This month, I’m sharing some of the floorplans I’ve worked through in the four years since we’ve owned the farm.
Last week you saw my first idea, which I eventually realized was more house than we needed.
The second floorplan is the one that’s been in my head the longest. Really, this floorplan preceded my decision not to add a second storey. I realized I could get pretty much everything I wanted almost within the bounds of the current house.
And just a reminder, here’s the plan for the current house.
Plan #2 was about the master suite, the attached garage and the front porch. So there are some similarities and some differences between this plan and the one you saw last week.
- Like in the last plan, the current mudroom comes off and the front entrance shifts so that my office becomes the front foyer. Yes, this means the view as you come in is of the bathroom, but I think I can deal with that.
- The back door in the kitchen is closed in, the window is expanded and the wall pushes out about 5 feet, just to give us a wee bit more space.
- The mudroom and garage follow the same layout as Plan #1 on the south side of the house.
- The bulk of the indoor pool area becomes the master suite.
- A modest addition behind the garage houses our walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom.
- The mudroom and master bedroom are still about 6 steps down from the kitchen.
- We would still upgrade all of the doors and trim and add a metal roof.
- Most of the renovation is confined to one area of the house. The two bedrooms on the north side of the house are pretty much undisturbed.
- The utility room is under the fireplace, making running HVAC, electrical and plumbing to the master bedroom easier–and likely less expensive.
- The kitchen expansion gives us a bigger window for more natural light, a better view of the pond (I’m all about my view), a bit more counter space and room for bigger appliances.
- We get our garage and the little nook I love at the person entrance (as opposed to the car entrance). It may sound silly, but the space behind the garage would also be good for the firewood pile, and I even love how the back door of the garage would be a convenient path to the (future) chicken coop.
- I get my mudroom and the long uninterrupted wall up against the master bedroom gives lots of space for benches, cubbies and hooks.
- The master bedroom would be a beautiful room with lots of windows and my favourite view down to the pond. The steps down to the doorway could be cute.
- The steps down to the master bedroom could be weird.
- The master bedroom is separated from the other bedrooms, which I don’t love.
- Like in plan #1, the garage would take over the lawn south of the house, one of the best lawn areas we have.
Losing the south lawn was a sticking point for me. With the way our property is configured, the garage would stretch nearly to the bank of the barn. Our largest southern exposure would be blocked by garage–not the best way to increase the sunlight that comes into our house. And our best lawn would be taken over.
Here’s a photo of the south side of the house taken last summer. The garage would extend from the same area as the sunroom. It would stretch to the tree that overhangs the left side of the picture. The driveway would be where the clump of bushes is in the middle ground. The weedy patio to the left of the sunroom would be the closet and bathroom.
Here’s the view of what would be the back of the garage to give you an idea of how much space there is between the house and the barn. (The barn’s at the right edge of the photo. The driveshed is in the middle. The tree would have to come out as it’s inside the future garage.)
I really didn’t like the idea of losing the lawn. So I continued to work on floorplans to come up with an option that preserved the lawn.
All along, Matt has advocated for the pool room becoming the garage. I could stomach the south lawn being a driveway better than I could handle it being garage. So that became the basis for floorplan #3, which is coming up next.
In the meantime, what do you think about plan #2? What would be your priority if the house was yours? Are you all about the garage, the master suite, the porch or something else entirely?