My dad always dreamed of building a log cabin when I was a little girl. We'd spent hours sitting on the couch or at the kitchen table pouring over floor plans. As we'd read them over we'd do a visual walk through that would go something like this....
Dad: Ok, here's the front door. When you walk in, you'll be in the foyer. If you walk this way (tracing the path with his finger) you'll end up in the living room.
Me: ... and if you go this way, you can go upstairs... here's where my bedroom will be (pointing to the biggest bedroom)!
Dad: Of course that will be your bedroom (as he laughs)!
I always enjoyed that time spent with my dad. I honestly believe it was one of the top contributing factors in my decision to go to Design School. I'm sure it's no surprise that my two favorite classes were Drafting and Space Planning. I learned how to draft blueprints along with all the space planning rules. I don't use that knowledge in my work, but it has proven to be helpful in the process of having our home built. I'm sure it will help even more as the process goes on!
Would you be surprised if I told you that I've spent countless hours reading over Ryan Homes floor plans? No? Gosh, I don't think I could count the hours if I wanted to! But, it's all good... we FINALLY made a decision, and it was tough! Ryan Homes has some really great floor plans and we could picture ourselves in two different models (that fit our price range).
We went back and forth for about 3 weeks over the Florence and the Venice. There were things that I liked about both. Here's a quick break down:
- The wider space as you walk from the Foyer into the Great Room.
- The completely open space in the Basement.
- The corner pantry.
- The downstairs Laundry Room.
- No real Mud Room.
- The fact that you walk through the Laundry Room to enter the house from the Garage.
- Smaller Bedrooms.
- The Gourmet Island.
- Upstairs Laundry Room.
- An actual Laundry Room with space.
- Bigger Bedrooms.
- The Owner's Bedroom Closet.
- The Gourmet Island.
- The narrower space as you walk from the Foyer into the Great Room.
- The smaller formal Living/Dining Room.
- The separated space in the Basement.
Which one did we finally decide on? We decided on the Florence!
Our decision weighed heavily on the fact that we have 4 kids at home. We had to think about how each space was going to be used. The bottom line is: We enjoy spending time together as a family. Smaller bedrooms with an open basement were more important to us than bigger bedrooms and a separated basement. The location of the laundry room became secondary to that. I can live with the laundry room location in the Florence. Plus, I really like the open feeling when you walk in the front door of the Florence.
Here are the structural upgrades that we've decided on so far:
- Loft closed off into a 4th Bedroom.
- Finished Basement.
- Powder Room in the Basement.
We're on the fence about adding on a morning room. We really want one but it may push us over where we want the total cost of the house to be. This is something we need to decide on soon. We only have about 7 more days to make structural changes!
Did you add on a morning room? What are your thoughts?