Check out this 1,860-square-foot charmer!

April 15, 2013

Like Reese Witherspoon in a romantic comedy, this house flat out exudes charm. It’s a simple ranch that hits all the key marketing hot spots for today’s buyer. The open plan and long site lines also help it to live a whole lot larger than what it is.

Let’s take a closer look:

A.     The great room/kitchen/dining all live together to create one large room. This setup is a favorite for casual buyers who love to entertain.

B.     Bedroom #3 can easily convert to a study for empty nesters.

C.     The unique “buddy bath” setup allows for multiple users for daily activities and does a double duty serving  as a guest powder room.

D.    A large “Costco” pantry helps to keep things organized.

E.     A stairway leading to a bonus room above the garage allows for inexpensive optional space.

F.     The owner’s tub has been eliminated, providing room for a large double shower.

G.    A pocket office with a pocket door provides a great, messy space for bills and other paperwork.

H.    A laundry that is accessed by the hall and owner’s closet has been a huge hit with buyers in 2013.

I.      A large covered lanai expands living space by creating an inexpensive outdoor room.

With Lean design being the driver this home is easy to build, efficient with materials, and responsive to the needs of today’s buyers. This combined with a charming exterior makes it real tough to beat at 1,860 square feet. If you would like to learn more about this plan or Lean design in general send me a note at


Todd Hallett, AIA, president of TK Design & Associates has been designing award-winning homes for more than 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of its homes but also worked in every other aspect of the company including purchasing, development, land acquisition, product development, and operations, and was president of the company for three years. Equipped with his vast building experience and fueled by his love for architecture he left to form an architecture firm that is second to none in working cohesively with builders. Todd specializes in Lean Design and works, alongside Scott Sedam of TrueNorth Development, in the trenches with builders, suppliers, and trade contractors. Todd welcomes your feedback at or 248.446.1960.