It’s been a little over a month since I
fell in love with shared the first version of the future Hillside Cottage floor plans. Here’s how the process has gone so far…
- In late October I posted some ideas I had for my garage/loft living space, and I shared them with my favorite architect a couple of weeks later
- She came up with the first draft of the floor plans and a quick sketch of the possible elevations by late November
- My heart went pitty pat
- I took a few weeks to play with the plans, I also enlisted Steven from Caddis Design (who masterminded the Turtle House transformation) for a second opinion on some ideas
- Two weeks ago I took the plans and ideas back to my architect, and we came up with a list of final changes
Which brings us to these plans, which totally would have made me fall out of my chair when I saw them, if I wasn’t already doing a happy-dance on top of the desk.
Here’s a quick look at the original first floor plan so you can see what we changed:
We switched the main entry to the other side of the plan (which is why the entire plan is facing the other way, front always faces down) which gave us a nice entryway that leads to the half bath, a few closets, the workshop, the garage, and upstairs.
We also got rid of the covered porch to create more workshop space, switched the placement of the double and single garage doors, and put an interior overhead door in so the workshop could easily open and use the third bay of the garage– or what I like to call the “future tractor parking spot”. What? Every girl needs a tractor.
Then, as we talked through this plan together we decided to change the direction of the stairs from the patio so that there could eventually be a door out to the possible future house (which, frankly, this cottage has everything I need, but it doesn’t hurt to be planful.) Edit’s brilliant idea was to frame in for a door there, but we don’t have to actually install it. Then, if several years down the road I do decide to build a house there the header and studs are already in place.
Second Floor Living Space
This is fairly similar to the last version, except we added three feet onto the overall length of the structure, and added a nook between the living and kitchen area for a desk. Edit also added an additional 2′ to the kneewalls of the structure to add a little more height, which has the added bonus of more useable master closet space.
I’m definitely building some bookshelves for one of the walls up here, but it remains to be seen which one. The only thing that might get some adjustment is the kitchen insofaras where there are wall cabinets, how much space is needed for a fridge, etc.
And then there’s the really exciting stuff… the elevations.
If there is a future house ever it will be attached via covered walkway to the right.
That big blank space may eventually have a shed-roof for some outside covered storage, or I may just build a separate covered area a little ways off. I’m thinking any outdoor patio or bonfire pit will be in this direction as well.
Love those garage doors. Don’t want to know how much they cost.
Again, those stairs are going to change direction and go down the back. We both loved the way they looked to the front, but having a walkway to the house was more important, and after talking about it, it made sense for those stairs to be going in the direction of any outdoor entertainment areas. Or, you know, donkeys.
I don’t know if there are words to sum up how I feel about this plan, but I can tell you this. I’ve been pretty mentally and physically exhausted thinking about starting a whole other construction project from scratch, but this plan has energized me like nothing else. I am so ready to begin building this thing.
Since I don’t have anywhere to build it currently I satisfied myself with playing around in Photoshop.
My first instinct was shades of gray for this house, but I pulled a couple of other exterior ideas from my Exteriors Pinterest board as well…
Love the stone and board-and-batten (I’m thinking a short stone wall around the entry.)
I’m also thinking the brackets and other details will be more rustic, like this…
And there’s always this more barn-like color scheme which also tugs at my heart strings…
So 2012 is definitely starting out on the right foot as far as my future living space goes. As soon as I find my hammer and a good piece of property, it’s on!