Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. ( has been designing award winning homes for over 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of their 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. His Lean Design blog appears weekly at Todd welcomes your feedback at or 248.446.1960.

Lean 2285 Plan solves all the riddles

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Imagine you are in a cement box quickly filling up with water. The box is sealed on all sides, yet you still find a way out and survive. How? I will get back to that one. This week we have a plan that works to solve the riddles presented by today’s buyers.

Let’s take a closer look:

A. The plan is situated to be a split bedroom plan. The owner’s bedroom is on one side of the house and the secondary bedrooms on the other. This gives mom and dad a bit of privacy while making it easier for the teenagers to break curfew, win-win.
B. The great room, kitchen, and dining are all in one large space. This is an excellent setup for entertaining and day to day living.
C. The space efficiency of the plan allows for a Jack-and-Jill bath for the secondary bedrooms plus a powder room for the guests.
D. A very large “Costco” pantry provides great storage.
E. This plan offers a fantastic family entrance with a spot for cubbies, lockers, and a drop zone as well as a walk in closet.
F. A huge owner’s closet is an impressive feature that buyer’s appreciate.
G. The tub is eliminated, allowing for a large two person shower. Buyers are getting tired of the soaking tub that they have to clean but never use.
H. The laundry is accessible from both the hall and the owner’s closet. This is a fun trend that I see in many areas throughout the country.
Imagine you are in a cement box quickly filling up with water. The box is sealed on all sides, yet you still find a way out and survive. How? Stop imagining. With a plan like this though I would suggest to start imagining—imagine the revenue.

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