Getting started with this large of a project has taken quite a bit more time and planning than I was anticipating, but we’re so close to finalizing decisions and getting the ball rolling on construction. A lot of decisions have already been made behind the scenes, including our floor plan! The house has great bones and a pretty good layout to start with, but we need to do so much work getting this place up to code (new electrical, roof, plumbing, hvac, etc.) that we’re using that as an opportunity to finesse the layout to make it perfect for us and our family.
The house is currently 1,427 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. That’s already a good size, but our biggest issue with the current layout is a large amount (over 220 square feet!) of unfinished space in the utility room. In addition, there are some minor things that can be addressed to make the space more efficient and functional.
Let’s take a little tour through pain points numbered 1-6 on the image above.
Mostly small changes are going to make a huge difference in the functionality and efficiency of this space. We’re also making a huge change by converting the previous utility and bumping the space out to add a large primary bedroom, an additional bathroom, a pantry off the kitchen, and a small laundry closet. Beyond the most obvious change of the much smaller utility room, we’re really going to be touching every room of this house.
Let’s take a little tour through our planned renovations numbered 1-11 on the image above.
Our main goal in adding a new primary suite was to make better use of the previous utility room, but we are definitely taking this as an opportunity to make the space perfect for us.
✅ Full luxurious ensuite bathroom with a vanity, walk-in shower and soaking tub.
✅ Two separate walk-in closets.
✅ Room for a king bed with nightstands on both sides.
✅ Space for a small workspace.
We spent a lot of time tinkering with potential layouts before we went to our architect and figured out how to *actually* make it work. We ended up with checking every single item off of our wish list!
With our changes, we will go from 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1427 square feet to 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in around 1800 square feet. Maybe even more importantly, it’ll add a lot more functional living space. We have so much to do before we can get to the details, but this house is already on track to becoming a home!
This post was written for the Collected Eclectic blog.
Collected Eclectic was a passion project focused on recording the process as Grace and Michael van Meurer transformed their builder grade home in to something special.
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