Customers often ask about adding more living space to our plans. A family building a custom home in Parker County
set out to add significantly more space to the previous version of our Canyon
, the Jacksonville. Their design consultant, Darla Skillman, helped them expand certain rooms of their new home to provide more open space while maintaining the visual appeal of the plan.
Additions and Expansions
During the design process, Darla and the family made several additions and alterations that complement the already open concept of the home. For starters, they added an attached 3-car garage and a hobby/craft room to the left side of their home. When making additions to a plan, it is important to keep in mind the affect those additions have on the exterior of the home. To maintain the appropriate offsets on the front face of the home, Darla and the family extended the existing study toward the front of the home. On the opposite side of the home, the family added a fourth bedroom and created a larger walk-in closet for the third bedroom. In total, these design changes added 724 square feet of livable space to the original floor plan.
Custom Options and Alterations
Once the family and Darla had made the necessary additions and expansions, it was time to perfect the look and feel of the home. The customers chose to change the master bathroom and closet layout to better suit their lifestyle. They also added a fireplace in the family room, centered under their cathedral ceiling. In the kitchen, the family customized the island style with a straight-edged counter rather than the standard curved counter. Out back, they chose the extended covered porch option and added an exterior door to the master bedroom.
The Finishing Touches
On the exterior, the home is finished with a stone wainscoat and HardiePanelTM board and batten siding. The double-gabled elevation and two dormers on the roof give the house a farmhouse look. Inside, the family did a few things to give the home a real personal feel. For starters, they opted for a tv setup above their mantle. This allows them to mount a tv attractively, avoiding visible wires and cords. Adding a feature like this above a fireplace is common, but what about adding a tv set up in the bathroom? The family did just that, mounting a television above the soaking tub in their master bath. They finished the rest of the home with vinyl plank floors and rich, dark stained cabinets that handsomely accentuate the granite they chose.
Properly expanding a plan to suit a family’s needs while also maintaining an attractive exterior is a task that takes true skill from a design consultant. Darla and the family masterfully executed the project and the finished product is both expansive and attractive.