Let's start with the exterior, to get the big picture of our plans. We're not changing the footprint of the house at all. We'll add shed dormers - front and back - to provide more light and headroom on the 2nd floor. To do this, we need to increase the peak of the roof by 4'. That will allow us to have adequate headroom, egress windows, and also provide enough space to insulate to today's standards. The final design is a New England, cottage style home, with the 2 over 2 windows. The porch over the front door keeps your guests dry when they arrive during inclement weather. We're still debating on moving a couple of 1st floor windows (the one over the garage is in a funky spot) and we want to replace the front 'picture' window with double hung windows to match the rest of the house.
The first floor didn't change dramatically. We removed 2 walls to open up the living space. This creates an open concept and (my favorite) a circular traffic pattern. The first floor bedroom can be used for sleeping, a home office, or a playroom. Don't pay too much attention to the kitchen design at this point - we're still working on that! All we know right now, is that it will be a great open space!
The second floor will see a lot of changes. The low, cramped rooms (which have very little space to stand upright!) will be replaced by bright, open interiors - thanks to shed dormers with lots of windows on the front and back of the house. Each bedroom will have windows and light from at least 2 directions, which is great for sea breezes in the summertime. And we've managed to include a family bath as well as a master bath. We're also trying to figure out whether we could squeeze in a stackable washer/dryer!
What do you think - is this a livable design for the 21st century? We're hoping to get started soon. Stay tuned for demo photos!