Saturday, February 03, 2007

House Floor Plan

This is the floor plan for our new house. There is one with furniture above and one without at the end. I'm going to walk you through the furnished plan.

The picture of the plan has the front door at the top. This is the South. It's upside down from what you would expect, but oh well. You can adapt, right? The unfurnished picture below is "correct" with North at the top. It's a new scanner and I'm still learning. I could turn the image, but then you lose quality and blah blah blah technical stuff you don't care about. Just think South up, North down, East left, West right.

Why does that matter? Because the north end of the house will be burmed in. That means we'll take a load of dirt and create a hill for the house to be wedged into. Then there will be a porch around the rest of it. A nice wide porch that provides shade to the house.

Ok, you come in the front door into an entry way that will have benches and hooks for hats, coats, boots, etc. On the left (in the picture) is a small room. This can be a guest room/nursery/office or whatever we need. I'll be 39 later this month so we're getting closer to the end of the need for a nursery, but my paternal grandmother had her 8th and final child at 47, so if I take after her we may still have a few more children. The furniture pictured in that room is a twin bed, a crib, and I don't know what. We could potentially put a baby and toddler in there if we needed to. Across the entryway from that (top, right corner) is the master bedroom. Oops, the closet isn't there, but we plan to put a closet in that room. Pictured furniture is our king size bed, my big sewing table, desk, some dressers and nightstands. The bathroom is also open to the living room. That way guests can use the cleanest bathroom. Our children will not be allowed to use it because they are messy pigs. We'll keep that door locked as they learn the rules of the new house. It's not a huge fancy bathroom, because we wanted more space in the bedroom than the bathroom. Also we have a door onto the porch so we can sit and watch the sunset.

Next is the living room and dining room. There will be shelves everywhere for books and storage of toys and school stuff. We plan to get barstools with backs that could be used as seating behind sofas for tv viewing. This will allow everyone to have a seat when we want to have a family movie night or we could invite friends over. The door between the living room and dining room will lead to the outdoor kitchen. Also a place to sit on the porch in the morning and have a quiet time while the sun rises. OK, I'm not that self-disciplined, but Roger is. Would have been a coffee drinking place, but he gave that up. So maybe herbal tea?

Not pictured is our dining room hutch and a matching dresser. They will go against the wall by the kids' suite and laundry room. They'll be right by the kitchen and dining room. Plates, cups and silverware will go there. That way when it's time to set the table I won't have a crowd of children in the kitchen, they can get to the dishes from the hutch. There will also be a wood stove somewhere along that length of wall. So what looks like a long stretch where children will run and get wild, there are things in the way to prevent that.

Off the living/dining area is the kids' suite. It's a huge area that's divided up. Each corner is a separate section with walls that reach one foot from the ceiling. This allows air flow, but still privacy. Each section will have a bunk bed, a set of two desks and shelves above, and a ceiling fan with light kit. The floor (throughout the house) will be stained concrete. Each section will be decorated separately and will have an area rug. The sections furthest back in the room will be for older kids. One for boys and one for girls. The sections closer to the front of the room will be for the younger kids and may have mixed genders. If Gloria moves into that room before Stephen moves out, she will probably share a bed with Sam or Joy. Most of our kids prefer this when they are young anyway. But if that doesn't work, she could stay in the nursery for awhile even if we have a baby and need the crib. My current thought is that the nursery is for anyone still of napping age. In our house, that seems to end around age 3 for boys and 2 for girls. I don't know why the difference in gender, but it seems to be true so far. We'll see with Sam and Gloria.

In the middle of the kids' suite is a pair of bathrooms. These are just basic bathrooms with a sink, toilet and bath/shower. On the right of the picture there is a sink and countertop. Then against the wall is the set of lockers we have for the kids. This will allow them to fix hair and stuff without tying up a bathroom.

If you are worried about the lack of privacy with having all the kids in one big room with just dividers for pairs of kids, please understand that ALL of the kids approve of this plan. They currently share rooms with 4 per room and no dividers. They love that they'll each have their own space with desks and such. And they will have a lot of input into how their space gets decorated. So it's kind of like 4 bedrooms in one. There will only be 2 or 3 kids per room which beats 4 or 5 (or 6 if we ever have another daughter).

Moving right along, the kitchen is still mentally under construction. We have some ideas brewing, but nothing set yet. Some things needed decisions right away. We've placed the stove and sink. DW stands for dishwasher. IM stands for ice machine. R and F stand for refrigerator and freezer. The thing in the middle of the kitchen is my steel table that is on wheels.

Across from the kitchen is the laundry room with LOTS of shelves. We really miss the setup we had in Grapevine where all the clothes were stored in one room. The kids changed in there and so dirty clothes and clean clothes all were in the same room. It's so easy to scoop the dirty clothes off the floor and turn around and put them in the dirty clothes. OK, ideally they would do that themselves, but as I said, they are messy pigs. I can wash, dry and fold clothes, then just put them right into each person's bin. No more piles of clean clothes on the back of the sofa! No more piles of clean clothes scooped off bedroom floors and tossed in the dirty clothes in an effort to clean the room quickly. Oh, I really miss that set up and can't wait to get it back.

Then the bottom right corner shows our huge pantry. One thing we are currently considering is having bins or baskets on the shelves that will hold everything for different jobs. Like breadmaking, cheesecake making, milk filtering, or whatever. So rather than going back and forth for different ingredients or supplies, they are all in a bin and we can just grab the bin. And of course, we can stock up on things when they go on sale, or when we can a bunch of peaches from our trees or whatever. Hopefully we can store the heavier appliances in the kitchen so they are easy to get to, but as I said, the kitchen is still mentally under construction.

The windows you see behind the refrigerators and freezers are actually up high. They will let in northern light from above the hill on the side of the house.

This may win the longest-blog-ever award, but I think that pretty much covers it finally. There are plenty of details not mentioned believe it or not, but we'll probably cover those in future blogs as we actually build them.

Melissa, the long-winded one ;-)


Julie said...

I like the children's suite. I will have to keep that in mind if/when we ever build a house.
You have great ideas!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing your house with the world. it must be sooooo exciting to see it starting to come together!! Keep us posted. I miss you input/advice on TeaTime!
Ann Gregory

Melanie said...

Thanks for sharing your excitement and building process! We're renting now and hoping to get land and build like you're doing so I love seeing other ideas. You sure have great ideas for savings and efficiency! I don't know much at all about any of that stuff. Any tips for websites to learn about different alternatives for heating, cooling, efficiency etc... Thanks a bunch!


Brenda on the S OR Coast said...

I found your blog through your post on MOMYS.
Your house plan looks great! I'm wondering about the dimensions. How many square feet are involved?
Thanks for sharing!

Karen of TX said...

Looks good, guys! I really like the layout. I'm sure you can't wait to get there!

Betsy said...

I am really excited about this for you! I can so relate to the laundry room, and you have a wonderful idea there! I can already picture this house for you, and can't wait to see it come to pass!

petersonclan said...

Thanks for letting us see your house!

I'll let you know on my blog when we get our ideas together...