Certain floor plans are easier to alter than others;
for example, in Sun City Summerlin the Reno floor plan can be altered in so many ways including adding a family room or third bedroom and bath suite. Yet the original home can be purchased at a drastically lower cost than the bigger homes. Have a look at these possibilities:
The covered rear patio of the Reno can be easily enclosed by knocking out the non-bearing exterior wall – where the sliding glass door sits in the home below.
There is no need to extend the roof or heat & air system so this expansion is not costly compared to adding a new wing or casita.
The expanded living room is now open to the informal dining room and kitchen of the original Reno.
Enclosing the patio expands the living room tremendously.
You can add a new patio and either a sliding glass door, a folding wall or double French doors to create easy indoor/outdoor living. That’s one of the great joys of desert living.
In this desert climate, you should add a durable awning for extra style and comfort on the new patio. This awning looks like wood but is made of aluminum so it never weathers in the desert heat. No painting – ever.
The Reno has a bay window dining area right off the kitchen so the formal dining room (below) is often unused.
The formal dining room can be better utilized as a home office without adding interior walls as below,
or it can be enclosed as a proper den – see right photo.
The Reno is less expensive to purchase than the Tahoe/Royale models – but you can create the same open plan by removing the wall between living room and kitchen.
You can open up the kitchen just a little as below, leaving the kitchen counters mostly hidden from view.
Or you can open it up a lot. What diversity in a mid-sized plan!
At the front of the home, the Reno can expanded in line with the garage. That creates tremendous new space for so many different uses.
It could be a spacious art studio with high windows giving indirect lighting and long walls to display artworks.
Or the new wing could be a family room with a long wall for a giant screen TV, bookshelves and a full wet bar. The plumbing is easy because the addition backs onto an existing bathroom.
This is the original Reno front – on the right is a new wing.
Here the wing is a third bedroom/ third bathroom suite with a private entry and enclosed courtyard.
Sometimes you just need to knock out part or all of wall to make a tremendous difference in a floor plan.
In this case, the formal living/dining room is now open to the family room.
Best of all, the kitchen and family rooms are open to the amazing valley views. Viva Las Vegas!