I’m getting all fancy over here, folks. The final details are being put on the new addition over the garage… and I’m excited for a new house tour. I struggle to take pictures in such a way that it’s clear how each room flows to the next in this house, so I’ve been wanting to add a floorplan to the blog for a while. A rockin’ Saturday night watching Apollo 13 for maybe the 68th time was the perfect occasion to finally get ‘er done. (And as you can tell by the watermark everywhere, I used floorplanner.com.) If you want to refresh your memory as to what each room looks like, check out the house tour. (That way you can also tell what changes have already been made in our three short years of home ownership when I get around to posting a new house tour.)
Looking at the 1st floor, you can tell what the original house looked like: the living room, den, dining room, and awkward landing area are centered around a small (no longer working) fireplace. The original kitchen was where the dining room is, and the front door came right into that awkward area at the foot of the stairs. The previous owner added the garage, a large foyer and then the family room/ kitchen. Our new addition reworked the foyer to give us a mudroom (heaven!).
Other plans we have for the 1st floor?
- Renovate the kitchen to allow for a bigger refrigerator and a better pantry area.
- Rework the dated kitchen island
- Because of the addition, we had to demolish the chimney so the woodburning stove at the end of the family room is no longer functional (it’s for sale on Craigslist if anyone local wants a woodburning stove…). We plan to replace the stove with a real fireplace with some built ins on either side .
- Move the 1st floor bathroom to the office/ closet space where it belongs. With a window. And not opening up into the dining room. If you come over for dinner in a few years, you’re welcome.
One day down the line, we hope to:
- Add a master suite above the family room
- Update the two original bathrooms. For both spaces, the layout is fine, it’s just the tile/ finishes that need a major overhaul.
The 3rd floor is tricky because it’s essentially a finished attic. The playroom’s up here along with Martha’s room. Right now, Martha’s room doubles as a guest suite because of the bathroom, but once we set up the new room over the garage, Martha will get a room all to herself with some furniture changes to boot.
We toyed with moving around some walls, but ultimately have decided that upgrading the bathroom is probably the only work that needs to be done up there. The slope of the ceiling makes anything more than that complicated. The eave space is good storage in theory, but we’ve managed to put furniture up against both access doors... so it’s also pretty permanent storage.
The painters finished upstairs today which means… I can officially start moving furniture into the guest room. Yay! Louisa and her fussiness have made it a little more complicated to finish the few remaining projects I have in mind for the space, but we’ll get there eventually! Changes are afoot, friends… and I love it!
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