Right from the Beginning
Jenish House Plan 7-3-842
With literally thousands of standard house plans to choose from, the selection of a retirement dream home plan can be a daunting task. For Taira and Yoshiko Uyeyama, the task was made easier, as several acquaintances had previously chosen Jenish-designed homes. When they saw the new design (#7-4-895) on display in the Jenish showroom in New Westminster, not only did it become the one to which all others were compared, but it became ‘THE ONE'!!
For more than 30 years, the Uyeyamas frequently drove from Vancouver to Surrey to visit the five acre, fully treed vacant rural property they had purchased where they hoped to build their dream home one day.
That day finally came in the Spring of 2003 when the newly retired couple enlisted the help of their niece, Sandy, to find a design and plan for their new home. While the dramatic entrance archway and extensive stonework on the exterior of the new Jenish design initially pleased the Uyeyamas, they were delighted with the main floor layout. It had all main living areas on the ground floor, including the master bedroom. After raising three children in a split - level home in Vancouver, the fewer stairs Yoshiko had to climb now, the better!
Sandy had recently contracted with Doug King Construction Ltd., to build her new home. The project went so well, she enlisted Doug's firm to build her Aunt and Uncle's home as well. After settling on the exterior and the floor plan, the Uyeyamas invited their children to assist with interior finishing details and the color scheme. They also decided to have a wall removed at the top of the stairway that changed the third bedroom into a larger media/games room. Other changes included adding a wet bar to the sitting room on the main floor and enlarging the entrance leading to the formal dining room. The required changes meant little modification time with Jenish designer David Lim. (Similar changes could be made to plan# 7-3-893, the three bedroom version of the same design.)
Another consideration was whether the open plan foyer, great room, and kitchen-nook would work for a couple that had previously lived in a house with more separation. The nine-foot ceilings (both floors) further enhanced the spaciousness of the plan. As it turned out, this informal living space has become Taira and Yoshiko's favorite area. Most of their meals are taken at the kitchen bar, which surrounds the island containing the Jenn-Aire range. The cozy great room with its half wall has become the perfect place to display a large model sailing ship crafted by Yoshiko's father.
The Uyeyamas selected exterior finishing materials to maximize "curb appeal" and limit maintenance.
Taira Uyeyama ably completed the landscaping in keeping with his professional gardening background.
The overall result has satisfied all of the Uyeyama's needs (and dreams) for their early retirement years!