A Touch of Serendipity
resulted in a Dream Home
For Kevin and Tracy Potter of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, the discovery of the Jenish House Designs plan for their new house was a mix of technology and serendipity.
"We had originally selected a different plan that we knew we would have to modify," Kevin said, "but then Tracy found the Jenish design on the Web."
Tracy recalls her excitement when she clicked on the Jenish web page (www.jenish.com) and the ‘home plan of the week' popped up. "I knew instantly that it was exactly what we were looking for," she said.
What the Potters wanted was a spacious, full-basement, two-storey house for themselves and their two daughters, Jennifer and Kaitlin. It required three bedrooms upstairs, a front porch and covered rear deck, plus space for a large family room. The house would also need the street appeal to blend into the upscale Hillcrest community where the Potters had purchased a large level lot.
Jenish House Plan 7-3-842 fitted their needs perfectly.
The design, a Jenish classic that was originally drafted eight years ago, features newly 1100 square feet on the main floor, 900 feet upstairs and a full basement. "Finished living space is 3,000 square feet," Kevin said.
After choosing the design the Potters worked with the Jenish representative Goertzen Residential Design Inc. in Vernon on the final blueprints.
"The plan was so perfect that we virtually didn't change a thing," said Kevin, "it's perfect for us." In fact the only modification to the plan was extending the double garage by two feet. Interior finishing added custom touches, such as the faux rock fireplace and chimney and built-in maple cabinets, completed by local craftsman.
Construction started in August and the Potters moved into their new house within four months.
The Potters acted as their own general contractors. Tracy, an accountant, handled all the budgeting for construction of the house. She credits Jenish designers for making this side of the job easier. "The plan went together beautifully," she said.
Kevin, a golf course superintendent, personally took care of the landscaping, including selecting Shuswap Lake driftwood as a feature on the front lawn.
Once the house was complete it proved a traffic-stopper in Salmon Arm. "We had people knocking on our door asking about the plan," Kevin said, "most thought it was a custom design. They were incredulous when we told them it was a stock Jenish house plan."
The Potters plan to stay in this house at least until 12 year old Kaitlin moves on. "But if we ever build again, we will definitely choose another Jenish design," Kevin said. Tracy admits she is already surfing the Jenish website. "I really like their Ranchers," she said.