Building a Median-Sized Home That is Anything But Average

Although it’s easy to only feature larger homes, most people looking to build a home, timber frame or otherwise, are seeking homes around 2500 square feet, about the average for all new construction. Consistently, people come to the blog week after week from searches like “three bedroom home plan”. Since we feel that a median-sized home doesn’t have to be boring, we thought we’d review a few of our favorite mid-sized plans that still have the features needed for today’s families.

The Cobb Meadow plan, at 2100 square feet, is a bit smaller than the median home yet is a feature packed gem. The first floor master suite has a large bathroom with separate shower and tub. Although the master suite is located off the living room, the two rooms are separated by a library space that provides privacy and quiet. The first level also includes a large kitchen with pantry and generous mudroom space.

One of the Cobb Meadow guest bedrooms.

Upstairs, the Cobb Meadow features two bedrooms each with their own en-suite. Since the bedrooms are accessed by a split staircase, the rooms have great privacy from one another and the rest of the home. Details like this help make the home far from ordinary.

 The Lakewood is a full size home with a cottage-like feel.

At 2127 square feet, the Lakewood is a slightly larger home. However, with its steep roof slopes, cedar shakes and green trim, the Lakewood has a distinct cottage feel. With its extra space, this plan offers a walk-in master closet and larger laundry space. Since this is a lake house, the views are given priority, with an open air deck off the great room and screen porch off the dining area providing views to Lake Sunapee below.

The Lakewood great room looks over Lake Sunapee.

Growing the house a bit to the Dry Creek plan’s 2200 square feet (not including the walk-out basement and additional space that could be used and finished above the garage) gets you all the amenities needed in a modern home. The first floor master suite has both a walk-in and walk-thru closet leading to the generous bathroom. Right off the kitchen is a walk-in pantry, as well as the laundry room. Again, the bedrooms upstairs each have their own bathrooms and one of the spare bedrooms even gets its own walk-in closet. Of course, this home combines space efficiency with characteristic timber frame charm and beauty.

The Dry Creek is a feature-packed, charming Timberpeg home.

As these designs show, we at Timberpeg feel that a home does not need to be large to be interesting and unique. If you are interested in any of these plans, or in designing your own home, please contact us today.