House Design – Part Three

Our updated floor plan arrived from the architect! This is the second draft of the layout. We actually really loved the very first rendition she ever showed us, but the house was just too big. We need to be able to afford to actually build this thing. So we asked her to attempt to scale everything down, to get the house under 2,000 sq. feet, and this was the result…

The main floor

If you’re not used to looking at floor plans, this might be a little hard to make sense of, but I’ll try to explain it.

The area shaded in blue above is the entryway/mudroom/connector from the garage to the house. It’s full of built-in organization and storage, and has a big utility sink in it. Heading into the house from there, there is a 3/4 bathroom and a walk-in pantry in that little bump-out.

The kitchen, dining room, and living room are all kind of one big room. The kitchen/dining room has a massive island, a breakfast nook, and french doors out to the porch. The living room is defined by the staircase and the fireplace, and there will also eventually be built-in window seats/storage area under the big windows on the left side of the room. There is access to the screen porch to the right of the fireplace.

The little room off to the right of the kitchen is a “study”. It’ll have a pull-out couch or a murphy bed in it for guests, a desk and library-style book shelving. There’s a door to the basement and a door to the backyard right there.


Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, a large full bathroom, and a laundry room. There are two linen closets on the landing, and each bedroom has a generous closet as well.

The whole house is 1700 sq. feet not including the connector. With the connector it’s right at 2,000. Not bad considering how many things off our wish-list Cheryl was able to fit in the design! I think it will be an easy home to keep clean and organized, thanks to its copious amounts of storage space.

We are getting very close to being able to bring this design to builders to get quotes. Fingers crossed their numbers are within our budget, or it’ll be a whiiiiiile before this beautiful house can be built. 😛



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