Like most of our projects, we started with a floor plan we liked, but as we opened up the house, we found some surprises and some new ideas - that resulted in a lot of tweaks. At this point I won't declare total victory - but I think we are close to the final design! But we went through multiple iterations to get here.
As always, we started with a list of must haves: open floor plan, first floor powder room, lots of storage space, big kitchen, etc. And each iteration of the plan gets us closer to our goal.
So, let's start with the first floor. Here's the before floor plan. It has a pretty typical flow for a center hall colonial. The foyer is a nice size and the rooms are all generously sized. And of course a wood burning fireplace is always a plus.
With all that in mind, we created the 'to be' floor plan. We've tried to open up the floor plan as much as possible. The doorway to the kitchen has more than doubled in size. We've created a formal dining room and the sunken family room has been raised quite a bit and will only have two steps to the new floor level. There will be a powder room on the first floor. And lots of new storage with a big closet and a pantry.
Think the first floor saw a lot of changes? The second floor saw even more!
|Finished Basement - Before|
It's rare to have a dry basement in this area and we really want to make it living space. So we'll be updating the existing half bath and will do the basics to make it ready for a future owner's needs. Want a man cave? It could be perfect. Need a playroom for the kids? Want a home office or craft room? It could work for whatever they want!
Is this the 'final' floor plan? Who knows? We may still run into some challenges, or some more great ideas. But this lets us get moving in a good direction. Because it's time to start putting this place back together!!