Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Upstairs Floorplan - the Winning Design Option #15

Thanks so much for all the input on the second floor design!  The overwhelming majority of input was for the single dormer with 2 bedrooms and a full bath.  That will give us a total of 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths for the house.

The stairs were torn apart, to make way for new footings in the basement
But, this isn't an easy design.  There are some big challenges involved, since this is an old house that was built before current building codes.  But thanks to some great work by our structural engineer - involving complex point loads, cantilevers and engineered beams - we have a floor plan that we're pretty excited about.

However, the floor plan is tricky to execute and requires new footings to be poured in the basement, to carry all those new loads.  And we had to come up with some interesting approaches to hide the new posts and beefy beams that need to be installed on the first and second floor.  Is it worth all that complexity and cost?  Well, I'll let you be the judge.

Floorplan Option #15

Drum roll please!!!!  After months of planning, we finally have a winning floor plan.

At the top of the steps, you can turn left and enter the master bedroom.  This will be in the new dormered space, with a high ceiling.  The new, triple windows look out towards Portland and have winter water and city views.

The bathroom is in the back of the house, with lots of funky angles, thanks to the hip shaped roof and dormer.  This is going to be an amazing space!!  We will have a free standing tub as well as a large shower.

The 'loft' as we're calling it, is the space next to the staircase that leads to the front bedroom.  It's perfect for a little office or craft space.  There is a south facing skylight that floods the space with light.

The front bedroom has so much charm.  Like the bathroom, it has interesting angles that add a lot of coziness.  And we'll be adding a few closets for lots of storage.

When will we start?  Well Mother Nature needs to help out a bit.  We need a nice week with clear weather, which will hopefully be soon!  In the meantime, we'll be focusing on the first floor.

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