Option 3 modifications.
I really like the Option 3 design that Wendy did. My only complaint was
the size. My size goal has always been about 2000 sq ft., but I guess I
was ignoring the "non living" space that the garage and
utility/storage rooms would require.
Consequently, I've modified my size target to be 2000 sq ft. of living space
(including office) PLUS the garage, storage and utility space.
I wanted to take Wendy's option 3 and squeeze it a bit, so I generated a
version of it using my Home design program. I then produced a
"B" version of the same basic design. My plan was to basically
shorten most of the South facing rooms. In doing so, and after several
discussions with Lisa, we came up with some other issues that I also addressed
with my "B" version of option 3.
- Interior double doors. Although these probably would have looked
great, the really weren't required. In shortening the internal walls,
something had to go, so it was the double doors. This should also help
my cost, right ??.
- Living room furniture. When I tried to figure out where the
entertainment center and furniture would go (and still make use of the
fireplace), I found that there wasn't much free wall space in the living
room. This caused me to push the bedroom door to the front of the
house to open up a large enough section of wall to build in the
entertainment center. (Note the 2ft deep double wall separating the bedroom
and living room.)
- Kitchen. The proposed plan was pretty short on Kitchen counter
space. I wanted to lengthen both counters, but I had to leave enough
space for a wheelchair to get by. I found that by widening the room
and folding the rear counter I could get more counter area. The
triangular pantry was neat, but it really wasn't convenient or efficient
(space wise). I used the the dividing wall to hide a long pantry
- Office. Once you gave me all that extra storage space behind the
garage, I could go back to a more moderate office, so I nipped and tucked
the wall and created a divided space. I added a glass door to provide
possible client access.
To get a feel for the design, I added some furniture and took some
Click on the smaller images below to take a closer look.
Option 3 (A)
(2250 sq ft. Plus Garage/storage)
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Option 3 (B)
(2000 sq ft. Plus Garage/Storage)
Note viewing positions for images below.
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Entering the front door and looking towards the
Note the Entertainment center in the facing wall,
and the pantry doors. Also see that folded rear kitchen wall
Entering the front door and looking West across
Note the window seat with storage and the view
into the bedroom and sun room.
Leaving the bedroom closet looking South.
Note the other window seat and spot for the
dresser (at right)
Entering Kitchen from garage.
Note the 8ft kitchen counter, and clear view of
the entertainment center.
Entering Office from Living Room.
Note wrap around bench and below counter windows.
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