The trick is to see if we can incorporate them all into our floorplan!
|Current Plot Plan|
We played with several iterations, but finally settled on this design (note: when working on an old house, plans are a good starting point, but the final configuration will probably be a bit different! There are always some surprises). We're going to do a big addition. The original house only had 1200 square feet of living space. Our finished project will be 75% bigger - 2100 square feet of living space, plus the garage.
So our starting point was as basic as you can get. 3 rooms with a big brick flue going through the middle of the house (it looks like there might have been a wood stove in the living room at some point).
The new design - adds a new dining room across the back of the house. That gives lots of room for a big table and a crowd at Thanksgiving. There is also a large kitchen which is great for entertaining big groups or small! And the living room will boast a gas fireplace, with built in bookcases on either side. Adjacent to the living spaces are utilitarian rooms. There's a large mudroom that lets you shed coats and boots as the owners come in from the garage (this is Maine after all!). And there is a convenient half bath, off to the rear.
Remember the scary staircase from the before photos? We will rebuild it, to meet code requirements, and are leaving it open above, to allow additional sunlight to flood the rooms. That's the southeast corner of the lot and will be sunny from morning through afternoon! Oh, and the staircase change moved the front door to the center of the house - and we really think it looks better that way.
The second floor also has lots of changes! The original floor plan was pretty compact - 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. We've made quite a few changes and will now have 3 bedrooms in the main house and a master suite in the new addition. We have also included a laundry room since most of the laundry is on the 2nd floor! Who wants to drag everything down to the basement, if you don't have to??
See that hallway, leading to the back of the house? That will go to a doorway, that will take you up to the 3rd floor deck, with our great views! Check them out here.
But just as important as getting the interior right, we wanted to get the exterior right. I so love the graceful curve of the original gambrel roofline. So we will highlight that on the new addition as well. And we're installing all new windows (in most cases in new locations) to make the house as light and bright as we can!
For some reason, the 3rd floor deck didn't appear in this 3D CAD representation, but you can see the platform for it.
Quite a change, don't you think? Is this a house that will appeal to a future buyer?