The Elk Lake design is suited for midsized families or empty nesters

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Three handsome columns draw eyes to the Elk Lake’s front facade. This ranch-style home could be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. In the entry, a row of coat hooks spans the wall above a bench, convenient for removing and stashing grubby footgear. A roomy coat closet fills another wall. From there, you can walk into the kitchen, or proceed through it to the vaulted great room.

Windows wrap around three sides of the nook, creating a naturally bright environment for starting the day, sharing meals, or helping with homework. Potted plants will thrive in this bright space as well. More light washes into the kitchen through skylights.

A small, conveniently located bathroom sits at the juncture of the kitchen, the bedroom wing, and a pass-through mudroom/laundry room that links with the backyard and two-car garage.

Counters, cupboards and appliances line two sides of the kitchen. A walk-in pantry fills one rear corner, and more storage space is tucked beneath the work island. Standing at the kitchen sink, you face into the vaulted great room across a raised eating bar.

When outside temperatures are comfortable, opening the double doors in the great room nearly doubles the available living space. Meals are easy to move out onto the vaulted patio. On chilly days and nights, warmth radiates out from the corner woodstove.

Bedrooms are at the opposite end of the Elk Lake. The owners’ suite boasts a deep walk-in closet, and a bathroom with a double vanity, oversized shower, and totally private toilet.

Two more bedrooms, another bathroom and a large study are across the hall.

Visit for more information or to search our home plans. A review plan of the Elk Lake 30-849, including floor plans, elevations, section, and artist’s conception, can be purchased for $25. Our home plan catalog, featuring more than 550 home plans, costs $15. Both are available online, by mail or phone. Add $5 s/h. Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 634-0123.