Flexible Shed Style Home Plan - HOMEPW71314
Case Study in Home Building
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- Built home above grade (rather than with daylight basement), which gave the now-second-floor a 180-degree view
"A long-time dream" and a "lack of choice to buy in the area" prompted Packwood, Wash., resident Janice Eddington to build plan HOMEPW71314. Plus, she needed to create a dwelling that could accommodate her three grown children and five grandchildren.
This retired vocational school teacher located her first building project on a site overlooking one of the most beautiful rivers in the state. "[I] wanted to take advantage of a wonderful view of the Cowlitz River, with mountain views from the second-story living level," she says.
Many new home-builders would be daunted in the face of such a monumental task as building a home. Not Janice. She was 67 at the time of building, but jumped right in with both sleeves rolled up. "As a single lady, I feel proud to have done the home-building project completely on my own," she says. "I found the property, secured the financing and hired the contractor and builder. I did a lot of the jobs: all clean-up, painting the interior and priming the exterior. I was the 'go-fer' and landscaper. I think I 'did good!'"
We think so, too, and were surprised to hear that, although building plan HOMEPW71314 was the most rewarding project she'd ever accomplished, she might not simply rest on her laurels. "I'll live in my charming home until I could build again or health concerns would require a move. I would like to build again at the coast."
And where might she find her next home plan?
"I'm looking at [HomePlans.com's] plans," she says.
Designed for flexibility, this home can be built on a narrow or sloping lot, with either two bedrooms or three. In the plan's two-bedroom version, the upper-floor loft hosts a spacious master suite with a 12-ft. sloped ceiling, a huge walk-in closet and a private bath. In the plan's three-bedroom version, two bedrooms share the upper floor.