Young families will appreciate ranch-style MacKay home

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A wide porch alcove welcomes guests and family to the ranch-style MacKay. Wooden handrails rim the front, and slender posts give it a classic look. It’s easy to imagine relaxing here with a cool drink, catching the breezes on a warm sunny day.

Young families looking for a starter home will appreciate the home’s compact design, as economical to build as it is to maintain. It also meets the needs of empty nesters wishing to simplify and downsize and is easily adapted for wheelchair accessibility.

The vaulted entry feeds directly into an expansive, vaulted living and dining room. Wide windows fill most of the rear wall. Sliders in the dining area provide patio access, along with ample air circulation on hot summer days.

This large area is open to the kitchen as well. Stove, refrigerator and sink are placed close together here to minimize wasted steps during food preparation. Counters wrap around four sides. This wealth of counter space is a perfect set up for sharing hands-on cooking experiences with kids or other adults. Multiple cooks can combine their culinary efforts here without bumping elbows. The peninsula that bounds the dining area could be outfitted as an eating/conversation bar, if desired.

The MacKay’s roomy owners’ suite fills the entire right side, front to back. It boasts a huge walk-in closet, plus a two-section bathroom with a double vanity. For privacy and steam containment, the toilet and oversized shower are separately enclosed.

Secondary bedrooms are on the opposite side, as is a bathroom with combined tub and shower. The passthrough utility room that connects to the garage can double as a mudroom and provide pet containment at night.

Associated Designs is the original source for the MacKay 30-459. For more information or to view other designs, visit or call 800-634-0123.

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