A Perfect Fit for a Large Acreage

A perfect fit for a large acreage
Jenish House Plan 6-3-353

When Jack and Brenda Lavalle moved from Terrace to purchase acreage in Mission, British Columbia, they began looking for an ideal home plan. "I remembered being impressed by Jenish Home plans many years earlier," Brenda recalls, "the plans are very livable."

Closets at each entry door and washrooms just steps from the backdoor, she noted, are the kind of Jenish touches that are handy not only for those with children but for adults coming and going from the garden or garage.

"It means not having to traipse through the house in muddy boots to get to the powder room," she explained.

After looking at various Jenish designs, Jack and Brenda settled on plan 6-3-353, a one-and-half-storey design with a master bedroom on the main floor and two smaller bedrooms on the second level. The original floor plan totals 2,253 square feet, with the option of a full basement. Introduced three years ago, 6-3-353 has become one of the most popular larger homes in the Jenish catalogue.

"This plan offers many unusual features that set it apart from the norm, such as the curves that repeat themselves in the form of the top living room window, the den window and the curved wall in the foyer/powder room," Brenda noted.

A meeting with designer David Lim of Jenish House Design's head office led to structural modifications, both for personal taste and to fit the home on the large rural property.

The Lavalle's added a basement, enlarged the den on the main floor, increased the size of the attached garage and added a stairway link to the garage and basement. They also added a wrap-around deck, with an entry off the kitchen, at the rear of the house. During construction, done by Deko Contracting, other changes were made, primarily modifying the roof trusses to accommodate extra living space in the loft attic and above the garage.

The Lavalle's said that all the contractors found the Jenish plan easy to work with, and the end result has created a stately country home that, despite the modifications, appears unchanged from the original plan. It has also attracted a lot of local attention.

"Our house continues to slow traffic on our quiet rural street," Brenda said.


  • Design: Jenish House Design Ltd., Kelowna, BC
  • Modifications: Jenish House Design Ltd., Kelowna, BC
  • Contractor: Deko Contracting, Mission, BC
  • Tiles: Tiles For Less, Surrey, BC & Town & Country Floor Design, Abbotsford, BC
  • Carpet: End of The Roll, Abbotsford, BC
  • Light Fixtures: Rona Inc.
  • Kitchen and Bath Cabinets: Kitchen Craft, Langley, BC
  • Appliances: Jenn Aire, from Trail Appliances, Vancouver, BC
  • Plumbing Fixtures: Hillcrest Plumbing, Surrey, BC
  • Granite Countertop: PK Granite, Port Coquitlam, BC



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