next step was to start building. They already had their ideal location—the lot their current home sat on—so they moved into a rental home they owned next door, and began building the new home. Eight months later, Randy, his wife, Theresa, who works in contract customer service for carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries, Inc., and their young daughter, Cami, moved in.
Because the Carlisles were able to make modifications to the original design, their home gave them exactly what they wanted. "This plan worked great for us with the style of house we wanted on the ouside. We were able to adjust the inside and garage to [fit] our needs," said Randy. They turned the two-car garage into a three-car garage, and added extra storage above the garage and dining room. In addition, a wraparound deck was added to the home, enhancing the exterior beauty and creating a spectacular spot for outdoor living and entertaining.
Other modifications included moving the family room's fireplace from the rear wall to the corner, and adding more windows throughout the home. Also, in lieu of the crawlspace or slab options, the family built the home with a full basement with a future mother-in-law suite.
Randy pointed out the family room and the master suite as their favorite features of the home. "My wife loves the master bath," he says. "It is the largest bathroom we have ever had and she loves the Jacuzzi garden tub."
In hindsight, Randy offers a piece of advice to future home builders: "I believe you need an experienced framer to build this house. We were blessed to have great [subcontractors] throughout the building process." That is good advice, and you can take his word for it—he is the proud owner of a stunning new home!