This month, I’m sharing some of the floorplans I’ve worked through in the four years since we’ve owned the farm.
Just a reminder, here is our current layout.
Last week you saw my second idea–adding a garage off the living room and turning the pool room into our master bedroom–which has been the plan for most of the time we’ve lived here. But all the way along, I struggled with losing the lawn on the south side of the house to the garage.
Matt has advocated pretty much since day 1 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.
- The pool room becomes the garage. I’m pretty sure we’re going to need a mini-extension on the garage in order to fit two cars. Basically, the width of the mudroom gets tacked on the end.
- Like in all of my plans, the current mudroom comes off and the front entrance shifts so that my office becomes the front foyer. Again, I think I can deal with the first view as you come into the house being the bathroom.
- The back door in the kitchen is closed in, the window is expanded, and the wall pushes out about 5 feet.
- The hallway is extended through the closets in the two bedrooms and the master suite (along with new closets) is added on the north side of the house. (And as I look at this, I realize it may make sense to switch the bathroom and closet… although I think this very not-to-scale floorplan is skewing the proportions).
- The new mudroom and back door are still about 6 steps down from the kitchen.
- We would still upgrade all of the doors and trim and add a metal roof.
- This reno could likely be done in phases.
- The kitchen expansion gives us a bit more counter space, room for bigger appliances, more natural light and my coveted view down to the pond.
- There is direct access from the mudroom to the outside, so we don’t have to walk through the garage.
- Bedrooms 1 and 2 still have good closets, added along with the master.
- The bedrooms are all together at the end of the house. The master bedroom is nestled up to the forest and still has a pretty good view of the pond.
- We keep the lawn on the south side of the house.
- This is a bigger renovation with three separate additions: the garage, the kitchen and the master suite.
- Running plumbing, electrical and HVAC to the master bedroom addition is a long way from the utility room under the living room fireplace.
- This reno disrupts pretty much every room in the house.
- Bedrooms 1 and 2 lose the windows they currently have on the north wall.
- The pool room–one of the best rooms in the house in terms of size and windows–becomes the garage. Not a room you typically visit to enjoy the view.
- We’ll lose a few trees, and we might have to fill in part of the small ravine on the edge of the north lawn.
Here’s the view of the north lawn. Pretty much this whole lawn would be taken over by the addition. The ground drops off right at the tree line on the right side of the picture. To be able to walk around the extended house on this side, we’d have to take out a few trees and level the ground a bit.
Right now, this plan is the front-runner for me. I’m willing to sacrifice the north lawn as opposed to the south. I still get everything I want–better kitchen, front porch, master suite, attached garage, farmy-country appearance. Plus I get to keep the quality of the property around the house.
This is the last plan that I have to share. Going back to the home goals that I shared at the start of the week, my next step is to meet with a contractor or two and start to get some idea of costs of plans #2 and #3. The contractor I have in mind has experience with big renovations like this, and I think he might have some good suggestions for the best layout too.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
What do you think about this plan? Do you like all the bedrooms to be together? What adjustments would you make?