Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. ( has been designing award winning homes for over 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of their homes but also worked in every other aspect of the company including purchasing, development, land acquisition, product development, and operations, and was President of the company for three years. Equipped with his vast building experience and fueled by his love for architecture he left to form an architecture firm that is second to none in working cohesively with Builders. Todd specializes in Lean Design and works, alongside Scott Sedam of TrueNorth Development, in the trenches with builders, suppliers, and trade contractors. His Lean Design blog appears weekly at Todd welcomes your feedback at [email protected] or 248.446.1960.

Great home plans: check out this 2,500-square-foot head turner

Today we have a ranch (or if you are on the East Coast, a rambler) to review. It is a Lean Design with a ton of amenities, and it is a beauty. I’m betting Brent Musburger would have a field day with this looker. Let’s explore further:

A. Open kitchen plan is perfect for entertaining and allows a direct site line to the Great Room fireplace (and TV).

B. A fan favorite -– the laundry room is accessible from the master suite. This is one of the most popular trends that I encounter throughout the country.

C. A pocket office off the family entrance provides a great place to do bills and have the ability to close off this “messy” space.

D. A drop zone with bench is becoming a standard for many builders.

E. A lanai off the living areas provides a fantastic way to bring the outdoors in.

This home is a simple-to-build penny pincher, yet still provides high impact amenities that buyers love - the cornerstone of Lean Design.

Don’t forget to come see Scott Sedam and me at the IBS Master Session – Lean Design: Eliminate Non-Value Waste and Achieve Breakthrough Profits - on Thursday during the show. It starts at 8:30 a.m., so get there early to ensure you get a seat. See you there!

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