A Modified Jenish Plan creates
A One of a Kind Masterpiece
It was six time lucky for the Munroe family of British Columbia when they came across Jenish house design plan 7-4-846.
"This is our final home," said Eva Munroe as she guided a visitor through her new 5,000 square foot, two-storey, and four-bedroom house, designed by Jenish designer Ian Kelshaw. It is the fifth home the Munroes have owned - and, they say, the last.
The Munroes are not your average new home consumers. How many other consumers, after all, could dig their own foundations while confidently drafting changes to an existing house plan?
Eva and Mike Munroe, owners of Felix Bulldozing Ltd., Surrey, BC, however, have many years of experience in home construction and they recognized the potential of the Jenish floor plan immediately. "It was what we had been seeking for six months," Eva said.
Jenish Plan 7-4-846 is a total of 2,424 square foot, with 1,320 on the main floor and 1,104 square feet on the second level. The Monroes included the optional basement with the plan, adding a further 1,300 square feet.
With modifications, the main floor now includes a family room, den, kitchen with large eating area, a formal dining room and living room. There is also a triple garage and a large laundry room. A sweeping stairway leads upstairs to the master bedroom and the three other bedrooms. The home has a total of three bathrooms, including a downstairs powder room with shower and the master ensuite up.
The exterior of the house is finished in brick, from IXL Brick Supplies Ltd., and V-Tech Ash vinyl siding from Owens Corning, all capped with a locally supplied cedar shake roof.
The Munroes had specific ideas the final exterior should look and, after drafting changes to the original floor plan, they had Jenish designers complete the modifications.
The result: A totally custom Jenish home plan that added about 1,100 square feet- and the family's personal and colorful touches. "The Jenish original plan and the designers were excellent to work with," Eva said "it all went very smoothly."
The aggressive alterations included the addition of four feet to the rear of the house and a further four feet to the entire length of one side.
The Munroes extended the master bedroom and ensuite, adding a natural gas fireplace. The rear deck of the house was moved from the original plan, where it was accessed from the dining room, to flow from the kitchen as a recreational and summer dining area. The dining room now has large glass double doors leading into the kitchen eating area. The entire space can therefore be opened up for large gatherings. The large living room has soaring vaulted ceilings and the second gas fireplace.
Other changes included adding a ladder-accessed attic storage space in the peaked roof above the triple garage, and placing a separate egress to the garage.
The personal custom alterations were not structural, however, but aesthetic. Eva opted for dramatic wall coverings with vibrant paint combinations - think grape with bold black and white - and, she admits, "Really did Abbey's room." Abbey, the Munroes five-year old, now has a fun and very personal bedroom where bears frolic across the walls and custom built bed.
After receiving the final modifications from Jenish dealer Kelshaw Design Associates, in Aldergrove, BC, Mike began to excavate the foundation of the 64-foot frontage lot in April. Acting as their own general contractors, the Munroes completed the house seven months later.
Tucked into an established community in Langely, Jenish Plan 7-4-846 is now a personally finished one-of-kind home for a one-of-a kind family.