The first floor floorplan was a DOOZY, for us and for you. Thanks to a lot of your input Arciform, Brian and I have actually done some pretty substantial changes that Brian will be writing about (we agreed with many but not all of the ideas). But for now, the much easier floor is todays subject – the original bedroom floor and where we are hoping to just work with the original layout, while making a few substantial lifestyle improvements in the storage and laundry departments.
The layout was pretty great upstairs. We love the spacious landing and how all of the bedrooms and bath open into that landing. All three bedrooms are corner rooms giving them all great light with original windows and enough space. Our only issues with the layout of it was needing bigger closets and we fantasized about having a stacking washer and dryer for the kids to do their own laundry and bedding.
In the first version that Anne sent to us we were ecstatic to see that there wasn’t just a stacking washer/dryer in the landing but a whole (if not tight) laundry room. She stole from the biggest of the bedrooms (that will be our guest room) to make it AND it even has a pretty original window!! We’ve chosen to have this (plus a stacking version in our primary closet) instead of a full fledge laundry room somewhere on the first floor or basement (with is only 6′ tall and like a dungeon so its likely not going to be a space anybody wants to hang out in). Again, this is a pure lifestyle choice as we know that the kids will be more likely to be more responsible for their own laundry if its near them (and same with us).
If you want to see me lay this whole thing out in video form…the check this out (wait for the ad to play then enjoy me pretending to do laundry in our “new” laundry room)
Next the closets…
The closets were all pretty small reach-ins and while these kids don’t need walk-in closets we knew there was space to make them wider and more functional. So we recongifured the space to give them each larger closets + to add a secret passageway between their two rooms (which they won’t stop talking about).
We don’t know whose room is whose yet TBH. Right now they share a room and love it so they say they want to share a room up there, and then have the second bedroom as a playroom and the third our guest room. But by the time we actually move in they might want their own space (Charlie will be 8 hopefully). I’d prefer them to share until they don’t want to anymore (we hear around 10/11 is when the older one wants some more privacy as they near puberty – dear god we can’t be so close to that!!!). Either way we are ok with letting them decide, I just might not be able to totally design the rooms for a while as where they land might be in limbo so all three rooms will be designed initially with a lot of flexbility.
Now, whats up with the balcony?
Well, until last week we had a sunroom with a balcony on top of it. Brian had this awesome idea of a glass ceiling which admittedly I thought was both cool and unnecessarily expensive (and maybe weird), but he was SO excited about it that we kept it in the plans. But since we have shifted the first floor and now there might be a sunroom but it’s going to be smaller, and then to save money we’ll eliminate the balcony and just have a normal non-walkable glass ceiling. I actually wasn’t psyched about the kids having a balcony off their room anyway. So we are back to just having a window there instead of a door.
Lastly the bathroom will have the same footprint that it had before as we are hoping to barely change the plumbing and save on that. We MIGHT even be adding in a double sided, shaker style cabinet that connects from the bathroom to the laundry room. The thought of putting your dirty clothes straight into the hamper in the laundry room is very exciting to us and our kids don’t even realize how good they’ll have it.
I feel like there is NO way that this could change much based on your comments, but then I honestly thought the same with the first floor post and look what has happened. After I posted it i thought ‘this is it, we aren’t changing our minds as this is the best floorplan possible’ then lo and behold enough of you had the same ideas so we had to try them and then once we saw the drawings we realized that some of you are absolutely right. We are still working on it, but we feel that this floor is pretty darn SOLID. Eh?