As you might know, we bought this property in 2008, with the intention of having some bonfires here on the weekends and hanging out until we figured out what the heck to do with the place. We thought it might have something to do with miniature donkeys and an awesome place for all my tools, but we just weren’t sure.
That year, we started dreaming up what we might do to the existing house to make it more like something we’d like to live in for more than a weekend at a time. This is what that looked like:
You can see we had some ideas: a bigger kitchen, a new Master suite, maybe a porch or two. We were also missing some things that are very important to the structure of a house, like support beams and hallways.
Luckily we spent some time (almost a year) refining the plan, and we got pretty close to something that made sense, even if it wasn’t altogether the best plan you’d ever seen.
It might have taken us a year, but as you can see, we figured a few things out, such as:
- The two spare bedrooms with a hallway and connected bathroom
- The master bed addition with a master bath
- A bigger kitchen and living room
- An attached garage
Granted, neither of us is sure about a couple of things like:
- What purpose that mudroom (sans closets) serves
- Why there is an office smack in the middle of the living/dining area (we think it had something to do with supports)
Finally, finally, we decided as smart as we are (there’s a joke there, somewhere) we might need some professional help. Okay, we need a lot of professional help, but what we decided on was help with our house plans.
Up until this point we’ve been focusing on the specifics of the house. Like I would specifically not like the house to fall down, so we worked on putting in the proper support beams. But now that I’m focusing on the house as a whole– picking out tile and paint and flooring– I’ve been spending more time looking at the entire house plan.
You’ll see that our professional architect did things we’d never dream of, like orienting the house East/West instead of North/South. I’ve documented my favorite features here, but I feel compelled to mention again some of the excellent features she included, like:
- The larger kitchen (we also asked to extend the great room wall a couple of feet)
- The master suite addition that included a laundry room and functional mudroom
- Leaving more walls in place than previously considered. Like three.
- THE FIREPLACE BETWEEN THE MASTER BED AND MASTER BATH (I need this thing)
- The inclusion of a wrap-around porch
- A deck AND and veranda
You’ll see that we gave up on the attached garage, but what we gained in design was well worth it.
There are a lot of aspects of building and remodeling that I think I can do a comparable job, if not a better one, than a “pro”. I mean, believe in DIY almost as far as you can take it, obviously, but now I also recognize the need for a professional for certain things. Otherwise we might be standing in our hall-less house right now, scratching our heads about why the random doors in the middle of the living room look weird.